Auditions: 2018 Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase

Open Auditions:

Sunday, October 28, 7:00 PM
At the Acrosstown: 619 South Main Street

Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase
Performance dates: December 4-9, 2016

Don’t be shy, you were born to be a star!

Although we are a repertory company, we do hold open auditions for shows– and we’re about to hold auditions for our very own Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase!

The showcase will take place December 4-9 this year, and will include staged readings of a variety of locally written one-acts and full-length plays, and for the first year, we’re including a performance Homegrown Junior plays (written by authors aged 18 and younger!). Because these are staged readings, rehearsals are usually kept to a minimum. This is a great way to dip your toe in the water and acquaint yourself (or reacquaint yourself!) with the Acrosstown without the time commitment that a mainstage show usually requires.

Auditions will be held Sunday, October 28, at 7pm, sharp, at the Acrosstown– 619 South Main Street in the Baird Hardware complex, next door to Akira Wood and Heartwood Soundstage. Expect cold readings from a provided script; dress comfortably and be prepared to move. Exact requirements are up to each director.

We have need of all ages (17+), genders, races, body types and personalities.

Although auditions, by their very nature, require that performances and their suitability to any individual role be judged, we won’t judge YOU (except maybe to tell you how awesome you are). You’ll find that the people here are very warm and welcoming, and happy to read with you, whether it’s your first time on stage or your thousandth. Backstage help is needed, too– please contact us if you would like to get involved!

If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions for the Annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase!

About the Showcase:

Our 2017-2018 Season marks the fifth anniversary of this not-to-be-missed event! For audiences, it’s the opportunity to see staged readings of local authors’ plays here– first– before they hit the big time! For local playwrights, it’s the opportunity to see how your play works with real actors and real audiences so that you can tweak it before submitting it for consideration as a mainstage event.

2017’s plays included:

Witches written & directed by Sheila Bishop
The Good Samaritan 
by Peter Marino, Directed by Aleksandr Wilde
Under a Liar’s Moon 
written & directed by Jane Arrowsmith Edwards
Boston Baked Bean by Shamrock McShane, directed by Michael McShane
Sweet Prince written & directed by Cameron Pfahler
Princess Revenge written by Chuck Lipsig, directed by Norma Berger
Light Light written by Aliza Einhorn, directed by Anne Rupp
All’s Fair written by Sloane Henry, directed by Jennifer Hutton
Trigger Valley Good Time Ranch written & directed by Robert Hugh Brown
Tesseract written & directed by Kennon Liston
How to Eat a Dead Cat by Antoinette Graham, directed by Dan Christophy
Cedar Key written & directed by Michael Presley Bobbitt

In prior years, we’ve enjoyed

Outside Daughter by Ann Magaha
After the Drums by Chuck Lipsig
Sandwich by Violet Asmuth
Small Town Knights by Chuck Lipsig
The Shortcut by Kenneth Brown and Rachel Wayne
Rest in Pieces by LeRoy Clark
The Truth about Joshua by LeRoy Clark
Turning Tables by Esteban Alvarez
Touching Paradise by John Bollinger
The Case of the Missing Numbers & The Serpent’s Tooth by Shamrock McShane
Buffalo 8 by Shannon Singley
The Fox by Suellen and Nolan Carey
Same Old Song by Sloane Henry
The Mad Scientist and His Wonderful Children by Chuck Lipsig
Keith & the Eccentrics: Seeking Rose by Cat Van Adams
Bond by Aliza Einhorn
A Comedy of Armageddons by Chuck Lipsig
Dame daDA & the META Show by Nichole Hamilton
The Dead Lady on the Shelf (A trailer-park elegy) by Michael Presley Bobbitt
World Enough by Robert Hugh Brown

2014’s Small Town Knights by Chuck Lipsig, was revised, revamped and renamed to Hometown Knights, and appeared as a mainstage show in January of 2015.

2016’s The Dead Lady on the Shelf (A trailer-park elegy) by Michael Presley Bobbitt was revised, revamped and renamed to Trailer Park Elegy, and appeared as a mainstage show in September of 2017.

2017’s All’s Fair by Sloane Henry was revised and produced as a mainstage show in March of 2018.

About the ART:

Founded in 1980, the ART develops new talent, plays, audiences and ideas while also celebrating and revivifying the great plays of the past. We continually respect, and challenge:

ourselves as actors, designers, artists and visionaries to achieve more,
our audiences as living, thinking and feeling human beings to engage more,
other local theaters and arts organizations to collaborate more,
…and by doing so, help nurture and develop Gainesville, Florida into the center of arts and culture in North Central Florida.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the ART is especially dedicated to providing multi-cultural opportunities to the members of our community. The theater is open to all and presents experiences for which there are no other venues in the area. It is also entirely volunteer-staffed and operated. The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, and beliefs can create unsafe theater– theater that transforms.