Auditions: Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase

Open Auditions:

Sunday November 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
At the Acrosstown: 619 South Main Street

Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase
Performance dates: December 8-11, 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 8-10 this year, and will include staged readings of a variety of locally written one-acts and full-length plays. 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, December 20, at 7pm, sharp, at the Acrosstown– 619 South Main Street in the Baird Hardware complex. 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:

Now in fourth year as an annual event, the Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase helps develop local playwrights and provides audiences the opportunity to see staged readings of local authors’ plays here– first– before they hit the big time.

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

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

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.