Open Auditions: Gruesome Playground Injuries

At the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

Open Auditions:
Sunday & Monday, August 3rd & 4th, 2021, at 7:00 pm

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Ravij Joseph

Performance dates: December  3 – 19, 2021, Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8pm, and Sunday’s at 2pm.

Rehearsals October – November

Don’t be shy, you were born to be a star! Join us at open auditions for Gruesome Playground Injuries on October 3rd &4th, 2021 at the theater– 619 South Main Street in the Baird Hardware complex, next door to Akira Wood and across from Heartwood Soundstage. 

***Masks are required while not on stage

Submit your audition form here.

No preparation needed! Expect cold readings from a provided script. Some direction may be given throughout the audition.

Performance dates are December  3 – 19, 2021, Friday’s and Saturday’s at 8pm, and Sunday’s at 2pm.

Ages and genders are flexible, at the discretion of the director. All races, colors, sizes, genders, gender-identities and experience levels welcome! Although this IS an audition, we’re not judgmental, and we hope you feel welcome here and have a great time. If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family.

SYNOPSIS: Doug and Kayleen meet at age eight in the nurse’s office at their school. Over the course of the next 30 years, in zigzagging time frames – ages 8, 23, 13, 28, 18, 33, 23, 38 – the two build a complex connection over a lifetime of injuries, both physical and emotional. Doug is a daredevil jock with a bit of a death wish; Kayleen struggles with her own internal demons. Through sharp humor and even sharper  insights, the show reveals itself to be a “folie à deux” with an oddly big heart and surprising tribute to the human spirit.


Doug (18-38)- An Evel-Kneivel wannabe with a big heart. Goofy, endearing, protective, annoying, and sensitive, Doug is akin to a lost puppy turned street dog. He believes Kayleen has superpowers. 

Kayleen (18-38)- Hard, masochistic, delicate, and resentful, Kayleen puts up a front that she may never be capable of upholding. An aura of pain surrounds her at all times.

Notice: Both roles require some onstage intimacy, including a kiss, These roles also require frank discussions of sex, and the use strong language.

If cast, both actors will be expected to change clothing and apply makeup (including SFX makeup) on stage in front of the audience. 


This show contains: 

Talk of death, sexual assault, alcohol use, and drug use

Talk of and depiction of self-injurious behavior 

Adult language



Sides: Monologue 1, Monologue 2, Side 1, Side 2, Side 3

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. The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, and beliefs can create unsafe theater– thinking people’s theatre– theater that transforms.

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.