- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The roles of Viola, Olivia, Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch, and Feste have been precast. The following descriptions are for the remaining leading characters. All of these characters, as well as the remaining minor characters (Curio, Valentine, Sea Captain, etc.) are very open to diverse casting possibilities, especially gender and ethnicity.
Count Orsino - Handsome leading-man; in love with the idea of being in love; he’s the Count of Illyria, so he had real station and status; Fancies himself worldly and poetical; A bit spoiled perhaps.
Maria - The main waiting woman in Olivia’s household and very protective of her; should read a little bit older; she’s earthy, honest, strong willed and very clever; very fond of Sir Toby, and a close friend to Feste; no friend of Malvolio.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - A foppish, rich Gentleman, attempting to woo Olivia for his love; he is a close friend of Sir Toby; he’s a bit dim-witted, and thinks of himself as quite stylish and handsome, but he has a good and kind heart.
Sebastian - Viola’s twin brother; thoughtful, caring, loyal, and very honest; can be a bit headstrong when pushed; falls in love easily.
Fabian - A member of Olivia’s household (a gardener? driver?…open to interpretation); friend to Sir Toby and Maria; generally straightforward, but a trickster when he needs to be; dislikes Malvolio.
Antonio - A Sea-farer; a solo adventurer by nature, but has a strong attraction to Sebastian; had been involved in 'pirating raids’ against Orsino and Illyria. Dangerous when pushed to it.
- Stickfly (Amplified Series) by Lydia R. Diamond
SYNOPSIS: When the LeVay family opens its house for a weekend visit, the family ends up airing more than the drapes.
The LeVay brothers have invited the women in their lives to meet their parents at their luxurious Martha’s Vineyard summer home. Younger brother Kent, who has struggled to find direction in his life, and has issues getting along with his father, brings his fiancée Taylor, who studies insects for her vocation. Taylor was raised in a lower-middle-class household by a single mother. Unaccustomed to privilege, she is uncomfortable in the LeVays’ home, especially with Cheryl, who is filling in for her mother as the LeVays’ maid. Eldest brother Flip, a successful plastic surgeon and womanizer, brings his new girlfriend, Kimber, who is privileged, white and has spent her life appalled by her status.
Tensions flair as race, class and family become prime conversation topics. When a phone call reveals a family secret, everything unravels. By the end of the weekend, lives have been turned upside-down and a family is left to reassemble the pieces.
Taylor, twenty-seven, daughter from an earlier marriage of a renowned public intellectual.
Kent (Spoon), thirty-one, youngest son of the LeVay family, growing up with an artistic disposition in a family of doctors and lawyers.
Cheryl, eighteen to twenty-two, daughter of the family maid.
Flip (Harold LeVay), thirty-six, oldest son of the LeVay family. The “golden boy”.
Dad (Joe LeVay), fifty-eight to sixty-two, LeVay patriarch. A well-intentioned man who rules his family with a firm, loving hand.
Kimber, thirty-two, white. Flip’s girlfriend. Kimber is an intelligent woman with a quick with and sincere warmth. Unlike Taylor, her social status matches that of the LeVays, with, of course, the undeniable privilege of whiteness.
- A Radio Spy Play by 2nd Year M.F.A. Playwright Jayne Deely
SYNOPSIS: Lee is a CIA asset, assigned to the nation’s riskiest and most vital missions. Nadia Rachnamninov is her arch-enemy, close on her tail through every mission from Mauritius to Minsk. At this point, she’s the closest thing Lee has to a friend, unless you count CIA Director Skybell, who seems to live in Lee’s earpiece. Lee is unflappable. No mission too dangerous. A well-trained machine. But when she finds herself charged with the task of infiltrating a community theatre in Georgia under cover as something called a dramaturg (gesundheit), she has never been more in over her head. The clock’s ticking, every second bringing the town closer to potential destruction, and opening night. A play about finding heroes where you least expect them.
This will be a radio play, relying wholly on sound design and vocal flexibility.
It will be recorded and available for download. We are seeking performers who are excited about the medium of an audio only play and will jump at the chance to play vocally and take risks, as most actors will be playing multiple roles.
Lee: woman, 30’s, CIA agent, defeats Russian agents while making morning toast. Secretly lonely and tired of running for a living. American accent.
Director Skybell: 40’s, a woman keeping the country safe and getting none of the credit. Shocking. Has a soft spot for Lee. American accent.
Nadia Rachmaninov: woman, 30’s, Lee’s arch-nemesis, fascinated by emotions because she has none. Russian accent.
Actor #1: woman or nb, any age, plays Khamara, a West Coast transplant to Georgia, community theatre AD with big director dreams, Trevor, a small town server with a secret, Rhonda, a lonely housewife who loves coloring books.
Actor #2: woman or nb, any age, plays Edna, a recent widow who feels invisible but has just taken up krav-maga, Harvey, a plumber who secretly recreates Bob Ross artwork, Stacey, the mayor, beat poet, and mysterious stranger with an ambiguous but maybe Australian accent.
Race/Ethnicity open, this world will be as diverse as Queens.
While characters are currently identified as woman or nb, all actors are welcomed to express interest in, and will be considered for, any roles or tracks.
- The Black & Brown Guerrillas (A Manifesto) by 3rd Year M.F.A. PlaywrightChristin Eve Cato
RUBY LA MAESTRA RIVERA: Latina, educator, BBG captain, LGBTQ activist and self Defense instructor. She is a female Identifying gay woman who is passionate about building safe spaces for children and young teens who identify with the LGBTQ community.
MARIA CONSTANTINO: Italian American, forthright, New Yorker, an investigative journalist who created a show called 20 After 20. She’s been following the BBG for years and is one of the leading analyzers of their organization.
EVARISTO SANCHEZ: BlackLatino, corporate lawyer with a militant personality. A New Yorker determined to revamp the city and revolutionize the way Black and Brown people govern their lives. Founder of the Black & Brown Guerrillas.
KEISHA HAMPTON: Black Cis-Gendered woman, civil rights lawyer and local politician. She is the cofounder of the BBG and was the leader who spearheaded the Black and Brown Coalition Political Party.
PRESTON aka SHORTY: An 18 y/o Black man, Keisha’s nephew. He’s a new recruit to the BBG.
He’s young and eager and has lots to learn.
NICOLE GIBSON: Black Cis-Gendered woman who was a pioneer of the Black Panther chapter in NYC. She is the BBG consultant and is known for her fierce wisdom.
WILLOW FLORES: A Puerto Rican activist, artist and poet who honors her indigenous roots. She is the force of her own spiritual revolution. She’s a plant healer and is dedicated to saving the earth. Particularly starting with Puerto Rico.
RAY aka The Tank: A Black man in recovery, an ex-military personnel who gets recruited into the BBG. He is the muscle among the soldiers. Quick tempered, skilled, and tough.
MR. PRESIDENT (and possibly other characters! TBD): The White leader of America who is damned to his collapsing government. He catches wind of the BBG and how fast they are forming chapters around the country. He’s determined to stop them.
- More Perfect Places- a collaboration between writer/director Seth Bockley, dramaturg Tanya Palmer, visual artist Liz Nofziger and arts education and community engagement specialist Angela Tillges
- This investigative theatre project is inspired by the 19th century utopian history of the Southern Indiana town of New Harmony, and its evolution into a site of contemporary art and architecture in the 20th century. Combining historical research with conversations with current day Hoosiers, MANY UTOPIAS will explore the power of idealism, imagination, and rethinking the world we live in. Is another world possible? Can we make it in our communities? Whose vision(s) will guide us? How does history inform our dreams of the future?
MORE PERFECT PLACES Character Breakdown
Charity Dye (f, 30s) A feminist, peace activist and historian living in Indianapolis in the early 1900s. Passionate about all her causes. A little self-conscious about her abilities as a writer, but determined to persevere.
Nora Fretageot (f, 30s) A young widow and newly minted librarian living in New Harmony, Indiana in the early 1900s. Embracing her new role as working woman. A little self-conscious about her letter writing, but confident in her knowledge of local history. Determined to be of use.
Ensemble Member One (m, 40s) Plays a series of charismatic religious and community leaders
Ensemble Member Two (f, 40s) Plays a series of Teachers, Community Leaders, and Orators
Ensemble Member Three (m, 30s) Plays a series of young, ambitious followers and community members
Ensemble Member Four (m, 20s) Plays a series of young rebels and ne’er do wells
Ensemble Member Five (f, 20s) Plays a series of artists, followers, students and writers
- Little Women the Musical with Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Music by Jason Howland, Book by Allan Knee
Based on the 1868 novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Time: 1863 - 1866
Place: Various locations in New York, NY and Concord, MA.
Jo March: Our story's protagonist. Passionate, adventurous, and brave. She has the idea of writing the novel Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer.
Character age: 18 to 23
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Professor Bhaer: German Professor who exemplifies proper manners. He is a boarder in Mrs. Kirk's boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo.
Character age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Amy March: The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. She later marries Laurie. Can double as Troll.
Character age: 14 to 18
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: -1
Meg March: The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him. Can double as Clarissa.
Character age: 21 to 25
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: A#3
Beth March: The second youngest sister who tragically dies of Scarlet Fever. Peace-maker, lover, and an optimist who is always encouraging her sisters to dream. Can double as Rodrigo II.
Character age: 17 to 21
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Marmee March: The girls' mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces. Can double as Hag.
Character age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Laurie Laurence: The bright-eyed boy-next-door with considerable charm. He loves Jo but later falls in love with Amy.
Character age: 18 to 23
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Aunt March: A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town. Can double as Mrs. Kirk.
Character age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Mr. John Brooke: Laurie's tutor and a rather stiff man; shows very little emotion. He later marries Meg and changes.
Character age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: C#3
Mr. Laurence: Laurie’s grandfather. A stiff and stern elderly man who eventually shows his softer side and becomes friends with Beth.
Character Age: 55 to 70
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: D3
6-12 (TBD): small featured roles, ball attendees, ice skaters, various characters in the Operatic Tragedy, Members of the Community