Auditions for Ten Minute Play Festival


CHESTERFIELD, N.H. >> The Actors Theatre Playhouse announces open interviews and auditions for its Eighth Ten Minute Play Festival, performing Fridays and Saturdays, June 10 - 25, 2016 for six performances. Auditions will be on both Saturday, Dec 5 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan Community Room, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan on attending, or can't make those times and would like to set up a more convenient time.

Since April of this year the Ten Minute Festival Selection Committee has been reviewing over one hundred and thirty scripts submitted by New England Playwrights. In recent weeks, the selection has been narrowed down to an even dozen. From this dozen, seven plays will be selected for the Festival which is opening the Playhouse 2016 Season.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for new playwrights to have their work recognized and brought to life. Since the beginning of the Festival it has also been a goal to create as many acting and directing opportunities as possible. Actor participation and involvement are key to the success of the program and that the challenge this year is to cast up to as many as twenty actors, so lots of roles are available for all ages and levels of experience.

Copies of the scripts are available as PDF files for your perusal by email at If you are interested in auditioning, please RSVP which date you will attend. If you are unable to arrive on time or attend either audition session, you may also contact Jim to make other arrangements for auditioning.

At the auditions, you will be asked to read from those plays that interest you. Directors may also ask you to read for other plays and roles as well. You may audition for as many plays as you like and you may act in more than one play.

Table reads will start in January 2016 and everyone needs to be off book by mid-May. Rehearsals will be spread out over several months, with the most intense time being the two weeks prior to the opening and through the first weekend's run. You should plan to have those two weeks open and available every evening (May 31 through June 9). The directors will make up the rehearsal schedules for their respective plays with their actors.

Plays and Roles:

"Raghead" by Tom Coash

Directed by Mike Jerald

One man, one woman, approximately the same age 20s to 40s

A Blind Date sets the stage for assessing the length one should go to in pursuit of political correctness and cultural sensitivity.

"Sculpting Perfection" by Nina Mansfield

Directed by Brenda Seitz

Two women one 20s to 30s, one (mother) 40 to 60s, one man 20s to 30s

Mother and daughter prepare to participate in a traditional snow sculpture event, or so it would seem...

"Quack" by Patrick Gabridge

Directed by Bill Pearre

one women, one man, mid-20s to mid-30s

A young man and his duck are inseparable, until one fateful day... we learn the answer to the age old question, "Is a duck really just a duck?!"

"The Maltese Walter" By John Minigan

Directed by Marilyn Tullgren

Walter, Vera, 20s to 30s, Male Therapist 30s to 40

Mild mannered Walter is "Noir Man", and can call on his unique special powers in times of trouble....At least until his girlfriend tells him "Enough already!" Can Walter renounce his powers in time to save his relationship? Only his therapist knows for sure.

"East of the Sun" by Darcey Bruce

Directed by Michelle Page

Rosemarie, a young woman. Daniel, a giant white bear,

Aaron Telling Tales – a story teller.

Synopsis: "Where are you going, so fast and so far, carried away on the back of a star." A young woman tells of being lost and afraid in the woods. She conjures a bear who protects her and inspires her to break free of her father's domination to follow the road to adulthood.

"Tortola" by Susan Goodell

Directed by Paige Lussier-Johnson

One woman, one man 30s to 50s

Can a relationship spring anew when conversation on this first date reminds them so much of their x's?

"Alexander the Great" by James C.Ferguson

Directed by Ian Hefele

Alexander the Great, late 20s to 40s,

2 or 3 antagonists M or F and Narrator (any age)

"How much territory does one man need to conquer, anyway?"

The following alternative plays may be chosen/substituted

depending on availability of actors:

"Film Appreciation" by David Sussman

One woman, four men mid to late 20s

Imagine a relationship with a guy who speaks by quoting lines from one famous film after another. Is there anything more nerve wracking?

Maybe so.....

"The Recipe" by D. Lee Miller

Iris - mother and housewife, ill with cancer. Freesia - young woman engaged to Iris's son. Iris's husband and son are voices off-stage.

Mother and daughter-to-be come to an understanding about the truth.

"The Sides" by Anna Nicholas

One male (actor), one female (coach) both 20s-40s

This actor seeks more than coaching from his director and former girlfriend as he 'sets the stage' for talking things through.

"You Haven't Changed a Bit" by Donna Hoke

One male, one female, both elderly

What's behind the invitation to their 70th high school reunion?

"A Long Time Coming" by Jody McColman

Two women, mid 30s to 40s

Two woman reflect on their close friendship and wonder "What happened?"

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