2017 SUMMER ONE-ACT BONANZA, Old Academy Players, 04/22/2017

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Start date of auditions: 04/22/2017

Auditions for the 2017 SUMMER ONE-ACT BONANZA will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 22nd at Old Academy Players, 3544 Indian Queen Lane, Philadelphia (East Falls), PA 19129. This 9th annual festival features an evening of short skits, lots of comedy, new works, new directors, and plenty of laughs! Performance dates are July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 – Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinées at 2:00 pm.

Please bring a headshot to the auditions. We are seeking actors of all ages and may cast actors in multiple roles. Auditions will be cold readings from the scripts. To read the scripts, go to . Please download and complete the Audition Form in advance and bring it with you to auditions. For directions go to: .

Please note that Old Academy is a non-profit theater organization; all actors and staff are volunteer. If you have any questions please contact Producer, Sarah Labov [].

1. “Are There Blintzes on Mars?” by Dorothea Cahan, Director Pat Pelletreau
PLOT: Jewish family tries to talk Sophie out of moving to Mars by reminding her of all of her “favorite” things. Her boyfriend tries to rescue her, but her Bubbe supports her dream.
ROLES (age):
Sophie Stein (21-30)
Fanny, Sophie’s mother (40-50)
Jake, Sophie’s father (40-50)
Bernard, Sophie’s brother (25-35)
Bubbe (60+)
Jeffrey, Sophie’s boyfriend (25-30)

2. “I Just Want to Say Hello“ by Nancy Frick, Director Sarah Labov
PLOT: Bennett, a new resident of a NYC co-op, makes a friendly call to enjoy a welcoming drink with his new neighbor, Olivia. When he arrives, he finds a panel of stern women awaiting his presence and ready to take to him to task! For what? You’ll never believe what he’s done…
ROLES (age):
Bennett (50-)
Olivia (50+)
Taylor (20s-30s)
Emma (20s-30s)

3. “Crossroads Bar” By Jillian Bosmann, Director Jillian Bosmann
PLOT: Two high school best friends meet in a bar after falling out of contact. While catching up on what’s new with each other, they realize maybe they didn’t know each other as well as they always thought.
ROLES (age):
Maggie (late twenties to early thirties): a married mother of two small children
Peter (late twenties to early thirties): an actor, Maggie’s high school best friend
Waiter (twenties to forties): a waiter in a bar

4. “Juggling Act” by Lisa Lutwytch, Director Blanca Beadle
PLOT: A One act satire of corporate America. What if the only person HR can find for the job is some random clown?
ROLES (age):
Cassie: Female boss of a high-end ad agency, high power business suit
Bob: Head of HR, high power business suit
Tiggles McCurley: Outlandish clown who never smiles
Larry: Sexist job candidate
Mr. Price: Conservatively dressed businessman client , preferably older

5. “The World’s Oldest Living Drag Queen” by Rob Rosiello, Director Chris Wunder
PLOT: What is retirement age for a Drag Queen? When are the glitter and the glory be relegated to but a memory? Or is there a time limit on being fabulous? Lady Constance laments the possibility that her days in the shimmering spotlight may be gone—Until she meets the mother of all Drag Queens—Glorianna, the self proclaimed World’s Oldest Living Drag Queen! Does Fabulousness have a limit? Lady Constance is about to find out!
ROLES (age):
Lady Constance/Glorianna (late 30s or 40s, possibly early 50s)

6. “Dawning of the Silver Iris” by Rob Rosiello, Director Charlotte Higgins
PLOT: An audition has unexpected consequences. Wil learns that emotions run high at this theater, even after death.
ROLES (age):
Wil (late 20’s-early 30’s): actor
Lelia (late 20’s-early 30’s): actress
Sheila (late 20’s-early 30’s): actress

7. “Surprise” by Mark Harvey Levine, Director Mark Rohland
PLOT: Suppose you were dating someone who could read your thoughts and see into the future–but only two minutes into it? That’s the challenge that faces a young couple in “Surprise”. Lovers think they can finish each other’s sentences, but it might be a drag when one of them does it all the time!
ROLES (age):
Young Man (20s): neurotic and insecure
Young Woman (20s): neurotic and insecure.
Young Woman #2 (20s): more down to earth and takes things as they are.

Founded in 2009 by Old Academy Players’ member Chris Schenk, the Summer One-Act Bonanza is an opportunity to feature new playwrights and directors on the Old Academy stage. Chris, who spent four years with Old Academy as an actor, writer, producer, publicity chairperson and newsletter editor, produced the first two seasons of the One-Act Bonanza until moving to Chicago. He lost his fight with cancer in March 2012, but his legacy lives on through this delightful annual event.

Old Academy Players welcomes new talent. Old Academy Players, celebrating 94+ years of performances and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players, providing continuous community theater since 1923, featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts and administrative abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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