Auditions for Hate Mail

Hovey Players is pleased to announce auditions for
Hate Mail
by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky

will be held Sunday, March 19th and Tuesday March 21st from 7PM to 9PM. Auditions will be comprised of monologues and scenes from the script.

Hovey Players are located at 9 Spring Street, Waltham

We are looking for two actors with comic timing who can make these self-absorbed, egotistical, and self-righteous characters seem likable, engaging, and hilarious. We are flexible on the age ranges, but both actors will need to be believably attracted to each other.


Preston (late 20’s to 40’s)

Preston is an architect from the Midwest. He is stuffy, insecure, and sensitive to the smallest slight. He comes from money, but is oppressed by his parents and longs to be free of them. He rebels by being overly pedantic and litigious towards those who annoy him. He is desperate for a change and quick to fall under the spell of those who express an interest in him.

Dahlia (late 20’s to 40’s)

Dahlia is an unsuccessful artist/photographer living in New York City, who works as a cashier in a souvenir gift shop. She believes herself to be an intellectual and revolutionary. She is annoyed at her fellow humans for not being as committed to the cause as she is, though she is bored easily and her causes keep shifting depending on who she is around. She yearns for success and recognition, and is willing to employ less than savory techniques to achieve it.

If you plan to audition, please visit in advance to download an audition form and review audition sides.


Auditions for the Pillowman

Hovey Players present AUDITIONS for
A very black comedy by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Michelle M. Aguillon

    Sunday, January 22, 6 PM
    Monday, January 23, 7:30 PM

9 Spring Street, Waltham

“The Pillowman” centers on a writer, Katurian, who is under suspicion of torture and murder in an unnamed totalitarian state. His stories have led to the interrogation of himself and his mentally delayed brother, Michal, by Tupolski and Ariel, two detectives, since the murders described in Katurian’s stories are now being replicated in the town where they live.

“The Pillowman” is relentless in its storytelling, going beyond the story of the town’s murders. It questions the significance of art, and what an artist is willing to do to ensure their art outlives them.
Actors should be very familiar with the play, its disturbing themes and language.

Auditions are by appointment only: 8-10 actors will be scheduled in one and half hour slots. Be prepared to read multiple times, possibly reading multiple roles. There will be cold readings with audition sides provided at the appointment. Actors may arrive early to peruse the sides.

Rehearsals will take place 2-3 times per week (may include weekends), and will increase closer to opening night. Performances are March 17 to April 1, 2017 at Hovey Players, 9 Spring Street, Waltham.

ROLES (any age):

KATURIAN – male. A talented writer, defensive, vain, angry, carrying a lot of burden, fiercely protective of Michal.
MICHAL – Katurian’s brother, childlike innocence, vaguely unstable, similar to Lenny from “Of Mice and Men.”
TUPOLSKI – “a good cop” – female or male. Sardonic, funny, straightforward, intelligent, controlled.
ARIEL – “a bad cop” – female or male. Explosive, physically powerful, self-righteous, violent, brutal, bulldog, fiercely protective of children.

To schedule an appointment, email the director at State your name, cell#, role(s), preferred date/time of appointment. Download the audition form here. Complete and bring to appointment. Headshot optional.

    6:00 – 7:30 PM
    7:30 – 9:00 PM
    7:30 – 9:00 PM
    9:00 – 10:30 PM

If callbacks are necessary, they will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 PM.


Auditions for The Big Meal

The Hovey Players are holding open auditions for The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc on November 6 at 6 PM and November 7 at 6:30 PM. Callbacks, if needed, will follow the Nov 7 call, starting at 8:30.

Sides will be made available several days in advance to those who email to sign up for an audition slot: Sunday-6pm, Sunday-7:30pm or Monday-6:30pm

Familiarity with the script is strongly encouraged.

Descriptions of this unique play can be found here:

Location: Hovey Players

Performance Dates:
January 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, 2017, at 8pm and January 22 at 2pm. Tech Sunday will be January 8 and all cast members are required to attend.

Eight actors total, playing a host of 26 characters. Three men. Three women. A boy and a girl.

WOMAN #1 (Older Woman, 60’s-70’s)
NICOLE (Older Woman)
ALICE, Sam’s mother

WOMAN #2 (Woman, 40’s-50’s)
NICOLE (Woman)
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Woman)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Woman)

WOMAN #3 (Young Woman 20’s-30’s)
NICOLE (Young Woman)
JESSICA, a gentle soul
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Young Woman)
STEPHANIE, Robbie’s wife (Young Woman)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Young Woman)

GIRL (age 8-12)
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Girl)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Girl)

MAN #1 (Older Man, 60’s-70’s)
SAM (Older Man)
ROBERT, Sam’s father
JACK, Stephanie’s father

MAN #2 (Man, 40’s-50’s)
SAM (Man)
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Man)

MAN #3 (Young Man, 20’s-30’s)
SAM (Young Man)
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Young Man)
MADDIE’S ADOLESCENT BOYFRIENDS, Steven, Marcus, Jeremy, Patrick, Michael
SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Young Man)

BOY (age 8-12)
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Boy)
SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Boy)
MATTHEW, Jackie’s son

Contact director Rachel Fennell at with questions and for access to a perusal script.


Auditions for The How and The Why

Postcard_Front1The How and the Why
By Sarah Treem

Directed by Kristine Mackin

Auditions will be held:
Monday, September 12 @ 7 PM
Wednesday, September 14 @ 7 PM
Callbacks TBD

Location: Hovey Players

Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.

“Sarah Treem’s play brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream.” —Washington Post.
“…an exhilarating, intellectual evening out.” —Star-Ledger.
“A moving portrait of a woman meeting with equanimity an unexpected, often painful series of questions about the choices she made in the past.” —NY Times.
“Two absorbing hours with two finely formed, interesting, smart, and captivating women…a very rare achievement indeed for women in and at the theatre.” —Feminist Spectator.


Rachel Hardeman: 20s to early 30s. Graduate student in Evolutionary Biology. Emotional, excitable, brilliant.

Zelda Kahn:
late 40s to early 60s. Senior professor of Evolutionary Biology. Reserved, cynical, brilliant.

Auditions will consist of readings from script. Sides will be provided at the auditions. Arriving early to sign in, complete the audition form, and obtain the sides is encouraged.

Performances are November 4-19, 2016.

Questions? Please email the producer at


Auditions for Chapter Two

Chapter Two
By Neil Simon

Directed by William Deschenes
Produced by Richie DeJesus

Auditions will be held by appointment in 90 minute group slots each session:

  • Sunday, May 22nd at 7 PM and 8:30 PM
  • Monday, May 23rd at 7 PM and 8:30 PM

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held the evening of Wednesday, May 25th.

Book your audition now, by clicking here, or typing into your browser.

Performance Dates:
September 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 2016, at 8pm and September 18 at 2pm.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be available for advance perusal. Familiarity with the script is highly encouraged. There are roles available for two women and two men. Those without an appointment will be read as time permits.

Location: Hovey Players


Writer George Schneider is still reeling from his wife’s death when he instantly falls for Jennie Malone, a recently-divorced actress. Is their fast romance destined for heartbreak, or could it be the start of a whole new chapter for them both? Neil Simon explores the complexities of love and marriage as only he can—with humor, insight, and plenty of heart.

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Auditions for Hovey Summer Shorts!

Auditions for Hovey Players Summer Shorts Festival are coming up! We will hold auditions on May 15 and 16, at 7 PM each night. Actors of all ages and experience levels are welcome! If you’ve been wanting to get involved, this is a great way to get started.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from scripts that will be included in the festival.

Performances will be July 15, 16, 22, and 23.


Auditions for Or,

By Liz Duffy Adams

Directed by Kristin Hughes
Produced by Katie Moore

Auditions will be held by appointment in 90 minute group slots each session:

  • Sunday February 21 2 PM and 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday February 23 7 PM and 8:30 PM

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held the evening of Friday, February 26.

The show will start rehearsals in Mid-March, and take place 3 nights per week until Tech. Performances are May 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28. For more information on the performances, visit the production’s webpage.

Auditions will be consist of readings from the script. Sides will be available by February 15 for perusal. Familiarity with the script is highly encouraged. There are roles available for two women and one man. Please email the director for an appointment at Auditioners will be seen without an appointment if time permits, but an appointment is advisable.

Location: Hovey Players


Former spy and hopeful playwright Aphra Behn is having a rough night. If she finishes her play by morning, it will be produced. Unfortunately (or fortunately) potential love Nell Gwynne, current love Charles II, and past love William Scott all stand between her and her shot at immortality. Can Aphra solve her romantic quandaries, save William’s life, and launch her career – all before morning? Against a background of a long drawn-out war and a counter-culture of free love, cross-dressing, and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy from the playwright The San Francisco Bay Guardian called “an artist of playful and highly literate imagination, radical instincts, and sardonic but generous humor.”

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Auditions for Becky Shaw

Becky Shaw
By Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by J. Mark Baumhardt

Audition Dates:
Sunday, January 3rd at 3:00pm*
Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00pm*
CALLBACKS: Tuesday January 5th at 8:30pm**

Location: Hovey Players

Newly-married couple Suzanne and Andrew fix up two romantically challenged friends: Suzanne’s abrasive friend Max and Andrew’s troubled co-worker Becky. When the evening takes a dark turn, the result is brutally funny, provocative, and touching.

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Auditions for Helen’s Most Favorite Day

Hovey Players would like to announce auditions for its January show:

Helen’s Most Favorite Day
by Mark Dunn
directed by Nicole Sparks
produced by Kristin Hughes

When Helen wishes that every day could be like her pleasant day at the fairground falling for a carnie named Jed, she didn’t realize what it might mean. This play about altering the past explores love at first sight, fractured timelines and the bonds of sisterhood.

Auditions will be held November 8th and 9th in groups at 7pm and 8:30pm, with callbacks, should they be needed, at 7pm on the 11th. Auditions will consist of readings from sides. Audition sides will be available in advance to those who sign up for an audition slot. No memorization is required, but familiarity with the sides and the script is highly encouraged.

Because this is a show with fractured timelines and similar scenes repeated more than once, the director is looking for actors who can play the same scene with different subtext to indicate where we are in the timeline.

To schedule your audition appointment, please email State your preferred role(s) & date, and provide a contact number.

Those arriving without appointments will be read as time permits. All actors will be given several opportunities to read.

Hovey Players, 9 Spring Street in Waltham, across Spring Street from the Library. There is parking available on the street or behind the building, and the entrance to the theater is on the side closest to Main Street (under a black awning).

About Hovey Players:
Hovey Players is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 community theater that was formed in 1936. We perform 5 main stage productions a season, plus a Summer Shorts series in the summer. For more information, visit

Production Dates:
January 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 8pm and January 24 at 2pm. Rehearsals begin mid-November, and will be based on cast & staff conflicts. Tech week is January 10-14th.

(Please note that all age ranges are flexible; the director is looking for actors/actresses who can create believable relationships)

Helen: (female, 30s-50s) A math teacher with a memory for numbers. In a comfortable rut, she rarely strays from the sensible path. Lives with her sister, who she is very close to, although she tries not to interfere in her life.

Ruta: (female, 30s-50s) Helen’s younger sister. A corporate secretary. Although somewhat more romantic than her sister, she’s still a realist. When she’s decided on a course of action, she sticks to it.

Jed: (male, 30s-50s) Works for the midway operating and maintaining the rides. A charmer with a big (if somewhat fickle) heart.

Lily: (female, 30s-50s) Fortune teller from the carnival. Kind of down on her luck. Has known Jed for years. Can really (somewhat) see the future and grant wishes.

Herman: (male, 30s-50s) Works in the same office as Ruta and has been in love with her for a long time. Socially awkward and lives with his mother.

Bolivia: (female, age-appropriate to be Herman’s mother) Somewhat domineering hypochondriac. Runs the life of her son, Herman.

Please contact the director, Nicole Sparks, at with any questions about the auditions or the production.


Auditions for Reasons to be Pretty

Hovey Players would like to announce auditions for their November show:

Reasons to be Pretty
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Mario Salinas
Produced by Kristine Mackin

WHEN: No appointments needed August Monday the 17th and Wednesday the 19th at 7pm. Please plan to arrive and sign in no later than 7 PM; Invited callbacks are 7 PM, Thursday, August 20th

WHERE: Hovey Players is located in the Abbott Memorial Theater 9 Spring Street, Waltham, MA 02451


Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph’s lack thereof get back to Steph. But that’s just the beginning. Greg’s best buddy, Kent, and Kent’s wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?

Reasons to be Pretty concentrates on the tyranny of beauty in the minds of the pretty, in the minds of the not-so-pretty, and in the minds of observers and critics.

Greg: the classic “everyman,” a nice guy with a tendency to say the wrong thing without being aware of it. He is well read (enjoys classic American literature in an effort to better himself) but remains in his dead end job. Does his best to avoid conflict whenever possible. Works in a warehouse with Kent and Carly.

Steph: Greg’s girlfriend. She has a hair-trigger temper and is argumentative, particularly when she feels emotionally wounded. One of Greg’s unsuspecting remarks causes her to end their relationship. She is close friends with Carly, but doesn’t care for Kent.

Kent: A quintessential jerk. Stereotypical chauvinistic jock who values women only by their appearance. Winning in sports and with beautiful women are his sole focus in life, emphasizing his one-dimensional character. Loves having the ‘trophy wife’ but is not faithful and always on the prowl to prove his manhood. Married to Carly.

Carly: She knows she’s attractive and not above using it to her advantage; however, also recognizes the burden of being ‘pretty.’ Vulnerable, but can be manipulative if necessary. Only has her job because of how she looks. Works at the same warehouse as Kent and Greg.

All characters are in their 20s to late 30s.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Performance Dates – November 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 2015, at 8pm and November 15 at 2pm

Any questions please contact the director via e-mail or the producer at