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Hovey Players Audition Notice

The Secretary by Kyle John Schmidt
Directed by Jennifer Shea
Production Dates: October 25, 2024 - November 9, 2024
Rehearsals will be determined depending on cast conflicts.
​Audition Dates: Sunday 6/23/24 and Monday 6/24/24 at 7 pm. You can sign up for either audition day
Callbacks: Wednesday 6/26/24 at 7pm at the theater.
All actors who are auditioning are encouraged to be familiar with the material. The script can be found online for free


Ruby runs a small-town gun company that aims to protect women by helping them protect themselves. With products like The Bridesmaid, The Babysitter and The Mallwalker, each of the company's guns is named after a woman who used a gun and saved a life--more often than not, her own. When an elderly secretary at the local high school confronts a threat in her office with six bullets, Ruby responds by naming her latest gun after the reluctant hero: “The Secretary.” But as production begins on The Secretary, guns start going off all around town--and no one’s pulling the trigger. THE SECRETARY is an offbeat comedy about safety, survival, and guns for a world that’s up in arms.

About the Playwright:
Kyle John Schmidt writes comedies about love, money, and rural America. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Take 10 Apprentice Showcase and the Humana Festival), Curious Theatre, Main Street Theatre (Houston), Theatre en Bloc, and Crashbox Theatre, among others. He has enjoyed development experiences at Seven Devils, Hyde Park Theatre, Capital Stage, Stage West, Coe College, Wordsmyth Theater, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. He has been a finalist for the Humana Festival, PlayPenn, the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, and the Princess Grace Award. He was co-winner of the 2010 Heideman Award and is a former member of the Ingram New Play Lab. Kyle John Schmidt received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers.

Character Descriptions:
Hovey Players is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community: on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our house. Below are brief descriptions of the characters as they are depicted in the script (including the age ranges). Actors of all genders, races, ages, and/or ethnic backgrounds are welcome to audition for any role that they are interested in portraying.

Ruby – the owner of a gun company, late 60s
Janelle – an office manager, 30s
April – a college drop-out, 20s
Lorrie – a farmer, 40s-50s
Brandy– a dishwasher, 30s-40s
Shirley – a killer, late 60s

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