Hovey Players Audition Notice


Hovey Players is thrilled to announce auditions for the first two shows of its September 2022 – June 2023 season:

Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, directed by Donnie Baillargeon
Running September 16th – October 1st
Auditions June 20th and 21stbetween 7pm-10pm; callbacks June 23rd at 6:30pm
Sign up for a 1 hour audition slot at https://bit.ly/WaverlyGallerySignUp

Jen Silverman’s Witch, directed by Katie Swimm
Running November 18th – December 3rd
Auditions June 14th and 15th between 7pm-10pm; callbacks June 18th from 10am-1pm (TBD)
Sign up for a 1 hour audition slot at https://bit.ly/WitchAuditionSignUp

More information about each show can be found below. Actors are invited to audition for one or both productions. All auditions and callbacks will be held at the theater, located at 9 Spring Street in Waltham, MA.

Please note that Hovey Players is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community: on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our house. The audition notices include brief descriptions of the characters as they are depicted in the script. Actors of all genders, races, and/or ethnic backgrounds are welcome to audition for any role that they are interested in portraying.

For our COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Protocols for Cast and Crew please visit: https://www.hoveyplayers.com/covid-19-safety

The Waverly Gallery
Directed by Donnie Baillargeon
Production Dates: September 16th - October 1st
Audition Dates: June 20th from 7-10pm & June 21stfrom 7-10pm
Callbacks if necessary: June 22nd at 6:30PM

THE AUDITION
Auditions will consist of readings from the script by appointment only. To sign-up for an audition slot, please go to: https://bit.ly/WaverlyGallerySignUp
An audition form will be sent to you after you sign up for a slot. Sides will be made available to you at your audition. All roles are open.

THE PRODUCTION
Rehearsals will begin mid-July and will run 4 nights per week Sunday through Thursday. All actors interested in being cast in The Waverly Gallery should be familiar with the play and understand its background. The script is available upon request. For any general questions please contact dkbaillar@gmail.com.

THE STORY
In his powerful, poignant, and often hilarious 1999 memory play, screenwriter/playwright/director Kenneth Lonergan examines a painful chapter from his family’s then-recent past, framed within a harrowingly honest group portrait — his grandmother Gladys’ slow, inexorable decline into dementia. The Waverly Gallery explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent toll her decline exacts on her family, particularly her grandson.

THE CHARACTERS
GLADYS GREEN: She/her/hers, late 70’s-early 80’s; a former lawyer and activist; independent nature, charming, increasingly addled. Hearing impaired. Suffers from early stages of dementia, which worsens throughout the narrative of the play.
DANIEL REED: He/him/his, late 20’s early 30’s; The playwright’s mouthpiece for the story…. to a large extent babysits his rambling grandmother with increasing anxiety while confiding with the audience. Pragmatic with a remarkable amount of patience amidst the complex challenges a worsening mental condition can present to an unsuspecting caretaker.
ELLEN FINE: She/her/hers, late 40’s-50’s. A psychiatrist; independent; easily triggered and frustrated, though not an angry person at heart; a dutiful daughter with abundance of love but little patience as she struggles with her mother’s degenerating mental state.
HOWARD FINE: He/him/his, 50’s; Ellen’s second husband, Daniel’s stepfather. Good-natured, fun-loving and a bit sarcastic. Brings balance to Ellen.
DON BOWMAN: He/him/his, 20’s-50’s. An arguably mediocre artist, quirky, energetic, ambitious, amusing, and uninhibited. Grows increasingly tempered as he slowly comes to the realization The Waverly Gallery is not his golden ticket to fame in NYC. From Lynn, MA with a heavy Boston area accent.

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Witch
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Katie Swimm
Production Dates: November 18th-December 3rd 2022
Audition Dates: June 14th from 7-10pm & June 15th from 7-10pm
Callbacks: June 18th from 10am-1pm

The Audition
Actors will be seen in groups of up to 10 people. Please sign up for a time slot using the link below. Actors should indicate the role in which they are MOST interested and will be sent a side to prepare. The sides do NOT need to be memorized, but actors are encouraged to be very familiar with the material. A copy of the script is available.
Please email Director Katie Swimm to request a copy of the script or with any additional questions: kswimm@gmail.com
https://bit.ly/WitchAuditionSignUp

Synopsis
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.

About the Playwright
Jen Silverman is a playwright, novelist, poet and screenwriter. Jen’s plays include Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth, MCC, Southwark Playhouse London); The Moors (Yale Rep, Playwrights Realm); The Roommate (Humana Festival, Williamstown, Steppenwolf, South Coast, Long Wharf) and Witch (Writer’s Theatre, Geffen, Huntington). Jen’s plays have been produced internationally in Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, and elsewhere. Jen is the author of the debut novel We Play Ourselves and the story collection The Island Dwellers (Random House) and the poetry chapbook Bath, selected by Traci Brimhall for Driftwood Press. Additional work has appeared in Vogue, The Paris Review, Literary Hub, Ploughshares, the Yale Review and elsewhere. Jen wrote The Miranda Obsession as a narrative podcast for Audible/ Vice, starring Rachel Brosnahan. Jen is a three-time MacDowell Fellow, a member of New Dramatists, and an Affiliated Artist with New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Space on Ryder Farm, and the Playwrights Center. Honors: The Helen Merrill Award, the Yale Drama Series Award, the Lilly Award, Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Jen is a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (prose) and 2022 Guggenheim Fellow (theatre). Jen also writes for TV and film. Education: Brown, Iowa, Juilliard.

Characters (descriptions from the script by Jen Silverman)
· Elizabeth Sawyer (She/Her/Hers); 40s/50s/60s. An outcast
· Scratch (He/Him/His); 20s/early 30s. The devil
· Sir Arthur Banks (He/Him/His); 50s/60s. A wealthy and powerful man.
· Cuddy Banks (He/Him/His); 20s/early 30s Sir Arthur’s son, painfully shy, a morris-dancer. He is secretly in love with Frank (and also in hate).
· Frank Thorney (He/Him/His); 20s/early 30s. A confident and successful young man, charming and ruthless. His ambition knows no bounds.
· Winnifred (Winnifred); 20s/early 30s. Sir Arthur’s servant, resigned and pragmatic, secretly married to Frank.