6TH ANNUAL INDIANA PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL - Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Non Equity Auditions

Posted: March 4, 2015
Audition Location: Fort Wayne, IN

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Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Announces


Auditions for the Plays of the 6th Annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival – Sunday, March 22


Scripts may be signed out with a refundable $10 deposit.


1st Place Tie – Is This Seat Taken? by Bob Ahlersmeyer (Full Production-One Act) – Socially-awkward Thomas plunges head-first into the unfamiliar dating pool for the first time in almost twenty years, and Victoria, a strikingly beautiful woman is the target of his clumsy advances.  However, Thomas isn’t completely alone in his quest for romantic enlightenment.  A mysterious outsider arrives to lend Thomas support in this romantic endeavor.  Thomas and Victoria’s conversational back-and-forth comes to a cataclysmic head when past secrets and freshly healed wounds are ripped open anew in the most unexpected of ways.  Both Thomas and Victoria are not what they appear to be, and they all have their own agenda for this particular evening.                                                                                                                                                                             Director: Phillip Colglazier


1st Place Tie – Touch & Go by Rebecca Cameron (Full Production-One Act) – Hospitalized in a coma following an overdose, India hovers between life and death – but she isn’t alone.  India meets Idina, her inner demon, who gleefully claims responsibility for all of India’s indiscretions, namely drinking and drug abuse.  India’s seemingly picture perfect family hovers nearby as she faces the ultimate struggle with her demons.  Touch & Go offers a rare glimpse into the time that India’s life hangs in the balance including the impact her actions have had on the ones that love her.  In the end, it is up to India to decide her fate.                                                                                                                                                                                         Director: Phillip Colglazier


2nd Place – T.B.D.-To Be Determined by Paul Elliott (Stage Reading-2 rehearsals only) – Dottie and Ruth Hamilton have always kept their lives in order, living each day in isolated contentment.  All of that changes when the Sheriff drops a battered teenage girl on their doorstep and asks them to keep her safe.  Neither is prepared for the role of savior and they are even less inclined when they find out a secret the girl is hiding and the identity of her attacker.  Will Dottie and Ruth Hamilton step out of their well-defined world to save the young adult they don’t even understand?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Director: Aaron Willoughby


3rd Place – Between The Sheets by Anthony Hall Seed (Stage Reading-2 rehearsals only) – What happens when two professional escorts end up together in a room instead of with their prospective clients, and follow through with their service before discovering the error?  How do they recover the $2,000 commission each one desperately requires?  And what about the two prospective clients in the adjoining room, who also enthusiastically leaped before they looked?  The ensuing confrontation between all parties is eventually mediated by the hotel concierge, who admits he mistakenly provided the wrong keys and room assignments.  But the seemingly simple mistake leads to unforeseen consequences for all concerned as Between The Sheets plays out.                                                                                                                                                                                            Director: Dianne B. Shaw


Auditions for IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? and TOUCH & GO are on:

Sunday, March 22, 6 pm in the West Rehearsal Hall @ Arts United Center

Auditions for T.B.D. and BETWEEN THE SHEETS are on:

Sunday, March 22, 7 pm in the East Rehearsal Hall at Arts United Center

No Call Backs Scheduled!


Please arrive early to check in and fill out the audition forms for the two 1st place winning plays and the two readings for the 2nd & 3rd place winning plays.  Please call Phillip Colglazier to sign up to audition (260-422-8641 ext. 225)


Is This Seat Taken? and Touch & Go:

Rehearsals: Mon.-Fri., April 27th – May 28th @ Plymouth Church, 6:30-9:30 pm

Dress Rehearsals: Mon.-Thurs., May 25-28 @ Auer Center ArtsLab Black Box Theatre 6:00-11:00 pm

Performances: Fri., May 29th thru Sun., June 7th – ALL AT THE AUER CENTER ArtLab/Black Box Theatre (2 weekends)


Performance times:

Is This Seat Taken? and Touch & Go

Thursdays @ 7:30, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Saturday matinee on May 30st @ 2pm, Sundays @ 2pm,

Possible Brush up Rehearsal on Wednesday, June 3.

T.B.D. – To Be Determined – 2nd Place Reading

Saturday, May 30 @ 10am (Rehearse on 5/25 & 5/27 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm)

Between the Sheets – 3rd Place Reading

Sunday, May 31 at 10am (Rehearse on 5/26 & 5/28 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm)


The Directors for the 2nd & 3rd place Play Readings will be present at the March 22nd audition.  If you are interested in only doing the 2nd or 3rd place play readings, or both, you may indicate it on your audition form and meet the director.  A quick audition will take place and the directors will select whom they like.  The 2nd & 3rd Place Plays will be presented as stage readings on the Festival weekend ofMay 29-31, 2015 only.  Each of these play readings will be presented once during the Festival.  Each actor cast will receive a free pass into the entire Festival and reception which will feature the Dr. Tom Evans as our guest moderator and speaker.


See page 2 for Characters





CHARACTERS: It is possible to be cast in both of the 1st Place Plays playing different characters. 

Same w/ the 2nd & 3rd Place Plays.


Is This Seat Taken?:  2 Women,  1 Man


Thomas: A man in his 30s, socially awkward, but witty and funny when he relaxes, consummate family man.


Victoria: A woman in her 30s-40s, very attractive, smart, and sharp dressed professional woman who knows what she wants, and more importantly, what she doesn’t want.


Rebecca: A woman in her 30s, attractive soccer mom-type, always supportive and is the rock that holds her family together, will stop at nothing to make sure family is taken care of.



Touch & Go: 4 Women, 2 Men


India Markham: Young woman, in her early 20s. Currently in hospital, in a coma due to a drug overdose.


Idina:  Woman, mid-50s; India’s inner demon.  Gaudy, bawdy and loud.  Lots of make-up, jewelry; wearing a caftan or similarly

Flowing gown.  Charismatic and controlling; her charm masks the firm hold she has over India.


Vernon Markham: India’s father, in his mid-50s. Very distinguished, prestigious within the local community. Loves his family,

but also concerned with public image.


Marlee Markham: India’s mother, 50-ish. Very well put together, stylish. Well-respected in the local community along with Vernon. Loving mother who wants the best for her family, but cannot understand how India can act so irresponsibly and destructively.


Sydney Markham: India’s sister, 18. Mature and responsible for her age, but still very impressionable. Scared that India will die.


Doctor: Male, 30s.


T.B.D. – To Be Determined:  4 Woman, 2 Men, 1 M/F


Ruthie Rose Hamilton: A no-nonsense, rigid, sixty-five year old, country woman, raised to be gentler than this life has allowed her to be. She rules her world and her sister with love, but in black and white terms.


Dottie Lorraine Hamilton: Ruthie's slightly older sister. A small, seemingly genteel sixty-eight year old woman, stronger in many ways than her fragile frame implies.


Robert (Robbie) Parker: Thirty five years old and a good guy, as well as the local Sheriff.


Amber: A battered and abused nineteen year old girl with lots of anger issues and a big secret.


Sheila Ray: The town gossip and hair dresser.  A woman who's been thirty years old for at least the last fifteen years.


Doc Marshall: Mid-Fifties, the most influential and most beloved man in town.


Janie Marshall: Doc's wife, a woman who hides her secrets with prescription drugs.



Between the Sheets:  4 Men, 2 Women


Katie: 20 year-old female, Harvard undergrad


Brett: 21 year-old male, former Boston College football star


James: 25 year-old male, attorney working for prestigious firm


Jenny: 23 year-old female, accountant working for Ernst & Young


Horner: 50 year-old male, hotel manager


Waldo: 40 year-old male, hotel concierge


If you would like to serve on the backstage crew, please contact Robert Shoquist at 260 422-8641 ex


For more information or to sign out a script contact:


Elise Ramel

Marketing Director

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre


(260) 422-8641 x 224


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