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Auditions for the 17-18 Season will be held Saturday May 27th, 10am-2pm.  Please visit our signup genius (click HERE) to schedule an audition.

General auditions are recommended for actors we haven’t worked with and/or were unable to attend Encore’s 2017 unified generals.

If we are familiar with your work, either from working with you before or from the 2017 unified general auditions (Artistic Director Krista Schafer Ewbank attended every day and saw every auditioner) you do not need to attend these general auditions.  Instead, we invite you to send us an email ( to let us know what show(s) and role(s) you are interested in and your known conflicts and we will take that into consideration as we invite actors to our callbacks.

*If you were at the generals or have worked with us before but still want to come show us something new, you are certainly welcome to come to generals!  We do recommend showing us something different… a new monologue, something very different from what we’ve worked with you on, something geared toward the shows we are producing, etc.

Actors should prepare 2 contrasting monologues, no longer than 3 minutes total length.  Please bring a headshot and resume and be prepared to give conflicts.  Callbacks for specific shows will be held later.

Open Book is a non-equity theatre.  Actors will receive a $300 stipend for their work.

Our Season, and available roles:

Life sucks

By Aaron Posner, directed by Krista Schafer Ewbank

Sept 8 – 30, 2017

In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?

Vanya—Male. 45. A ruminator. A kvetch. A smart, sweet, passionate, insightful, wound-tight failure.
Sonia— Female. 24. Kind, caring and quirky. Serious self-esteem issues. Not comfortable in her body.
Ella—Female. 36. Searching, frustrated, hopeful and sad. Very attractive and rampantly desirable.
Babs— Female. 64. Vibrant, artistic, outspoken and even enlightened. A great soul and scrappy wit.
The Professor— Male. 62. Big mind, big ego, big vocabulary, small-ish soul. Selfish. Well-meaning.
Dr. Aster—Male. 52. Broken, beautiful, dissatisfied, savvy and sad. He cares deeply and oddly.
Pickles— Female. 40ish. An odd, sweet, loyal duck. Very literal. A relentlessly positive utopian lesbian.


Be A Good Little Widow

By Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Adriane Galea

Oct 27 – Nov 18, 2017

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral – until her husband dies in a plane crash. Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what’s the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow. A sad comedy about loss and longing.

Melody- A young wife, naive and unassuming yet intelligent, 26.
Craig- Her slightly older husband, lawyer, distant but loving, 30.
Brad- Craig’s friend and paralegal, obvious good looks, charming and sincere, 26.
Hope- Craig’s mother, a widow, skeptical of any woman in her son’s life, mid-50’s.



Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

By Lauren Gunderson, directed by Sarah Hawkins Moan

Jan 12-Feb 3, 2018

Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant.

Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

Voltaire: 30-50s.  Bard. Bastard.  Rebel poet twice locked in the Bastille, always exiled somewhere, and still the toast of Paris. A wit. Charming, boyish.
Soubrette: a young woman.  Plays Young Emilie, Mary-Louise (simple and stupid), and Daughter (direct and strong), others as needed.
Gentleman 1:  a young man.  Plays Jean-Francois (young and doting, sincere) and Maupertuis (sexy and academic), others as needed.
Gentleman 2: an older man.  Plays The Marquis (serious but warm, very formal, a soldier) and Marain (snide and proud), others as needed
Madam:  an older woman.  Plays Mother (serious and wounded) and Madam Graffigny (obnoxious and rich), others as needed
(the role of Emilie has been cast)



Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang, directed by Angie Kane Ferrante

February 23 – 17, 2018

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twentysomething boy toy, Spike.  A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!  Nominated for six Tony Awards and winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play.

Vanya – 50s, living in Bucks County. Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia.
Sonia – His adopted sister, early 50s, living with him in Bucks County. Discontent, upset, regretful.
Masha – His sister, 50s, glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
Spike – An aspiring actor, 29 or younger, sexy, self-absorbed, Masha’s new companion.
Nina – Lovely, sincere would be actress, early 20s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Starstruck and energetic.
Cassandra – Cleaning lady and soothsayer, late 20s.


Time Stands Still

By Donald Marguiles, directed by Wendy Katz Hiller

May 11 – June 2, 2018

TIME STANDS STILL focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, how will they move on to the next chapter?

James–male, late 30′s to 40′s
Richard–male, late 40′s to mid 60′s
Mandy–female, 20′s
(the role of Sarah has been cast)




Actors are always welcome to mail headshots and resumes to us, and we will keep them on file.

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