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We will be holding open auditions for its 2019-2020 Season

Straight plays will be held June 8th from 1pm - 4pm and for In the Heights from 4pm to 6pm.

In addition to the characters listed below, please note that characters for the upcoming season of staged readings and special events will be pulled from these auditions

- so if you don't see a character that fits you, come out anyway - who knows what surprises are in store this season!

by Zalman Velvel

Rehearsals mid-June - August 8
Performances Aug 9-24

Bernice Hodes- 65, manager of DMV
Jimmy Rogers – 62, wealthy political power broker (Number 5)
Joe Hargity – 45 - Bernice’s replacement
Mayor – 50s
Number 1 – Hispanic man in his 30s (also #8)
Number 2 – African-American mom with baby (also Sheriff Denise, # 10, nurse)
Number 3 – sex worker (also #6, #9, waitress)
Number 4 – middle aged male (also #7, also Tax Collector)
Each Numbered actor plays multiple parts except Jimmy Rogers, Number 5


The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Director Annette Trossbach

Rehearsals August 1-Sep 19
Performances Sep 20- Oct 12

all roles open to all ethnicities
*possible partial nudity for some actors

Reverend Samuel Parris: Male, 40-49
Giles Corey: Male, 50s to 70
Rebecca Nurse: Female, 50s to 60s
Thomas Putnam: Male, 40s-50s
Ann Putnam: Female, 40s
Judge John Hawthorne: Male, 40s
Mary Warren: Female, teens
Tituba: Female, 30s-40s
Ezekiel Cheever: Male, 30s-40s
Francis Nurse: Female, 70s
Betty Parris: Female, teens
Mercy Lewis: Female, teens
Susannah Walcott: Female, teens
John Proctor: Male, 30s
Abigail Williams: Female, late teens
Elizabeth Proctor: Female, 30s
Judge George Danforth: Male, 50s-60s
Reverend John Hale: Male, 40s-50

The Crucible AUDITION SIDES (Choose TWO for audition)

MARY WARREN – I never knew it before. I never knew anything before. When she come into the court I say to myself, I must not accuse this woman, for shesleep in ditches, and so very old and poor....But then....then she sit there, denying and denying, and I feel a misty coldness climbin’ up my back, and theskin on my skull begin to creep, and I feel a clamp around my neck and I cannotbreath air, and then.........I hear a voice, a screamin’ voice, and it were my voice.....and all at once I remembered everything she done to me!!! So many time, Mister Proctor, she come to this very door beggin bread and cider...and mark this...whenever I turned her away empty.....she mumbled!!! You must remember Goody Proctor—last month—a Monday I think...she walked away and I though my guts would burst for two days after. Do you remember it?

ELIZABETH PROCTOR – Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made. And she may dote on it now---I am sure she does—and thinks to kill me, then to take my place. It is her dearest hope, John, I know it. There be a thousand names, why does she call mine? There be a certain danger in calling such a name---I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn drunk and half-witted. She’s dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinksto take my place, John. John, have you ever shown her somewhat of contempt? She cannot pass you in the church but you will blush...and I think she seesanother meaning in that blush. I think you be somewhat ashamed, for I amthere, and she so close. Go and tell her she’s a whore. Whatever promise shemay sense break it John!! Break it!!!!!

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – Why, you taught me goodness, therefore you are good. It were a fire you walked me through, and all my ignorance was burned away. It were a fire, John, we lay in fire. And from that night no woman dare call me wicked any more but I knew my answer. I used to weep for my sins when the wind lifted up my skirts; and blushed for shame because some old Rebecca called me loose. And then you burned my ignorance away. As bare as some December tree I saw them all---walking like saints to church, running to feed the sick, and hypocrites in their hearts! And God gave me strength to call them liars, and God made men to listen to me, and by God I will scrub the world clean for the love of God. Oh John, I will make you such a wife when the world is white again! You will be amazed to see me every day, a light of heaven in your house,a.....Why are you cold?!

REV. JOHN HALE – Proctor, I cannot think God be provoked so grandly by such a petty cause. The jails are packed, our greatest judges sit in Salem now----and hangin’s promised. Man, we must look to cause proportionate . Were theremurder done perhaps, and never brought to light? Abomination? Some secret blasphemy that stinks to heaven? Think on cause, man, and let you help me to discover it. For there’s your way, believe it, there is your only way, when such confusion strikes upon the world. Let you counsel among yourselves; think on your village and what may have drawn from heaven such thundering wrath upon you all. I shall pray to God open up our eyes.

JUDGE DANFORTH – Mister Hale, believe me; for a man of such terrible learning you are most bewildered—I hope you will forgive me. I have been thirty-two year at the bar, sire, and I should be confounded were I called upon to defend these people. Let you consider, now, and I bid you all do likewise:-- in an ordinary crime, how does one defend these people? Let you consider, now--- and I bid you all do likewise -- -in an ordinary crime, how does one defend the accused? One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. But witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime. Therefore, we must rely upon her victims-----and they do testify, the children certainly do testify. As for the witches, none will deny that we are most eager for their confessions. Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out? I think I have made my point. Have I not?

REV. SAMUEL PARIS – I cannot blink what I saw, Abigail, for my enemies will not blink it. I saw a dress lying in the grass and I thought I saw someone naked running through the trees. I saw it! Now tell me true, Abigail. Now my ministry’sat stake; my ministry and perhaps your cousin’s life....Whatever abominationyou have done, give me all of it now, for I dare not be taken unaware when I go before them down there. Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when there must be some good respect for me in the parish, you compromise my very character. I have given you a home, child, I have put clothes upon your back—now give me upright answer:--- your name in the town-----it is entirely white, is it not? Abigail, is there any other cause than you have told me, for Goody Proctor discharging you? It has troubled me that you are now seven months out of their house, and in all this time no other family has ever called for your service.

JOHN PROCTOR – In what time and place? In the proper place, where my beasts are bedded. Eight months now, sir, it is eight months. She used to serve me in my house, sir. A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything. I know it now. I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her what she is. My wife, my dear good wife took this girl soon after, sir, and put her out on the high road. And being what she is, a lump of vanity, sir (he starts to weep) Excellency, forgive me, forgive me. She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might! For I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat! But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands, I know you must see it now. My wife is innocent, except she know a harlot when she see one!!!

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (first licensed production in the nation)
by Matt Murphy

Directed by Randall Kenneth Jones

Rehearsals early Sep 2019- Oct 24
Performances Oct 25 - Nov 16
A Romantic Comedy. With Benefits. This bawdy comedy will have you rolling in the aisles. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the Contemporary Literature Department holds its monthly "meet the authors" series - Rendezvous with Alternative Authors of the Modern Era.

Character descriptions:

DAN, a gay man. (improv skills a must)
ROBYN, a straight woman. (late 20s)
STEFAN, a super hot hunk from Eastern Europe. (20s-30s)

Sides for Sex Tips Auditions


Let Nothing You Dismay (FL PREMIERE)
by Topher Payne
Rehearsals mid-Oct - Dec 4
Performances Dec 5-22
With touches of Noel Coward and Mel Brooks, Topher Payne's laugh-out-loud comedy brings a family together
in a maternity ward on Christmas Eve.
Each actor plays 2-3 physically-different, totally hilarious roles

1: female, 20s-30s
2: male, 20s-30s
3: female, 30s
4. male, mid-30s
5. female, 50s
6. male, late 50s
7. female, 60s
8. male, 60-70

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf (first licensed production in the nation)
by Tim Sniffen
Director Scott Carpenter

Rehearsals late November-Jan 16
Performances Jan 17 - Feb 8

The Stage Manager [50ish], a folksy, omniscient narrator of New England descent.
Blanche DuBois [early 40s], an anxious, fragile, secretive Southern woman.
Stanley Kowalski [30ish], a sexually aggressive, blue-collar hothead.
Willy Loman [late 50s], a defeated, down-on-his-luck salesman.
George [50ish], a jaded, henpecked university professor.
Martha [50ish], George’s brassy, equally jaded wife.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (FL premiere)
by Sarah Ruhl
Director Nykkie Rizley

Rehearsals early Jan 2020-Feb 20, 2020
Performances Feb 21 - March 14

Race & ethnicity immaterial; David not from USA, possible partial nudity for some actors

Jane, late 40s, capable
Michael, late 40s or so, sensitive
Pip, beautiful, late 20s, moves like a panther, must dance & sing, Earth Mother, Wisdom personified
David, 20s-30s, Slavic accent, mathematician, deliberate
Freddie, late 20s-30s, gentle, attracted to men & women
Jenna, 16, fierce and tender

In the Heights
by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes
Director Carmen Crussard

Rehearsals late January 2020-Mar 26
Performances March 27, 2020- April 18, 2020

Be prepared with 2, 32 bar cuts of a Pop/Musical Theater song in the style of the show (You may sing
from the show). Have printed sheet music, clearly marked for an accompanist. Also, be prepared for a short movement audition.

Dancers: boys, girls, poppers, lockers, breakdancers


USNAVI DE LA VEGA: (Early 20s, Latino) Owner of De La Vega Bodega, narrator.He is in love with Vanessa.
Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor-Bari, MUST RAP!

NINA ROSARIO: (19, Latina) Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-Soprano

KEVIN ROSARIO: (40s, Latino) Nina's overprotective father. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

CAMILA ROSARIO: (40s, Latina) Nina's strong-willed mother. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

BENNY: (Early 20s, any ethnicity except Latino) An employee of Rosario's; he falls in love with Nina.

VANESSA: (Early 20s, any ethnicity) Usnavi's love interest who works at Daniela's salon. VOCAL RANGE:

SONNY: (16, Latino) Usnavi's sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious cousin. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor

ABUELA CLAUDIA: (Mid-late 60s, Latina) Raised Usnavi, though not his blood grandmother. She and her mother moved from Cuba to New York in 1943 while she was a child. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto

DANIELA: (30s, Latina) The outrageously dramatic owner of the salon where the neighborhood girls come to gossip. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto

CARLA: (20s, Latina) Works at Daniela's salon along with Vanessa. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Alto

GRAFFITI PETE: (Late-Teens, Latino) A graffiti artist and friend of Sonny. STRONG DANCER!!!

PIRAGUA GUY: (30s-40s, Latino) The owner of a small piragua stand. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal. VOCAL RANGE: Tenor


Hilton Garden Inn

Direct Booking Link - The Laboratory Theater of FL
Amenities and Services Included in the preferred rate:
*Special discounted rates for a king room or a room with 2 double beds
*Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
*Free Parking
*Complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius of the hotel – shopping and restaurant attractions
*Onsite restaurant serving breakfast daily; restaurant re-opens at 5pm along with the bar
*Hospitality Center in each room – microwave, refrigerator and coffee Keurig machine


The Laboratory Theater of Florida - 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 334
Fort Myers, FL 33902