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February 7, 2016 – PHOTO & RESUME REQUEST for 21st Century Voices: A New American Cycle

Supporting the next generation of American playwrights, this series highlights new plays in development. A committee comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members works with Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte to read, evaluate, and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The selected works will be featured in staged readings and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talk-backs following each play reading.

The selections for 2017 are: FLYING by Sheila Cowley, PRUDENCE by Stefen Lanfer, STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR by Andrea Lepcio, and RISE OF THE PRICKLY PEAR by Radha S. Menon

We are seeking a diverse group of LOCAL AEA and Non-Union actors to participate in the staged readings of each of these pieces. Take a look at the casting breakdown below, and if you think you’re a fit for a particular role, please submit your headshot & resume to and title the email, “21st Century Voices – [NAME OF PLAY] – [NAME OF ROLE]”. For example, “21st Century Voices – Flying – Susan”.

  • Actors must be available and willing to commit to the two rehearsals and one performance for the show.
  • Non-AEA actors will receive a $50 stipend.
  • AEA actors will be contracted under a negotiated special appearance agreement, rate TBD.
  • A note about casting: Some of the stories we tell are specifically about cultural differences, and we will make every effort to cast those in accordance with the author’s intent. For stories in which ethnicity and cultural background are not specific factors, we will strive to make casting choices that reflect the diversity in our community and world.

FLYING by Sheila Cowley
Rehearses 1pm-6pm Wed 3/1 & 1pm-6pm Thur 3/2
Performs 8pm, Thursday, 3/2

Susan flew military planes in WWII, so men could go and fight. Now she’s been sent home to get back to normal, while the town waits for her local hero husband to come home. FLYING looks at life propelled by stories, as the town tells glory tales of Bob and Susan tries to put away her memories of flying. Susan uses Bob’s legend to keep his family airfield going, so when his wounded gunner shows up looking for a job, she’s forced to hire him. Fisher struggles with an artificial leg and an airfield run by women, as the stories of the town reveal Susan through what they leave out. The background of this play is drawn from oral histories and memoirs of women who served in the WASP program in WWII. It explores the aftermath of war, the bravery of a closeted gay soldier and the quiet, daily acts of heroism that never earn a medal.

SUSAN MCCALLAN “Pilot” – 30’s-40’s Female
LUCY “Pilot” – 20’s-30’s Female
RORY FISHER “WWII vet” – 20’s-30’s Male
LAURA LORENZO “Aviatrix” – 40’s-60’s Female
DOC “Susan’s father” – 60’s-70’s Male

Rehearses 1pm-6pm Thu 3/2 & 1pm-6pm Fri 3/3
Performs 8pm Friday, 3/3

RISE OF THE PRICKLY PEAR is a full-length play about love and betrayal, set in 1958 Santiago De Cuba and 1980 Miami. Che Guevara and his ‘bearded ones’ are holed up in the Sierra Maestra fighting a bitter battle as revolution grips the nation in a dire struggle against American imperialism, while two local women battle each other and bust up over love.
Twenty years later these women reunite in Miami and must face each other and get to grips with the past. This play arose from curiosity and bloomed into an exploration of the illusive nature of beauty and a study into humanity’s ingenious knack of reinvention after betrayal has obliterated one’s status quo.

All characters are Latino, and speak a little Spanish.
HERMOSITA “A beautiful girl” – Female, character is 18 y/o first act, 41 second act
MARIANNA “A maid” – Female, character is 40 y/o first act, 63 second act
FUTURO “Cuban peasant” – Male, character is 17 y/o first act, 40 second act
RAMON “A sculptor” – Male, 30’s (in first act only)
PEDRO “Marianna’s spouse” – Male 50’s (in second act only)

Rehearses 1pm-6pm Thu 3/2 & 1pm-6pm Fri 3/3
Performs 12pm (noon), Saturday, 3/4

Miriam and Zameer meet at a party, and it’s love at first sight. By the next day, they’ve learned just how little they have in common, and just how little that matters. When Zameer tells Miriam that he’s been living in the U.S. illegally, she offers to help – but that turns out to be more complicated and more dangerous than she imagined.
STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR is a new play that examines the impact of the United States Patriot Act on civil rights. The two are arrested when Zameer is suspected of terrorism and Miriam of money laundering. In the end, it is proven that Zameer is not a terrorist; he is deported. Although it is proven she didn’t launder money for Zameer, an idle comment by her mother results in Miriam being implicated in other money laundering schemes at her bank. In the end, it isn’t this foreign man who has gotten her into trouble but the bank and her own mother. She fights for her freedom as Zameer makes a new life in the Atlas Mountains waiting for her. At the end of the play, Miriam promises to go to him once she is free.

MIRIAM ROSENBERG “A lovely 20-something Jewish Woman” – 20’s Female
ZAMEER FAKHOURY “A handsome 20-something Moroccan Man” – Non-White 20’s Male
ACTOR 3 – TRIPP BACON 20-something lawyer friend”, PROSECUTOR, WAITER, COP, GUARD – 20’s Male
ACTOR 4 – ASRA FAKHOURY “Zameer’s sister”, PROSECTOR, DENISE, GUARD – Non-White 20’s Female
ACTOR 5 – SELMA SASSMAN “Miriam’s Mother”, ANNOUNCER, COP, GUARD – 40+ Female


PRUDENCE by Stefan Lanfer
Rehearses 1pm-6pm Fri 3/2 & 10am-3pm Sat 3/4
Performs 4pm Saturday, 3/4

In 1833, when two dozen black girls came to a new school in rural Connecticut, they met insults and assaults. The State passed laws threatening fines and whippings should they remain. Their white teacher, Prudence Crandall, was jailed. The ensuing trials were breathlessly covered in the national press, and nearly forced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether nonwhites were citizens. Yet, when Connecticut’s highest court dismissed the case, a mob took justice in its hands, destroying the school with lead pipes, as the girls hid upstairs. PRUDENCE traces these events through the eyes of a young black woman and her classmates visiting the Prudence Crandall Museum. Weaving together past and present, the story becomes their story, of striving to claim America’s promise, only to be beaten back – though never into division, despair, or submission – by men with a different view of what makes our nation great.

JULIA WILLIAMS – “A student at the Canterbury School” – Teen African American Female
HOPE WILLIAMS – “Julia’s mother” ,TOWN MEETING SPEAKER.” – 40’s African American Female
SARAH HARRIS – “Student at the Canterbury School, TOWNSPERSON, GEORGE WHITE)” – Teen African American Female
ANN HAMMOND – “Student” at the Canterbury School ,TOWNSPERSON” – Teen African American Female


December 20, 2016 – Hairspray update

Thank you to the nearly 140 actors, singers, dancers, and actor/singer/dancers who attended our Hairspray auditions and callbacks on December 19th and 20th. We were truly impressed by the level of talent right here in Tampa/St. Pete. We’d love to hire you all, but that’s just not going to happen, so now it’s the difficult task of figuring out who fits best where. We have all of your information, and will reach out to you if we need to see anything further. Thanks for making it a great couple days! – Jim

 December 13, 2016 – Local auditions for Informed Consent

INFORMED CONSENT by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Directed by Benjamin T. Ismail

“A thoughtful and engrossing play…that raises questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs.” -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? An electrifying new play by one of the most exciting voices in American theater, INFORMED CONSENT is a powerful drama about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. Inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon, INFORMED CONSENT takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our genetics defines our fate.

  • Rehearses 2/21/17 – 3/17/17
  • Runs Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, 3/17/17 – 4/9/17, with a possible extension through 4/16/17


  • The script specifically calls for wide ethnic diversity in casting.
  • Audition priority will be given to actors of color. We are particularly seeking actresses of Native American descent for the role of ARELLA.

ONE/JILLIAN: Female, 30-40, Caucasian. A genetic anthropologist who is the smartest person in the room; full of life and hunger, she is racing against time to make the most of the time she has and to save her daughter; she believes in what she’s doing and is willing to do almost anything to accomplish it; would love to be close to people, but doesn’t really understand social cues or appropriate boundaries; she has to be fierce, brilliant, but breakable and charismatic.
TWO/GRAHAM: Male, 30-40, Diverse casting; Jillian’s husband; he is a children’s book author; loving, patient, sweet, funny; a romantic and an optimist.
THREE/NATALIE/ARELLA: Female 30-40, Diverse casting (actresses of Native American descent strongly encouraged to audition). Natalie is Jillian and Graham’s four-year-old daughter; Arella is the spokesperson for the tribe. Very strong, smart, and modern, this actress must be able to morph into a four-year-old and other characters.
FOUR/KEN: Male, 40-70, Diverse casting; a social anthropologist; used to be a bit of a hippie; fatherly; actor must have a strong sense of humor and charm, and be able to play many roles.
FIVE/DEAN HAGAN/MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER: Female, 40-70, Diverse casting; this actress needs to be able to play many roles, and have a strong sense of humor and charm.

  • To schedule an in-person audition appointment, please:
  • Auditions will be held Monday January 9, 2017 12pm – 3pm at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby
  •  For an in-person audition, prepare the sides for the role you’re interested in from the list below
  • To submit a video, please record the sides, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or other online service, and send the link, along with your headshot & resume
    • The deadline for video submission is January 6, 2017


ONE/Jillian    |    TWO/Graham    |    THREE/Arella, Natalie    |    FOUR/Ken    |    FIVE/Dean Hagan

December 13, 2016 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is FULLY CAST

Thank you to all the talented actors who auditioned for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. At this time, all casting decisions have been made. Please come see our production in February-March 2017.

October 21, 2016 – Local auditions for Hairspray

American Stage is seeking Equity and experienced, local non-union actors for roles in the American Stage in the Park production of Hairspray.


  • Rehearses 3/28/17 – 4/21/17
  • Runs Wednesdays through Sunday evenings, 4/19/17 – 5/14/17


  • Actors choosing to audition for roles marked (ROLE IS CAST) may be considered for possible understudy/replacement.

TRACY TURNBLAD: (mezzo, belt) Outgoing, unstoppable, goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. A “pleasantly plump” teenager who dreams of fame and fights to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show. Girls of all shapes and sizes will be considered for this role.
EDNA TURNBLAD: (ROLE IS CAST) (second tenor/baritone or female contralto) Tracy’s kind, plus-sized mother – typically played by a male. Edna runs a laundry business out of her home. A working class, devoted, loving housewife with dreams of her own. Sincere, not campy.
AMBER VON TUSSLE: (female soprano) Bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show, despite her lack of talent. She is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant.
VELMA VON TUSSLE: (mezzo belt) A former beauty queen, Amber’s mother, and producer of the local TV teen dance show. Upscale, attractive, prejudiced snob who always wants her daughter in the spotlight. Funny, biting, manipulative.
PENNY PINGLETON: (female mezzo, belt) Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted, neurotic and perky best friend.
LINK LARKIN: (male second tenor/baritone) A teenage heartthrob and one of The Corny Collins Show Council Members who falls in love with Tracy.
MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE: (female alto or male counter tenor, or second tenor/baritone) The owner of a downtown record shop and a host on The Corny Collins Show; self-described as “big, blonde and beautiful.” Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother. Powerful and inspiring, with an infectious, brassy personality. African American.
SEAWEED J. STUBBS: (male tenor) A hip dancer. His dance lessons help Tracy get chosen for the local TV teen dance show. Cool, attractive, street smart, good hearted. Son of Motormouth Maybelle who becomes Penny’s boyfriend. African American.
WILBUR TURNBLAD: (male baritone) Tracy’s goofy father; owns the Har-De- Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. A working class inventor with a sweet, childlike personality. Adores his family.
CORNY COLLINS: (male tenor) Host of the local TV teen dance show. Handsome, charming, engaging, smooth.
LITTLE INEZ: (high mezzo belt) Seaweed’s younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black. Spunky, tough, streetwise, outgoing, older than her years. African American.
FEMALE AUTHORITY FIGURE: The Matron guarding The Big Dollhouse, the Gym Teacher, and Prudy Pingleton: Penny’s overprotective and often close-minded mother. May be played by one or several actresses.
MALE AUTHORITY FIGURE: One actor plays various zany roles including a nervous businessman; a condescending high school principal; a flamboyant fashion boutique owner; a cop; and a corrupt prison guard. May be played by one or several actors.
MR. PINKY – (male baritone) Owner of Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway (dress shop).
THE DYNAMITES: 3 sassy singer/dancers, inspired by the Supremes.
THE CORNY COLLINS DANCERS: IQ, Shelly, Brenda, Sketch, Fender, Tammy, Lou Ann, Brad
ENSEMBLE: to play high school students and citizens of Baltimore, all races, all types.

  • For an audition appointment please email your headshot & resume to
    • Indicate the role(s) you’d like to be considered for
    • and your preferred audition time.
  • Auditions will be held Monday December 19, 2016 9am-5pm (lunch 12-1:30) at American Stage in Saint Petersburg, FL.
    • Check-in will be in our 2nd floor lobby.
    • Dance callbacks will be held Monday December 19, 2016 6pm-9pm. Dancers may come directly to the dance callbacks. Some may be asked to sing afterwards.
    • Acting/Principal callbacks will be held Tuesday December 20, 2016 9am-1pm.
  • For an in-person audition, prepare a short selection in the style of the show, or prepare the sides for the role you’re interested in from the list below.
  • To submit a video, please record the sides, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or other online service, and send the link, along with your headshot & resume.
    • The deadline for video submission is December 12.


Amber   |   Corny   |   Dynamites   |   Female Authority Figure   |      Little Inez   |   Link

Male Authority Figure   |  Motormouth   |   Penny   |   Seaweed   |   Tracy   |   Velma   |   Wilbur

2016/17 Season Audition Information

Remaining Show Dates
Joe Turner’s Come & Gone  – Jan. 18th – Feb.19th
Informed Consent  – March 15th-April 9th
Hairspray  – April 19th-May 14th
The Invisible Hand  – May 31st-June 25th
Sex with Strangers  – July 12th- Aug. 6th

Rehearses 2/21/17 – 3/15/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 3/15/17 – 4/9/17, possible extension to 4/16/17

Actor 1  – Jillian: Genetic anthropologist looking to cure Alzheimer’s
Actor 2 – Graham: Jillian’s husband; children’s book author
Actor 3 – Natalie: Jillian and Graham’s four‐year‐old daughter/ Arella: spokesperson for the Havasupai tribe;
mother of a four‐year‐old; in her thirties
Actor 4 – Ken: Jillian’s co‐worker; a social anthropologist; in his seventies/ Lawyer / Little Girl at the Book
Nook / Joan: a preschool mom
Actor 5 – Dean Hagan / Jillian’s Mother / Sheila: a preschool mom

Rehearses 5/9/17 – 5/31/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 5/31/17 – 6/25/17, possible extension to 7/2/17

Dar: early twenties; a lower‐level captor
Nick Bright: thirties; a successful American investment banker being held for ransom
Bashir: mid to late 20s; more aggressive captor and interrogator; an educated man raised in London
Imam Saleem: 40s/50s; leader of the organization who has kidnapped Nick to raise money for the welfare of
his people; a former journalist

Rehearses 6/20/17 – 7/12/17
Runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 7/12/17 – 8/6/17, possible extension to 8/13/17

Olivia : 39 then 41; smart, sexy, outwardly strong but covering some fragility; American but spent many years
living abroad
Ethan : 28 then 30; very charismatic, sexy, a fast talker, used to being the center of attention; from Chicago

If you are unable to attend please mail hard copies of your headshot/resume to American Stage PO Box 1560 , St. Petersburg, FL 33731 and indicate the shows you’re interested in.

American Stage is an Equity theatre company. Our mainstage production operates under the SPT Tier 7 contract. American Stage in the Park operates under an LOA-agreement.

No phone calls, please.

If you missed our General Auditions but would like to be considered, please mail your headshot, resume, and production choice to:

American Stage Theatre Company
PO Box 1560
St. Petersburg, FL 33731