Eastbound Theatre announces auditions for its annual festival of original one-act plays.
A division of the Milford Fine Arts Council, Eastbound Theatre partners with Westport Community Theatre for a program of six original plays, now under the banner of “East/West PlayFest”.
“We began the festival in July of 2001,” explains producer Tom Rushen of Eastbound. “In 2009, we started working with WCT for encore performances. Over these past few years, the partnership has grown, and we felt that a new title was needed that reflected both organizations. The East/West tag is a play on words, but it also gives a sense on the vision for the festival, always keeping our eyes out in multiple directions for playwrights, directors and performers.”
Auditions for East/West PlayFest will be held on June 22nd and 23rd at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathews Street in Milford. Roles are available for 12 actors, 7 male and 5 female. Ages range from 20s to 60s and actors will be asked to read sides from the scripts.
Actors who are interested but unable to attend, or who would like advance copies of the scripts should contact Producer Tom Rushen at zenripple@yahoo.com.
Performances will begin July 17-18 at Westport Community Theatre, at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Street. The festival then moves to the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South in Milford for July 24-26.
Performance times for all Friday and Saturday shows will be 8 PM. The Milford shows will also feature matinees at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. A $10.00 donation will be suggested for this year’s performances, a portion of which will go to rewarding the playwrights, in recognition of the time and energy they have put into their work.”
For more information visit www.milfordarts.org or contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.
Synopses:
All’s Fair in Love and Science, by CJ Ehrlich of Chappaqua, NY, features two fathers who raise the stakes in their children’s science fair.
The High and Low Search, by Michael Weems of Spring, TX finds a couple celebrating their anniversary, only to be plagued by questions about their future.
Of Butterflies and Roses, by Claudia Haas of White Bear Lake, MN, features two sisters struggling to understand the other’s way of coping with tragedy. Ms. Haas won the Summer Audience Award in 2008 for her play, “Wish You Were Here”.
Testimonial, by Jack Rushen of Stratford, CT, finds an educator being forced into retirement, whose encounter with an enigmatic young woman eases his transition. Mr. Rushen has won the Summer Audience Award for his plays, “The Crossing” (2006) and “86 Jake” (2010).
To the Roof, by Cynthia Arsenault of Haverhill, MA, takes place in an elevator, where a man must take action when the other passenger announces his plan to jump from the roof.
Tumbling, by Mark Lambeck of Stratford, CT, features a young woman who helps an injured jogger, only to be confronted with a troubling admission. Mr. Lambeck won the Summer Audience Award in 2007 for his play, “Lucky Day”.