Rock River Players set open auditions for two short plays

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Rock River Players will hold auditions for two one-acts to be presented in an early June Evening of One Acts in the Williamsville Hall, Williamsville. All are welcome Friday, March 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, from noon to 3 p.m., at Newfane's Moore Free Library. Allow a half-hour to audition.

Here, Gus and The Philadelphia are both part of this program of short plays which opens the Rock River Players' 2022 season.

By Jennifer Jasper, Here, Gus is about a woman who returns to her estranged father's apartment after his death to deal with what he's left behind, including Gus, his best friend, a dog. Roles are: Gretchen, a successful businesswoman, for individuals in their 30s or 40s; Gus, a dog (with no costume denoting a “dog” or any other canine affectation), 14–30s; Caroline, a neighbor, 20s–50s; George, Gretchen's father, over 65.

The Philadelphia, by Davis Ives, takes place in a restaurant, when a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in an anomalous pocket of reality. Roles are: Al, easy going, to a point, age 40s–60s; Mark, frazzled, 30s–50s; waitress, burnt out on the service industry, 30s–50s.

Director Pamela Corkey, new to the Players and to the area, is an experienced film director and writer, “excited,” she says, “to bring her storytelling skills from the screen to the stage.”

All interested in auditioning should email [email protected] and list the role(s) they wish to read for. A confirmation will be sent along with a copy of the script.

Casting will be announced by March 23; rehearsals begin early April. Those unable to attend scheduled auditions who would like to make arrangements for a video audition should also email Corkey.

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