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Solstice Showcase 2017

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Audition Dates:

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Show Synopsis

We are proud to announce the return of The Solstice Showcase, its annual festival of original one-act plays. This three-day event showcases new works of up and coming writers from the NJ/NY area and beyond as well as other theatrical talent.

Shows included in the evening are:

Tickets: $10, general admission

CALLBACKS (By Invitation Only)

Monday May 15th 2017 7:30pm


Rub of the Green

By Tom Tunnington
Directed by Elizabeth Rogers

SYNOPSIS: An army vet confronts his past during a visit to the Vietnam Memorial – and his past answers!

POP: (Male, 65-75) Veteran who has never been able to completely let go of his survivor’s guilt. His manner is mostly serious, but there is a glimmer of humor that occasionally bubbles to the surface.

DUSTY: (Male, 18-20) Young solider, who died during the Vietnam war and who appears at the Memorial to bring Pop some peace. He has a jovial and easy manner.

A Dark Night at the Theatre

written by Lonnie McGuire
directed by Michael Yoder

SYNOPSIS: A TV paranormal investigation team has been sent into the theatre to investigate reported apparitions.

BILL: (Male) Leader of the paranormal investigation team. Very serious about his work. Loves to be on camera.

AMANDA: (Female) The "medium" who relies on her sensitivity to communicate with the dead.

DOUG: (Male) Wide-eyed surfer/hippie type. Easily spooked.

PRODUCER: (Female) No-nonsense business woman.

ADDITIONAL ROLES: Three other non-speaking parts are also available

NOTE: Some improv experience will be useful, but not required.

Quite Contrary

Written by Brianna Keller
Directed by Matt Masiello

SYNOPSIS: A crooked cop meets a mysterious woman and needs wants to know more about her.

EDWARD: (Male, 20s to 30s) Roguish, crooked cop.

MARY: (Female, 20s to 30s) Beautiful, graceful, mysterious.

Your Mother Should Know

written by John Kiely
directed by Amy Shera 

SYNOPSIS: A mother drops by to give her judgement on her daughter's boyfriend of choice but ends up seeing him in a different way. 

JOHN: (Male, 50s) sweatpants wearing, beer drinker, couch sleeper, never been married

JULIE: (Female, 25 years old) humorous, blunt

KAREN: (Female, 50s) over barring, wise-cracking mother,single and ready to mingle, judgemental.


written by Mark Harvey Levine
directed by Jessica Phelan

SYNOPSIS: How much do we really choose the direction of our days?  Simon and Elaine are about to find out.

SIMON: (Male, 25-50) wants to break his routine

ELAINE: (Female, 25-50) content with her daily life

Magical Kingdom

written by Michael Edan
Directed by Rob Nissen

SYNOPSIS: Three friends in suburban Connecticut in the early 60’s discover that the good life isn't all it appears to be when they expose some difficult truths.

HELEN BRADSHAW: (Female late 30s - early 40s) the ‘perfect wife and mother’ – attractive, blond, well coifed, unhappy but doesn’t own up to it.

RUBY WALTERS: (Female late 30s - early 40s) a ‘spicy’ personality and unconventional, ‘full bodied’.

PHYLLIS CLINTON: (Female late 30s - early 40s) sensitive, insecure but with a core of strength, conservative.

In The Early Stages

written by Eric Alter

SYNOPSIS: An elder man reflects on his first love and his life.

TOM: (Male, should be able to play late 60s - mid 70s on stage) married to Katherine

KATHERINE: (Female, should be able to play mid 60s on stage) wife of Tom

DIANE: (Female, mid 30s - Late 40s) Tom’s Daughter


written by Mark Harvey Levine
directed by Bridget Burke Weiss

SYNOPSIS: A lovely dinner at a local Chinese restaurant turns into an unforgettable night for an unsuspecting couple.

BARRY: (Male, any age) Must be able to open & read fortune cookies quickly.

STEPHANIE: (Female,any age) Very significant other of Barry - must be able to open, read & eat fortune cookies.

CINDY: (Female, any age) Wise ass confused waitress. Must be able to stab using a very large knife.

RESTAURANT PATRON: (Male, any age) Must have a blood curdling scream.


Performance Dates

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 2pm


Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time.

The Barn Theatre has an open casting policy for all our productions. As an organization, we are committed to diverse and inclusive casting and welcome all ethnicities and gender identities to audition. Newcomers are especially welcomed and encouraged!

Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact

The Barn does not charge a participation fee.

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

The Barn is an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to provide housing or offer remuneration.