Casting Announcement: “Sleight of Hand,” A PopUp

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director and Playwright, Mary Zuzik Andrechik is pleased to announce the cast of Sleight of Hand.

Playwright and Director, Mary Zuzik Andrechik

 

A light-hearted comedy, Sleight of Hand follows 95-year-old Harvey as he looks to add some excitement to his life by robbing a bank.  His wife, Esther, and best friends, Arthur and Mildred, all think he is crazy, but Harvey forges ahead on his adventure.  While in the bank, he must confront the flaws in his plan, along with the Bank President and Bank Security, until his beloved Esther rushes in.  Sleight of Hand is a delightful, short comedy that proves that you are never too old to cross something off your bucket list.

CAST

Harvey – Fred Lash
Esther – Frankie Haan
Arthur – Joe Puzzo
Mildred – Renate Wallenberg
Bank Teller – Danette Illig
Leila Trumbold – Amanda Jones
Officer Linda Bakri – MyChi Haan

Audition Announcement: “Sleight of Hand”

Audition Announcement: “Sleight of Hand”

By Mary Zuzik Andrechik

Play Synopsis

A light-hearted comedy, Sleight of Hand, follows 95-year-old Harvey as he looks to add some excitement to his life by robbing a bank.  His wife, Esther, and best friends, Arthur and Mildred, all think he is crazy, but Harvey forges ahead on his adventure.  While in the bank, he must confront the flaws in his plan, along with the Bank President and Bank Security, until his beloved Esther rushes in.  Sleight of Hand is a delightful, short comedy that proves that you are never too old to cross something off your bucket list.

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. but if you are cast or agree to assist in the production, you are required to join.  Membership is $25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more.  Memberships are for one year, and renewable.

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting seven (7) roles. Unless specified, roles are completely race/gender/age neutral.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition! 

For the senior characters, actors should be 50 or older, but willing to “age-up” with make-up/costumes. Couples, Partners, Families in the same household are encouraged to submit.  No roles are precast, and all roles are OPEN.  

Providence Players is a company dedicated to representing our diverse community through expansion. We welcome current and new talent with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.

TO SUBMIT: Please fill out the audition form (in pdf, in Word) and make a video reading one of the attached character sides:

To begin the video, you should state your name and the character that you are reading (actors may read other characters in the scene if they have no one in their home to read with them).  Email form and video to info@providenceplayers.org with the subject “Sleight of Hand.” Submissions will be accepted until August 3, 2020.

If cast, you must register for a free Zoom account. Basic ability to use Zoom encouraged, including how to join a meeting, and how to choose a background. No Zoom experience? We can teach you!

Rehearsals will normally be 60-90 minutes long on weeknights between 5pm-8pm and on weekends as desired by the cast and director. This schedule is flexible based on cast availability.

This entire rehearsal and recording process will take place virtually. We will rehearse and do table work through video chat, and the performance will be pre-recorded via a number of scenes that will then be edited together.

Questions? Email info@providenceplayers.org.

Characters

  • Harvey (50 or older) – a 95-year-old man, a bit neurotic, married to Esther
  • Esther (50 or older) – 95-year-old woman, sweet and content, married to Harvey
  • Arthur (50 or older) – 95-year-old man, a loud jokester, married to Mildred
  • Mildred (50 or older) – 95-year-old woman, a loud, somewhat bawdy jokester, married to Arthur
  • Bank Teller – calm, polite
  • Leland/Leila Trumbold – Bank president
  • Officer Linda/Lyle Bakri – Head of bank security

About the Playwright and Director

Mary Zuzik Andrechik is a veteran actor, having over 25 years of experience on stages all across the country.  Most recently, she performed in Providence Players’ The Librarian as the Clown.

When the pandemic hit, she began to explore other creative outlets, accepting a writing challenge from Cone Man Running Productions in Houston, TX, and Sleight of Hand was born!  Since the start of quarantine, Mary has written three short plays.  Among them, Sleight of Hand and Alexandra’s Second Act, or How Tamora Saved My Life  have been performed as audio plays on The War of the Words podcast.  Her holiday play, Tingle Saves Hanumas will be read as part of Adventure Theatre’s Jingle in July festival.

Mary is also thrilled to take the reins as Director on this very personal project.  Mary completed this play the day before her aunt, Iris Zuzik, passed away at the fabulous age of 97!  Iris was a FORCE – the original Esther/Mildred/Harvey/Arthur – a WWII Vet and a lady who truly LIVED.  This play is dedicated, with much love, to her.

Casting Announcement: “The Librarian,” A PopUp

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Julie Janson is pleased to announce the cast of The Librarian, by Hansol Jung.

There is a library of your life stacked in its shelves. The Librarian of this library charges 200 bucks a minute to help you rewrite it. Then a clown walks in…

CAST

The Librarian – Wynter Chatman
Client – Elizabeth Keith
Teacher – Ariana Colligan
Dad – David Rawlings
Clown – Mary Zuzik Andrechik Read more

Audition Announcement: “The Librarian”

By Hansol Jung

Playwright, Hansol Jung

Commissioned by The Public Theater
Directed by Julie Janson

Play Synopsis

There is a library of your life stacked in its shelves. The Librarian of this library charges 200 bucks a minute to help you rewrite it. Then a clown walks in…

Learn about the playwright and read the full script here: https://www.playathome.org/plays/jung-librarian

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. If cast, all actors (and in fact, all volunteers), are required to become members of Providence Players of Fairfax ($25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more) for the season (if not already a member).

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting 5 roles.  Three roles are completely race/gender/age neutral. No roles are precast, and all roles are OPEN.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition! 

Download and complete the Audition Form.

We will not be holding traditional auditions. Instead, please send an e-mail with: the audition form and a current picture of yourself (doesn’t have to be a headshot) to info@providenceplayers.org with the subject title “THE LIBRARIAN” by Monday, June 8 for consideration. The director may contact you via e-mail with questions or to set up a ten-minute video chat.

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Announcing: Providence PopUp “Shorts”

Are you aching for a creative outlet? Just want to engage with other artists to create something imaginative and fun? Well great news! A new opportunity has just POPPED UP!

In a time of social distancing and the shuttering of live theater, Providence Players of Fairfax wants to continue, in a small way, to offer quality, affordable, entertainment experiences to current and new audiences, while at the same time furthering our core values of participation and learning through creative expression. If you have seen one of Providence Players’ PopUp performances at the Italian Café, you are familiar with the PopUp mission of providing our members opportunities to expand artistically while broadening our audience, membership, and repertoire.

It is with that mission in mind that we are happy to announce that we will be adapting our PopUp format to include short, online performances our community can participate in and/or enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home. You can see an example here.

Follow Providence Players on social media for POP UP opportunities to:

  • Perform in our next project. Shows will be cast through an open call for volunteers based on a mix of preference and best fit. As time goes on, preference will be given to those who haven’t performed yet or in a while.  Keep an eye out for opportunities on our website and social media!
  • Direct! We at Providence are always committed to quality. Every project will have a director to do some table work, give notes, and apply a cohesive vision to the performance in partnership with the technical lead. E-mail us at info@providenceplayers.org with the subject line “PopUp Director,” if interested. If you have never directed with Providence, a board member will partner with you on the project.
  • The whole package! Tired of waiting for Providence to post a show? Have one of your own you would like to do and already have a cast in mind? E-mail info@providenceplayers.org with the subject line “PopUp Pitch”, a copy of the script and a brief paragraph (<200 words) summarizing your pitch. Someone will be in touch to work with you.
    • We will review all pitches, but acceptance is not guaranteed
    • We currently prefer shows that are around 10-40 minutes long (one acts)
    • We will help you look into the rights availability for your show

Just interested in watching the performances? Be sure to follow Providence Players on social media and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You can guarantee connecting with this offering by liking and following the Providence Facebook Page, joining the Providence Players Facebook Group and following the Providence Players on Instagram.

And just like our in-person performances, we encourage you to make a night of it with dinner AND a show! The Italian Café is still serving delicious takeout for you and your friends and family to enjoy.

Providence Players will always work to provide an artistic outlet to help sustain and develop our community of member artists, no matter what challenges we face. We look forward to creating with you once again.

Mere Mortals, by David Ives.

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund

Patrons, Donors & Fellow Artists,

We are a small theater company, but we have one big and important value at the core of who we are:  “commitment to community.”  We take that seriously.

As a result of the Coronavirus, we know that people are being impacted in significant ways:

  • Risk of a life-threating illness
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Lost wages – due to furlough or layoff
  • Lack of access to the essentials (food, medicine)
  • Social isolation and loneliness

And though we can’t address all of these issues, we can provide some support to those who do.

Will you join us?

Today, we announce that we have established a COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund and will apply all donations given to us to help support those negatively impacted by this crisis. We have received donations in the form of donated tickets from show cancellations and are asking you to join us now to increase the impact these donations will have.  We will apply the value of these donated tickets to match all donations made to help others in our community during this pandemic.

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2019 WATCH Award Nominations Announced

On Sunday January 19, a small group attended the WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors) nomination event at the Birchmere.  Many thanks to Mario Font for representing Providence Players as its WATCH liaison. We are pleased and proud to announce the nominations for Providence Players productions of And Then There Were None and Leaving Iowa.  And the nominees are:

Nominations for And Then There Were None

  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play – Beth Harrison & Robbie Snow
  • Outstanding Makeup Design in a Play – Beth Harrison
  • Outstanding Properties in a Play – Tara Tripp & Kathy White
  • Outstanding Set Design in a Play – John Coscia

Nominations for Leaving Iowa

  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play – Robbie Snow
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Christopher Crockett
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Michael Bagwell as “Dad”
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Amy Griffin as “Mom”
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Charlene Sloan as “Multiple Characters”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Bobby Welsh as “Don Browning”
  • Leta Hall Outstanding Ensemble in a Play
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Julie Janson
  • Outstanding Play

Congratulations to all the nominees.  The WATCH Awards Event will take place at the Birchmere on Sunday, March 22.

Casting Announcement: “Enchanted April” Opens June 5

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Amanda Ranowsky is pleased to announce the cast of Enchanted April, by Matthew Barber.

In this gentle and romantic comedy, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I, the women join together under the Mediterranean sun, seeking a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.  Soon joined by the villa owner, husbands and lovers, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom.  Enchanted April won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New American Play in 2003, along with numerous Tony Award nominations.  Single tickets on sale now!

CAST
(* denotes Providence Players debut)

Lotty – Jessa Whitley Hill*
Rose – Andra Whitt
Caroline – Lindsey June
Mrs. Graves – Beth Whitehead
Costanza – Eleanor Tyler*
Mellersh – Christopher Crockett
Frederick – Chris Persil
Antony – Chuck O’Toole

 

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Meet the Amazing Director and Cast of “Picnic”

A remarkable director and cast present Picnic.  Opens Friday, March 20.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Miichael Donahue
Michael Donahue

Michael Donahue is a current PPF board member and has been actively directing and acting with Providence Players since 2009.  Also, an award-winning director, Michael directed August: Osage County in last year’s season as well as productions of Front Page, Calendar Girls and House of Blue Leaves.  Michael has an MFA in Theater Directing and was Artistic Director for Playhouse on the Square’s Professional Theatre for Youth in Memphis, TN and Associate Artistic Director for HITT Productions.

Q: Why did you want to direct Picnic

A: “The play Picnic takes place on just another Labor Day in the sleepy town of Liberty, Kansas when the train whistle blows signaling the anticipation both of a potentially disruptive arrival and the possibilities of adventure beyond the constraints of the town.  A pandora’s box of longings are released which results in an intense journey full of humor but also the mystery of the journey’s end.  This is a Labor Day that none of the characters will ever forget.  I was compelled to direct this story with all its theatrical possibilities.”

Jaclyn Robertson as Madge in Picnic. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

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Audition Announcement: “Enchanted April,” Feb. 24-26

By Matthew Barber
Directed by Amanda Ranowsky

Play Synopsis

In this gentle and romantic comedy, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I, the women join together under the Mediterranean sun, seeking a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal.  Soon joined by the villa owner, husbands and lovers, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom.  Enchanted April won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New American Play in 2003, along with numerous Tony Award nominations.

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. If cast, all actors (and in fact, all volunteers), are required to become members of Providence Players of Fairfax ($25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more) for the season (if not already a member).

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting 8 roles (5 Women and 3 Men).  No roles are precast, and all roles are open.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition!  All welcome!

Download all three documents: Audition AnnouncementForm and Theater Access Schedule.

Audition Dates

  • 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 24
  • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25
  • Callbacks, by invitation only:  7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26

PLEASE RSVP to info@providenceplayers.org with the date you plan to attend.

Actors who audition one night may be asked to come back a second night, if available. You are not required to be available multiple evenings to be considered. The Director reserves the right to extend the audition period pending initial audition response. Read more