Open Eye Theater to hold auditions for summer performances


Actors, male and female, teen and adult, are needed for two Open Eye Theater productions this summer:  “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare, performing July 16 through 27, and “Summertree” by Ron Cowen, performing August 20 through 31. 

Auditions will be held at The Open Eye Theater on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for “Summertree” and 3:30 to 5 p.m. for “As You Like It;” and on Thursday and Friday evenings, April 24 and 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for “Summertree” and 7:30 to 9 p.m. for “As You Like It.”

“As You Like It,”  a comedy of family dynamics, politics, power, banishment, mistaken identity and love in the Forest of Arden, will be directed by Amie Brockway. It has a diverse cast including two Dukes who are brothers (one usurper, one banished), Lords (Jacques and others), Shepherds (old and young), Shepherdess (Phebe), Clown (Touchstone), Wrestler, Country Wench (Audrey), and lovers galore. Daughters of the two Dukes, and therefore cousins, Rosalind and Celia disguise themselves as Shepherd (Ganymede) and Country Maid (Aliena), achieving safety in the forest, but confusing the romantic overtures of Orlando and Oliver.  

Complicating things even more are the pursuits of Phebe, Silvius, Audrey and Touchstone. Teens and adults of all ages are encouraged to audition. Women will be considered for some of the roles traditionally played by men.

“Summertree,” a brief moment in a young man’s memory, was first produced in 1968 by the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center in New York City, and was winner of the Vernon Rice Award.  

The play is a joyous expression of the good things in life and powerful indictment of war and the senseless waste which it can bring. David J. Turan will direct.  In the cast are Young Man (18-25); Boy (8-12); Mother (35-50); Father (35-50); Girl (18-25); Soldier (18-40). 

Also needed for the summer season are stage managers, production assistants, light board and sound operators,  set and costume crews.

Please phone 586-1660 or e-mail to let us know what day and time you would like to audition. If none of the scheduled times work for you, an alternate time may be arranged.