The Actor's Nightmare
An Evening of Short Comedies
The evening will open with The Audition by Don Zolidis, directed by Madalyn Sheehy. This cast is full of local young talent ranging in ages from 7 – 29 and explores the world of auditioning for a play. The hopeful auditionees do everything they can to fit in with their peers but still shine in the audition. The stakes are high and everyone wants the part. A Play with Words by Peter Bloedel, student directed by Stephen Cote, is an absurd look inside the mind of a tortured writer who wants nothing more than to create the perfect play. Leading this cast is Connor MacDonald (Scribe) who was recently nominated for a Best Actor award through the NH Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Romeo in Upstage’s production of Romeo & Juliet. Scribe’s personality traits explode into a cast of crazies and lead him on a journey to find, well … he’s not quite sure, but finding it will change his life forever. He’s not sure if the voices are in his head or if he’s living in some alternate reality but he’s along for the ride to figure it out. Closing out the night is The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang, directed by Becky Cummings. Upstage Artistic Director Andrew Lidestri plays George Spelvin, a man who wakes up in his own worst nightmare. He’s starring in a play he’s never rehearsed, or in fact, even heard of, and he’s not an actor … but it’s five minutes until showtime. The play finds the cast bouncing in and out of several classic plays as George desperately tries to play a part he knows nothing about.