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Auditions

The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are held in our Annex at 2132 Renard Court (off General’s Highway near the Annapolis Mall) unless otherwise noted. All performances are held at 108 East Street, just off State Circle, in historic Annapolis. The Colonial Players welcomes actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Auditioners are encouraged to download and print the audition form available on our downloads page, fill it in, and bring it to auditions. (The form cannot be filled in on-line.)

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You may opt to attach a photo in the space indicated, or one will be taken at auditions.

The Colonial Players, Inc. always welcomes new members! The fee for our Adult Annual Membership is $10 per year. First time volunteers receive a complimentary membership, valid through the end of the current membership year. Youth under 18 also receive a membership at no cost. Click here to sign up for an Adult membership online! 

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The City of Conversation

Written by Anthony Giardina
Directed by Ruben Vellekoop
Produced by Kaelynn Bedsworth

AUDITIONS

  • Saturday, October 8, 2016: sign-in starting at 1:00 p.m., auditions at 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 10, 2016: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

CALLBACKS (if needed)

  • Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Ct., Annapolis, MD 21401

SIGNIFICANT DATES

  • Performances: January 13 - 28, 2017
    • 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
    • 2:00 p.m. on Sundays
    • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 (Sunday evening performance)
  • First Read-Through: TBD
  • Rehearsals: based on cast availability
  • Publicity Photo Shoot: Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Tech In: Can start Tuesday, December 13, 2016
  • Invited Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Archive Photo Shoot: Sunday, January 15, 2017 following the matinee performance

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Auditioners should prepare a one minute contemporary monologue. There will also be cold readings from the script. Sides will be available at sign-in.
  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions, which begin promptly at the start times listed above.
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated only as time permits. If you know you will be late, please make prior arrangements with director by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • To expedite the sign-in process, the audition form is available at www.thecolonialplayers.org/downloads (under Forms) and can be downloaded and filled out in advance. Please bring the completed form with your resume (or list of experience) and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have a recent photo, we will take one at sign-in.
  • Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts from October 13, 2016 through January 28, 2017.

For more information, please email the director and producer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHOW SYNOPSIS

In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other—where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play, spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative worldview, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.

DIRECTORS NOTES

This play spans three decades so we are looking for actors who can convincingly age before our eyes. Ages below are suggested and might fluctuate a decade or so. Looking for actors who at all times seek truth.

CHARACTERS

Hester Ferris, female, 50s
Fierce, protective, ruthless, idealistic, elegant. Looking for someone with Margaret Thatcher’s determination and Michelle Obama’s warmth.

Jean Swift, female, 50s, Caucasian
Hester’s sister. Warm, caring, nurturing, smarter than people give her credit for. Think Mother Goose meets Carla Turk.

Colin Ferris, male, 20s, Caucasian
Hester’s son. Meek, boyish, doughy, eager. Makes hard choices throughout the play to prove himself to everybody but himself. A mix of Ray Stantz and Ferris Bueller. Doubles as adult Ethan Ferris, Colin and Anna’s son.

Anna Fitzgerald, female, 20s
The girlfriend Colin brings home. Ambitious, aggressive, cunning. Hails from a small town in the Midwest, determined to make it in DC. Think Ann Coulter meets Nala.

George Malonee, male, 45-75
Senator from Kentucky, loves a good party, or really anything that comes with a stiff drink. Think Haley Barbour meets Denzel Washington.

Carolyn Malonee, female, 45-75
You know that one aunt you have? The one who always has a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other? That’s Carolyn Malonee. She’s like Stifler’s mom and Lucille Bluth at the same time.

Chandler Harris, male, 50s
Sweet, caring guy. Always agrees with Hester in public. Doesn’t fight in front of the kids. Earl Blumenauer-esque.

Donald Logan, male, 20s, African-American
Ethan’s partner. Intelligent, curious, supportive. The illegitimate love child of Leslie Odom, Jr. and Ted Mosby.

Young Ethan Ferris, male, 7-10
Looking for a kid with great energy. Can either have some of that boyish innocence or a bit of mischievous streak in him. We’ll know it when we see it.