Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold general auditions for the 2020 season for non-Equity and Equity Membership Candidates on Jan. 18, 10 am – 5 pm, in Sturgeon Bay. Equity auditions will be held later. To find out more and sign up for an audition, visit thirdavenueplayhouse.com/about/auditions.
TAP will also present its fifth annual Winter Play Reading Festival Jan. 31 – Feb. 2. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
The reading cast of Dee Hopper, Alan Kopischke, Alex Sabin and Claire Morkin will present Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime on Jan. 31, 7:30 pm. It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie – a jumble of disparate, fading memories – has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. The reading is produced in coordination with Door County Reads.
The bittersweet romantic comedy/drama Frankie and Johnny at the Clare de Lune will take the stage Feb. 1, 7:30 pm. In a Manhattan walk-up apartment, Frankie and Johnny have just had their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job. Waitress Frankie has had more disappointments than delights in life; short-order cook Johnny is the veteran of one broken marriage already; and neither is in the bloom of youth. The reading cast features Mark Moede and Mary White.
The Feb. 2, 2 pm, reading will be Heroes, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Gustave, Philippe and Henri – war heroes, all – are plotting an escape because they’ve had enough of the tortures of their confinement: dictatorial captors, untrustworthy fellow prisoners and too many birthday parties. Indeed, life in a retired soldiers’ home is almost unbearable. Ray Jivoff, Noah Simon and Ross Dipple form the reading cast.