Silver Spring Stage
Call for Directors for the 2013-2014 Season
Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Silver Spring Stage presents the best in contemporary plays by some of the freshest, most exciting playwrights
working today. We have chosen a dazzling variety of compelling, intellectual, progressive works. It’s
“downtown theater” at an affordable price. We are looking for directors with strong skills and strong vision to bring
these works to life. This season is packedwith wonderful opportunities for actors, designers and directors. The Stage presents a
season of seven full productions, plus a summer one-act festival and a family holiday production. Currently, we are seeking directors
for the five regular season shows listed below. Director applications for the one-act festival and the holiday production will be handled<
We are seeking directors for:
The Baltimore Waltz
by Paula Vogel
Performance Dates: Sept. 20-Oct. 12, 2013
Winner of the Obie Award. A giddy, fleet fantasy based on the love
and adventures of a brother and sister, one of whom has a fatal disease. In the
opening scene, the brother is wearing pajamas, but it is his schoolteacher
sister who’s diagnosed with a deadly virus that sends
the two of them spinning off to Europe to find romance and a cure before the
final crashing scenes where reality sets in.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)*
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Performance Dates: Jan. 10-Feb. 1, 2014
(Comedy) This good-natured parody has all the plays of William Shakespeare
performed (in shortened form — Hamlet clocks in at only 43 seconds) by just
three actors. Typically, the fourth wall is nonexistent, with the actors
speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and sometimes
including audience participation. This is a dizzying tour-de-force of comic
acting and improvisation.
by Tracy Letts
Performance Dates: Feb. 21-Mar. 15, 2014
(Comedy-Drama) Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks,
a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the
better, but keeping up with the times is not one of Arthur›s priorities in
life. This comedy-drama explores the challenges of embracing the past and the
redemptive power of friendship.
Other Desert Cities*
by Jon Robin Baitz
Performance Dates: April 4-27, 2014 (no performance Easter Sunday)
(Drama) Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm
Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her
brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir
dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family›s history — a wound they don't want reopened.
In effect, she draws a line in the sand
and dares them all to cross it.
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performance Dates: June 27-July
20, 2014 (no performance July 4)
(Comedy-Drama) Welcome to Southie a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo,
where this month’s paycheck covers last month›s bills, and where Margie Walsh >has just been let go
from yet another job. Facing eviction
and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who›s
made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh
new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure
enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she
has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and
unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
*pending rights availability
In your submissions to the Stage we request the following:
- A resume of your directorial and other theatrical experience.
- A proposal that features:
- Themes you believe important or relevant in the play.
- Your concept/vision for a production; e.g., period, style, etc.
- Ideas on production elements; i.e., set, costumes, lighting, sound or other
special effects (we do not require actual set drawings or lighting plots).
- Any other items, including how you might address any particular challenges you see in
staging the piece in our unique space.
- If you are new to directing at Silver Spring Stage, we also request three references.
- Please submit both resume and proposal in either Word or PDF format, and ensure that your name and the
title of the play appear in either the header or footer of each page.
Director interviews will be scheduled following the submission deadline.
Please send either a Microsoft Word document or Adobe PDF by email to the attention of Andrea Spitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may
submit proposals for more than one show.
Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2013
For Your Information
Silver Spring Stage offers an intimate, flexible and unique performance space. The stage dimensions are 23 feet x 22 feet for a
total playing area of 506 square feet. If you have not seen the stage, we recommend you make a visit to help yourself to
visualize a production. Physically, it is laid out in a diamond shape, with the two lower sides of the diamond facing the
audience featuring a support pole at the tip. The upper sides of the diamond have backstage areas behind them. Silver
Spring Stage presents 7 full stage productions, a holiday show and an annual one-act festival. The house seats 120. A
distinct advantage at Silver Spring Stage is we have our own rehearsal studio with a space that matches in dimension
the actual performance stage. Also, we have our own set construction area, storage, costumes, props and other set pieces.
Please note that Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer organization.
For information or questions, please contact Andrea Spitz by e-mail at email@example.com. You can also view a list of
frequently asked questions at https://sites.google.com/a/ssstage.org/directorfaq/.