Auditions – Tuesday, 9/13 and 9/20!

Auditions – Tuesday, 9/13 and 9/20!

 Audition Announcement: The Reading Theater Project will hold auditions for our fall production, Present, Future, Past, three one act plays about Reading’s past, present, and future, written by regional playwrights. 

Auditions will be held Tuesday, 9/13, at 6:30pm, with additional auditions on Tuesday, 9/20, at 7pm, at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, 529 N. 5th Street, Reading, PA.  Free parking and the entrance are available at the back of the building, off the Church Street alley. 

Everyone will audition together, and we will provide scenes so actors can prepare in advance. 

Rehearsals are weeknights and weekend afternoons.  The performances will be in Reading, Pennsylvania at the George Baer Chapel (6th and Franklin) the first two weekends in November, November 4 – 6 and 11 – 13.  Actors are paid a stipend.

More information about the roles, plays, directors, and overall production are available below.  Please contact or call 484-706-9719 with questions.

About the plays: 

  • PRESENT: Buy to Rent by Félix Alfonso Peña and directed by Daphnee McMaster
  • FUTURE: Everybody Hates This Place by Adam Richter and directed by Andrea Kennedy Hart
  • PAST: Grave Concerns by Susan E. Sneeringer and directed by Jody Reppert

Character Descriptions:

Buy To Rent

  • Nando: 30ish Latino ethinicity, born and raised in the US. Outgoing, assertive, smart. New to the neighborhood.
  • Milly: White. Basically surly. Early 40ish, Ted’s niece by marriage, Barb’s neighbor. Lived in the neighborhood for a long time.
  • Barb: White. Pleasant. 50ish, Milly’s neighbor. Also lived in the neighborhood for a long time.
  • Ted: White. 50ish, Milly’s uncle by marriage. Struggling but proud.

Everybody Hates This Place

  • W.C McHenry: An author in her late 50s or early 60s. Female. Left home after high school and never looked back. Want to forget the past and move forward.
  • Marisa: W.C.’s real estate agent and friend from high school. Female-identifying, also late 50s or early 60s. Upbeat, lives in the suburbs, not “the City.”
  • Evan Maldonado: A man in his late 20s. Any race but Latino ethnicity is preferred. Optimistic, loves “The City”, believes he can make a difference. 
  • Barista: A person in their 20s. Takes coffee seriously. Can be played by a male, female, or non-binary actor.

Grave Concerns

  • Eve Mason: a photographer, early 30s.  Talented, blinded by ambition.
  • Nancy: a ghost, 40s. Restless, angry, unable to move on to her next life. 
  • Fred: a ghost, early 50s. Cranky, sarcastic, wiser in death than in life.
  • Tony: a ghost, 21. Troubled in life, unaware that he has passed on.
  • Charlotte: a ghost, 19. Waiting there for a century for her “true love.”

Rehearsal Notes: 

  • Rehearsals are expected to begin September 20.
  • Rehearsals are expected to be 6:30-9:30pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Saturday afternoons from 1-5pm. 
  • We rehearse at Holy Cross UMC at 5th and Buttonwood in Reading, parking lot in the back. 
  • Not everyone will be called every rehearsal. We will be respectful of your time.
  • Load-in to the theater space: October 30; All day
  • Tech: November 1 & 2, 6:30pm
  • Final Dress: November 3, 6:30pm

Show times:

  • Friday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. 

Strike will immediately follow the final performance and everyone involved in the show is expected to help.

For more information or any questions, email