The Hippodrome Theatre is Seeking Non-Union Actors for ROLES in
✦ New Works Festival 2022: Florida Voices ✦

New Works Festival 1st rehearsal: February 13th

Run: Feb 18th and 19th

This Festival is produced under an AEA reading rider and operates under a Fully Vaccinated Safety Rider


Friday, January 28, 2022 – 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Hippodrome State Theatre
25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, FL 32601

  • For Ghost of Romeo and Changeling: Bring a one minute classical monologue.
  • For Buckets of Rain and Terrence: Bring a one minute contemporary monologue.
  • For Yes No Maybe Ommm: Prepare a one minute selection of an art song.  You will sing acapella

Rehearsals will be held Feb 13th – 17th and performances will start at 8 pm on Feb 18th and 19th, Please fill out the conflict sheet at auditions for your availability on these dates.

All actors must be local hires (have local housing).

In compliance with AEA safety rider rules, all actors must be fully vaccinated (before rehearsals begin) and provide their vaccination card upon offer of role. A negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the first rehearsal must be presented as well as consent to testing three times throughout the week of rehearsals and performances.

For an audition appointment time:

Please email HippAuditions with a time frame of your availability for the two days of auditions. Please include your headshot and resume.

Ghost of Romeo: Written by Bobby McAfee

Director: TBA

Ghost of Romeo begins immediately after the untimely deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The Apothecary who sold Romeo the deadly poison is to be imprisoned but would be given a chance at redemption by a desperate Prince. The Apothecary must battle against guilt and ghosts to change his own dark destiny.

  • Apothecary: Male, 30s-50s, any ethnicity. Level-headed and weary, carries the weight of life and death and is pushed forward by it.
  • Prince: Male, 20s-30s, any ethnicity. A presidential candidate with a photogenic smile
  • Gravedigger: Male, 20s-30s, any ethnicity. A scoundrel, a rapscallion, a charming fool led by his own self-interest.
  • Ghost (Romeo)/ Other Apothecary: Male, 20s, any ethnicity. Emotionally, he lives in a place past his story, he’s more driven by revenge, a quiet rage. “…the visage of death and betrayal”
  • Magistrate: Male or female, any age, any ethnicity. A stern, no-nonsense cop dedicated to the prince

Buckets of Rain: Written by Douglas Gearhart

Director: TBA

Buckets of Rain shows us two characters living on the margins and navigating life’s heartaches,  tragedies, and everyday humiliations. All the while they are just trying to keep going. Over many  decades the affection they share for each has weathered struggles and resentments; but their pain has created a bond and their loyalties remain to each other, and to keeping one another from the abyss until the end. 

  • Kyra: Female, 20s, any ethnicity. Stubborn, wants to hold onto the argument, wants to focus on the wrongdoing and be validated in her anger. Frustrated, indignant. Carries a deep sadness that colors every part of her.
  • Nick: Male, 20s, any ethnicity. He’s at his most miserable when we see him in this play, but you can tell he’s the friend with the great sense of humor. A man clumsily trying to support his wife. Carries the weight of knowing he isn’t who he wants to be and accepts that.

Changeling: Written by Monica Cross

Director: TBA

A mother is lost in the forest searching for her missing baby. In the forest she meets one of its inhabitants, a forest child. But time works differently in the forest and the child she seeks is the grown man before her. The mother cannot accept that this is the child that she hoped for, and the child seeking only to be seen for who he has become refuses to pretend to be the person the mother wants him to be. But the forest, which is a mother to all who come to her, provides a space for both mother and child to meet and reconcile and the chance for them to finally form a bond.

  • Forest child: Male, 20s, any ethnicity. A child transformed into a man by the magic of the forest seeking to be accepted as they are.

  • Lost Mother: Female, 30s-40s, any ethnicity. A woman searching for the child she was promised

Terrence: Written by Terrence Jackson and Jane Edwards

Director: TBA

Twelve-year-old Terrence dreams of college, playing pro ball like his cousin, and being a detective.  But after his abusive step dad kicks him out of the house, Terrence must find his own way. This rap drama explores the trap of survival.

  • Terrence: Male, African American, 20s. Illiterate kid surviving the system.

  • Tonita: Female, African American, 20s. Terrence’s devoted sister.

  • Actor 1: Female, African American, Any age. Moms and 16 y/o girl.

  • Actor 2: Male, African American, Any age. Friend, dealer, nephew

  • Actor 3: Male, African American, Any age. Bully, stepfather, dealer

Yes No Maybe Ommm: Written by Ken Pedersen

Director: TBA

Yes No Maybe Ommm is a musical experiment. An etude exploring the universal story of discovery, conflict, war, peace, heart, and family; all told in five words. And who will end up with the taco?

Five strong singers experienced in sight-singing, part singing, and performing acapella.