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Auditions in Theatre

Open auditions for departmental productions are held for main stage productions. You do not have to be a theatre major or minor to participate, however you need to be a student at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Trifles Title

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre is seeking actors for the upcoming production of Trifles, a one act play by Susan Glaspell, to be directed by senior Shelby Klemann.

Auditions: Wednesday September 5th from 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Callbacks (if necessary): Thursday September 6th from 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Auditions will be held in the Hartman Theatre in Myers Fine Arts. Please arrive 5–10 minutes early.

Audition Material: Please come prepared with a 1-minute monologue of your choice and your schedule for the semester. Auditions will consist of monologues, a group exercise, followed by cold readings.

About Trifles (from Samuel French)

The wife of a strangled farmer is arrested on suspicion. While officers and neighbors are searching the old farmhouse for evidence, two women friends discover a slain canary and a broken cage. This evidence can prove the wife guilty, but by keeping her secret, they free her. An American classic by one of the original members of the Provincetown Playhouse, where this play was premiered. Trifles is unusually powerful and effective, and gives fine roles for two good actresses.


2 women 3 men

Characters in order of appearance

  • County Attorney: young man
  • Mrs. Peters: wiry woman with a nervous face, Sheriff’s wife
  • Sheriff: middle-aged man, Mrs. Peter’s husband
  • Hale: middle-aged man, farmer, Mrs. Hale’s husband
  • Mrs. Hale: comfortable looking, farmer Hale’s wife

Time Commitment: M/W/F 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

Rehearsals begin Monday September 10th.

Must be available for tbe following dates:
Tech week: October 13th–October 17th
Production dates: October 18th–21st

She Kills Monsters Title

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre is seeking actors (with or without combat experience) and non-speaking combat roles to submit for the upcoming production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, directed by Shawna Mefferd Kelty.

Auditions: Tuesday September 4 from 6–9 p.m.

Callbacks expected: Thursday September 6 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Auditions will be held in the Hartman Theatre in Myers Fine Arts. Please arrive 5–10 minutes early.

Material To Prepare: Please prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue

Auditions: prepared monologues, cold readings from the script, and physical movement exercises

About She Kills Monsters (from Samuel French)

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The following characters will be cast and some will be doubled:

  • Narrator — any age/gender
  • Agnes — sister to Tilly (combat/dance role)
  • Tilly — sister to Agnes (combat/dance role)
  • Chuck — Dungeon Master
  • Miles — boyfriend of Agnes
  • Vera — guidance counselor and friend of Agnes
  • Lilith — part of Tilly’s D&D party (combat role)
  • Kaliope — part of Tilly’s D&D party (combat role)
  • Orcus — part of Tilly’s D&D party (combat role)
  • Steve — D&D player (combat experience preferred)
  • Evil Gabbi — Succubus (combat/dance role)
  • Evil Tina — Succubus (combat/dance role)
  • Farrah the Faerie — petite faerie (combat role)


  • 10 ensemble monsters (combat experience preferred)

*those cast as ensemble will have a large part in the puppetry, combat, general monstering/scene shifting, and special effects that happen throughout the show.

*Actors of all race, ethnicity, sexual orientations, gender identities, and class, and alignment are encouraged to submit.
Time Commitment: Rehearsals begin Tuesday Sept 11; M/T/TH/F 4 p.m.–7 p.m.; W 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Stage combat rehearsals will be in addition to regular rehearsal time Sept 17–21

Stage combat rehearsal dates with fight choreographer:

• Friday Sept 28 through Monday Oct 1 from 5–10 p.m.

Must be present for Tech Week — Sat Oct 26–Oct 30

  • Oct 26 — 6–11 p.m.
  • Oct 27 — 1–6 p.m., 7–10 p.m.
  • Oct 28 — fight rehearsal 1–4 p.m. & dress rehearsal 6–11 p.m.
  • Oct 29 — 6–11 p.m.
  • Oct 30 — off

Production dates are:

  • October 31 — morning school matinee
  • Nov 1–3 — evening performances
  • Nov 4 — afternoon matinee and strike
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