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Casting Call for “The Bookbinder’s Tale”

Casting Call for the Second Show in The Hive Collaborative’s Inaugural Season

This will be the world premiere of “The Bookbinder’s Tale,” written by Bo Wilson. Directed by Diedra Celeste Miranda. Produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle.

Once upon a time, at a Prominent University, a young woman wanted to help people see their lives as stories they tell themselves and each other. Once upon a time, at the same Prominent University, the chair of its English department, who was also the young woman’s fiancé, wanted to indulge her. Once upon a time, at (yes), a cheerful and charming Italian bookbinder thought the young woman’s story and his own might become a single saga. “The Bookbinder’s Tale” is a love triangle that travels in and out of its three characters’ fables, seen through one another’s eyes. Circumstances that seemed set become fluid, and futures shift with startling speed. By turns funny, breathtaking, and touching, it invites us to return to Story–our oldest and best home.

As this is the world premiere of this play, you will have the opportunity to originate these characters in this funny, moving new play suitable for all audiences.

Roles:

  • Mina, 27 years old. Holder of a fairly worthless Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature. She is about to conduct her first night course at a Prominent University. She’s not quite sure whether her current life is the dead end it has suddenly begun to feel like.
  • Rupert, 40 years old. Professor of Literary Criticism at a Prominent University. He is an authoritative academic.
  • Paolo. 44 years old. He is an Italian craftsman and artisan-in-residence at the same Prominent University. He is grounded, soulful.

Prepare: Please bring a one-minute monologue. We may also ask you to do a cold read of a selection from the script. If you are auditioning for the Paolo role, please be prepared to deliver your monologue in a slight Italian accent.

Compensated. All actors will share in gross ticket sales, with a “not less than” amount guaranteed.

Open Call Audition Date: Saturday, July 21, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Callbacks by appointment early the following week.

Video Audition Option: If you are unable to attend our July 21 open call audition, but would still like to be considered, you may submit a video audition. Please do not send us the video, but upload the video (as an unlisted video to YouTube, for example), then send us a link (using the form below). Please submit your video audition no later than Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 pm MDT. Callbacks by appointment early the following week (in person).

Performance Dates: Currently scheduled to open Sept. 21 and run Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 13, although that may be pushed back 1 week.

Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals scheduled to start mid-to-late August and run Mon-Thursday evenings, Saturdays 10 am to noon.

Where: The Hive Collaborative, a new 86-seat theater focusing on new plays located at 591 S. 300 West, Provo, UT 84601 (one block from the Frontrunner station). Depending on the geographic location of our cast, some of the early rehearsal times may be adjusted as well as held in Salt Lake County for convenience.

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Casting Call for “The Actors”

Casting call for “The Actors,” a new play written by Ronnie Larsen. Directed by Patrick Newman. Produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle, The Hive Collaborative, Provo, Utah.

As this is the world premiere of this play, you will have the opportunity to originate these characters in this funny, moving new play suitable for all audiences.

Logline: A man is so grief-stricken by the death of his parents that he hires two actors to come in a few hours a week and pretend to be his parents so he can have a famiy again, but things don’t go as planned.

Roles:

  • Ronnie, 30s-40s. The grief-stricken man.
  • Jean, 30s-50s. The actress Ronnie hires to play his mom.
  • Clarence: 30s-50s. The actor Ronnie hires to play his dad.
  • Actor Jay, late teens to mid 20s. Jean’s actor son.
  • Real Jay, 30s-40s. The grief-stricken man’s brother.

Prepare: Please bring a one-minute monologue. We may also ask you to do a cold read of a selection from the script.

Compensated. All actors will share in gross ticket sales, with a “not less than” amount guaranteed.

Open Call Audition Dates: June 19 & 20, 7 pm to 9 pm. Callbacks: June 22, 7 pm to 9 pm and June 23, 10 am to noon.

Performance Dates: July 31 & Aug. 1, dress rehearsals; Aug. 2, preview; Aug. 3, opening night. Then Wed-Sat evenings from Aug. 3 to Aug. 25. Possibly adding matinees on Saturdays if there is sufficient demand.

Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals start July 2 and run Mon-Fridays, 7 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays 10 am to noon. No rehearsals July 4, July 7, or July 24.

Reading/workshop with Author: Two evenings tbd week of June 25.

Where: The Hive Collaborative, a new 82-seat theater focusing on new plays located at 591 S. 300 West, Provo, UT 84601 (one block from the Frontrunner station).

Other Positions? Yes, we need to fill other positions, if not for this production, for future productions. Please see here.

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Announcing Our Inaugural Play

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural play for the inaugural season at The Hive will be the world premiere of “The Actors,” written by Ronnie Larsen. The play will be directed by Patrick Newman and produced by Ken Agle & Dennis Agle of The Hive Collaborative.

“The Actors” is about a man is so grief-stricken by the death of his parents that he hires two actors to come in a few hours a week and pretend to be his parents so he can have a famiy again, but things don’t go as planned. This fun and moving new play is suitable for all audiences.

Opening night is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2018, at The Hive’s new theater in Provo, Utah.

We are grateful to all the playwrights who submitted their work for consideration. Many of these works are being considered for subsequent slots during The Hive’s inaugural season. In addition, submissions are still open here.

Semifinalists for Inaugural Production

We are delighted to announce the semifinalist for the inaugural production at The Hive. Of the 284 30-page excerpts submitted, we requested full-play submissions from 24 playwrights. (Note that there were other plays submitted that we intend to consider for later or seasonal productions, but these 24 plays were identified as potentially good fits for our first play out of the gate.) Of those 24, we identified the following six plays as semi-finalists.

  1. ANOTHER AMERICA, Bill Rosenfield
  2. HEARTS OF STONE, Donna Hoke
  3. MOSES, THE AUTHOR, Andrew R. Heinze
  4. THE ACTORS, Ronnie Larsen
  5. THE BOOKBINDER’S TALE, Bo Wilson
  6. THE DOG IN THE DRESSING ROOM, Deborah Savadge

We will announce the inaugural production soon. Thanks to all who have submitted thus far. If you haven’t yet submitted a play, and you think you have one that would be a good fit for The Hive, please send it our way.

Collaborateur?

The Hive Collaborative, a new 80-seat theater located in Provo, Utah, is seeking to grow its network of collaborators to help bring to life its slate of new theatrical works beginning in the summer of 2018. See this page for details.