Theatre Tuscaloosa to hold auditions for "Launch Day" on August 29 & 30


TUSCALOOSA, AL – Theatre Tuscaloosa will hold auditions for Launch Day (Love Stories from the Year 2108), on August 29th and 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405).

Opening the 2022-23 season at Theatre Tuscaloosa, Launch Day (Love Stories from the Year 2108) is part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s NewPlayFest program, which brings together new playwrights and theaters from across the country to produce the world premiere of new plays. In this series of vignettes set in the 22nd century, playwright Michael Higgins takes a humorous look at a future where love strives to overcome the complexities of post-modern life.

Roles are available for all genders, races, and ethnicities, and for ages from late teens to late forties. A full cast of characters and their descriptions can be found on the Theatre Tuscaloosa website. Those interested in auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script and bring a complete calendar of any potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. No monologue will be required to audition. Theatre Tuscaloosa strongly encourages all auditionees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and the integrity of the production. A perusal copy of the script is available to read in the ticket office during normal office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Rehearsals are planned to begin on September 6th and will generally run Monday through Friday evenings, 7:00-10:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 2:00-5:00 p.m. until closer to performance weeks. In addition, a special script-development workshop will be held with playwright Michael Higgins on September 25-27.

A 60-minute cutting of Launch Day will be entered into this year’s Alabama Community Theatre Festival (ACTFest), which will be held November 4-6 in the Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405). During ACTFest, community theatres from throughout the state will be presenting one-act plays or cuttings of full-length plays. Participants compete for the opportunity to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) on March 1-5, 2023 in Lexington, KY. Winners at SETC will advance to AACTFest 2022, the American Association of Community Theatre’s national festival, which is planned for June 12-17, 2023 in Louisville, KY. Those cast in the production of Launch Day are not required to participate in ACTFest, but they are invited to continue with the show on to the competition.

Launch Day (Love Stories from the Year 2108) will be presented on October 21-30 in the Bean-Brown Theatre.