Auditions announced for “The Santaland Diaries” and “Race”


Auditions for Dramashop’s Erie Reader Staged Reading Series production, “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, and mainstage production, “Raceby David Mamet, will be held on Sunday, November 18 & Monday, November 19 from 6 to 8pm at Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre, 620 Sassafras Street.

All roles are available. Dramashop encourages both first-time and veteran actors to audition for this volunteer opportunity. The mission of Dramashop is to provide entertaining and provocative theatrical experiences designed to challenge, educate and engage the Erie community.

WHAT TO PREPARE: All attendees will be asked to do a cold reading from the show for which they’re auditioning. Prepared monologues are not necessary, but are welcome. If preparing a monologue, please pick something in the style of the show for which you are auditioning, and limit the monologue to 1-3 minutes.

Please also be prepared to fill out a complete schedule for the rehearsal period(s) listed below, as availability for rehearsals is a factor in casting.

Information on “Race”

“Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared.” (

JACK LAWSON and CHARLES STRICKLAND – Two white men, 30s to 50s.
HENRY BROWN – A black man, 30s to 50s.
SUSAN – A black woman in her 20s.


REHEARSAL PERIOD: Starting on or around December 1 through opening
PERFORMANCE DATES: January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2013
PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Renaissance Centre Theatre, 1001 State St., Erie PA


Information on “The Santaland Diaries”

“THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.” (

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is written as a one-man show. However, for this staged reading, the director may choose to use one actor or divide the role between several actors.

DIRECTED BY Matthew Fuchs

REHEARSAL PERIOD: Starting on or around November 26 through opening
PERFORMANCE DATES: Tuesday, December 11 & Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 8pm
PERFORMANCE LOCATION: PACA Performing Arts Center and Theater, 1505 State St., Erie PA