Special Events

Auditions for “Time Stands Still” & “In the Next Room or the vibrator play”

Auditions for Dramashop’s first two productions of the 2012-2013 season are set for Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schuster Theatre. The productions are a staged reading of “Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies, directed by Domenic Del Greco (performances September 18 & 19, 2012) and a mainstage production of “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jess Ciccone (performances October 25-November 3, 2012). Performance locations to be announced soon.

All roles are available. You can audition for one production or both productions, although it is unlikely that the same actors will be cast in both productions. Dramashop encourages first-time and developing actors to audition for our productions. If you have any questions about auditioning for Dramashop or are unable to make the scheduled auditions, contact us at

Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 @ 6 p.m. at Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre

Time Stands Still: September 18 & 19, 2012 @ 8pm, location TBA soon
In the Next Room: October 25, 26, 27 & November 1, 2, 3, 2012 @ 8pm, location TBA soon

No experience is necessary. First-time actors are always welcome at Dramashop auditions. Rehearsals will typically be held weekday evenings and various times on weekends. Actors must be available for all performances and rehearsals. The director will schedule rehearsals based on the availability of the cast and crew. All roles will be cast with adults 18 or older.  While we attempt to cast age-appropriate actors, the ages listed in the character descriptions below are suggestions only and not requirements.

All those auditioning will be asked to read from the script(s). Cold readings will be provided and familiarity with the script(s) may be helpful. Short, prepared monologues are welcome, but not required. Please be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet indicating your availability for rehearsals between September 1 and the performance dates. Please consider your work schedule, classes, appointments, etc.

TIME STANDS STILL focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. (


SARAH GOODWIN – A photojournalist, late thirties to early forties
JAMES DODD – A freelance journalist, late thirties to early forties
RICHARD EHRLICH – A photo editor, fifty-five
MANDY BLOOM – AN event planner, twenty-five

Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new “hysterical” patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone. (


DR. GIVINGS – A man in his forties, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders.
CATHERINE GIVINGS – His wife, a woman in her late twenties.
SABRINA DALDRY – His patient, a woman in her early thirties.
ANNIE – A woman in her late thirties, Dr. Giving’s midwife assistant.
LEO IRVING – Dr. Giving’s other patient, a Englishman in his twenties or thirties.
ELIZABETH – An African-American woman in her early thirties. A wet-nurse by default.
MR. DALDRY – Sabrina Daldry’s husband, a man in his forties or fifties.

If you have any questions about auditioning for Dramashop or are unable to make the scheduled auditions, contact us at

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

In March 2013, Dramashop will present its offering at Gannon University’ Schuster Fringe Festival. The show we’ve chosen for this event is “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal. One of our edgier offerings this season, Royal takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what the future of the Peanuts gang might look like. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, rebellion, sexual relations and identity are among the issues covered in this drama.