August 13 & 14
"Speed The Plow"

August 30
Deadline for 2017 Submissions

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts announces
Open Auditions for


by David Mamet

directed by John Schwanke

produced by Rebecca Pokorski & Lou Okell

CASTING 2 male and 1 female actors, ages 20 to 60, any ethnicity

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS will be held on Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14 from 4PM to 7PM at the theater (184 Whisconier Rd, behind the library). Callbacks, if needed, will be on Sunday at 7PM. Please bring a headshot, resume, and list of all schedule conflicts. Sides will be posted here by the end of July. Please email if you would like sides emailed to you. Rehearsals will begin in September.

PERFORMANCES are Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Nov. 4 - 19 with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 13 at 2pm.

SHOW DESCRIPTION From Samuel French:
Revived on Broadway in 2008, the original production starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna in this hilarious satire of Hollywood, a culture as corrupt as the society it claims to reflect. Charlie Fox has a terrific vehicle for a currently hot client. Bringing the script to his friend Bobby Gould, the newly appointed Head of Production at a major studio, both see the work as their ticket to the Big Time. The star wants to do it; as they prepare their pitch to the studio boss, Bobby wagers Charlie that he can seduce the temp/secretary, Karen. As a ruse, he gives her a novel by "some Eastern sissy" writer that needs a courtesy read before being dismissed out of hand. Karen slyly determines the novel, not the movie-star script, should be the company's next film. She sleeps with Bobby who is so smitten with Karen and her ideals that he pleads with Charlie to drop the star project and and pitch the "Eastern sissy" writer's book.


Bobby Gould (male, age 40 to 60 the newly appointed Head of Production at a major studio, under pressure to deliver a hit.

Charlie Fox (male, age 30 to 50) Bobby's longtime colleague offers a pitch that will enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for a rival studio - and make lots of money for both men.

Karen (female, age 20 to 40) an attractive temp secretary who becomes the subject of a bet between the two men over who can bed her. Turns out she has her own angle to rise up the Hollywood ladder, and manipulates both Hollywood vets.

Sides are posted below. Printouts will be available at auditions. Familiarity with the play is helpful.


Bobby Gould / Charlie Fox

Bobby Gould / Karen


Although new to TBTA, John Schwanke brings over 40 years experience in educational and professional theatre. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Acting from Moorehead State University and a master’s in Theatre Arts from Illinois State University. John has acted in and directed more than 60 productions over his stage career. He also spent several years in Hollywood working on the major motion picture The Inheritor with Geoffrey Lewis and Suzanne Benton. While in Hollywood, he developed an extremely successful career in theatre production management as the assistant art director and lighting designer for Disney on Parade, and the original Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. From there John joined Theatre Techniques in New York City, the company that he was to eventually own. John’s company built over 500 theatrical productions including Cats, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Chicago, Me and My Girl, On the 20th Century, Sunset Boulevard, M Butterfly, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods to name a few. His company also built the stages for major musical acts such as Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Boston, Hall and Oates, Jethro Tull, and Parliament Funkadelic among others. John eventually sold the company which is still highly successful as a leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions under the name Production Resource Group (PRG).

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Call For Directors for 2017 - Our 60th Anniversary Season!

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts is currently accepting submissions for our 60th Anniversary season! We are asking enthusiastic directors, willing to share their energy and talent, to propose shows that are challenging, entertaining and inspiring for prospective performers and audiences.

We are seeking musicals, comedies, and dramas for our regular season (total of 5 shows with 7 to 14 performances each). We are also interested in proposals for script readings and other special projects to enhance our regular season.

Your proposal should include:

1. Your name, contact information, and a brief resume with relevant coursework and experience. Include at least 1 reference.

2. The show or shows you are proposing. Multiple submissions are welcomed and encouraged. Include alternates or your willingness to consider alternates if applicable.

3. Your thoughts on why, in general, you would like to direct this show at Brookfield Theatre during our 60th Anniversary season.

4. A brief outline of the production requirements for the show. Please include cast size, thoughts on casting, ideas for set, lighting, costumes, technical and creative aspects, any personnel that you may have or need, and any production challenges particular to the show you propose.

5. A copy of the script (plays) or recording (musicals).

6. Schedule preference (winter/spring, spring/summer, summer/fall, fall/winter) and any schedule conflicts.

The deadline to submit is Aug. 30, 2016. Proposals may be sent via email to or by mail to: Attn: Lou Okell, TBTA, PO Box 528, Brookfield, CT 06804

If you are not familiar with the theater, visit our history page to see a list of recently produced shows and special events, or you can send a private message or email with any questions.

Our 2017 season will be announced at our annual Paddys celebration on Sat., Nov. 26, 2016.

Thank you, Lou Okell, President The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts