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Auditions have ended. Thank you to all those who came out.
Please note: only those actors selected for a role will be contacted.
 
The 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival, Toronto, June 2 - June 11, 2016
Canada's largest ten-minute play festival

Please note: this is a non-paying, non-union event. (ACTRA apprentice/Equity apprentice are acceptable). You must be 18 years or older.


You can see a detailed overview of the performance and production schedule at read a play  click here
 

PLAYS. Click on the title of the play to read the play. Note: Only those plays that still need actors will be available to read online. 


NOTE: The plays are posted for the purpose of selecting directors and actors. Any use of a play, either in whole or in part, must have the expressed permission of the playwright.

All plays will be performed at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto on the Mainstage (with a full lighting plot and projections) or in the Studio (with some lighting plots and a large stage) or in Trinity Room (an intimate space that feels like a site specific play).  Read each play's synopsis for details.     

Act in a daring drama


Serengeti by Barry McKinley. Paddy has been out of work for quite some time. Today he has an interview. He's driving fast, very much under the influence, on an icy road.  McKinley sets a haunting surrealism to this piece. Male.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 1:10 pm -3:10 pm // Mon May 30, 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm. 

Dying is an Art
by Kendra Augustin. Sylvia Plath has died nine times. She awakes thinking she has finally reached the end, but manifestations of her younger self show up to inspire her to try one last time. Poetic. 3 Female. Performed on the Mainstage.     
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 1:40 pm - 3:40 pm // Tues May 31, 7:20 pm - 9:00 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Paul and Petandra by Deanna Kruger. Paul and Petandra meet on a park bench one sunny afternoon. What starts out as a casual conversation about swear words and the future of the Universe quickly turns into a surprisingly intimate and sincere discussion about the fragility of life and the nature of grief. Male/Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm // Tues May 31, 8:10 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm. 

A Dog Dreams by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith. A touching story about how we deal with the inevitable.  A story simply told.  2 Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 11 am - 1 pm // Tues May 31, 5:40 pm - 7:20 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

20/20 by Amanda Healy.  Zelda and Oliver are twenty-something friends who must come together to navigate the difficult territory of early tragedy. A millennial deliberation on love and grief. Male/Female.
Performed in the Studio.  
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 3 pm - 5 pm // Mon May 30, 8:00 pm - 9:20 pm // Wed June 1, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm.

Katherine and Peter by Gianfranco Lentini. On the night of her engagement party, Katherine has to decide if a life of stability and routine is a life worth living at all. A two-hander that makes you question choices we make. Male/Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 11:30 am -1:30 pm // Mon May 30, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm. 

Act in an eccentric script


The Sculpture Gallery by Aoise StratfordIn an art gallery, Kennedy, a young artist, is sketching lifelike sculptures of women that are part of a slightly controversial exhibit when a man, several years her senior, strikes up a conversation with her. Where does the objectified artist’s subject begin and the person end? 2 Female/Male.
Performed in the Studio. 
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 1 pm - 3 pm // Tues May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Spooning by Julia Lederer. Judith can't wait for her Broadway debut as a villager/spoon in Beauty and the Beast. Until her "big break" becomes the role of a lifetime. Her lifetime. Forever. Female.
Performed in the Studio.  
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 10 am - 12 pm // Tues May 31, 5:30 pm - 7:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Members of the Public are Requested to Remain Behind the White Line by Marc Harpin. Does museum attendant Cal cross the line with a congenial co-worker? Do we cross our own line when we ask others for some innocent physical contact? 2 Male.
Performed in the Trinity Room.
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 3 pm - 5 pm // Tues May 31, 8:00 pm - 9:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm

Dressing Bobby Strong by Stephen Spotswood. During her first assignment as an assistant funeral director, Constance discovers the client is Bobby, an unrequited love from high school. Imaginative. Male/Female. Performed in the Studio.  
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 2 pm - 4 pm // Tues May 31, 8:00 pm - 9:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Act in a sinister piece of theatre


Witnesses by Dominik Loncar. An Inspector exposes his wife and her lover. We think it's about a love triangle until we realize there's more to the crime. A mystery/suspense that turns that tables on us. Uncomfortable. 2 Male/Female. Performed in the Trinity Room.      

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 2 pm - 4 pm // Mon May 30, 8:00 pm - 9:20 pm // Wed June 1, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm.

Backstory by Francesca Brugnano. A playwright and the character she created battle for control of the dark story she is writing. Is this about the dark side of our creativity or the creative side of our shadow? You decide.  Male/Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 10:30 am -12:30 pm // Mon May 30, 5:40 pm - 7:20 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm. 

B-Roll by Elenna Stauffer (First Prize Winner).  A reality show subject since her birth, Bella has finally had enough of the experiment. It's uncanny how quickly we associate with the play's message. 3 Female/Male.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm // Mon May 30, 8:40 pm - 10:30 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm. 

Campfire Stories by Keith Davidson. As a group of friends tell ghost stories around a campfire, their fun suddenly turns to something more serious. Davidson effectively teeter-totters between funny and very dark. 5 Males.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm // Tues May 31, 8:40 pm - 10:30 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

You Are Trying My Patience by Steve Moulds.
Preston has some concerns about the comments on his latest creative writing assignment, and he wants to discuss his grade. But Ms. Demchek would rather teach him that sometimes, the world holds you to what you write. If only all teachers could be so bold. Male/Female. Performed in the Trinity Room. 
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 12 pm - 2 pm // Tues May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Washing the Dead by Sandra Perlman. Why is this new girl so interested in the young male corpse on their washing table? Secrets are hard to keep from the living. 2 Female/Male.
Performed in the Trinity Room.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 11 am - 1 pm // Tues May 31, 5:30 pm - 7:20 pm // Wed June 1, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Act in an offbeat play

Quack by Patrick Gabridge. Abigail is an impressionable young duck who is not aware of her limitations until they are pointed out to her by the man she loves. An absurd but poignant take on self acceptance. Male/Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 9:30 am -11:30 am // Mon May 30, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm.

Orchids and Polka Dots by Nathan Yungerberg. 1955: An emotionally stifled housewife, a fledgling young research scientist and a tall glass of water infused with 100 gamma of LSD make for hilarious drama. Before there was the "Masters of Sex" there was Orchids and Polka Dots. Male/Female.
Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sat May 28, 2:10 pm - 4:10 pm // Mon May 30, 8:10 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 1, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 3, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Wed June 8, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm// Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm.   

The Paradigm by Josh Downing.
Alice wants Frank to change before dinner and Frank doesn't think he needs to change. So when Alice changes into something drastic Frank follows suit. Do we really accept each other as we really are? 4 Males/2 Female. Performed on the Mainstage. 
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances) : Sun May 29, 10 am - 12 pm // Tues May 31, 5:10 pm - 6:30 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

The Real Thing by Angie Farrow. While two detectives investigate a homicide in a city street, an old fashioned phone rings. Film Noir for the stage. Intriguing.  3 Males/Female. Performed on the Mainstage.   
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances): Sun May 29, 12:40 pm - 2:40 pm // Tues May 31, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm // Wed June 1, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Sat June 4, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm.

Getting Two Gay Men Naked in Ten Minutes or Less by Larson Rose. Ben is struggling to write the best play he can, make it under ten minutes long, comment on racism and morality, and still somehow bring in a crowd. 2 Males. Performed in the Studio. 
YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ON (two tech runs, a dress rehearsal and eight performances) : Sat May 28, 11 am - 1 pm // Mon May 30, 5:30 pm - 7:20 pm // Wed June 1, 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm // Thurs June 2, 6:20 pm - 8:30 pm // Sat June 4, 3:20 pm - 5:30 pm and 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Tues June 7, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Thurs June 9, 8:20 - 10:30 pm // Fri June 10, 7:20 pm - 9:30 pm // Sat June 11, 1:20 pm - 3:30 pm and 5:20 pm - 7:30 pm.