The New York New Works Theatre Festival ( just accepted Hystorical: A Comedy of Eras by Connecticut playwright Alan Maislen for its 2017 competition. The raucous one-act farce will premiere at The Duke Theater, 42nd Street and Broadway, on or between October 3 – 12 with a second round on or between October 13 – 21 and a potential of being selected for a 3rd and final award winning round.  Bob Dio will direct, co-produced by the Landmark Community Theater at the Thomaston Opera House. 

Set in an historical museum a la Colonial Williamsburg or Sturbridge Village, four Puritan re-enactors attempt to bring history to life—only to bring out all the worst in each other. A panel of Broadway producers and Tony and Emmy Award-winning writers will judge the 40 productions, selected from hundreds of submissions. All actors and crew will also attend a Networking Gala with the judges, fellow actors and playwrights.  Although there will be no stipend, travel, food and lodging will be covered.  The rehearsal period will be an intense 3.5 weeks (evenings on weekdays with some daytime weekends) at the Thomaston Opera House rehearsal hall.  Only actors who can clear their September and October schedules need apply.  

The following is a character breakdown of this 4 member cast.

The Characters: 

  • FATHER is a pompous grandstander, but beneath his sophisticated veneer, he’s an anger-management reject who’d rather be yelling at kids to get off his lawn.
  • MOTHER is doing this because her book club lost the book. She has no appreciation of history. She does this to get away from a beer-drinking husband who bosses her around from his La-Z-Boy.
  • MARY is a high school senior who probably stayed back twice. Her guidance counselor made her do this gig because she has absolutely nothing else to put on a college application. She is obsessed with texting to her girlfriends. And she loves sticking it to her fake parents.
  • JACOB is 15 or 16 and simply hostile. He’s a surly troublemaker who is doing this to work off community service. For him, it’s like being grounded. (Jacob’s role is minor with an off-stage voice and an entrance at the end.)

Audition Information (By appointment only) *Please prepare a 3 minute monologue.  You may be asked to also read from the script. Monday, September 11 (7PM -10PM) & Tuesday, September 12 (Auditions and or Callbacks) 7PM – 10PM

Rehearsals begin on September 14th. To schedule your audition please email Director Bob Dio at

About the team; Bob Dio and Alan Maislen created and produced the musical comedy/drama, Y in the World, at Hartford’s Bushnell Memorial during the maiden season of its Belding Theater (2002). Alan Maislen’s humor has been published in Rolling Stone. He is a Clio-winning advertising writer, named to New England Adweek’s Creative All-Star Team for his use of comedy and drama in radio.  Bob Dio has a long show business career as producer, director and actor for film, television, stage and radio. A SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity member, he directed the riveting drama Inherit the Wind and Simon Gray’s Stage Struck at the nationally acclaimed Ivoryton Playhouse. His other stage producing and directorial credits include Death of a Salesman, I Hate Hamlet, Evita, Extremities, and Front Street starring the late Ron Palillo of television’s Welcome Back Kotter.Landmark Community Theatre is currently producing Mamma Mia, the legendary ABBA musical (9/23 – 10/7). 

The Theatre offers opportunities where the community may produce, participate in and enjoy the performing arts; seeks to educate all ages in theater and music; and strives to preserve and protect the Opera House as a historic landmark and community space.

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