Auditions for “Manuscript”

Open auditions will be held for the Village Players’ production of Manuscript by Paul Grellong on the following dates:

  • Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 7PM
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 7PM
  • Callbacks will be on Wednesday, June 21st on as needed basis by invitation only.

Roles are open to all genders, races, and ethnic diversities. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and are open to all experience levels. The show will be directed by Ashley Lora-Lee, assisted by Roy Mendez.


As this will be a show that involves some intimacy and close contact, all actors cast must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to the start of rehearsals.


Be sure to bring a completed Audition Form PDF to the auditions, or take a moment now to fill out our Online Audition Application »


REHEARSALS will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:30PM beginning Sunday, July 9th.

SHOW DATES are November (2023) 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18. All actors who are cast MUST be available for all show dates, as well as tech week (Sunday October 29th through Wednesday November 1st).


(Dark Comedy) In the bedroom of a Brooklyn Heights brownstone, three ambitious college freshmen confront the discovery of an unpublished manuscript that can guarantee success. It’s winter break; the parents are out of town; and David is the host of this gathering. His best friend, Chris, is coming over with his new girlfriend from college, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a famous author and David an aspiring one. They’ve come to party before a fancy holiday ball. But when Chris makes a run to get their drugs for the evening it becomes clear that David and Elizabeth have a secret history. To make matters worse, Chris returns with shocking news and a stack of pages that will change their lives forever. It appears that their supplier, a famous and famously reclusive author, has died of a drug overdose. After discovering the body, Chris managed to salvage the only copy of his final work from the scene. As the bright young things scrap over what to do with the manuscript, their plotting is by turns hilarious and startlingly cruel. They spin out of control on their manipulative quest for fame and, ultimately, revenge. Little is what it seems, and no one can be trusted as plot twists pile up, and the play hurtles towards a surprise ending.


  • DAVID LEWIS – (M ~ 18yo): An aspiring novelist, slim, brainy, cagey, with a nervous sort of energy. Best friends with Chris and enamored of Elizabeth. Has a forceful kiss with Elizabeth.
  • CHRIS FERRANDO – (M/F ~ 19yo): Athletic, wealthy, warm, and trusting. Best friends with David and boyfriend of Elizabeth. Has a quick kiss with Elizabeth.
  • ELIZABETH HAWKINGS – (F ~ 18yo): Pretty, sharp, quick-witted, and ambitious. A famous artist with a cutthroat edge. Girlfriend of Chris. Kisses both David and Chris.

All actors who are cast must be available for all show dates, as well as tech week (Sunday, October 29th, 2023, through Wednesday, November 1st, 2023). Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. Cast call would be 1 hour prior to showtime. Show dates are listed below.

  • Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Saturday, November 4, 2023
  • Sunday, November 5, 2023
  • Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • Sunday, November 12, 2023
  • Friday, November 17, 2023
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023

Please bring a list of conflicts to the audition to allow for scheduling considerations.


Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights & sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do. 

They’re also GREAT for first timers to come out and observe how things are done, maybe express interest in being a helper, or read for a part! We almost always cast at least one person who’s never been on stage before. You never know what can happen!

Questions? Please contact director Ashley Lora-Lee at

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