Confetti Fest 12 – Call for Auditions

Confetti Stage seeks actors and crew for our 12th annual short play festival!  This year we have selected 5 original works by local playwrights to showcase in our 12th season opening show.  For years, Confetti Stage has been devoted to developing new works and local talent, and Confetti Fest 12 is the hallmark of our collaborative and creative process.


Monday, August 22nd & Tuesday, August 23rd

6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start

Albany Masonic Hall, 67 Corning Place, downtown Albany

Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. It does not have to be memorized.  Monologues will be available at the auditions for cold readings.   Actors may also be asked to read selected sides from the plays.  Actors of all ethnicities, ages, and genders are encouraged to audition for the 20+ roles, character descriptions below are suggestions.

Performance dates:

Performances will be held October 7-9 and 13-16 (7:30pm for Thurs-Sat performances; 2:00pm for Sundays)

Tech week schedule to be determined during rehearsals, but actors are expected to clear their schedules the weekend and week before opening.

Please come to auditions prepared with your scheduling conflicts.

Please contact Linda Shirey at with any questions.



By Kate Carter

directed Patricia Keister

Death receives an unexpected visitor.

Characters (1M, 1 M or F):

DEATH (Sam): Could be played by a man or a woman.  Death does his/her job well and quietly, taking pleasure in the small rewards.  He/she has an odd, dry sense of humor.

JOHN MILLS: The father of a willful and adorable five-year-old girl who he loves very much.  John is a very curious and strong-willed man.



by Stephen Henel

directed by Mark Dalton

Funny Voices is about the children of a voice actor connecting with his memory through the ads and cartoons he recorded in life.  As they play their father’s recordings, we see their father in the recording booth, struggling with the challenges of his career and the regrets of his family life.

Characters (1F, 2M, possible multiple M/F):

LARRY THOMAS: Voice actor best known for starring in “Cosmus of the Cosmos,” an animated serial for children.  He is brusque and affable, but has a mean streak as well.

VOICE DIRECTORS: They are all separate characters, but can be played by the same actor or actress.

BETTY: Larry’s daughter. Survivor of an abusive marriage and mother of a young boy, Kenneth.  She has had a troubled relationship with Larry, and is somewhat resentful of her brother for not being more present after their father’s health took a turn for the worse.

BARNEY: Larry’s son.  He’s the drummer in a moderately successful metal band.  He left home at an early age, and while he bears little malice for his father, he also avoids spending any time with him.



by Julie Demers

directed by Tony Pallone

It’s hard to be different when you had thought you were all different together.

Characters (5F; 4M, possible casting of multiple parts):

CASSIE: The main character, in her teens or early 20s, kind and hopeful, a bit naïve

MOTHER: 40s, wants the best for her daughter in her own way

FATHER: 40s, wants the best for his daughter in his own way

GIRL: typical 10-year-old

BOY: college-age boy, oblivious

MISSY: sweet and curious 13-year-old

KID: typical 12-year-old

MISSY’S MOTHER: 40s, overprotective

GUY ON SUBWAY: cross-dresser with spunk

Note: It is best if the cast are all adults.  Actors may be cast to play more than one part.



by Valerie Kavanaugh

directed by Matthew Teichner

From the mundane to the sublime, switchblades to French horns, dejection to ecstasy, this blind date has it all.

Characters (2F, 1M):

WOMAN: Able to play 40s

MAN: Able to play 40s

WAITRESS: any age



by Amy Sarah LaMena

directed by David Braucher

Well-traveled newlyweds, Ken and Marcy, are thrown into turmoil as a parasite diagnosis shines light on a crack in their near-symbiotic marriage.

Characters (1F, 1M, 1 M or F):

KEN: 50-55, A devoted world traveler, Ken rejects everything about his old, pencil-pushing life.  He adores his new wife, Marcy, but can be myopic and pushy in pursuit of his own goals.

MARCY: 40-45, A practical woman swept up in the whirlwind romance offered by Ken.  His lust for travel is putting a strain on her, as is the parasite in her leg.

DOCTOR: male or female, any age, A busy ER physician who attempts to treat his patient depite the surrounding marital drama.