Call for Director Proposals

Silver Spring Stage – Call for Director Proposals
Deadline: April 18, 2020

Little Theater, Big Ideas
Silver Spring Stage is soliciting director proposals for the following shows for the 2020-2021 Season.

A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Will run December 11 – 20, 2020
This stage version of young Ralphie Parker’s great quest to ensure that a Red Ryder BB gun will await him under the Christmas tree was inspired by the movie cherished by so many. The memorable characters and setting are all there – it is Christmas time in the Midwest in the 1940s and Ralphie must grapple with bullies, friends, his little brother, parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus himself… all the delightful moments your friends and family can’t wait to revisit year after year will be brought to life on stage! With wonderful roles for actors who are both young and young-at-heart, this play offers the chance for a director to delight audiences of all ages while relishing the process of telling what some might argue is the greatest holiday classic of them all!

Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
Will run Jan 15 – Feb 6, 2021
At age 18, Ada Byron is fixated on math, music, and the legacy of her absent, infamous father, poet Lord Byron. When she meets Charles Babbage — whose conception of the Difference Engine was a critical first step towards the computer — the two begin a long intellectual partnership with suppressed romantic undercurrents. Ada’s mother works hard to keep her daughter from a marriage of passion to a man significantly older than her that is sure to provoke scandal, pushing her to marry Lord Lovelace instead. Over time, Ada still finds a way to provide critical insights into the would-be Engine, and Gunderson gives us a glimpse of another woman from history whose life and contributions have been kept out of our public consciousness.

Scissoring by Christina Quintana
Will run February 26 – March 20, 2021
Abigail Bauer is a New Orleans native. She lives with her long-term girlfriend, Josie Hernandez, a Nuyorican artist who is the furthest thing from a wallflower. When Abigail chooses to accept a job teaching U.S. History and Government at a conservative Catholic high school, she must also choose to step back into the closet, despite her girlfriend’s wishes and her own conflicted desires. Her professional ambitions and religious beliefs run a crash course against her personal relationships and internalized shame. Humor is found through anguish, thanks to the guidance Abigail receives from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s friend and lover of many years, Lorena Hickok. Together with these remarkable apparitions, the PA System in the school also steps in to shake her up and help her find the courage to embrace who she is and what she wants out of life. With the intersection of religion and sexuality along with an explicitly diverse cast of characters, this new play promises to become part of the canon of LGBTQ theater. Silver Spring Stage is expressly interested in working with a director who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community and/or who is a person of color.

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale
Will run April 16 – May 8, 2021
Set in Girton College, Cambridge in 1896, this story follows the efforts of four exceptional female undergraduates as they petition for the right to obtain a formal degree from the university following the completion of their studies. You know, the kind their male counterparts all get. With a title that underscores the context in which these women found themselves – “blue stockings” is a derogatory term used to denote female intellectuals – this play explores issues that were central tenets of feminism in the late nineteenth century, including sexual autonomy, equal rights to education, political enfranchisement, and female bicycle-riding. Issues that are almost all still relevant today.

 A Doll’s House, part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Will run May 28 – June 19, 2021
It was shocking for audiences to watch Nora leave her husband and children in Ibsen’s 1879 play A DOLL’S HOUSE. How shocking is it for us, in 2020, to dive deeper into the reasons behind that fateful choice with playwright Lucas Hnath’s PART 2 of the story? The characters take turns sharing their versions of what could have, would have, or should have happened, and there is unexpected humor to be found in the serious nature of the subject matter. While this play is a kind of deconstruction of the original play, it also stands ably on its own as we get to ask ourselves how much we think life has changed for Nora – and for women who see themselves in her – in a world that continues to have strong ideas about where she belongs.

Submission Requirements
Interested? Here’s where to start:

  1. Send a quick note to let us know you’re considering a submission, and for which show(s). It’s not binding, but it helps us predict how much time it will take to read everything. Send the note to Maura at playselection@ssstage.org
  2. Then, get to work on that proposal. In your submission, we request the following:
    1. A resume of your directorial and other theatrical experience.
    2. A proposal for the play(s) of your choice that features:
      1. Themes you believe important or relevant in the play.
      2. Your concept/vision for a production; e.g. period, style, etc.
      3. Ideas on production elements; i.e. set, costumes, lighting, sound, or other special effects (we do not require actual set drawings or lighting plots).
      4. Any designers or staff members you would bring on to your team (we don’t require a full staff in the proposal, but it does help us plan our resources across the season if we know which roles may already be spoken for).
      5. Any other items, including how you might address any particular challenge you see in staging the piece in our unique space.
  3. If you are new to directing at Silver Spring Stage, we also request email contact information for three references familiar with your work as a director.

* Selected directors will be contacted following the submission deadline for interviews to be scheduled on a date and at a location (likely virtual) TBD. *

 Please send the above materials to Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org

Deadline: April 18, 2020 for all plays except Ada and the Engine, which is May 2, 2020.

For your information: 

Silver Spring Stage offers an intimate, flexible, and unique performance space. The stage dimensions are 23 feet x 22 feet for a total playing area of 506 square feet. If you have not seen the stage, we recommend that you make a visit to help yourself to visualize a production. Physically, it is laid out in a diamond shape, with the two lower sides of the diamond facing the audience and featuring a support pole at the tip. The upper sides of the diamond have backstage areas behind them.

Silver Spring Stage presents 7 full stage productions, a holiday show, and an annual one-act festival each season. The house seats 120. A distinct advantage at Silver Spring Stage is that we have our own rehearsal studio on site with a space that matches in dimension the actual performance sage. We also have our own set construction area, storage, costumes, props, and other set pieces.

And finally, please note that Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer organization.

For information or questions, please contact Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org. Thank you!