Call for Directors

Silver Spring Stage – Call for Director Proposals
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Little Theater, Big Ideas
Silver Spring Stage is soliciting director proposals for the following shows for the 2019-2020 Season.

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol by Ken & Jack Ludwig
A clever, joyous retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ordeal with ghosts as an elaborate prank carried off by Tiny Tim (who is now almost a teenager) and his buddy Charlotte, who also happens to be the daughter of Scrooge’s nephew Fred. The audience is in on the fun, while a host of characters from the village lend their talents to help remind Scrooge what kindness means. This familiar story is nicely condensed and filled with enough Christmas magic to delight audiences of all ages. Good opportunities exist here for a director to involve a larger chorus of characters, especially children… as well as puppets!
Will run Dec. 13 – Dec. 22, 2019

Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang
Exploring the topic of race and identity drawing comparisons to the tradition of whites “blackening up” in the minstrel shows of the past, this play confronts the conflict of a contemporary white actor being erroneously cast in an Asian role. It is a quasi-docu-comic-drama that draws elements from the playwright’s own experiences with the Asian-American community as well as the American entertainment industry writ large. It offers a non-traditional structure for a director to bring a strong interpretation to the assignment of the 50+ ensemble roles, with at least 2 men and 1 woman of Asian descent. Silver Spring Stage is expressly interested in working with a director of Asian descent for this production.
Tentatively scheduled for Jan 10 – Feb 1, 2020

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, adapt. from Mark Haddon
Adapted to the stage from the novel of the same name, this play is presented as a play-within-a-play that is read aloud in segments by the teacher of Christopher Boone, a 15-yr-old British boy with an unspecified autism-spectrum condition who excels at maths but has a difficult time understanding people. She has compelled him to write down the details of his quest to understand the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog, who was found speared by a garden fork.  His desire to uncover the truth behind this mystery causes him to risk stepping outside of his safe space to learn not only that this mother isn’t really dead, as his father led him to believe, but that his father is the one who killed the dog. Christopher moves seamlessly through the spaces created by the ensemble of actors who join him on stage; from his home to neighbors’ yards to his mother’s apartment in London, and ultimately back to his school to sit for an A Level mathematics exam that he feels that he must pass. A story about family, community, and the bravery of a young boy who has the ability to see the world in a different way.
Tentatively scheduled for June 26 – July 19, 2020

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.

Director interviews may be scheduled following the submission deadline.

Please send the above materials to Maura Suilebhan at playselection@ssstage.org
Deadline: March 15, 2019

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!