Monthly Archives: May 2018

Looking for Submissions for Our Second Annual 80 Minutes Festival!

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the second-annual 80 Minutes New Works Festival!

We are currently seeking original, unpublished plays to be featured in the festival. If the play that is being submitted has been previously performed (outside of a staged reading or a workshop), please include that information with your submission.

Our theme for 2018 is Holidays – any holiday: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Boxing Day…

Submissions are open now and the deadline for submitting is October 31st 2018 at 12:59 PM EST. We are currently only seeking submissions from local playwrights (Northeast Ohio), but if there are any questions about that, please contact us.


1. The play must run 15 – 20 minutes long. The maximum is 20 minutes.

2. The maximum number of actors involved in each play is 4. If there are additional characters that will be doubled, please indicate that information on the character list.

3. The play must be set inside a house, to utilize the set that will be existing on our stage.

4. Please include the following information in the Word Document or PDF: Name, Mailing Address, E-Mail Address, Phone Number. Please also include a short synopsis and a list of characters.

5. Please submit your play as an attachment to an e-mail, sent to Please put “2018 80 Minutes Submission” in the Subject Line.

6. There is no fee for submission, but we ask that each playwright send no more than two scripts.

7. If the playwright’s script is chosen for the New Works Festival, the playwright grants Western Reserve Playhouse three (3) royalty-free performances in November/December 2018.

Auditions for “Terms of Endearment”

“Terms of Endearment”

adapted by Dan Gordon & based on the novel by Larry McMurtry & the screenplay by James L. Brooks

 Directed by Karen Rose

 Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 3 & Monday, June 4 starting at 6PM

 Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sign up here for your audition slot:

Rehearsals will begin the week of July 1 and will be selected based on availability of the cast. Rehearsals will take place weekday evenings, and weekend mornings or afternoons 3-5 times per week

Performance Dates: AUG 17, 2018 – SEP 01, 2018. Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM

Challenges in life & love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in “Terms of Endearment.” Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny & touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers & daughters, husbands & wives, & lovers, both old & new.

Teen Acting & Coaching Workshop Announced

The class is open to high school age students for a four week run of 1.5 hours each class. The cost is $100.

The class starts July 5th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Week 1: Intro & expectations
Week 2: Choosing projects
Week 3: Analyze, develop, discuss
Week 4: Justify results, perform, critique

“I have made theatre my life. As a former professional Equity actor, I have performed from New York to California & in most of the regional & community theatres in Northeastern Ohio, starting with the Cleveland Playhouse as a child. Western Reserve Playhouse has become a favorite theatre of mine after performing in six shows here in the past eight years. Teaching & sharing some of my theatre knowledge & experiences will hopefully benefit young people with similar interests.” (Harriet DeVeto).