Lab Series Festival

Hello hello! At long last Virginia Players would like to present to you our Fall 2016 Lab Series Festival!

We have two different shows to offer on the last weekend of October. What Every Girl Should Know (Directed by third year Katharine Leggett) will be performed October 27 and 28 @ 7pm and Identity, A Musical Cabaret (Directed by third year Kathleen Welch) will be performed October 29 @ 7pm. Both shows will be in the Helms theatre and both will be FREE ADMISSION!

Check out the Facebook Event for What Every Girl Should Know

And don’t forget the one time chance to see Identity, A Musical Cabaret

If you happen to be interested in getting involved directly with Virginia Players, the best thing to do is come out to the festival. This is an easy way for you to get your name out there and for you to become familiar with the type of projects we produce.

Okay, I know the Facebook event says look on the website for more information but our Lab Series chair posted more than what I know on the Facebook events. Shoutouts to her for being a superstar. Shoutouts to me for being slightly below average.

LabShorts Auditions!

Did you miss out on the last audition fiesta and are craving for more?!

Edit: Auditions are closed as we have cast both shorts. Thank you all for coming out to support us!

We’re back with more content! Word on the street is our film branch, LabShorts, is hosting auditions on October 5th! Sign up by clicking on this.

We have two films this semester waiting to be cast, and they are:

“Guardian Angel”
Guardian Angel takes the gendered pressures endured by every college-age woman and frames them with a surrealistic twist. Faced with the expectations of the outside world, every girl is followed around by a personal guardian angel who “helps” them navigate their day- fixing their makeup, keeping them from embarrassing themselves in class, making sure their text messages are just right. But when one girl’s night out takes a dangerous turn, the film confronts the difficult reality of a culture that forces women to be responsible for the assumptions other people inflict on them.

Character Descriptions
(Note: even main characters have very limited dialogue. Most of the more important moments will be based on gesture and body language.)

Nina: College student who carries herself with a level of self-possession that speaks to confidence and composure but is ultimately not impervious. A bit of a defensive bite coats her vulnerability to the undermining efforts of her angel. She is firm, but at the end exhausted and nearly defeated by her situation. Completely open call- any ethnicity/body type/etc.

Main Angel: Angel assigned to monitor and regulate Nina’s behavior. She sees herself as Nina’s friend and co-conspirator, and is often playful even when she is pressuring her. She is not self-serious or severe, but can direct demeaning barbs with an unnerving calm. Completely open call- any ethnicity/body type/etc.

Henry: College bro with the sort of self-confidence and brass to work a room at any party. Cocky in a way that’s appealing and intimidating. Focuses an over-attention on you that is both engaging and threatening.

Jamie: College student, Nina’s male friend, big personality, conversational, and a little bitchy. Not overly invested in other people’s problems.

**Guardian Angels also involves a large number of small, bit parts and will need a lot of extras- so even if you aren’t looking to lead and just want some screen time, there is a part for you!**

“Low Battery” 
In a futuristic setting where phones can talk, the line between phone usage and social interactions has become blurred. When one student’s phone runs out of battery, s/he must learn to live a day without a phone.

Character Descriptions:

Protagonist (gender neutral) – slightly introverted, a little awkward, naively optimistic, more down-to-earth than his/her peers but also is very self-conscious so conforms to the social “norms”

Friend (same gender as protagonist) – extroverted, self-absorbed but makes others feel important, popular, a little superficial and high-maintenance but too lazy to do things for his/herself

Crush (opposite gender of protagonist) – calm, cool, and relaxed, overall very normal character

Auditions will be held in room 115B 216 at the UVA Drama building, contact Danny Wagner ( ) for any questions.

Edit 10/3/16: Corrected room number

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Click here to sign up for this semester’s Lab Series festival auditions!

Just a sneak peak, we’ll be doing What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne and Identity: a Musical Cabaret. You can audition for both shows, or just one of them!*

Auditions will be held all day on Saturday, September 17th.

Contact our Lab Series peeps Kristen ( and Mariana ( for more information

Update 9/25: Hey guys! Auditions are over for this season, thank you all for your support!

*But not neither

Committee Applications Live!

Want to get involved in Virginia Players? 

Apply to be on a committee! Virginia Players is the student wing of the Department of Drama that produces shows, staged readings, workshops, and social events. Plus, new in Spring 2016, we will be producing short films (LabShorts)!

Be part of the action! Apply! Due December 8 at 5pm!…/1F0HvptSdbSI9S_qJVp9x1Ia…/viewform

Please feel free to browse our website for more information.

Audition Notice: Lab Series Auditions

Want to be in a play? Want to work with student directors, producers, designers, and actors in a relaxed, stress-free environment? In another show but want to be in a Lab Series show? It’s possible!

When: September 11 6-8pm
& September 12 11am-1pm
Where: Drama Building
Who: YOU
What: Preparing a monologue is highly preferred but not required. Sides will be provided.
Plays You Can Audition For:
My Name is Rachel Corrie, written by Alan Rickman, directed by Nora Zahn
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“On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was killed in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails – creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since it’s Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.”
An Intervention, written by Mike Bartlett, directed by Aspen Miller 
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“One of them went on the anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk. The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future.”