Call for Directors for Players Theatre At Home

As you probably have imagined, Players of Utica had to take an extended intermission from our planned season due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety. We need your creativity to help us reinvent and create the best in local entertainment! We are introducing our new Players Theater At Home project. We would love to hear any ideas you may have for alternate performances that can be produced virtually. We invite you to be creative and submit ideas that would translate well into video format. Use your creative energies to create…
  • simply staged plays — one acts or full-length
  • original scripts
  • musical pastiche
  • scenes
  • monologues
  • improv
  • game shows
  • talk shows
… and any other ideas you might have. (Some example play titles are listed below that reflect brainstorming on our part, but we also want to hear your ideas.) And there will be some great prizes for top performances — and bragging rights too! More information will follow on this new endeavor, so stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for details — or just dive in now! If you are ready to go (and we hope you are!), Download the new director form to reflect this change. Proposals are due Friday, August 31th.  Fill out the form and get it to us ASAP to: or to the address at the bottom of this page. You can also email Joni DePerno-Zahas ( with any ideas or questions. We envision this as a project that you will follow up on as director, producer — bringing in a cast or whatever assistance needed, rehearsing, and culminating in a final performance that can be live or recorded. Though you will be working mostly independently, Players can lend help with tech, costumes, and more. Thank you for being part of the Players’ Family. We value your creativity and commitment and cannot wait to tread the boards with you again soon! A few suggestions:
  • The Weir, by Conor McPherson
  • 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine — allows for 10 very different comedic acting styles.
  • Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell
  • Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All — funny; one character
  • Love Letters — an audience favorite; lends itself to the kind of video we are envisioning.
  • The Belle of Amherst
  • Greater Tuna — two men mostly sitting at a table and doing a radio show; they portray about 20 characters.
  • Women With Wrinkles — 2 elderly women, one black one white; comedy.
  • Our Town — perennial favorite.
Looking for a script? Try these sources: Send ideas and director forms to: Players of Utica – Proposals PO Box 29 New Hartford, NY 13413