Directing at Heartland

Announcing Directors for our 2023-2024 Season



Directed by Cyndee Brown

Fifty years into their marriage, Bill and Nancy want a divorce. While they seem unfazed by the decision, their two adult sons are shaken to the core, forced to reexamine everything they thought they knew about their parents’ outwardly happy lives. As the family grapples with their new reality, each must reckon with their own imperfect past and how their collective love for each other might express itself in new and unlikely forms.

Auditions: 7-10 pm – July 17, 18 — 2023 (Comedy / 4 men, 3 women)

Read Through: Sunday, July 30

Performances: August 31, September 1, 2 | 7, 8, 9, 10 | 14, 15, 16** — 2023

Strike: Sunday, September 17

BLOOMSDAY, by Steven Dietz

Directed by Sandra Zielinski

Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour thirty-five years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them—only briefly—together. This Irish time-travel love story blends wit, humor, and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.

Auditions: 7-10 pm – September 18, 19 — 2023 (Drama / 2 men, 2 women)

Read Through: Sunday, September 24

Performances: November 2, 3, 4 | 9, 10, 11, 12 | 16, 17, 18** — 2023

Strike: Sunday, November 19

EVERY BRILLIANT THING, by Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Aaron Sparks

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Burning things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

 Auditions: 7-10 pm – December 11, 12  — 2023 (Drama Comedy / 1 man or woman, any age, any ethnicity)

Read Through: Sunday, December 17

Rehearsals officially begin January 2

Performances: February 1, 2, 3 | 8, 9, 10, 11 | 15, 16, 17** — 2024

Strike: Sunday, February 18

CLYDE’S, by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Jason A. Vales

In Clyde’s, a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them down, the staff members learn to reclaim their lives, find purpose, and become inspired to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.

Auditions: 7-10 pm – February 19, 20 — 2024 (Comedy / 3 men, 2 women)

Read Through: Sunday, February 25

Performances: April 4, 5, 6 | 11, 12, 13, 14 | 18, 19, 20** — 2024

Strike: Sunday, April 21


Directed by Darlene Lloyd, Dave Montague, Lynda Rettick and G. William Zorn

At Heartland Theatre we believe in ghosts, and soon you’ll believe in them, too. For our next 10-Minute Play Festival we’re going to put them on stage. Our theme for 2024 is GHOSTS.

We’ll feature eight original short plays in a paranormal presentation that frightens and enlightens. Remember that at Heartland we want to you think, feel, and live!

In June of 2024, everyone will be leaving our theater looking like they’ve seen a ghost and we’ll be delighted. And if the spirit moves you, conjure up a play of your own. Next summer at Heartland, the living will meet the dead, spectators will see specters, and everyone will applaud the apparitions! GHOSTS–Heartland Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Festival for 2024.

Auditions: 7-10 pm – April 22, 23 — 2024

Read Through: Sunday, April 28

Performances: May 30, 31, June 1, 2 | 6, 7, 8, 9 | 13, 14, 15** — 2024

Strike: Sunday, June 23 (June 16 is Father’s Day)


Directed by Douglas Malcolm, Tabitha Miller and Natasha Warloe

(3 one-act plays in staged readings)

Auditions YTBD

Read Through: Sunday, June 23

Forum with Playwright: July 11

Performances: July 12, 13, 14 — 2024


** 2 Performances (matinee and evening) on final performance date

Thanks to all who applied to direct in Heartland Theatre’s 2023/2024 season.


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    Heartland Theatre Company is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our casting and production assignments. When casting and hiring we would like to encourage an openness to diverse and non-traditional choices.

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