Auditions for The Normal Heart

The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their June 2019 production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run June 7 – 23, 2019. Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5 starting promptly at 7 p.m. Sign-in both days will be at 6:30 p.m. We are seeking 8 men and 1 women. A detailed character breakdown can be found on the LTM website ( Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, April 15. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions or show should be directed to

Character Breakdown:

Ned Weeks – loosely based on the Larry Kramer, Ned is the protagonist of the play. He is deeply committed to fighting for the rights of gay men and doesn’t mind who he pisses off. He is deeply loyal to everyone and is only looking for one outcome – for all gay men to be proud of being gay. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be onstage in their underwear and to be very intimate with another man.

Felix Turner – a columnist for the New York Times, he agrees to meet with Ned to learn more about this strange disease, but really he finds Ned attractive. Felix and Ned become lovers in this uncertain time. Felix is kind, genuine, and is one of the few people who can go toe to toe with Ned and not get scared away. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be very intimate with another man.

Bruce Niles – handsome, commanding, intelligent, and oddly enough in the closet. Bruce is Ned’s friend but also his antagonist at times. Bruce wants to help with the fight but isn’t willing to fully commit by being out about it. Bruce is former military and very charismatic – what all the boys in Fire Island want!

Dr. Emma Bruckner – she is one of the few doctors in New York taking the crisis seriously. She has logged more patients than any doctor in the city and wants to get to the word out to the gay community that there is something wrong. She sees in Ned a kindred spirit and she wants to work with him to start saving lives. She spends the entire show in a wheel chair.

Ben Weeks – Ben is Ned’s brother. He is a very wealthy attorney for a large NY law firm. He loves his brother yet tolerates his brother’s sexuality – “it’s fine with me as long as you don’t waive it in my face”. In the end, aside from Felix, Ben is the only person Ned truly loves and trusts.

Tommy Boatwright – young, excited, passionate and a “southern bitch”. Tommy is “the fixer” of the group. He knows how to talk to people, he knows on to mediate issues, and he is very intelligent and understands what needs to be done.

Mickey Marcus – Mickey represents “Everyman”….well…every gay man. He works for the city of New York, pays his taxes, loves his family and loves being gay. He is proud of who he is and has stood up for gay rights starting with Stonewall. But Mickey is afraid of losing his job and his livelihood thanks to Ned’s tirades.

Track 1:

Craig Donner – appears at the start of the show; Bruce Niles’ boyfriend who has just been diagnosed

Grady – a worker for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis; funny, young

Examining Doctor – a doctor putting Dr. Bruckner through her paces

Track 2:

David – appears at the beginning of the show; has just been examined by Bruckner and recognizes Ned

Hiram Keebler – Mayor Koch’s assistant; officious, condescending, and in the closet.

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Evenings@7 Presents: REASONS TO BE PRETTY

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Silk Room @ Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
Cost: Free, although donations to support this type of work gladly accepted

Written by Neil LaBute and Produced by Dan Checovetes

Join us for another season of amazing, free play readings as part of our 2019 Evenings@7 series.

When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the information gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end. Greg’s life spirals out of control when Steph leaves him, and he has to come to terms with what he has said. Greg’s best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly, and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and Kent are pulled in for the ride. We see Greg, Steph, Carly and Kent deal with the pressures of what it means to be ‘pretty’, and observe how the four friends manage the infidelity, betrayal and deceit that creeps into their lives.

About Evenings@7

Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The 2019 season continues with Monica Wood’s THE PAPERMAKER produced by Mark O’Donnell on April 16th and OTHER DESERT CITIES written by John Robin Baitz and produced by Angela Dias on May 14th.

Shows are open to the public & free of charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.

For more information regarding, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

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Seeking Paid Designers!

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is in search of designers for its upcoming 2019 season. We are looking to fill the following paid positions:

Costume Designer

Set Designer

Lighting Designer

Prop Designer

Sound Designer / Engineer


Please send an email to and include the your Name, Area of Interest and Production of interest.


Our 2019 season is: The Game’s Afoot – 2/1-2/17; Dreamgirls – 4/12-4/28; The Normal Heart – 6/7-6/23; The Dixie Swim Club – 8/2-8/18; and Mama Mia – 11/1-11/17.


Please enclose your resume or something similar either attached or in the body of the email

Note: If you have applied to LTM within the last 6 months, you do not need to reapply. Thank you!

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