Arlington Friends of the Drama

The buzz on our “Bee” is growing!

Now with Arlington Luminaries for added glow!

First, this is one super production: cast is gifted with great voices and acting chops; director is polishing it to a high shine; and the stage is full of fun stuff, including ACTUAL things from the newly demolished Stratton School in Arlington.

Next, we’re delighted to welcome celebrity guest spellers into our home for the six performances. They’ll put their spelling skills, and their wit, to the test! Each celebrity guest speller will take words from the judges and compete with the roster of interesting and complicated contestants.

Here’s our list as of today:

  • Arlington Selectwoman Diane Mahon
  • Reverend Marta Flanagan, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
  • Author David Whitford
  • Linda Shoemaker, Director, Arlington Center for the Arts
  • Andrea Nicolay, Director, Robbins Library
  • Principal Michael Hanna, Stratton School

Join the fun! Get your tix today!

And now, your photos.


Audition! Great play, excellent director. “An Inspector Calls”

Hey, actors! Here’s a plum opportunity for you: a classic, really well-crafted, suspenseful play that recently enjoyed a big hit revival; and a director who’s skillful, generous, and with great acting chops herself.

Auditions in August, performances in November. Do it.

Please follow the instructions for securing your audition appointment with the Director. Thanks!

by J.B. Priestley  |  Directed by Mary Fitzpatrick  |   Produced by Evelyn Alcorn Corsini and Ginger Webb

Please prepare any one of the monologues included in this notice regardless of the part you are interested in. No British accents required. You will also be asked to read scenes from the show. Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend. Groups of actors will be scheduled in one-hour blocks.

To schedule an audition appointment or for questions contact Director Mary Fitzpatrick at

Please bring the following with you to your audition:


Stage Director: Mary Fitzpatrick

1) Head Shot or Photo
2) Theatrical Resumé
3) Completed Audition Form

Please download and fill out the audition form: Audition form as Word .DOC   |   Audition form as .PDF

AFD is seeking actors for the following roles:

  • ARTHUR BIRLING: Middle 50s-60s. Stolid and prosperous manufacturer who is eager to improve his social standing.
  • SYBIL BIRLING: 50s, her husband’s social superior. Gracious but somewhat aloof.
  • SHEILA BIRLING: Early 20s, warm, open, and vulnerable.
  •  ERIC BIRLING: 20s, awkward and ill-at-ease. Has low self-esteem and a drinking problem.
  • GERALD CROFT: 30s. Handsome, well-bred, and sure of himself.
  •  INSPECTOR GOOLE: Middle aged (40-55). Keenly observant, blunt, authoritative.
  • The Birlings’ parlor maid. EDNA: Any age.

It’s April 1912 in the home of the prosperous Birling family. Arthur Birling, his wife Sybil, their daughter Sheila and son Eric are in the drawing room just after dinner celebrating Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft, son of Sir George Croft, and heir to the most successful family business in the North of England. Their cozy celebration is suddenly interrupted when Edna, the maid, announces the unexpected arrival of ‘Police Inspector Goole’. The Inspector has come to the Birling home to investigate the death of a young woman. As the Inspector’s questions unravel the mystery, each member of the family learns of each other’s secrets linking them to the tragedy. His startling revelations uncover the truth and shatter the foundations of their lives.


The first read-thru will be held on Tuesday, August 30. Rehearsals will begin the end of September on Sunday afternoons and Monday, Thursday and some Friday evenings.

All rehearsals will be held at Arlington Friends Of The Drama, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA


November 11, 2016 at 8PM
November 12, 2016 at 8PM
November 13, 2016 at 4PM (with talk-back)
November 18, 2016 at 8PM
November 19, 2016 at 8PM
November 20, 2016 at 4PM



Birling: This is the point. I don’t want to lecture you two young fellows again. But what so many of you don’t seem to understand now when things are so much easier, is that a man has to make his own way—has to look after himself—and his family, too, of course, when he has one—and so long as he does that he won’t come to much harm. But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive—a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own and— (doorbell rings) All right, Eric, Edna’ll answer it. We’ll have another glass of port, Gerald—and then we’ll join the ladies. That’ll stop me giving you good advice.

Inspector: I don’t need to know any more. Neither do you. This girl killed herself—and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her. Remember that. Never forget it. But then I don’t think you ever will……One Eva Smith has gone—but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, with what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. We don’t live alone. Good night.


Sheila: I’d gone in to Milward’s to try something on. It was an idea of my own—Mother was against it, and so had the salesgirl—but I insisted. As soon as I tried it on, I knew they’d been right. It just didn’t suit me at all. I looked silly in the thing. Well this girl had brought the dress up from the workroom, and when the salesgirl—Miss Francis—had asked her something about it, this girl, to show us what she meant, had held the dress up, as if she was wearing it. And it just suited her. She was the right type of it, just as I was the wrong type. She was a very pretty girl, too – with soft fine hair and big gray eyes—and that didn’t make it any better. Well, when I tried the thing on and look at myself and knew it was all wrong, I caught sight of this girl smiling at Miss Francis—as if to say, “Doesn’t she look awful?” —and I was absolutely furious. I lost my temper. I was very rude to both of them, and then I went to the manager and told him that this girl had been very impertinent—and—and—how could I know what would happen afterwards?
If she’d been some miserable plain little creature, I don’t suppose I could have done it. But she looked as if she could take care of herself. I couldn’t be sorry for her.

Mrs. Birling: I’ll tell you what I told her. Go and look for the father of the child. It’s his responsibility…. Oh, stop it, both of you. And please remember before you start accusing me of anything again that it wasn’t I who had her turned out of her employment—which probably began it all. I think I was justified. The girl had begun by telling us a pack of lies. Afterwards, when I got at the truth, I discovered that she knew who the father was, she was quite certain about that, and so I told her it was her business to make him responsible. If he refused to marry her—and in my opinion he ought to be compelled to—that he must at least support her. She was giving herself ridiculous airs. She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd in a girl in her position.


What’s the Cast of “Spelling Bee” Doing Tonight?

Other than rehearsing, that is! As they’ve been doing all summer to bring you a spectacular show that opens on September 9.

Well, tonight Leslie Maiocco is taking headshots for the lobby board. And then director Justin McCoubry and music director John Eldridge are leading the cast in rehearsal. And stage manager Robin D. Liberty will be keeping everyone on track and organized.

Putting on a show at AFD Theatre takes a lot of people and a lot of time. Cast members are practicing their choreography (Justin is doubling as choreographer and director). Producer Judy Weinberg is locating celebrity spellers from the Arlington area who’ll join the cast in every performance.

Doug Cooper and Mark Bastoni are set designing and set building, respectively. Carol Antos is designing and creating costumes, Iain Bason is on lighting design, Bob Pascucci is working his magic with sound, and Evelyn Corsini Alcorn is finding, gathering, and creating props.

In the background, board members and volunteers are working on ticket sales, programs, posters, lobby displays, opening night receptions. The crew works through an endless list of “to dos” right up until opening night.

People who do community theater do it because they love it. And the cast and crew of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are putting on this show for YOU.

So what can you do? In the words of Tallulah Bankhead, If you really want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, dahling. Be an audience.

When you become an audience at AFD Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” you will:

  • marvel at the talent of the cast
  • appreciate the great direction, choreography, and musical direction
  • admire the set and costumes
  • identify with the characters’ challenges, wins, and losses

Last but not least, you will laugh and love everyone in the show.

Theatre celebrates life and love, and that’s something we all need right now and always.

In case we haven’t spelled it out for you, tickets are on sale now. Reserve your seats today!

8 Reasons Why You Should Be Talking About AFD’s New Art Gallery

Arlington Friends of the Drama is launching an initiative to turn its lobby space into an art gallery—and here are 7 reasons why we want you to feel excited from head to toe about this news.

Chorus line line

Hats off to artists! We want to display your work in our lobby! (A Chorus Line, 2015)

  1. It’s the newest thing to happen to our lobby since—well, forever! We love our spacious lobby and we love it even more when it’s packed with post-show audience members showering cast members with congrats, hugs, and flowers. Now, whether quiet or filled with noisy, happy showgoers, the lobby will wear a new look.
  2. Art will be available for sale.
  3. We know how essential it is to support artists. That’s why 85 percent of sales will go to the artists. AFD will retain 15 percent to help defray costs.
  4. Supporting the arts in our community is important, too. AFD will give preference to local and/or area artists. We want to support your work!
  5. We will hang four shows per season to generally coincide with our four productions.
  6. Each show will be exhibited for about four weeks.
  7. AFD’s first show of the season is the hilarious and touching comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. We’d like to hang this first exhibit before Bee opens on September 9.
  8. Drum roll, please! We’re currently calling for artists to submit their work. The deadline for the September show is August 18. Artists should send images of their work and a brief artist’s statement to AFD board member Joe Stallone at

Now that you’ve heard all 8 reasons, help us spread the word! Share this post with friends, family, colleagues, and fellow artists. 

Our subsequent productions open in November 2016, March 2017, and May 2017. So there’s lots of opportunity to get your art on our walls.

Once again, send your submissions to Joe Stallone at by August 18. Get on our walls!


Here’s what our lobby looks like. For last season’s hit production of The Boy From Oz, AFD House Director Mark Bastoni created a wonderful display of Peter Allan photos on the back wall.

Friends in great places: Many noms for AFD for DASH Awards 2015-2016


Congratulations to the wonderful folks nominated; and to everyone! who worked on these great productions in our stellar season. What a wonderful time! And a big shout out to the team beyond Vanya, which was all delight.

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Vanya and Sonia 2016

Supporting Actress, Musical

  • Janet Ferreri The Boy From Oz (Arlington Friends of the Drama)
  • Caroline Keeler A Chorus Line (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Janet Ferreri as Judy Garland, Caroline Keeler as Liza Minelli

Best Set Design, Play

  • Douglas Cooper & Dick Rubinstein Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Set Dressing, Play

  • Judy Weinberg Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Supporting Actor, Musical

  • Brian Liebson A Chorus Line (Arlington Friends of the Drama)
  • Justin McCoubry The Boy From Oz (Arlington Friends of the Drama)
Chorus line line

A Chorus Line 2015


Justin McCoubry, Allan Singer

Best Supporting Actor, Play

  • David Kimmelman Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Sound Design, Play

  • Robert Pascucci Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Lighting Design, Play

  • Eric Jacobsen Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Make-up and Hair Design, Play

  • Marc Capizzi Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Clybourne.TheBook (28)

Best Make-up and Hair Design, Musical

  • Cameron Barney The Boy From Oz (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Caroline Keeler as Liza Minnelli

Best Stage Management, Play

  • Alissa Palange Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Ensemble Performance, Play

  • The Cast Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)

Best Direction, Play

  • Celia Couture Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)


Best Production, Play

  • Clybourne Park (Arlington Friends of the Drama)



Woohoo! It’s a cast for “Spelling Bee”!

As always, big thanks to everyone who came out to audition. So much talent in our community!

Congrats to the cast.

From the director, Justin McCoubry:

I’m very excited to announce that the cast for AFD’s 2016 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been finalized!

William Barfee – Paul Alperin
Leaf Coneybear – Steven Atwater
Olive Ostrovsky – Emma Boroson
Douglas Panch – Darius Eslami
Chip Tolentino  – Robert McCall
Rona Lisa Perretti – Katie Pickett
Mitchy Mahoney – Eric Rehm
Marcy Park – Aubrie-Mei Rubel
Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere – Abby Seidel
I’m very excited about this INCREDIBLY talented group.  Now, the work begins!


Thanks for a great season, great show!


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