Calling All Thespians to the Stage for a Series of One-Act Plays

CASTING CALL:  Seeking actors age 13 and up to audition for two one-act plays by Thornton Wilder. Auditions are open and will be held at St. George’s Church, 105 Grand St, Newburgh ( Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Sunday, September 18th 2 - 3PM

The plays will be directed by Br. Reinaldo Martinez-Cubero of Holy Cross Monastery (shown in headlining photo) who brings extensive qualifications as a vocal and theater coach.  He is the Founder and former Executive and Artistic Director of the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre and Delphi Theatre in New York City. 

The two short plays, by the well-known author of “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” portray larger-than-life themes in intimate, ordinary settings.  The Long Christmas Dinner portrays an accelerated view of ninety years of Christmas dinners in an American home.  In The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, the big questions of life explored during an ordinary family car trip with a surprising ending.  The two plays require 8 male and 10 female roles. 

Performances will be held Saturday Oct 29, 7pm, and Sunday Oct 30, 3 pm, at St. George’s Church.  All proceeds will go toward restoration and maintenance of St. George’s historic cemetery.  The cemetery, located on Washington Street, is an active cemetery with roots deep in Newburgh’s history (

** Additional audition dates: Sunday, September 18th 2 - 3PM at St. George's Church, 105 Grand St. Newburgh, New York **

“We are thrilled to bring these plays to St. George’s,” says Catherine Costello, chair of St. George’s Cemetery Committee.  “Br. Reinaldo’s professionalism and experience, and Thornton Wilder’s genius, will make this a wonderful experience for the actors who participate as well as the audience.  The plays are both funny and sad, and deal with the whole arc of life, which seems fitting as a benefit for our cemetery.” 

The two Wilder plays are being presented by St. George’s Church and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more information or to preview a script prior to audition call 845-561-5355 or email

About Reinaldo: Br. Reinaldo Martínez-Cubero is a Benedictine monk in the Order of the Holy Cross, an international Anglican (Episcopal) monastic order. He lives at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY where he serves as the choirmaster, leads retreats, prepares the rotas, and is in charge of music. A tenor, voice teacher, and theatre director, Br. Reinaldo regularly sings with Kairos Consort of Singers, teaches voice lessons at the monastery by appointment, and is available as a director of theatrical events. Before entering the Order of the Holy Cross Br. Reinaldo lived in Manhattan for 19 years where he worked as a voice teacher, and theatre director. He founded The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre in 1999 and its adult wing, Delphi Theatre in 2003 at Holy Trinity Church, Inwood in New York City, and served as the Executive and Artistic Director of the organization until his entrance in the order in August 2014. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Br. Reinaldo has performed in operas, oratorios, musical theatre, concerts, recitals, cabarets, and theatrical plays throughout the United States.