Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard NYC Casting
Brooklyn, NY 11226
All roles paid. Supporting and ensemble roles available. See below for character breakdown.
Rehearsals and Production Dates & Locations
Performances will be at the Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund in Brooklyn, New York City. Performances will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 6, 7, 8 and 20, 21, and 22.
Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday 9am-3pm in Brooklyn, August 12th – September 5th. Tech rehearsal will be Thursday Sept 5th, possibly in the evening.
Availability for tech rehearsal and all performances is a must. Reasonable conflicts for rehearsals will be considered. Ensemble and supporting roles will not be called for every rehearsal date.
Submission and Audition Instructions
Auditions will be held Monday July 22nd 6-9pm at the Mark O’Donnell Theater in Brooklyn.
Mark O’Donnell Theater
160 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
2, 3, A, C trains to Hoyt St Station
Email for sides, audition appointment, and video submissions.
Honey St. Dennis, Producer
Patrick Mulryan, Director
Patrick Mulryan is a director, actor, and teacher based in New York City. This past Fall he served as director and adaptor for a production entitled Raison d’être: an Evening of Pirandello which ran at Theatre 71 on New York’s Upper West Side. As an actor, he appeared in Fiasco Theater’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods in New York at The Roundabout Theatre (Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival). He has developed work with Tectonic Theater Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73, Ma-Yi, TFANA, Fiasco, Lark, New Georges, and at the O’Neill Center (NMTC).
Indian Ink is a modern classic by prolific author Tom Stoppard. A love story between a poet and a painter, Indian Ink explores how the colonial mindset continues to influence culture and relationships even in the post-colonial modern day. In the style of another Stoppard classic, Arcadia, Indian Ink portrays two stories, in two separate periods, simultaneously on stage.
English poet Flora Crewe travels to India in 1930 and discovers a soul connection with Indian painter, Nirad Das. The two enjoy a brief friendship, wherein he paints her portrait. Only many years later do we learn, through Flora’s sister and Das’ son, that their relationship may have been more than simply artistic.
Flora and Das’s relationship transcends social boundaries, cultural and racial divides, and colonial-era tabboos against interracial sexuality. The depth of their connection remains private, a mystery, until Das’ son brings Mrs. Swan an unexpected, yet revealing gift.
Already cast: Flora Crewe, Nirad Das, Mrs. Swan, Anish Das.
Compensation and Union Contract Details
$300 stipend for 6 performances. Must attend all rehearsals and performances unless otherwise arranged with producer. Equity showcase contract available.
Coomaraswami is the leader of the Indian Theosophical Society, an organization of literary enthusiasts in 1930s India, and a leader in the revolution to end colonilization in India. He guides Flora around Jummapur and introduces her to the various society members there.
Nazrul is the servant assigned to help Flora. More intellectually aligned with the revolution than kissing up to the colonists, he approaches his service with a sense of humor, and the occasional stolen cake.
Pike is a scholar and self-proclaimed Flora Crewe biographer. He comes across a potentially scandalous bit of information about Flora and rushes off to India to explore this career-making clue. There, he befriends Indian scholar and kindred spirit, Dilip.
Charming, handsome, confident, an accomplished leader, Captain Durance is everything most women would want in a man.
An Indian scholar, Dillip befriends Eldon Pike, supporting Pikes quest to solve the mystery of Flora Crewe. The two grow close.
Nell is Flora’s younger sister, also portrayed by Mrs. Swan. Through her, we learn of Flora’s untimely passing, and the intimacy they shared even across the ocean, a world away.
An English officer in colonial India, and Nell’s future husband. He’s handsome, kind, and generous.
He’s the king. And he likes it. He also likes classic cars, classic Indian paintings, and classic women. It’s good to be the king.
Ensemble members highlight the bustling activity of Jummapur, class restrictions imposed by colonial domination, and the spirit of revolution and independence that became the heart of India’s national identity. Speaking roles available to ensemble players.
August 12, 2019 – September 22, 2019
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