American (Tele)Visions – NYC EPA (02.06.20)
New York Theatre Workshop
New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
OB Staged Reading; $500 per week. One week only.
Written by Victor I. Cazares
Directed by Ruben Polendo
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
*Either Taylor Williams Casting Director or Borna Barzin Casting Assistant will be in attendance at the EPA*
On or about March 2, 2020- March 5, 2020
Please note NYTW will be producing this play either in our 20/21 season or 21/22 season. Participation in this workshop does not guarantee participation in upcoming production and participation in the upcoming production is not contingent upon participation in the workshop.
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.
Equity actors for 5 roles. See breakdown.
Seeking 5 actors. Actors who identify as queer are especially encouraged to attend.
Octavio – He/him/his. 40s-50s; Mestizo, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexican-American of Indigenous descent. He migrated sin papeles from Mexico to the US in the 80s and saved enough money to send for his family years later but his isolation from them has only grown with their proximity. He works and works and works (he’s a solder) and on his day off, he watches (television, telenovelas, porn VHS tapes on the sly) and pays for things.
Maria Ximena – She/her/hers. Late 30s- 40s; Mestiza, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexican- American of Indigenous descent. She is exhausted by her poverty and the double wide her husband Octavio brought them over from Mexico for. She loves TV, she loves Wal-Mart, comforted by its promise of the American Dream: shelves of plenty, aisles without want, channels of desire. She is an accounting genius, every dollar is budgeted and every slight remembered. Like Nora, she dreamt of leaving her family and shutting the door. But because she knows about the rising cost of housing, she’ll make sure to take her side of the double wide with her.
Jesse/Alejandro – He/him/his. Early 20s; Jesse is Vietnamese, Asian, Asian-American and will portray Alejandro in addition to playing Jesse. Alejandro is Octavio and Maria Ximena’s son. He died in a factory accident. He was also undocumented. And his death was unrecorded. He dreamt of leaving Arkansas, of leaving the trailer home and his family and finding prosperity elsewhere with his secret boyfriend, Jesse. He was a devoted brother. Jesse, who was Alejandro’s “roommate” at the time of his death, is tasked by Maria Ximena to play Alejandro in this memory play. Jesse loved fucking Alejandro. And so, now to play him is his last opportunity to be inside him once again. Jesse also worked at the factory where Alejandro died. He’s bemused by the cultural differences between his own Vietnamese background and Alejandro’s Mexican family. Jesse is a runaway; his sexuality is probably why. He’s never talked about it with anybody; he thought he had plenty of time to one day tell Alejandro. He loves Erica as if she were his sister.
Erica –She/her/hers. Seeking actors 18+ to read tweens; Mestiza, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexican-American of Indigenous descent. Erica is our hero, the hero of ages lost. She’s adventurous, she’s curious, she’s the captain of this ship and its sometimes mutinous crew (families—amirite?). She’s seen more and experienced more than a child should but that’s stuff that will be unpacked much later in life on somebody’s couch, hopefully when she has medical insurance. She’ll grow up to be a Dreamer, maybe a lawyer, definitely an activist. But right now, right now she’s 12 and all she wants to do is not be confined by her assigned gender (but it’s the early 90s in the middle of nowhere Arkansas) and so she becomes Fernando the Hero of Ages lost and goes on memory quests: to keep Alejandro alive, to defeat Octatron and his goons, and to fix The Citizenship II – the ship that crash landed into America.
Jeremy –He/him/his. Seeking actors 18+ to read tweens; any ethnicity. Jeremy is Erica’s sidekick and neighbor. He’s an impossibly queer child in this little corner of Arkansas/Wal-Mart’s Backyard. His references are entirely white but that doesn’t mean Jeremy is necessarily white. Jeremy is the queer boy complement to Erica’s tomboy. Like Jesse, he’s fascinated by Erica’s family’s otherness. He can be an outsider looking in.
Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504
4th floor. 402 and 403. Check lobby upon arrival for any changes.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare a contemporary monologue. No TV/Film. Bring picture and resume.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult