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Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Tim Dang
Musical Direction by Marc Macalintal
Choreography by Marc Oka

East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the US is casting Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, African American, Latino, Native American, and other multi-ethnic rock, pop, contemporary musical theater performers for CHESS (the UK Version), music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice, based on an idea by Tim Rice. Directed by Tim Dang, musical direction by Marc Macalintal, and choreography by Marc Oka.

Rehearsals begin: April 9, 2013.

Previews begin May 9, 2013.

Opening Wednesday, May 15, for four week run (5 performances a week) through June 9, 2013 with possibility of two week extension to June 23, 2013.

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AEA LOA-BAT Contract ($347 per week).

Online: Agent and Personal submissions through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.

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Casting: CHESS

East West Players

120 Judge John Aiso Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Submissions received January 31- February 22, 2013.

PLEASE no telephone calls or personal deliveries.

Cast Breakdown:
Frederick “Freddie” Trumper – rock tenor to C5, late 20s – early 30s, must move well, US champion, self-absorbed, fame-and-fortune-seeking, short-tempered, bad boy of the chess world.

Anatoly Sergievsky Baritone/Tenor A3 – B flat 5, late 20s – early 30s, good mover, the Soviet Union champion,  troubled father and husband who despises the propaganda and politics of the tournament, eventually deciding to defect from his homeland, even at the cost of deserting his family.

Florence Vassy Mezzo-Soprano F3-E5 belt/mix, G#5-A6 falsetto, late 20s-early 30s, good mover, Freddie’s strong-willed second and paramour, she feels strained by Freddie’s brashness and falls in love with Anatoly, eventually becoming his mistress.

The Arbiter Baritone/Tenor to A5, 30s, must move well, coldly objective, no-nonsense referee of the championship tournament and also the president of the International Chess Federation.

Molokov Bass or Bass-Baritone A3-F4, 30s-40s, Anatoly’s slick second who is also a manipulative KGB agent.

Walter de Courcey Bass-Baritone G#2 – F4, 30s-40s, good mover, a media personality of the tournament and a secret CIA agent.

Svetlana Sergievsky Mezzo-Soprano F3 to E5 belt/mix & G#5-A6 falsetto, late 20s – early 30s, good mover, Anatoly’s estranged wife who, under Molokov’s machinations, tries to persuade Anatoly to return to his homeland.

Ensemble to play various roles 20s-30s such as reporters, chess players, the people of Merano, Italy and Bangkok, Thailand. Seeking 8 ensemble members Soprano (to C#6), Alto (G3-D5), Tenor (A3-B flat 5), Bass (F2-F4) who can sing and move well.

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