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NISEI WIDOWS CLUB Casting Breakdown

East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the US is casting Asian, Pacific Islander, multi-racial Asian performers for THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK by Betty Tokudani. Directed by Amy Hill. Rehearsals begin October  8, 2013. Previews begin November 7, opening Wednesday November 13 for four week run (5 performances a week) through December 8, 2013. Find out more about East West Players at www.eastwestplayers.org. AEA LOA-BAT Contract ($358 per week).

Casting:

Patrick and Kimo Ikaikakane – to be played by one actor – they are step-brothers. Patrick Ikaikakane is a yoga instructor living in Los Angeles 35 – 45 years old, into Buddhism, kind of cosmic new age type of person, very gentle with dreadlocks. His appearance is “what you see is what you get” and may look a little disheveled, pudgy and a bit of a fashion misfit. A hippie throwback. Kimo Ikaikakane is a bit younger, very fit and in fact is very body conscious – a great body and a beautiful hula dancer into the deep philosophy of Hawaii and the dance. Both are the epitome of ‘aloha’ but in their own special way. Must have good comic timing, be able to dance hula well, able to do yoga poses and speak pidgin English dialect of the Hawaiian islands.

All other roles are cast.

Agent and Personal submissions through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.

Electronic submissions with role to be considered for to casting@eastwestplayers.org

Or send via postal mail your picture, resume, and role to be considered for:

Casting: NISEI WIDOWS CLUB
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Submissions received August 30 – September 13, 2013.

PLEASE no telephone calls or personal deliveries.

THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK

The third installment of a comic trilogy following the lives of a group of widowed Nisei women who only have each other in the face of loss and the search for love in their golden years. Tomi loses her only son to a heart attack at the early age of 45 and the other widows gather around her during this time of grief. Hilarity ensues when they embark on an unforgettable trip to Hawaii unleashing the cougar in all of them at a hula retreat.

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CHESS
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.

Find out more about East West Players at www.eastwestplayers.org.

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

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

Email to: casting@eastwestplayers.org

Mail your picture, resume, and role to be considered to:

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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http://www.eastwestplayers.org/about_us/opportunities_casting.htm

Submission deadline:  August 17, 2009

Auditions:  Aug. 17 and Aug. 24 (AEA EPA auditions and callbacks)

RICHIE PO – Asian American male – 50’s.  Chinese immigrant, factory worker.  Lonely, sensitive, fearful, selfless, awkward, clumsy yet endearing.  He lives in pain, regret and fear, and has lost his path.  A terrible cook.

GLORIA B – African American female – 40’s.  African American nurse.  Friendly, feisty, a firecracker, joyful and playful, yet guarded, insecure and lonely.  Can also be controlling, demanding and hotheaded.  A master at authentic southern cooking.  In denial about so much.

PO MAMA – Asian American female – 70’s.  A Taiwanese master chef to the stars and a television personality.  funny, charming, regal, but can be overbearing, controlling, riotous.  Full of guilt and regret over her son..

To submit headshots & resume electronically, please send information to casting@eastwestplayers.org.

Tony Award Winning Broadway Play
ART by Yasmina Reza

Directed by Alberto Isaac

Auditions: Late July
Rehearsal Starts: August 11, 2009
Show Runs: September 10 – October 11, 2009

ART Character Breakdown:

MARC: Asian, South Asian or South East Asian. Male, forties, engineer, opinionated, a bit of a philistine.
SERGE: Asian, South Asian or South East Asian. Male, thirties to forties, dermatologist, aspires to “higher” things in life.
YVAN: Asian, South Asian or South East Asian. Male, thirties to forties, stationery salesman, stressed peacemaker.

Submit Headshots & Resumes to:
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East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

To submit headshots & resume electronically, please send information to casting@eastwestplayers.org.

Submission Deadline: Monday, July 27.

East West Players has an open submission policy in regards to casting of all mainstage productions.

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