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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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Our exciting 48th Anniversary Season, Making Light, will include:

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
By Robert Harling
September 5 – October 6, 2013
A classic comedy-drama play that later became a popular film about the bond among a group of Southern women. The action centers on Truvy’s beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there.

THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK
By Betty Tokudani
November 7 – December 8, 2013
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.

A NICE INDIAN BOY
By Madhuri Shekar
February 20 – March 23, 2014
The second place winner of EWP’s “Face of the Future Playwrighting Competition.” The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage has been decided and this play is timely in continuing the discussion. Naveen Gavaskar meets Keshav Kurundkar, and they share all things Indian – from the Hindi language to the difficulty of being gay in Hindu culture. They agree to meet in person to find that one is South Asian and the other (Keshav) is Caucasian, adopted by Hindu parents and speaks fluent Hindi.

BEIJING SPRING
Lyrics by Tim Dang
Music by Joel Iwataki
May 15 – June 15, 2014
A sung-through musical commemorating the events of the Tiananmen Square Uprising in Beijing, 1989. For weeks, the world’s eyes were on China as the youth fought for democracy against the hardliners of the Chinese Community Party. This will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Uprising. BEIJING SPRING is a compelling reminder that the battle for freedom and human rights has yet to be won for many.

For season subscription prices, visit http://www.eastwestplayers.org/tickets/subscription.htm.

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

  • Save up to 30% off general admission prices for the entire season.
  • Get the BEST SEATS in the house before tickets go on sale to the general public.
  • FREE TICKET EXCHANGE when you need to change your performance dates (subject to availability.)
  • FREE TICKET REPLACEMENT for lost and misplaced tickets.
  • Receive discounts to Little Tokyo restaurants with the EWP ENCORE CARD.
  • Bring guests with $10 off additional single ticket purchases.
  • Save even MORE with Wednesday and Thursdsay subscriptions.

Download the 48th Anniversary Season Subscription form (PDF).

If you are a current subscriber, renew your 2013-2014 subscription by Sunday, June 30th and keep your same seat from the previous season!

Our exciting 48th season, Making Light, will include:

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
By Robert Harling
September 5 – October 6, 2013
A classic comedy-drama play that later became a popular film about the bond among a group of Southern women. The action centers on Truvy’s beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there.

THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK
By Betty Tokudani
November 7 – December 8, 2013
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.

A NICE INDIAN BOY
By Madhuri Shekar
February 20 – March 23, 2014
The second place winner of EWP’s “Face of the Future Playwrighting Competition.” As gay marriage is being debated by the Supreme Court, this play is timely in continuing the discussion. Naveen Gavaskar meets Keshav Kurundkar, and they share all things Indian – from speaking Hindi to the difficulty of being gay in Indian culture. They agree to meet in person to find that one is South Asian and the other (Keshav) is Caucasian, adopted by Indian parents and speaks fluent Hindi.

BEIJING SPRING
Lyrics by Tim Dang
Music by Joel Iwataki
May 15 – June 15, 2014
A sung-through musical commemorating the events of the Tiananmen Square Uprising in Beijing, 1989. For weeks, the world’s eyes were on China as the youth fought for democracy against the hardliners of the Chinese Community Party. This will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Uprising. BEIJING SPRING is a compelling reminder that the battle for freedom and human rights has yet to be won for many.

For season subscription prices, visit http://www.eastwestplayers.org/tickets/subscription.htm.

SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS

  • Save up to 30% off general admission prices for the entire season.
  • Get the BEST SEATS in the house before tickets go on sale to the general public.
  • FREE TICKET EXCHANGE when you need to change your performance dates (subject to availability.)
  • FREE TICKET REPLACEMENT for lost and misplaced tickets.
  • Receive discounts to Little Tokyo restaurants with the EWP ENCORE CARD.
  • Bring guests with $10 off additional single ticket purchases.
  • Save even MORE with Wednesday and Thursdsay subscriptions.

Download the 48th Anniversary Season Subscription form (PDF).

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