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San Diego REP is currently seeking submissions for the following production:
The Oldest Boy
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Rehearse: October 17, 2015
Preview: November 12, 2015
Open: November 18, 2015
Close: December 6, 2015
San Diego Audition: April 29 - 30, 2015
Los Angeles Audition: May 4, 2015
Callbacks*: May 2015
*Please note: All callbacks will take place in San Diego.
AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit.
Housing is available for select roles.
Visionary playwright Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play and The Clean House) is at her imaginative best in this delightful exploration of parents who walk a tightrope between loving and letting go. When a young boy is believed to be a reincarnated Buddhist teacher, an American woman and her Tibetan husband come face-to-face with their faith.
MOTHER (white, mid-thirties to mid-forties) Born in Cincinnati and raised Catholic, she studied Literature under a passionate mentor. Grief led her to a Tibetan restaurant where she met her husband one fateful, rainy day. She married into a Tibetan family and is learning to practice Tibetan Buddhism and adapt to the culture. Her faith is tested when she is told that her son is the reincarnate of a high ranking lama and is asked to return her son to the monastery in order to start his retraining.
A LAMA (Tibetan, age immaterial) – The spiritual teacher, a high ranking Buddhist monk. Unexpectedly shows up on Mother’s doorstep to tell her who her son is the re-incarnation of, and ask her to return him to the monastery to guide Tenzin through the teachings of his rebirth.
A MONK (Tibetan, age immaterial) – A Buddhist monk who accompanies the Lama to America to find Tenzin in hopes of returning him to India and assisting the Lama in guiding Tenzin through the teachings of this rebirth.
THE OLDEST BOY – The 3 year old son of Mother and Father, played by a puppet. The puppet is moved and voiced by an actor that should read older than the actor playing The Lama. He is a carefree toddler who is also the reincarnation of a high ranking Tibetan Lama. Youthful energy with a grounded nature. He almost throws a tantrum because he doesn’t want to get his haircut, but also questions who and what God is. A gifted and profound being.
Experience in puppeteering is a plus.
Author’s note about the puppet: In the first production, a bunraku puppet was used. A rod puppet or a marionette puppet may be used for subsequent production.
FATHER (Tibetan mid-thirties to mid-forties) Tibetan refugee who owns a successful Tibetan restaurant. Immensely tied to a strong sense of family duty. He left an arranged marriage engagement marry the American woman he fell in love with, Mother. He is patient and familiar with the concept of reincarnation of lamas but is reluctant to leave his son. He is the glue that holds his wife together in hard times.
To submit for The Oldest Boy, please email your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pic/Res should be sent as an attachment and not embedded in the email. Please use the subject line “The Oldest Boy Submission” and be sure to indicate which role you are interested in being seen for. All auditions are by invitation only. Thank you.
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