CASTING


San Diego Repertory Theatre is now accepting submissions for the following project:

DISGRACED
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Michael Arabian

Rehearsal: 9/27/16
Preview: 10/20/16
Open: 10/26/16
Close: 11/13/16
Possible Extension thru 11/20/16

San Diego Auditions: April  5 - 6, 2016
LA Auditions: April 11 - 12, 2016

LA Callbacks: April 14 – 15
Final Callback in San Diego*: Late April 2016
*Must be available to attend final callbacks in SD in order to be considered for this project.

 

Submission Notes:

AEA and non-union actors are encouraged to submit. 

Housing is available for select roles. 

 

Story

Amir Kapoor is ignoring his Muslim heritage so he can live the American Dream – with a beautiful wife, an amazing New York apartment and a lucrative career practicing law that is headed for the stars. When Amir and his artist wife host a casual dinner party for his African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the things one is not supposed to talk about at dinner are suddenly at the center of the dinner conversation. The evening quickly erupts into a fiery debate over race, religion and class in the modern world. Everything that Amir has achieved - including his proudly built new identity - is suddenly turned upside down in a way no once could have imagined. Disgraced is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Characters
Amir – Male, 40’s.  Born to Pakistani, very traditionally Muslim parents, Amir has spent much of his life fighting against the traditions and negative stigmas attached to Islam.  Having entered his law firm under ethnically false pretenses (stating that his parents are from India, not from Pakistan – but when his father was born it was India, so is it really a lie?), his true identity is called into question, when an article in the New York Times infers that he is supporting and representing an Imam (Islamic holy man) at a hearing where the Imam is on trial for soliciting donations for terrorism. 

Emily – Female, 30’s.  Caucasian.  Amir’s lovely wife.  An artist who is infatuated with Islam and who’s artistic vision gained clarity and maturity when she started using Muslim influences in her art. Emily is on the verge of being part of an art instillation at The Whitney museum, curated by Isaac.  And she is determined to reintroduce Amir to Islam in hopes that he will gain an appreciation and understanding of his Islamic roots.

Abe – Male, early 20’s. South-Asian Origin. Amir’s vibrant and endearing cousin.  Born Hussein Malik, Abe Jensen is an activist for social justice for the Muslim community.  Abe is a supporter of the Imam and believes that he was soliciting donations to better the newly opened, socially progressive mosque, not for terrorism.  It is Abe who convinces Amir to attend the Imam’s hearing. Believes in the good in people.

Isaac – Male, 40’s. A smart and attractive curator at the Whitney Museum. In many ways, Isaac is to Judaism, what Amir is to Islam.  Isaac happily and guiltlessly eats pork and lobster, and believes that every religion has its own idiosyncrasies that make them unique, but don’t need to necessarily be taken as the gospel. Married to Jory but after a tryst in London, is finding himself in love with Emily.  Does not shy away from heated banter.

Jory – Female, mid to late 30’s.  African-American.  Commanding and forthright, almost masculine.  Married to Isaac.  Unbeknownst to Amir, Jory has recently been made a partner at the law firm where they both work.  A position that Amir is convinced that neither of them will get because of the color of the color of their skin.  Has little patience for lies and pettiness and challenges Isaac at every turn. 

To submit for Disgraced, please email your headshot and resume to casting@sdrep.org. Pic/Res should be sent as an attachment and not embedded in the email.  Please use the subject line “Disgraced 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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