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East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, is seeking is seeking Asian & Pacific Islander American actors to play Vietnamese American for VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen.

Synopsis:

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy” – and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.

Directed by Jennifer Chang.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018.
Technical Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 9, 2018.
Previews begin Thursday, October 18, 2018.
Opening Night is on Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Runs for Four weeks (5 performances a week) through November 25, 2018. Possible Extension TBA.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($425 per week plus benefits; contact currently in negotiation). Also seeking non-union performers ($200 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).

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

Character Breakdown

QUANG: Male, 20s-40s to play 30s. Asian to play Vietnamese. Must Look and feel Heroic.  (Think Daniel Dae Kim, Harrison Ford, Chris Evans, Idris Elba.)  A leader who doesn’t back down from fighting for what’s right. He has been through a war and shoulders the burdens of responsibility.  Must have a great sense of rhythm and musicality as THIS IS A ROLE THAT RAPS. Stage Combat or movement ability a Plus!

TONG: Female, 20s-40s to play 30. Asian to play Vietnamese. Smart, Fiercely Independent, Sexy, Adventurous. A survivor.  Has suffered loss and lived through a war — profound vulnerability behind a tough façade. Must have a great sense of rhythm and musicality as THIS IS A ROLE THAT RAPS. Stage Combat or movement ability a Plus!

HUONG/FLOWER GIRL/THU/AMERICA GIRL/TRANSLATOR: Female, 25-50, Asian. Plays multiple parts, primarily Huong, Tong’s fierce, funny, and flirtatious mother, and therefore must be a terrific transformational actor with great vocal (speaking) and physical range – comedy and gravitas required. Stage Combat or movement ability a Plus!

NHAN/KHUE/ASIAN GUY/AMERICAN GUY: Male, 20s-40s, Asian. Plays multiple parts, primarily, Quang’s best friend, Nhan and Khue, Tong’s brother. Sweet, Funny, earnest, loyal. A good guy with a big heart. Transformational actor with range required. Stage Combat or movement ability a Plus!

PLAYWRIGHT/ GIAI/ BOBBY/ CAPTAIN CHAMBERS/ REDNECK BIKER/ HIPPIE DUDE: Male 20s-40s, Asian to play Vietnamese. Smart, savvy, transformational actor with great physical and vocal (speaking) range to play our narrator, and various antagonists, enemies and allies on our protagonists’ journeys.  Sense of Adventure Humor and Joy a must. Comedy and Gravitas required. Accents and Dialects a plus. Stage Combat or movement ability a Plus!

Submissions for Appointment

Submissions for Audition Appointments will be accepted through July 11, 2018.
EPA Open Calls for Union and Non-Union Performers: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 11:00AM-3:00PM (walk-ins accepted starting at 10:30AM, or sign up at AEA Office)

Appointments will be July 24 and 25.
Callbacks will be July 28.

Preparation – Please prepare two contrasting monologues, one contemporary comedic and one dramatic (each no longer than 1 minute).

Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.

Electronic submissions, please send Headshot and Resume to casting@eastwestplayers.org

–          Please list desired role to be considered for in the Email Subject Line
–          Please change file name of PDF or Digital Images to YOUR LAST NAME

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in submitting your script to East West Players.

Please note that our mission focuses on the Asian Pacific experience, and the majority of the new works we workshop and produce revolve around Asian and Asian American characters and/or themes. We are interested in both plays and musicals.  Works need not be “issue-oriented,” in that race/immigrant issues can be an unspoken component in the work.

We are particularly interested in new comedies, musicals, and works that unearth the history of Asians in America.

Writers are strongly encouraged to browse through our production history, which can be found here. Ask yourselves what kind of plays we’ve produced in the past, and who our audience is.

Manuscripts are now being accepted via email. Scripts should be emailed to literary@eastwestplayers.org. Emailed versions of scripts are preferred.

Scripts should be submitted in a PDF format and must include the following:

1. A cover sheet, including your name, address, telephone number, website and email address.
2. A theatrical resume (two pages max) listing major productions, workshops, readings, commissions, publications, awards, etc., as well as education and training information.
3. A 100 word max synopsis of the play.

Our Literary Committee will read all scripts we deem to be in line with the mission of the theater. Due to the large volume of submissions we will only reach out to playwrights whose work we are interested in.

If you have questions as to whether your work might be suitable for our theater or if you are a playwright with multiple works and not sure what to submit, email: literary@eastwestplayers.org for assistance.

Thank you,
Snehal Desai
Artistic Director, East West Players