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East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the US and a hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture in Southern California, are seeking actors to play Asian American & Pacific Islander and Caucasian roles for ALLEGIANCE—music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, and book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione.

SYNOPSIS
ALLEGIANCE is set against the backdrop of Japanese-American internment during World War II. Inspired by true events, ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Technical Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Previews begin Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Opening Night is on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Runs for five weeks (6 performances a week) through April 1, 2018.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($393 per week plus benefits, contract currently in negotiation). Also seeking non-union performers ($200 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).

ROLES

SAM KIMURA/OJII-CHAN: Role has been pre-cast.

KEI KIMURA: Role has been pre-cast.

MIKE MASAOKA: Role has been pre-cast.

SAMMY KIMURA (Male, Asian, to play early to late 20s): Sammy is an industrious and dutiful son, but longs to find his own way in the world. Whip-smart and irrepressibly friendly, he secretly fears he will never measure up, particularly since he disappoints his father when he doesn’t get into law school. The internment provides him the opportunity to become an enthusiastic and effective community leader. He goes on to face unthinkable carnage as a platoon sergeant in World War II, earning him a Purple Heart. Strong tenor. Solid A. PRINCIPAL.

FRANKIE SUZUKI (Male, Asian, to play early 30s): A Japanese-American graduate student, bookish and serious. A natural-born leader, his inherent sense of justice is catalyzed by the internment to the point of open rebellion in the name of liberty. High baritone to Ab. PRINCIPAL.

HANNAH CAMPBELL (Caucasian Female, ages 20-29): A small-town girl with big dreams, Hannah’s sense of justice motivates her to volunteer at the camps; her forthright bravery bonds her with Sammy, in whom she finds an unexpected kindred spirit. Mezzo with belt to D/Eb; classic Broadway with a contemporary twist; strong mix to E. ENSEMBLE.

TATSUO KIMURA (Male, Asian, to play 50s): A Japanese-born (Issei) farmer, father of Kei and Sammy. Striving to uphold what he believes are American ideals, his resistance to their incarceration drives a wedge between him and Sam, and leads to his segregation from his family. Classic baritone to F. ENSEMBLE.

ASIAN FEMALE ENSEMBLE (Female, Asian, 20s-40s): Strong singers. Excellent movers.

ASIAN MALE ENSEMBLE (Male, Asian, 20s-40s): Strong singers. Excellent movers.

CAUCASIAN MALE ENSEMBLE (Male, Caucasian, 20s-40s): Strong singers. Excellent movers.

SUBMISSIONS FOR APPOINTMENT

Submissions for Audition Appointments will be accepted through July 26, 2017.

EPA Open Calls for Union and Non Union Performers: Thursday, August 3, 2017, from 12:00PM-8:00PM (walk-ins accepted starting at 11:30AM, or sign up at AEA Office).

Scheduled Appointment Auditions:  Friday, August 4, 2017 from 12:00PM-8:00PM, and Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 12:00PM-6:00PM.

Ensemble Dance Open Call

Preparation: Prepare 16 bars of a classic musical theatre song (Rodgers, Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, etc.) and 16 bars of a brief contemporary musical theatre song (Ahrens & Flaherty, Jason Robert Brown a la PARADE, etc.). Do not sing a pop/rock song. Bring sheet music; a piano accompanist will be provided.

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

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

Casting: ALLEGIANCE – [Name Desired Role]
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, please visit www.allegiancemusical.com/LA

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