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East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, in partnership with The Robey Theatre Company, which celebrates 20 years of excellence in Black Theatre, is seeking an actress to play Japanese for Yohen by Philip Kan Gotanda.

In Japanese pottery, the term “yohen” refers to unpredictable changes that take place in the kiln. Yohen is about James and Sumi Washington, an interracial couple struggling to maintain their 37-year marriage after James retires from the US army. The dramatic change in routine prompts questions about life, love, and aging, as the couple attempts to repair what’s broken and decide what is worth saving.

Directed by Ben Guillory.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Technical Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Previews begin Thursday, October 26, 2017.
Opening Night is on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Runs for three weeks (5 performances a week) through November 19, 2017.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($393 per week plus benefits, contract currently in negotiation). Also seeking non-union performers ($150 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).

Character Breakdown

Sumi Washington: mid-60s, to play Female Japanese.
Japanese woman in her mid-60s. Born in Japan and raised in Manchuria, later moving back to Japan. Has lived in the United States since the early 50s. Married to James.

James Washington: Role has been pre-cast.

Submissions for Appointment

Submissions for Audition Appointments will be accepted through June 28, 2017.

EPA Open Calls for Union and Non Union Performers: Saturday, July 1 from 12:00PM- 4:00PM (walk-ins accepted starting at 11:30AM, or sign up at AEA Office).

Preparation – Please prepare one contemporary dramatic monologue.

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

Electronic submissions, please send Headshot and Resume to

  • 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: YOHEN
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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 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: for assistance.

Thank you,
Snehal Desai
Artistic Director, East West Players