[CASTING] Seeking Actors (Male & Female) for AS WE BABBLE ON by Nathan Ramos

East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, is seeking actors to play Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Mixed Race & African American for As We Babble On by Nathan Ramos, winner of East West Players’ 2042: See Change Playwriting Competition.

As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. As We Babble On explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24.

Find out more at www.eastwestplayers.org.

Directed by Alison M. De La Cruz.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Technical Rehearsals begin Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
Previews begin Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Opening Night is on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Runs for 4 weeks (5 performances a week) through June 24, 2018.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($409 per week plus pension and health).
Also seeking non-union performers ($200 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).

ROLES 

BENJI (28 years old): “Gaysian” graphic novelist now moonlighting as a barista who feels that the ‘system’ is against him. Endearing bordering on caustic, potentially charming, awkward but deeply neurotic. Benji’s insecurities root from a real place of loss, which blinds and sometimes paralyzes him to the privileges he does possess.

LAURA (27 years old): Mixed-Race Asian/Caucasian Hapa, half-sister to Benji and bestie to Sheila. A talented, undiscovered long-form journalist critical of systems but still a scrappy pragmatist. Laura believes in taking opportunity at face value regardless of any morally gray implications. She is done with Benji’s wishy-washy BS.

SHEILA (29 years old): African American freelance artist who moonlights as a cam girl (no nudity required) and is Benji’s roommate. She is confident and makes her own rules. Undeterred by adversity, she is a fiercely loyal friend, but has moved past her own angst, and is always future sighted.

VISH (30 years old): South Asian app developer. He is Benji’s Ex, extremely good looking, smart, and confident. Secure in himself enough to see the best in everyone around him, and challenges those he cares about to live past their flaws.

ORSON (33 years old): Caucasian heir to the “Archer eInk Empire.” An optimistic and charismatic person who doesn’t always know where his silver spoon and his privilege have limited him. Orson has begun to question if his family’s wealth has shielded him from ever truly experiencing failure.

SUBMISSIONS FOR APPOINTMENT

For appointments, Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services through November 26, 2017.

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: AS WE BABBLE ON – [Name Desired Role]
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

OPEN CALL AUDITIONS

Open Call Auditions: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11:30AM – 4PM
Preparation: Please prepare 1 one-minute monologue showing your comedic timing.