Call for Artists and Performers



A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Weyni Mengesha
Casting Director Michael Donovan

Open Call:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
2pm – 8pm

No appointments - auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.  You will arrive and sign in for a time slot.  No phone calls please.  If you have a question please email us at:

Please note we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.

FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please bring a headshot and resume and prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.

If you are auditioning for ERIC or BILAL, please prepare 30 seconds of classic jazz vocal or scat unaccompanied.

Character descriptions listed below.

LOCATION:  Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA  91106

Parking lot is located behind the building but please enter through the front of the building into the lobby.  There is also nearby street parking available.
CONTRACT: AEA 99-seat Transitional (Non-union okay)

RATE: $500 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance

Rehearsals Begin – 8/9/16
Tech – 9/9 – 9/11/16
Dress Rehearsals – 9/13/16 & 9/14/16
Previews Begin – 9/15/16
Opening – 9/24/16
Runs through 10/23/16 with possible extension through 11/6/16
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on 10/19/16)


Two brothers, both musicians. The classical pianist is Christian. The jazz bassist is Muslim. When Bilal is accused of being a terrorist and in jail awaiting trial, Eric tries to stay connected by pushing aside his own classical aspirations in order to learn big brother’s jazz style. Separated by prison bars and religious convictions, the brothers scat and be-bop through their shared language of music. As his brother’s trial progresses, Eric becomes disillusioned and struggles to decide if he believes the charges levied against his beloved older brother, or if false accusations make him a beleaguered martyr to a prejudiced, paranoid nation.


ERIC: (mid to late 30s, African American, male) a classical pianist. Bilal’s little brother. Bilal exposed him to jazz but he moved into the classical tradition on his own. He developed his skills through classes, “practicing the scales and exercises” and playing recitals. While his brother learned to play by ear. Drawn to the “order of music”, disciplined, dedicated, logical, charming.

BILAL: (mid to late 30s, African American, male) a jazz bassist. Eric’s older brother. “Let’s just say his first word was probably “Why?” and his first full sentence was probably “Says who?”. Born Daryl but changed his name when he Converted to Islam. Very grateful of how ‘Islam saved him” from the life he was leading.  Passionate, musically gifted, courageous, stands up for what he believes. 

WES, (30s-40s, played by someone of middle eastern or Mediterranean descent, male) A no nonsense Corrections officer, tough, been through a lot, opinionated. plays five other small roles: An FBI informant, a reporter, another corrections officer, a reporter and a lawyer  

SYLVIA, Female, 30s, Arab American. a vocalist in the classical tradition. Smart, playful, charming, funny, principled.
Plays two smaller roles: A defense lawyer, a reporter.

Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $250 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.

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