Call for Artists and Performers



A Southern California Premiere
by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Translated by David Tushingham
Directed by Michael Michetti
Casting Director Nicole Arbusto

Open Call:

Monday, January 11, 2016
12pm – 8pm
One hour break for dinner 5pm – 6pm

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.

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 – 3/22/16
Tech – 4/22 – 4/24/16
Dress Rehearsals – 4/26/16 & 4/27/16
Previews Begin – 4/28/16
Opening – 5/7/16
Runs through 6/5/16 with possible extension through 6/19/16
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees (one added Wed. evening performance on 6/1/16)

What starts out as a simple toothache evolves into a dizzying chain of events as a group of disparate people, played by a cast of five who assume many roles indiscriminate of age, gender, and race, struggle to make connections in an increasingly isolated world. At the center of the story is a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, The Golden Dragon, where a young Chinese man suffering from an oversensitive incisor sparks a whacked and weird series of interconnected stories. A delicious mixture of epic theatre, bizarre comedy, poetry, and fable combine to create this fabulous pho.

Actors of all races strongly encouraged to submit.
This production demands a diverse cast of actors who will play roles which frequently contradict their actual age, gender and race. Requires flexible actors with skills at playing a wide variety of characters with size and theatricality, but also with depth and honesty.

A Young Man (18-30, any race) - Plays: “The Grandfather,” an old man (race not specified), haggard, sick, who is pondering the end of his life with wistfulness and regret; “Asian Man,” a kitchen worker at The Golden Dragon restaurant; “The Waitress,” a thin, pretty young Vietnamese girl working at The Golden Dragon; “The Cricket,” from the fable of The Cricket and the Ant. A delicate, beautiful young Chinese girl who doesn’t have any marketable skills and who, in this dark twist on the fable, becomes enslaved in the sex trade.

A Young Woman (18-30, any race) - Plays: “The Man with the Striped Shirt,” late 30’s (race not specified), despondent and embittered businessman whose new wife has left him for another man. Drinking problem.; “Asian Man with Toothache,” a 30 year-old Chinese immigrant with no money and no papers. They call him “the boy,” and his infected tooth hurts so much they have to remove it with pliers in the kitchen of the restaurant where he works; “The Barbie-Fucker,” a pilot in his 50’s (race not specified), handsome and masculine, dating the younger stewardess, Eva.

A Man (30’s-40’s, any race) - Plays: “The Woman in the Dress,” a beautiful woman (race not specified), late 20’s, who has left her new husband for another man.; “Asian Man,” a kitchen worker at The Golden Dragon restaurant.; “First Flight Attendant,” Inga, blonde, 31 years old, probably Scandinavian. Thoughtful, introspective. Finds a tooth in her soup at the restaurant, and is haunted by the unanswered questions of who it belonged to, and how it got there.

A Man Over Sixty (60’s or older, any race) - Plays: “A Young Man,” late teens (race not specified), whose girlfriend has just told him she is pregnant. He is not ready to be a father and melts down upon hearing this news.; “Asian Man,” a fat, older worker at The Golden Dragon restaurant, who removes an infected tooth from a co-worker in the kitchen with pliers.; “Second Flight Attendant,” Eva, pretty brunette, 28 years old, probably Scandinavian. Looks like Barbie, and is dating an older pilot who she calls “The Barbie-Fucker”.

A Woman Over Sixty (60’s or older, any race) - Plays: “The Granddaughter,” 18 years old and beautiful (race not specified), pregnant by a boyfriend who doesn’t want the child; “Asian Woman,” 69 years old, a Chinese cook at The Golden Dragon restaurant.; “The Ant,” from the fable of The Cricket and the Ant who, in this dark twist on the fable, enslaves the Cricket in the sex trade.; “The Shopkeeper,” Hans, middle-aged, probably German. He runs the convenience store on the corner. A hoarder with a dark secret.

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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