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Actors for Pandemic (Audition Post)

Post Date: Nov 20, 2020

Philadelphia Young Playwrights seeks audition submissions for Pandemic. In the words of high school playwright Katie Lu, Pandemic is, “a politically charged piece that explores racism through the eyes of two starkly different generations - the 1930s and modern day 2020. It also sheds important light on the Chinese Exclusion Act, an often overlooked part of our history that is not taught in schools, and draws a parallel between those acts and the rise of anti-Asian-American sentiment with the COVID-19 crisis. However, in such a bleak story, I see my play as a sense of hope. The younger generations are turning over the world and sparking change.”

Pandemic will be produced as a recorded radio play, with the potential for at least one live radio performance. This new play development process will include a first read-through to be scheduled in December 2020, and 45 hours of afternoon/evening rehearsals and tech scheduled between January 25th - February 16th. Live radio performance would be scheduled on February 17th, 18th, or 19th. The process will include collaboration with the 11th grade student playwright, and the rehearsal process will be conducted on Zoom or another digital platform. Actors will receive a $750 stipend.

We are seeking actors for the following roles, as articulated by the playwright:

ESTHER SONG: A Chinese-American college student in modern day. Born and raised in New Jersey. Naive.

GRANDPA: An old Chinese-American man. Born and raised in America. Grandfather of Esther.

MEI LI: A young adult Chinese-American woman in her 20s living in the early 20th century. Born and raised in California. Six months pregnant. Relative of Esther.

ENSEMBLE:  White actor, plays a boy in Esther’s chemistry class who is the picture of ignorance, Mei’s neighbor who is the picture of plain old racism, an immigration agent, a nurse, and a newsreader. 

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How to Apply

Please submit headshot, resume, and a 1-2 minute audio recording of a monologue of your choice to by December 4th, 2020. Script available to read upon request - please email to request script or with additional inquiries.