Auditions for “Disgraced”

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Disgraced“, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Omar Kozarsky. “Disgraced” is the engaging Pulitzer Prize-winning drama revolving about race, freedom of speech, and religion.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 7pm – 10pm (Amir and Abe only)
Monday October 29, 2018 7pm – 10pm (all roles)
Tuesday October 30, 2018 7pm – 10pm (all roles)

CALLBACKS: Thursday November 1, 2018 (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: January 18th 2019 thru Saturday February 9th 2019
(Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays evening performances)

Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his artist wife Emily host a dinner party, a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (3 Males, 2 Females)

Amir: (Male, early 30s – early 40s) Pakistani American of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent; speaks with a perfect American accent; a brilliant, smart, ambitious, and successful lawyer, so sharply dressed and sophisticated it nearly masks his deep self-consciousness and insecurity. Married to Emily.

Emily: (Female, late 20s – mid 40s) White, lithe, attractive, upper-middle-class, thoughtful, curious, and engaging visual artist; romanticizes the unknown in love and art; self-centered as some artists are and also optimistic and naive, as some artists are. Married to Amir.

Abe: (Male, late teens – early 20s) Pakistani American of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent; as American as American gets; vibrant and endearing; strong, quiet, thoughtful, and passionate; a young man of conviction. Nephew to Amir.

Isaac: (Male, mid 40s – mid 50s) White, smart, curator at the Whitney Museum, which means he has immense power, which he knows, but doesn’t often flaunt; part of the intellectual elite in New York City; quick with a quip; has a sharp critical eye and tongue. Married to Jory.

Jory: (Female, early 40s – early 50s) African American; commanding, forthright, and intelligent; an ambitious and savvy lawyer; she’s made it to the top of a male-dominated field; powerful with wry sense of humor. Married to Isaac.

Actors must be familiar with the play prior to auditions. Actors must be unafraid to engage in deep political discussion. Rehearsals to begin first week of November.

Sides of scripts will be made provided. All roles available. Casting is open to all. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or email disgraced@elmwoodplayhouse.com

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.