Audition for The Play Death of the King

Audition for The Play Death of the King

CATEGORY: Performer

Kooch Theatre Group
Boston, MA 02128

Job Details


Staged reading/ Workshop production:

We are looking for actors who are interested to know more about Indo-Iranian mythology, history and religion to have an experimental theatre workshop of the play “Death of the Yazdgerd” by Bahram Beyzaie. Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran's most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater. Death of Yazdgerd was written in 1979 and translated to English by Manouchehr Anvar. The play is about Yazdgerd III, the last Sassanid emperor, whose death marked the victory of the Arab conquest whereby Islam displaced Zoroastrianism as the official religion of Iran.

About Director: Nikta Sabouri

Nikta is an Iranian-Canadian freelance theatre director, based in Boston. She has finished her B.A. in Theatre-Directing in Tehran University in Iran and her M.A in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy in the University of Ottawa in Canada. The focus of her Master’s thesis was on intercultural theater and she directed an excerpt from the medieval play The Mystery of the Passion by Arnoul Gréban and explored the results of staging the medieval French mystery play using elements borrowed from the aesthetics of Ta'zieh, a traditional Iranian form of theatre. Her current research project is about intercultural performance and the recent definitions of this theory in the experimental approaches.

About Dramaturg and Designer: Asma Khoshmehr

Iranian born Asma Khoshmehr is a visual artist with an unraveling passion for playwriting, filmmaking, and photography. She has finished her BA in Dramatic Literature from the University of Tehran. She continued to expand and enhance her knowledge and skills by completing specialization online programs such as “Photography and Beyond” at Michigan State University and “Creative Writing” from Wesleyan University. Asma was also the recipient of a summer scholarship from the “Shanghai Theater Academy” for the Chinese Opera Program. In 2014, she moved to the United States and currently is a MFA student in Film and Media Art at Emerson College.


We are looking for 7 actors ethnically and racially diverse with a strong ability to handle classical texts. To schedule an audition please email your headshot and résumé and your top two preferred audition times to   

·        Rehearsals begin: February first, 2019

·        Tech: Friday, March 15th

Performances location and time:

·        At Boston Center for the Arts,

·        Saturday, March 16th: two shows at 2 pm and 8 pm,

·        Sunday, March 17th: one show at 8 pm


Character Breakdown:

Miller- Male, middle-aged 40-50 years old

Wrenched and tired of injustice, accused of murdering the king.

Girl, adolescent, late teens

Miller’s daughter, slim, fragile and sensitive. She accuses the king of belligerence and sexual assault. 

The woman, 30-40 years old,

Miller’s wife, opposing, sagacious and dominant. Her son died in the war and she holds the king responsible for her son’s death.

Chief Commander- male, young, 30-40 year old,

He accuses the family of killing the king and interrogates them.

Magu- male, senior, 60-70 years old

High ranked religious figure in the Monarchy, devout and prognosticator.

Private- male, 20-30 years old

Combatant, scoffer and nimble.

Corporal-middle age 50-60 years old

Arrogant and a disciple of the king

If you are interested but cannot attend the audition dates, please also contact us at


February 1, 2019 - March 17, 2019





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Audition Information


December 16, 2018 at 5:00PM - 2018-12-16 21:00


The Eddy Apartments Meeting room, 10 New Street, East Boston, 02128


Please prepare a monologue of 3-5 minutes in length from any classic play that you like. Memorized is preferred, but rather have you on the book than not there if interested.


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