Playwrights Horizons Inc.
New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
Playwright: Sylvia Khoury
Director: Tyne Rafaeli
The following people will be in attendance at the EPA:
Alaine Alldaffer- Casting Director
Lisa Donadio- Associate Casting Director Charlianne Meli- Casting Assistant
1st Rehearsal: 2/28/20
1st Preview: 3/27/20
Regular Run: 5/10/20
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
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Equity actors for various roles. See breakdown.
SM availability still TBD
Early- mid-30s. Female. Afghan. An honest woman struggling to remain uncompromised in a deeply compromised situation—the moral center of the play. A serious, capable, and unfailingly good woman quietly keeping her family safe while hiding a deep well of shame. She shares her home with her brother, Taroon, and her husband, Jawid—and both relationships are deeply complicated. On one hand, she is furious with Taroon for putting himself and his family in danger by interpreting for the Americans, but does everything in her power to keep him safe from the Taliban—including hiding him in her apartment for months at a time. On the other hand, she is deeply unsettled by the actions Jawid has taken to try actualize their hope of having a child—which has included an agreement with the Taliban to make them army uniforms, hoping to use this extra income for fertility treatments.
Early 30s. Male. Afghan. Afiya’s younger brother. Once set on following in the family trade of becoming a tailor, his now-wife Bibi encouraged him to interpret for the Americans in Kabul, in hopes of unseating the Taliban and ushering a new era of peace for their country. When the Americans pulled out of Afghanistan, he was left with a promise of a visa—a promise that remains unfulfilled, to great personal peril. Naïve, idealistic, and with no small amount of bravado, Taroon has been hiding primarily in his sister’s home. At the top of the play, he awaits news of the birth of his first child.
Late 20s. Female. Afghan. Afiya’s neighbor and childhood friend, who works for Afiya and Jawid’s tailor shop with her husband, Amir. The two couples are like family to each other, and live across the hall from each other. Leyla is clever and quick-witted, and enjoys playing flighty and dramatic in counterpart to her closest friend Afiya’s deep seriousness. She is also a new mother to her son, Nabil, who is six months old. She is a deep and true friend to Afiya.
Late 30s. Male. Afghan. A tailor by profession. He has chosen to protect his family by working for the Taliban, and has benefited from the small creature comforts this permits him. He feels extremely guilty about this decision, but never speaks of this shame. He is deeply in love with his wife, Afiya.
Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Thursday, September 5, 2019
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Lunch 1pm to 2pm
Sides will be provided at the EPA. Bring picture and resume.