LOST AND GUIDED reading series
Location: Portland, Maine
We are casting a staged reading series for LOST AND GUIDED in Portland, Maine, produced by New England Arab American Organization and The Angle Project.
Please submit your head-shot and resume to Irene at email@example.com with “LG-MAINE-” in the subject line.
Lost and Guided tells the story of how the lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war. From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, Lost and Guided is a universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness. Lost and Guided is an original play based on interviews with Syrian refugees. 90% of the script was taken directly from interview transcripts.
The play was produced by Conrad Fischer and The Angle Project in August 2017 and originally ran for 4 consecutive weeks at UNDER St. Marks Theater in New York City. Critics called it: “an incredible new play” (ABC News),”a stunning new play” (Huffington Post), “Theatre at its best…” (The Reviews Hub) The play’s production was also profiled in Entertainment Weekly.
Thursday, June 21, 2018:
Friday, June 22, 2018:
rehearsal: 12-6pm, location TBD
performance: 7pm at Portland Museum of Art
Saturday, June 23, 2018:
tech: 2-6pm at Camden Opera House
performance: 7pm at Camden Opera House (200)
We are looking for the following actors:
General note: if not Syrian, it is highly preferred that the four principal actors are of Middle Eastern descent.
RIMA: 30’s; housewife; IMAD’s sister, AMINA’s best friend: An artist at heart, Rima is an energetic, smart, funny, and full of life woman who feels stifled by her environment. She is trapped in an unhappy marriage. But despite her domestic conflicts, Rima finds strength to nurture her kids and devote much of her time to her siblings, whom she loves endlessly. On one hand she feels her life is over, on the other – she is full of hopes and dreams that something will change and she will find her happiness; in fact, it is her hopes and dreams that keep her going. Religion plays a big role in her life. Actor: Syrian/Middle Eastern, female, late 20’s – 30’s.
AMINA: late 20’s; teacher; IMAD’s fiancé, RIMA’s best friend: Gentle and kind on the outside, Amina is quite tough, as she had to work hard to build a life. She lost her parents when she was young and was taken care of by her relatives. Rima has played the role of her older sister since Amina was a little girl. Rima is honest and loyal, and cannot imagine her life and her future without making a family with IMAD. Religion plays a big role in her life. Actor: Syrian/Middle Eastern, female, late 20’s – 30’s.
SAMI: late 30’s; practicing doctor; IMAD and RIMA’s older brother: A handsome, strong, and optimistic idealist who is completely devoted to his work and his country. Nothing will make Sami happier than to see free Syrian people in a thriving country. SAMI is simple, unpretentious, and comfortable with his life, as long as he is able to work and to be around his family. Religion plays a big role in his life. Actor: Syrian/Middle Eastern, male, late 30’s – early 40’s.
IMAD: late 20’s; doctor in training; RIMA and SAMI’s younger brother, AMINA’s fiancé: The youngest of the three, Imad is the most sensitive and perceptive one. He is deeply concerned for his country and dreams to be a part of change in Syria. He is confident about his future and sees himself spending all of his life in Syria, serving people as a doctor and building a family with Amina, whom he sincerely loves. Religion plays a big role in his life. Actor: Syrian, male, late 20’s – 30’s.
MISS LIEBOVITZ: 75; IMAD’s patient: A terminally ill woman, who quietly smiles through it all. Actor: Jewish, female, 50’s-70’s.
LITTLE GIRL/WOUNDED REBEL SOLDIER: A vulnerable, naive, and deeply traumatized child, who is uncharacteristically mature for her age. Actor: Syrian/Middle Eastern, female, teen’s.
REGIME SOLDIER/GUARD: A ruthless executor and enforcer of any orders given to him. Actor: Middle Eastern, late 20’s to 50’s
STAGE DIRECTIONS: Actor: Any ethnicity, gender, and age. The actor has to possess a strong sense of poetic language as some of the scenes with no dialogue, but with lots of action description will have to be read in full and should convey the atmosphere and the images in the scene.
Please submit your head-shot and resume to Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City or Location of call: Portland, Maine
Please submit to: email@example.com
This casting notice was posted by: The Angle Project