Chicago Area Actors for Secret Origins 2018 Theatrical Production


Secret Origins 2018 Ensemble Auditions

Location: Chicago

Type: Theater

Are you an experienced improviser with a love of geek culture? Secret Origins is looking for you! After a hit run at Stage 773 and appearing in the Del Close Marathon and the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Secret Origins is returning for a five-week run in the world’s only theater space dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy: Chicago’s own Otherworld Theatre!

While we will consider all applicants for an audition slot, we are specifically seeking performers who identify as any of the following: Asian Pacific, Sub Continent Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern and/or LGBTQA+.

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What is Secret Origins?

Each week audience suggestions will inspire improvisers to generate a hero’s personality, powers, supporting characters, and villains to form a full origin tale for an all-new superhero. In the final week, these new heroes return and team up to face an audience generated threat so massive only their combined powers can stop it! Secret Origins originally ran in April 2017 at Stage 773 and played to capacity audiences each week. The show was also featured in the 2018 Del Close Marathon in New York City and the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival.

Who Should Audition

Auditionees should have experience with narrative structure, long-form improvisation, and familiarity with comic books tropes (movies, print, TV, or any combination). Please bring a headshot and resume, be prepared to improvise, and talk about your favorite superhero story. The producers are excited to showcase the talents of underrepresented voices in the geek comedy community, and if the time slot you’d like to audition in has been filled please email us and we’ll make sure there’s room for you.

Production Details

Secret Origins will run Fridays at Otherworld Theatre at 3914 N Clark St, Chicago, IL September 28th through October 26th at 10 pm.

The cast will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and a promotional photo shoot, as well as assist with promotion in the weeks leading up to the show. Otherworld Theatre is a non-profit that shares ticket sales 70/30 with their shows, so the more ticket buyers we have the more money the cast makes because the producers will be directing all profits after expenses to the cast. Accounting will be transparent.

Commitment dates are:

Tuesday August 14 8-10p
Saturday August 18 10a-1p (Photo Shoot)
Tuesday August 21 8-10p
Tuesday August 28 8-10p
Tuesday September 4 8-10p
Thursday September 6 8-10p
Tuesday September 11 8-10p
Thursday September 13 8-10p
Tuesday September 18 8-10p
Thursday September 20 8-10p
Tuesday September 25 8-10p
Friday September 28th 10-11p (9:15p call time) Show #1
Friday October 5th 10-11p (9:15p call time) Show #2
Friday October 12th 10-11p (9:15p call time) Show #3
Friday October 19th 10-11p (9:15p call time) Show #4
Friday October 26th 10-11p (9:15p call time) Show #5
Friday October 26th 11:30p-? Wrap Party @ Trader Todd’s

Payment: Other

City or Location of call: Chicago
Please submit to: by 2018-08-12

This casting notice was posted by: Happy Underground Productions

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