National Queer Theater & Dixon Place
In Partnership With the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and NYC Pride
Criminal Queerness Festival
NYC AUDITIONS (Please submit your materials to be invited for an audition)
SHE HE ME: Thursday, 3/19
THE SHAKING EARTH: 4/1
Rehearsals: (Subject to change)
MOSQUE4MOSQUE: 6/4, 6/6, 6/16, 6/18, 6/27
SHE HE ME: 6/10, 6/11, 6/13, 6/19, 6/24
THE SHAKING EARTH: 6/3, 6/5, 6/19, 6/20, 6/25
Location: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Equity Showcase Code (Pending), one flat rate: $600
Interested in submitting for a specific play and role? Please email X Casting NYC at firstname.lastname@example.org and title your subject by the “Name Of The Play- Role You Are Interested In” and attach you headshot/photo and resume (and or a brief bio about yourself).
A Note From The Team:
We are committed to working in spaces that are anti-racist, that foster radical inclusion, and celebrate diversity. We therefore encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend this audition.
To request accessibility information or a special accommodation, please contact Adam Odsess-Rubin at email@example.com.
PLAYWRIGHT: OMER ABBAS SALEM
DIRECTOR: SHARIFA YASMIN
Ibrahim is the average 30-something Arab American Muslim who is constantly being reminded how unmarried he is by his relentlessly caring immigrant mother, Sara. Having helped raise his smart, popular, hijabi cheerleading younger sister Lena, Ibrahim has always been comfortable sinking into the background. Normal job, quiet life, easy men. But on the precipice of finding what could be his first real relationship, Sara feels compelled to take Ibrahim's future into her own hands by attempting to arrange her son's Big Gay Muslim Wedding all on her own. Mosque4Mosque is a comedy about a normal Muslim American family that asks us to wrestle with what we believe normal to be.
IBRAHIM: 30, he/him, gay Syrian American. He’s a listener and a nester. He is shy and prefers the easier way out. He is full of untapped potential.
SARA: 60s, she/her, Syrian hijabi mom. She is a naturalized American citizen from Damascus and is Ibrahim and Lena’s mother. There are six fully formed thoughts in her brain at all times and she speaks them quickly, sweetly, and directly.
LENA: 18, she/her, Syrian American, and a senior in high school. She can talk her way out of anything because she’s polite, pretty, and too smart for her own good. She gets what she
wants for herself.
JAMES: 35, he/him, queer, and white. He is a lawyer, a smartass, and perhaps a little suburban.
KARIM PHILLIP ALGIERS/ JESSE/ REPORTER/ THE LAWYER: (Karim Phillip Algiers) he/him, a wise, stuffy Frenchmen. He is a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Prince Edward Island College and Sara’s advisor. (Jesse) Any gender and the silliest Canadian. (Reporter) A voice who reports of Al Jazeera. (The Lawyer) Unkind and condescending.
SHE HE ME
PLAYWRIGHT: AMAHL RAPHAEL KHOURI
DIRECTOR: SIVAN BATTAT
She He Me is the first Arab transgender play. It follows the true stories of three Arab characters who challenge gender norms. Randa is an Algerian transwoman who is expelled under the threat of death from her homeland because of her LGBT activism there. Omar is a Jordanian gay man, who rather than body dysphoria, suffers social dysphoria when it comes to the strict codes of masculinity imposed and expected of him by both the heterosexual and gay community around him. Rok is a Lebanese transman. His main challenge is convincing his very conservative religious mother that her daughter is actually a boy. Through humour and horror, the three characters come up against the state, society, the family, but also themselves.
She He Me was staged at Kosmos Theatre in Vienna in March 2019. It also had a staged reading at the New York Public Library in 2017, the Münchner Kammerspiele in December 2016, as well as at the Arcola Global Queer Plays and the Lark hotINK international play reading series.
RANDA: 42, she/her,Trans Algerian woman living in Sweden.
OMAR: 28, he/him, Jordanian, a big guy, homosexual, living in Amman.
ROK: 28, he/him, Trans Lebanese man, slight build, facial hair, living in New Jersey.
THE SHAKING EARTH
PLAYWRIGHT: MASHUQ MUSHTAQ DEEN
DIRECTOR: SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY
When mob violence took over the streets of New Delhi, India, following the assassination of the prime minister, thousands of Sikhs were murdered and to excuse that, it was said, "when a big tree falls, the earth shakes." Based on the true events of the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres, and told through an intimate family lens, this play uncovers the sanctioned violence that took 8,000 lives and the repercussions of that trauma for survivors who fled to the west.
MANU: 30s, he/him, south asian, south east asian; closeted homosexual; holds a secret/shame that eats him up inside; there’s a lot going on but he can’t show it.
SITA: 20s, she/her, south asian, south east asian; wise to ways of the world, wants to be a good wife, keeping her own secret/shame about her lower caste background; darker complexion than the others.
TAMAL: 40s, he/him, south asian, south east asian; a caged tiger, dangerous if provoked, but also MUST be charming and charismatic; has a code of ethics that would be different than the one you and I probably hold; darker complexion than MANU.
MANKARAN (also plays PARAM): mid to late 30s, she/her, south asian, south east asian; very American; despite all her efforts to the contrary, she is slowly turning into her mother, whom she loves deeply and also resents.
BALJEET (also plays RAVI): 40s, he/him, south asian, south east asian; a bisexual husband in India with a twinkle in his eye, kind and strong (Ravi); also an American man, out and probably gay, devout (Baljeet).
ANAND: late teens, he/him, south asian, south east asian; doe-eyed innocence in the body of a teenage boy.
MOTHER: 50s, she/her, south asian, south east asian; tough, older than she should be, emotionally distant; trying to save her daughter though it’s hard to tell by her actions sometimes.