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Open Call for actors for staged reading of Laila Lalami’s “Secret Son” (Seattle, WA)

Open Call for actors to perform in excerpted staged reading of Laila Lalami’s Secret Son, presented by the Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Reads program in partnership with Book-It Repertory Theatre.

Secret Son is the story of Youssef El Mekki, a teenager trapped by poverty in the slums of Morocco, who discovers that his father, who he thought was dead, is actually a wealthy businessman who is alive and well, and living in the same City –Casablanca. After reconciling with his father, Youssef finds doors of opportunity opening to him, but these doors do not remain open for long and Youssef’s fall from grace is painful and protracted, and ends with his recruitment by a fundamentalist group to commit an assassination. Lalami’s story is a complex and powerful portrait of the social and political importance – and tyranny – of belonging.

Book-It seeks Arab/Middle Eastern actors for the following roles:

1. Father (doubles as Hatim) 40s to 50s
2. Mother (doubles with Malika) late 30s to mid 40s.
3. Daughter (doubles with Politician and Secretary) early 20s
Professional acting experience not required, though skill and confidence reading aloud is essential.

Rehearsals (at the Seattle Center):
April 11: 1pm-4pm April 13: 6:30pm-9:30pm
April 14: 6:30pm-9:30pm April 15: 6:30pm-9:30pm
April 16: 6:30pm-9:30pm April 18: 1pm-4pm
April 20: 6:30pm-9:30pm April 21: 6:30pm-9:30pm
April 22: 6:30pm-9:30pm April 23: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Readings (at Seattle Library downtown branch and neighborhood locations):
Saturday April 24: 11am Monday April 26: 7pm
Saturday May 1: 11am Friday May 7: 1pm
Each reading will last approximately 40-50 minutes and be followed by a 40-minute discussion with the audience. All actors will be compensated for their participation.

Auditions: Wednesday March 31: 7-9pm. Theatre Puget Sound, Room E, Seattle Center House, 4th floor. No dialect preparation necessary.
To book an appointment, please email and let us know the role you are interested in reading for. We will send you a short scene to prepare and the audition time.

Please read the performance/rehearsal schedule carefully. If you have any conflicts with the rehearsal period, or the performances, please let us know when you respond with the exact dates/times of conflicts so we can see if it is possible to work around them. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals, so some flexibility is possible.

Seattle Reads “Secret Son” is designed to foster reading and discussion of works by authors of diverse cultures and ethnicities. It is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and Alonquin Books of Chapel Hill. http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=audience_current_seattlereads

More info about the novel: http://lailalalami.com/secret-son/about/

More info about Book-It: www.book-it.org

PROJECT: “SECRET SON” STAGED READINGS

LOCATION: SEATTLE, WA

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