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How to Break - Developmental Production
Village Theater

  • How to Break - Developmental Production
  • Village Theater
  • Equity/Non-AEA Theatre
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; SAG-AFTRA; Equity; Other Union
  • Issaquah, WA
  • Project Begins: Dec 18, 2017
  • Project Ends: Jan 14, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Jessica Spencer
  • Primary Phone: 425-392-1942 ext 123
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    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Where: Village Theatre – Rehearsal Room A
    303 Front St N. Issaquah, WA 98027

    Submission instructions:
    To request an spot at auditions email Jessica Spencer at with the following information: name, email address, phone number, preferred audition time (Women 12-2pm OR Men 3-5pm), how you heard about the auditions and a brief desc

What is How to Break about?
Ignited by an electric collision of theatre, breakdancing, and lyrical flow, this musical follows two young inner city dancers, Ana & Joel as they battle for control of bodies wracked by illness. Tensions rise as small gaps in race, class, and language between the patients and their treatment team create life-threatening rifts. As the nurse mixes patients’ breath and IV beeps into beatboxed hospital soundscapes and the doctor and therapist wrestle over the health benefits of art versus painkillers, the teens attempt to break through their diagnoses in search of a gut understanding of what it means to be ill.


Other details:
Who should audition?
We are looking for hybrid performers with a passion for dynamic art! A breaker who is interested in acting, an actor who has a background and interest in physical storytelling. Performers who like to try new things and have fun! There is no prescribed level of proficiency for any of these skills – we are looking for collaborators!

I’d love to audition but I’m not sure yet? I’ve never rapped before where do I start?
Join Music Director, Orlando Morales and Casting Director Jessica Spencer on Friday, October 20th from 5-6:30pm at Westlake Dance Center for a FREE Workshop! Join Orlando for a group coaching session on how to learn and approach rap/audition sides for the first time to help you prep and feel confident for the upcoming auditions. Jessica will also be available to answer all of your questions regarding the audition process, Village Theatre, How to Break, and the Beta Series!

What is the rehearsal schedule like?
Rehearsals, December 18th-31st, are typically 6-11pm Tuesday-Sunday night in Issaquah. We will take Christmas Eve & Day off. Then when we get into tech rehearsals and performances, January 2nd-14th it shifts more to a 3-11pm schedule.

What is the Beta Series:
The Beta Series is a series of developmental productions that are designed to be an opportunity for artists to fully test their work in front of an audience without the pressures of critical or commercial success. This series doesn’t exist anywhere in the country, so may be a little different to other new work processes you may have experienced.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Ana: female, reads 17-25 years old, Black/Latina/Mixed Race, strong hip hop dancer, popping skills a plus. Competitive, cynical, quick-witted, tough exterior, sensitive underneath. Role requires the dancer to act and rap – though not required singing and familiarity with Spanish is a plus.

Joel: male, reads 17-25 years old, Black/Latino/Mixed Race, strong hip hop dancer, breakdancing skills a plus. Open-hearted, optimistic, goofball, flirt, wise beyond his years. Role requires the dancer to act and rap.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Open Call Auditions: Women’s Call: Saturday, October 28th from 12-2pm Men’s Call: Saturday, October 28th from 3-5pm Where: Village Theatre – Rehearsal Room A 303 Front St N. Issaquah, WA 98027

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Callbacks will be on Sunday, October 29th between 11am-2pm at the same location.

Audition Requirements:
We will start with a group dance call, led by Kwikstep, followed by sides from the show. These sides will be sent in advance once you have requested an audition spot in order to help you prepare for the audition.

Monetary compensation:
This is an Equity Contract and pay $460 per week for 32 hours a week. Anytime worked over 32 hours you will be paid overtime.

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