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  • Iguazú
  • Parley
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Mar 13, 2018
  • Project Ends: Apr 17, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Julieta Vitullo

  • Prefered method of submission: Email

    Submission instructions:
    Contact to receive audition sides. Please see video submission guidelines above.

PARLEY is casting the world premiere workshop of IGUAZÚ, a new play by associate playwright Julieta Vitullo and directed by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth.

Iguazú tells the story of Nora, a young geologist who first discovers her love for earth sciences when she visits the Iguazú Falls at age six. Nora’s recollection of that early visit to this natural wonder is also linked to her last memories of her dad, who suddenly disappeared from her life after taking her to the falls. Captivated by those early memories, Nora decides to study geology and returns to the falls to understand more about the way they originated. The play presents this background information through Nora’s memories and dreams in the present, when Nora is 33. The inciting event is a tragedy that unfolds when Nora returns to this place in the recent present—again, this event plays out through dreams and memories.
On her third trip to the falls, Nora returns with her boyfriend, a paleo botanist named Thomas. As the two lovers spend time marveling over the beauty and mystery underneath those rock formations and in the massive layers of water that erode them, a tragedy unfolds.
In order to process that tragedy, Nora starts to dream of this place that is so beloved to her, so pivotal in the development of her career as a scientist, and now so filled with pain. She recalls a legend that she and Thomas heard while they were in the falls. This legend explains the creation of this geological formation through the story of an indigenous young couple, Naipí and Tarobá, and an evil serpent-parrot god named Mboi. Nora doubts science as an adequate tool to explain the history of this place, while she’s also unable to accept her new circumstances. As she experiments with lucid dreaming, she travels to the falls, where she and Thomas embody Naipí and Tarobá, and where Nora’s dad takes the enigmatic persona of Mboi. As the play comes to its climax, the lines between fantasy and reality, and between science and myth, start to blur. In the end, we are left to wonder who is dreaming who and whether science is, indeed, enough to explain nature’s greatest wonders, to find answers to some of life’s deepest mysteries, or to justify the absurdity of certain tragedies.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals 2/3 times a week on Monday or Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings starting 3/13/18. Tech/Dress: [TBD]
PERFORMANCE: 4/17/18 at 7 pm. Actor call on the day of performance is 4 pm.

IGUAZÚ will be Parley's 40th world premiere by local Seattle playwrights since 2014.


Other details:
ABOUT THE PROCESS: Our process is unconventional; it is designed with the needs of new work in mind. We rehearse our plays twice a week for four consecutive weeks in order to allow the playwright ample time to observe the process, absorb the actors' discoveries and challenges, and use that information to inform and inspire a revision process. In the final week, we perform and celebrate.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Please note: We encourage ALL ethnicities and ALL gender identities to audition for any role!

AT THIS TIME WE ARE ONLY CASTING FOR THE ROLES OF EMILIO/MBOI and NORA/NAIPÍ. We are seeking a Latino male and a Latina female. Ability to read or speak Spanish and/or Portuguese is a plus, but not required.

MBOI: a serpent-parrot god.

EMILIO: NORA’S father. A 60-year-old+ park ranger played by the same actor who plays MBOI.

NORA/NAIPÍ: two 33-year-old women played by the same actress.

TAROBÁ/THOMAS: two men played by the same actor, same age as NORA.

YOUNG NORA: a six-year-old played by the same actress as NAIPÍ/NORA.

Audition/Interview Dates:
We are seeking VIDEO SUBMISSIONS ONLY for first round auditions.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Audition Requirements:
VIDEO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Contact to request audition sides and we will send them ASAP. No fancy equipment required! You can use your smart phone and record your audition all by yourself, or ask a friend to help. When recording, make sure to . . . 1.Slate.(Give us your name.) 2.Make sure you’re lit and we can see / hear you.
3.Check the rehearsal, tech, and performance dates. Please notify us of any potential conflicts when you submit. 4.Email your video in Quicktime (or comparably simple) format or a YouTube/Vimeo/similar link of your recording to by 1/20.

Monetary compensation:
All actors will receive a $25 stipend.

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