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Rules of Charity
Sound Theatre Company


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  • Rules of Charity
  • Sound Theatre Company
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Jun 24, 2018
  • Project Ends: Aug 25, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Teresa Thuman
  • Primary Phone: 206-856-5520
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    PO Box 99327
    Seattle, WA 98139


    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    12th AVe Arts.

By John Belluso
Directed by Leah Adcock-Starr

Sound Theatre Company is seeking actors for the Seattle premiere of this provocative and subversive play by the late John Belluso, a playwright who championed honest portrayals of people with disabilities. Resisting isolation and both longing for connection, the older generation clashes with the younger in this “lacerating critique of altruism” (SF Weekly). Monty, a brilliant father who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, spars with his caregiver daughter Loretta in the haunting relationship at the heart of this play that examines the costs of what it means to be disabled and marginalized in modern American society.


Other details:
Please indicate if you will require any accommodations to support your audition.

Along with this production of Rules of Charity, we are also preparing for a reading series of six plays by Deaf and Disabled playwrights. If you are interested in being part of the reading series as an actor, please indicate in your email submission and we will follow up in a few weeks as we know our casting needs.


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Character Breakdown / Project Needs:
MONTY: 40s-60s. THE ROLE OF MONTY HAS BEEN OFFERED. Loretta’s father, a widower and gay. Uses a wheelchair, has cerebral palsy. A voracious reader, Monty is deeply intelligent and a natural teacher though he never leaves the apartment he shares with his daughter. Occasionally brutal and surprisingly tender, Monty is a hopeful lover and complicated father. Actor must be comfortable with moments of choreographed physical intimacy and choreographed physical violence and must self identify as disabled*.

LORETTA: Mid 20s. Monty’s daughter and his primary caregiver. Loretta loves her father, and she hates him too. On her best days she’s tired and prickly and on her worst; a bully who might not pull her punches. Loretta has a ferocious longing for connection and tenderness. Actor must be comfortable with moments of choreographed physical intimacy and possible nudity.

HORACE: 20s-30s A stranger who becomes Loretta’s lover. Alternately tender and casually violent, Horace is a protective partner and dangerous companion. Actor must be comfortable with moments of choreographed physical intimacy and choreographed physical violence. Possible nudity.

LH (later MR. MILLICENT) 30s-40s Monty’s lover, does maintenance work for Monty and Loretta’s apartment complex. Closeted, unsure, and loving in his relationship with Monty, he later married Joyce. Filled with insecurities and big ambitions. Actor must be comfortable with choreographed physical intimacy and choreographed violence.

PAZ (later JOYCE): 20-30s A documentary filmmaker interested in Monty and his story, Paz is passionate about her work, deeply privileged, and fiercely sure of herself. She confidently seeks to change the world, but wears her agenda on her sleeve.

Sound Theatre Company is dedicated to inclusive intersectional casting. Actors of color and actors with disabilities are encouraged to submit.

Audition/Interview Dates:
Thursday, May 3, 4:30 - 6pm; Sunday, May 6, 5 - 8pm

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
no callbacks planned - just reading sides if invited to audition

Audition Requirements:
Please email a resume and head shot and an email of interest. Please also indicate if you have any scheduling conflicts for the designated audition times. If we decide to invite you to audition, we will provide you with sides to prepare.

Monetary compensation:
$500 Stipend for entire project

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