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Play reading Series - ILLUMINATE: Six Plays By Deaf and Disabled Playwrights
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  • Play reading Series - ILLUMINATE: Six Plays By Deaf and Disabled Playwrights
  • sound theatre company
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Open to All
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Jul 1, 2018
  • Project Ends: Jul 22, 2018
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  • Contact Person: Maggie Rogers, Program Director
  • Primary Phone: 2068565520
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  • Prefered method of submission: Email

    Submission instructions:
    Rehearsals are TBA and will take place between July 1 and July 12. Please indicate your availability for evenings and weekends during that time.

Sound Theatre Company continues their 2018 season The Human Family: Towards a Radical Inclusion with a groundbreaking play reading series. ILLUMINATE: Six Plays by Deaf and Disabled Playwrights invites Seattle area audiences and artists to experience diverse and authentic representation in these six imaginative and unique plays. The readings are free and open to the public, and will be presented July 12 – 22 at the Center Theatre Black Box. Each play will have at least one ASL interpreted performance. This summer Sound Theatre forges a new path for audience, artists and members of the Deaf and disabled communities to join together to celebrate the authentic voices and stories that emerge from lived experience. The reading series will culminate in a full production of Seattle premiere production of the late John Belluso’s play The Rules of Charity.


Other details:
Rehearsals will be held during the first few weeks of July. Please note the performance schedule for each play.

Rehearsals are TBA as per Director and Actor Schedule

Performance Schedule
(calendar form available on website)

A Nervous Smile
Performs: Thursday, July 12, 7:30pm; Saturday July 21, 7:30 pm

Performs: Sunday July 15, 2:00pm; Saturday July 21 2:00pm

Th Things We Carry
Saturday, July 14, 2:00 ; Friday, July 20, 7:30

Preying Hands
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm ; Sunday, July 22, 7:30

Saturday, July 14, 7:30pm ; Thursday, July 19, 7:30

Sunday, july 15, 7:30 pm; Sunday July 22, 2:00


Character Breakdown / Project Needs
PEELING By Kaite O’Reilly
Directed by Maggie Rogers
Saturday July 14, 7:30 pm; Thursday, July 19, 7:30pm
Casting Note from Playwright: I will only give permission for ‘peeling’ to be read or performed when presented by performers who identify as disabled and/or d/Deaf. I do not allow hearing and non-disabled performers present this work, as it would be a contradiction of the piece, against ‘cripping up’.

Alfa – Feircely independent, eccentric and slightly puritanical. She is Deaf and uses sign language.

Beaty – She is feisty, a read beauty and often in pain. (heighth?)

Coral – She is small and looks very fragile, but has a perocious, inquiring mind. She uses a powered wheelchair.

Stage Directions - reader

(ASL Interpreters will also be needed)

ULTRASOUND by Adam Pottle
Directed by Maggie Rogers and Kellie Martin
Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm; Saturday, July 21, 2:00pm

Miranda: Alphonse’s wife. Twenty-nine. Aspiring actor. Hard of hearing. Has a cochlear implant in one ear. Speaks verbally. Speaks and uses American Sign Language (ASL) when communicating with Alphonse. She is not fully fluent, though; spoken English is her first language.

Alphonse: Miranda’s husband. Thirty-five. Accountant. Profoundly deaf. Uses ASL to communicate.

Stage Directions- reader
(ASL Interpreters – will also be needed)

A NERVOUS SMILE by John Belluso
Directed by Teresa Thuman
Thursday, July 12, 7:30; Sunday, July 22, 2:00pm
Brian, late 30s, intelligent, a college teacher.

Eileen, early 40s, Brian’s wife, wealthy, snobbish.

Nic “Nicole.” mid 30s, a lawyer, Brian and Eileen’s friend.

Blanka, late 50s, Brian and Eileens maid, thick Russian accesnt, weary

Voice of Emily

Stage Directions-reader

SCHISM by Athena Stevens
Directed by Amanda Friou
Sunday, July 15, 7:30pm; Saturday, July 21, 7:30pm

Shumaker – Radio announceer

Harrison can only be played by a white cis male. White, male, temporarily abled bodied privilege runs as a backbone to this play and must be reflected in casting.

Katherine can only be played by an actress with a physical disability. To fail to do so is to perpetuate the exact systematic discrimination Katherine comes up against in the play.

Stage Directions - reader

The Things We Carry by Oya Mae Duchess-Davis
Directed by Shermona Mitchell
Saturday, July 14, 2:00pm; Friday, July 20, 7:30pm

1. Andre/ Sky Andre
 - 22/Black man/The First tree
2. Booker
 - would be 21/Black man/ The second tree
3. Carter
 - 19/Black man/The third Tree
4. Deshawn/ Sky Booker - 11/Black man/the fourth Tree
5. Darius - Late forties – early fifties/ Black man/The bucket
6. Asha - Late Forties - early fifties/The water
7. Morris - Early twenties/Black Man
(Morris and Booker could be the same actor)
Stage Directions - reader

Preying Hands By Howie Seago
Directed by Howie Seago and TBA
Friday, July 13, 7:30pm; Sunday, July 22, 7:30 pm

7 Deaf actors
5 Hearing actors with ASL (Int to Advanced)

James Grady, a young Deaf man
Father O’Malley, a middle aged man (hearing - ASL)
Theresa Grady, 30 – 40, hearing mother of James
Pete Grady, 35-45, hearing father of James
Young James (Deaf)
Young Sandra (hearing ASL)
Charles Farstow, a young Deaf man
Glen Grier, a young Deaf man
Police detective
Malcolm Colgan, a young hard-of-hearing man
Sister Mary Claude, an older nun
Sharon Feldman, a middle aged Deaf woman, Librarian
Ron Feldman, Middle aged Deaf man
Arlene Jarvis, middle aged woman, printing company owner
John Conway, a middle aged man, rehab counselor
Archbishop Collins 65 – 75
Sandra Grady, Jame’s Sister
Mary Brody, a middle-aged woman, newspaper reporter
Court Reporter

Stage Directions – Reader

(ASL Interpreters will also be needed)

Audition/Interview Dates:
Please send email of interest with digital acting resume and headshot. We are taking email submissions only. NO AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD. We may consider general video auditions.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Audition Requirements:
Please send an email of interest with a digital acting resume and headshot. Please note if you identify as a Deaf or disabled actor. Please include any other information you would like to share about how you identify. PLEASE NOTE: We are a small organization and limited capacity from our volunteer staff. We cannot assure actors who submit their interest will receive responses in a timely fashion. Thanks for your interest and we assure you that you will be added to our growing community of artists.

Please look closely at the presentation dates and times for each play.

Rehearsals are TBA.

Monetary compensation:
Each actor will receive a $50 honorarium for participating in the series. This includes 2+ rehearsals and 2 public presentations.

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