Washington Ensemble Theatre is holding auditions for our Spring 2023 production of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer, directed by Franco.
Washington Ensemble Theatre Mission Statement:
Through collaborative artistic leadership, Washington Ensemble Theatre creates audacious stories for adventurous Seattle audiences.
Set in the face of the 2008 presidential election in Miami, a coven of teenage girls meet in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they actually summoning the leader of the Medellín Cartel? Or are they just playing tricks on one another? This roller coaster ride through the trials and terrors of girlhood dabbles in dark magic and the uncertainty of growing up.
Pipe – just turned 18, Cuban – American
President of the Dead Leaders Club, brilliant, sophisticated, passionate. Makes the rules. Will run a fortune 500 company one day.
Zoom – 15, Jewish-American
Pipe’s next door neighbor, impulsive, hilarious, excitable. Will go through many phases of “finding herself”. Tries hard to appear more daring than she actually is but fails often. Feeds off of receiving attention.
Squeeze – 16, Puerto Rican on mom’s side, Haitian on dad’s side
Pipe’s best friend, practical, grounded, creative. allergic to cats. Will run for Congress the second she is old enough.
Kit – 17, Colombian – American
New girl in town. sensual, mysterious, restrained. The kind of impossibly-cool that is both intimidating and seductive. Not so much thinking about the future, only how to get by in the moment.
Franco (they/them) is a Peruvian-American storyteller & interrupter of the status quo working in Seattle. Franco has worked professionally as an actor, director, playwright, dancer, bilingual text coach, and teaching artist, in addition to being Sunshine Chairman and a Resident Actor at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Companies Franco has worked with include: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, upstart crow collective, On the Boards, Horse in Motion, Umbrella Project, Burien Actor’s Theatre, and Annex Theater.
First Rehearsal: March 20th, 2023
Rehearsals: March 20th-April 19th, 2023
Tech Begins: April 20th, 2023 at 12th Avenue Arts
First Preview: April 27th, 2023 at 12th Avenue Arts
Opening Night: April 28th, 2023 at 12th Avenue Arts
Closing: May 15th, 2023
*Rehearsals are usually Monday – Friday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This might change based on the needs of the room.
This position will be paid a $400 honorarium stipend. We also acknowledge this is a portion of what we wish we could pay and consider this a small token of appreciation.
Everyone working on this show, and at Washington Ensemble Theatre, is required to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination upon hiring.
What to Prepare:
For the submission, we would love for you to share some prepared material with us. This can be a monologue, an excerpt from your favorite book, a poem, a song, a combination of these things– anything that makes you feel like you are sharing your best self with us. Feel free to prepare as little or as much as your heart desires. We would like to see between 1 and 3 minutes of material.
Please submit your video by 1/20/23 at 11pm to email@example.com
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to read the script beforehand.