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The Anatomy of Love

By Ted Malawer
Directed by Trevor Biship

Open Call Mon, June 26th starting at 7:00pm

Audition Appt:
Appointments can be made starting at 7:00pm.
To request one of these time slots, visit this page and submit by June 23.

If you are not available for the listed appointment times or if all times have been taken, please attend our open call.

Location:
Chance Theater
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Click Here for Directions.

Prepare:
Sides listed under individual character descriptions

Bring:
Headshot and resume.

Rehearsals:
Begin July 5th. Weekday evenings and weekends.

Performances:

At Chance Theater, on the Fyda-Mar Stage

July 20, 22, 23
Thursday: 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7pm


Payment:
$150 total for the production run of 3 performances

Synopsis:
Danny and Laura are a typical modern couple; she is a dedicated, hard-working lawyer while he, an underemployed actor, is a stay at home dad. Their marriage has been shifted to auto pilot as both of them strive for the American dream. But all is brought to a dead, frightening stop when their seven-year old daughter’s teacher suggests that the child is most likely transgender.  What follows is a fierce and sometimes hostile battle with Danny and Ms. Spencer advocating acceptance and pre-emptive reassignment and Laura adamantly refusing either action. This highly relevant issue of our time is the battleground for this emotional and heartbreaking story of fierce love and dreaded loss.

Character Breakdown:

Laura Bradford:
Female, 42-50, Any Ethnicity
Must read as powerful, straight-forward, hard-working and comfortable using her voice. She has been a woman in a man’s world for so long. She’s of a different generation than Ms. Spencer, and she is emotionally stuck between how she lived her life and how her trans son wants to live his. She must be funny and somewhat gracious for the role to really sing.

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Danny Bradford:
Male, 42 – 50, Any Ethnicity
Danny is calmer, less strident than Laura, and in many ways her opposite. He’s an unemployed actor, but still talented.  He grew up differently than Laura in terms of class and status.  He must be charming in order to diffuse Laura’s stress.

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Ms. Tana Spencer:
Female, 23 – 28, Any Ethnicity
Young, liberal, idealistic, married to a woman, and trying to solve a problem; but also a bit naive and bit resentful of Laura’s decisions as a lawyer and mother. She’s not a perfect trans advocate, but she tries diligently and wants to be respectful. She is a different woman of a different generation than Laura.

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Tribes

By Nina Raine
Directed by Marya Mazor

Open Call Wed, July 5th, & Thur, July 6th starting at 7:00pm

Audition Appt:
Appointments can be made starting at 8pm each night.
To request one of these time slots, visit our scheduling page and submit by June 30.

If you are not available for the listed appointment times or if all times have been taken, please attend our open call.

Location:
Chance Theater
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807

Click Here for Directions.

Prepare:
Sides listed under individual character descriptions

Bring:
Headshot and resume.

Rehearsals:
Begin August 8th. Weekday evenings and weekends.

Performances:

At Chance Theater, on the Cripe Stage
September 30 – October 22, 2017
Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

Special Performances: Sunday, September 24 at 7pm and Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30pm


Payment:
$600 total for the production run of 16 performances

Synopsis:
Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. He was raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.

Character Breakdown:

Sylvia:
Female, 20-30

Fluency in Sign Language required

Please specify any disability accommodations that you might need

On the brink of deafness. She grew up with two deaf parents and watched her brother slip into genetic deafness, so she’s simultaneously prepared and terrified. She is Billy’s guide into the world of sign language and what she deems is its “hierarchical” community.

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Billy:
Male, 20-30

Any Ethnicity to play Jewish son

Deaf actor with fluency in Sign Language required

Please specify any disability accommodations that you might need

Deaf since birth. By using a hearing aid, he gains enough to be able to coherently speak and partially hear. Because he was never taught sign language, he has become adept at lip reading. He has felt isolated within his family because of the communication barrier, and he clings to his new connection with Sylvia.

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Ruth:
Female, 20-30

Any ethnicity to play Jewish daughter

Billy’s sister. The middle child, a year or two older than Billy. Music is her way of connecting with the world, yet she struggles in her attempts to create a singing career. She is forced to confront her own lack of talent after being relentlessly teased by Daniel.

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Daniel:
Female, 20-30

Any Ethnicity to play Jewish son

Billy’s clever and tortured brother. A year or two older than Ruth. In the middle of writing his thesis about how “language doesn’t determine meaning,” yet he often uses explosive language to engage with his family. He is plagued by voices: a fluctuating stream of his family members’ voices in his head belittling him, and he uses streams of external sound (and medication) to drown them out. As a consequence of Billy transitioning into his adoptive family, Daniel reverts back to a childhood stutter.

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Beth:

Female, 50-70

Any Ethnicity to play Jewish mother

Billy’s mother. A spirited, kind, and caring woman. A strong matriarch who steps in when needed. She is trying to write a novel that she describes as a “marriage-breakdown detective novel”.

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Christopher:
Male, 50-70

Any Ethnicity to play Jewish father

Billy’s father.  A writer and intellectual. Highly skeptical of all things. A pedant with a blustering, goading sense of humor. He is an academic critic who is never less than critical.

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