Seeking actors for drama “The Letters”
Burien Actors Theatre is casting the Pacific Northwest premiere of a new play, The Letters, by John W. Lowell. It is a two-person drama, set in the early days of the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: A Ministry Director calls Anna, a bureaucrat, into his office for a meeting. It is 1931 in the Soviet Union and things aren’t what they seem. The interview becomes a suspenseful game of cat and mouse in which being the last to flinch may mean the difference between life and death. Based on Soviet efforts to edit composer Tchaikovsky’s letters, this taut thriller is a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin.
Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from April 8 through May 1, 2016 on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals begin around the end of February.
The stage director is Beau M.K. Prichard.
$100 stipend provided.
Auditions are Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Auditions and callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be provided prior to both auditions and callbacks. Please bring resume and headshot.
Anna is a middle-aged woman who is intelligent and sensitive, and has managed to find a place for herself in the Soviet bureaucratic machine. She censors personal writings of luminaries for public consumption. She is good at her job and good at keeping her head down. She is bowed but not broken. Played as age 40 to 50.
The Director thrives in the paranoid Soviet Union. He is committed to the cause and the party, committed to running the Ministry, and will manipulate, swindle, cajole, or browbeat anyone who gets in his way, because it is the right thing to do. There must be power in him, even if it is not obvious. Played as age 40 and up.