Seeking Latinx actors and Caucasian actors for race-specific comedy “Native Gardens”
at Burien Actors Theatre
Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is seeking two Latinx actors and two Caucasian actors for Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarias.
Synopsis: Pablo Del Valle, a high-powered lawyer, and his wife, Tania, a doctoral candidate who is very pregnant, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, race, class, privilege, and entitlement. Planted in difficult issues, this hilarious play guarantees no one comes out smelling like a rose.
Performances are at BAT in Burien from Sept. 27 through Oct. 20, 2019. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Rehearsals begin the week of Aug. 18 at BAT on some weeknight evenings, plus some Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons or evening, exact times be determined based on actor availability, until tech week.
BAT has free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.
The directors are Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick, who have co-directed six productions together.
$200 stipend provided.
Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, let us know to see if we can work around it.
Actors may audition by either performing two contrasting contemporary monologues (serious/comedic) totaling no more than 3 minutes or by cold reading sides from the script, which are available on request. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.
NOTE: The intent in casting is to be as consistent as possible with the time, place and circumstances in which the play is set. Actors do not have to be the ages or sex indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them.
Tania Del Valle (female, late 20s to early 30s): Latina, from New Mexico. Tania comes from a working-class family. She is a smart, likeable PhD student with a deep passion for the environment and gardening, including the philosophy behind indigenous plants. Fit and highly energized even though she is quite pregnant, she is intent on fixing up her yard with a native garden in time for her a BBQ for her husband’s law firm. Determined, passionate and positive. Speaks a few phrases in Spanish (coaching will be provided as needed).
Pablo Del Valle (male, early 30s): Latino, from Chile. Pablo comes from an affluent family, and attended boarding school in the States. While Spanish is his first language, he has no accent. He is an ambitious, driven and successful attorney trying to make partner by “fitting in” and hosting a BBQ for the entire firm in the unkempt backyard of his brand-new home. Smart, likeable, argumentative, and willing to overlook a lot until pushed over the edge by the Butleys. Speaks a few words in Spanish (coaching will be provided as needed).
Virginia Butley (female, 55-65): Caucasian, Polish-American. Virginia is the breadwinner in the family and an engineer working for a large defense contractor in the D.C. area. Originally from Buffalo, she is smart, likeable and assertive. She smiles a lot, but her opinions are well ingrained and she will fight ruthlessly to protect her turf.
Frank Butley (male, 55-65): Caucasian, New England native. Retired, he is deeply passionate about his garden. While Frank can get worked up and stressed out easily, gardening and Virginia help keep him calm. Beta to his wife’s alpha. He is a smart, likeable, vulnerable, giving person, yet he gets his back up when his precious garden is threatened.