Sunday, October 7, 1461 Blanshard Street — Our own Bema productions will hold auditions for its newest venture—a Readers Theatre Festival to be held during the last weekend of January 2019. We are looking for readers for the following three plays.
Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov
This comedy-drama set in North America is about a Jewish writer who seeks help from a Palestinian doctor to solve his infertility problem. And of course David Stein’s burned-out wife, his Holocaust-survivor father, and a sperm figment of his imagination all come along for the roller coaster ride into the bizarre world of reproductive technology.
- 1 woman, 39 years old and 4 men–15 to 20, 40s, 50s and 75 years old
And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the ‘Jewish city’ established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty—playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper—all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.
- 4 girls 8 to 16 years old and 4 boys 10 to 17 years old
Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kagan
It’s 1979. Alan and Laura Zuckerman are visiting their Rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new child they’re expecting. However, Alan surprisingly announces that he thinks their 3 year-old son is the Messiah. Flash forward to 2009—the son is now grown up—was he right? Exquisite Potential tells the story of parental expectations, hopes, dreams, and our desires and fears about reaching our own potential.
- 2 to 4 men (early 30s), 1 to 2 women (early 30s) and one young child
Please email Zelda Dean for further details and/or audition times (include resume and photo).