Auditions & Production Staff: WAAFRIKA

Announcing auditions & production staff/designer options for 20% Theatre Company’s world premiere of "WAAFRIKA 123" by Nick Mwaluko, directed by Lisa Marie Brimmer.

Auditions: Cold readings by appointment in 30-minute slots: Sunday, May 20 from 3-5pm and 630-9pm at the Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis. To schedule an audition, email preferred time slot to [email protected], and role(s) auditioning for, if known. Please BRING photo and resume with you - do not email them.

Rehearsals: Begin mid September, location TBD. Our goal is weeknights - not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal, and some weekends might be necessary. Schedule will depend on actor availability.

Mandatory Tech Week: October 28-31

Production Run: November 1-11, 2018 at Minnsky Theatre in Minneapolis.

The Play: 1992 Kenya, on the eve of the country's first democratic elections, everyone is brewing with expression, even in the tiny, rural village, Luoland, with no electricity or running water some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. There, although lesbians "don't exist" in Kenya - two queers fall in love: Awino, from the Luo tribe, and Bobby, an American development worker.

Characters & Descriptions: 

AWINO: Kenyan Luo (Black). 20’s/30’s; Assigned female at birth, though very non-conforming in presentation, Awino is large-boned and often appears extremely boyish/masculine.

CHIEF: Kenyan man (Black). Late 40’s to early 50’s but we welcome 20+ to audition for this role; Wears traditional African garb befitting his honored status as Chief and carries a staff-like wooden cane or walking stick symbolic of royalty.  

WIVES, RADIO ANNOUNCERS, VIGILANTES: 3 women (Black), 20s-40s, playing multiple characters each

BOBBY: American woman (White). Late 20’s to mid 30’s. Ex-Peace Corps volunteer. Feminine but tough, sarcastic but loving.

20% Theatre strongly encourages disabled artists and trans/non-binary artists to audition for any role.

Payment: The stipend for all actors is $500, payable following the final performance & strike on November 11.

Production Team Positions: We are also seeking the following paid production staff positions: Assistant Stage Manager, Costume Designer, and Sound Designer. Artists of color preferred. Please submit resume to [email protected] by 5/31.

20% Theatre Company is committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of female and transgender theatre artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of these artists to social justice and human rights.

Contact information

20% Theatre Company
Claire Avitabile
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