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CHRISTMAS MUBARAK - Silk Road Rising Auditions

Posted: April 17, 2021

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Silk Road Rising

CAT $272 weekly minimum (CAT 1)

In our casting of Christmas Mubarak, our aim is to create an ensemble of eight actors that reflects the cultural and racial diversities of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. We aim to decenter Eurocentric depictions of Jesus and Mary by both honoring the Semitic roots of the three traditions and recognizing the breadth of each religion’s diaspora communities. We encourage people of any gender, race, sexuality, ability, size, and religious/spiritual/secular affiliation to submit.

1. JIBRIL (GABRIEL): An angel, one of our narrators
2. NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
3. NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
4. NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
5. MARYAM (MARY): A young Jewish woman
6. ISSA (JESUS): The prophet Issa (Jesus)
7. ENSEMBLE: Various characters
8. ENSEMBLE: Various characters

Please submit videos of a 60-90 second monologue or personal holiday story and 30-60 seconds worth of O Holy Night (; O Come, O Come Emmanuel (; or Angels We Have Heard on High ( To submit: please email headshot, resume, and videos by 8:00 pm CT on April 30. Videos can be attached to the email or shared through services like Vimeo, DropBox, and WeTransfer.
Deadline: Thu, Apr 29, 2021 (CDT)


Co-Directed by Reza Mirsajadi and Corey Pond
Music Directed by Reza Mirsajadi
Conceived by Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury
Adapted by Corey Pond, featuring a mix of religious Christmas music and two original songs by Ronnie Malley and Karim Nagi

Callbacks will be held on Zoom Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9. (Please note that a submission does not guarantee a callback.)

First Rehearsal: Week of October 11, 2021
First Preview: Monday, November 8, 2021
Opening: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Closing: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Christmas Mubarak tells the stories of Jesus and Mary as they appear in Islamic scripture,
commentary, and tradition. This world premiere musical celebrates parallel narratives within Islam and Christianity and recognizes the Jewish origins of both traditions.

COVID: While the contours of the pandemic in late 2021 remain unknown, we are committed to ensuring a COVID-compliant working environment in conversation with participating artists and audiences.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

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