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FAMILIAR - Playwrights Horizons Auditions

Posted: July 1, 2015

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Playwrights Horizons | New York, NY

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Equity Principal Auditions

Monday, July 20, 2015
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2

Off Broadway
$577/week min

Actors' Equity Association NYC Audition Center
165 West 46th Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Equity actors for various roles.

See breakdown.

Actors will read from sides, provided at the auditions.

Bring picture and resume.

Other Dates
1st Rehearsal: 1/15/16. Performs: 2/12/16- 4/17/16

Playwright: Danai Gurira
Director: Rebecca Taichman


The following people will be in attendance at the EPA:
Alaine Alldaffer- Casting Director
Lisa Donadio- Associate Casting Director
Bailey Jordan Koch- Casting Assistant
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.



50s-60s. An African matriarch who runs the perfect American home. She and her husband DONALD live in a upper-middle class suburb of Minneapolis. She holds a PhD and is the department chair of a university’s biochemistry department currently studying DNA and inheritance. She is poised, sophisticated and purposed, very driven by decorum and propriety, but conveniently and blissfully unaware of her own potent capabilities in impropriety when sufficiently provoked.

50s-60s. An African man. MARVELOUS’ husband, and a partner in a law firm with his daughter TENDIKAYI. He is a gentle, distinguished man. While he seems quieter than the ladies in the house, he is, we learn, no less passionate. He loves his squash and football.

(Tendi for short). Mid-30s. American-Zimbabwean woman. First generation American. CHRIS's fiancé, MARVELOUS and DONALD’s oldest daughter. Devout Christian. Lawyer in a firm with her father. Struggling to come to terms with her heritage. Elects to observe a traditional Zimbabwean wedding ritual but is using church friends, instead of her family, as bridesmaids.

60s. An African woman. MARVELOUS’ older sister. Works as a nurse in Zimbabwe, but due to Zim’s economic downturn, is totally broke. Skeptical of American culture and zealous about preserving Zimbabwean customs. Unabashedly loud with her divisive and volatile presence. Equally scheming and truth-telling. The force that disrupts MARVELOUS’ plan for the wedding.

Late 40s-50s. An African woman. MARVELOUS’ youngest sister. She is also a PhD and a geology professor, but can’t seem to settle down with tenure. She is a compulsive spender and is very good at hiding a drinking problem. She feels very torn between her American life and her heritage.

20s. American-Zimbabwean young woman. First generation American. MARVELOUS and DONALD’s youngest daughter and the baby of the family. She is stylish in an Erikah Badu, India Arie type of way, with a funky natural haircut and funky Afrocentric jewelry. She is the epitome of New York artiste –both a singer/songwriter and a feng shui expert.

30s. A Caucasian American man, TENDIKAYI’s fiancé. He co-founded an international non-profit for human rights, and spends a lot of his time involved with humanitarian aid efforts in South Asia and western Africa. He bends over backwards to show his respect for his fiancé’s family and heritage. He and TENDI are members of an active church group.

20s- 30s. A Caucasian American man, CHRIS’ younger brother. He is in the military, where he worked on conflict resolution. He is a little brash, but also funny and charming. Pretty clueless about Zimbabwean culture and customs. Attracted to and pursuing NYASHA.

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