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CASTING CALL COWGIRL - Columbia University School of the Arts

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CONTACT INFORMATION
COMPANY: Columbia University School of the Arts
DATE POSTED: 1/19/2022
WEB SITE: click here
E-MAIL: cowgirltheplay@gmail.com
ADDRESS: 2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Listing Information:

CASTING CALL
COWGIRL
A new play by Justin Aaron Halle
Directed by Spencer Whale
Produced by Abigail Williams-Joseph
WHEN
Virtual Rehearsals Begin: 2/4
In-Person Rehearsals Begin: 2/11
Performances: 3/11 - 3/12 at the Schapiro Theater
SYNOPSIS
Three friends from the city meet on a fracking ranch in Wyoming for a wild western
wedding—but when Lila unearths Cowgirls, a relic of a feminist-board-game-withouta-board, all bets of a seamless wedding weekend are off. The game’s provocative
questions threaten to unravel the secrets and dark desires that lurk just beneath the
surface of these friendships. Cowgirl is a queer, passionate, and darkly hilarious romp
through the trials of friendship, the temptations and dangers of fracking, the
permanence of mustard stains, a supernatural swarm of libertarian aunts, and
absolutely zero lesbians. Ok—well—maybe some lesbians.
This is an unpaid, non-Equity workshop production at Columbia University’s School of the
Arts, developed under the supervision of professors David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please submit a headshot, resume, and self-tape using the sides linked below for the
role(s) for which you’d like to be considered no later than Sunday, January 23rd to
cowgirltheplay@gmail.com. Within the body of the email, please include your name,
preferred pronouns, and contact information. Callbacks (on Zoom) will be arranged by
appointment for the following weekend and week (1/22 - 1/28).
CHARACTERS
AUDITION SIDES AND FULL PLAY LINKED HERE.
We welcome submissions for more than one character, but please limit your selection to no more
than 2. The team will consider you for all appropriate roles. We encourage submissions from all
races and identities.
JESS (20s-30s, cisgender woman): Maid of Honor. Just barely holding it together. Never
been to a wedding. Neurotic, sensitive, and afraid she is not being seen. She has a deep
sweetness, but is only sometimes vulnerable enough to show it. Perpetually the
outsider.
LILA (20s-30s, begins the play as femme-presenting): Best Man. Obsession is her love
language. Clever, physically stronger than she knows, undergoing a gender crisis.
Poking and prodding; always playing games. Lila might be very tall, or otherwise stand
out in a crowd. VERY FUNNY. Actor portraying Lila must be capable of doing a
“cowboy” accent/voice.
BREE (20s-30s, cisgender woman): Bride. An ecstatic tornado going a million directions
at once. She thinks a mile a minute and has boundless energy but is—somehow—quite
grounded. A lover of big ideas. No-nonsense.
COVID
Production will follow Columbia University’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. All
participants will be required to show proof of vaccination. A booster is highly
recommended. Rehearsals will begin online, and all in-person rehearsals will be masked
until final dress rehearsal. In performance, actors will be maskless and audience will be
masked. Health and safety policies are consistently updated based on New York State,
New York City, and Columbia University guidelines and are subject to revision at any
time. Audience will be restricted to Columbia affiliates (students, staff, professors, etc)
but performances may be filmed and/or streamed.

Salary: Unpaid

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