STU FOR SILVERTON Launches Nationwide Casting Search For Trans And Non-Binary Performers

STU FOR SILVERTON, a new musical about a small town that accepted change and celebrated community in the face of great fear, is seeking trans and non-binary performers to play the title role in upcoming productions and workshops. With a book by Peter Duchan (Dogfight, Breaking Upwards), music and lyrics by Breedlove (Craig Jessup), and direction by Andrew Russell (former Artistic Director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre), STU FOR SILVERTON will undergo a two-week workshop in Newport News, Virgina this August in preparation for future regional and New York productions. The casting search will be led by Benton Whitley CSA of Stewart/Whitley. STU FOR SILVERTON is produced by Diana DiMenna (Three Tall Women; The Iceman Cometh; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).

STU FOR SILVERTON is inspired by the people of Silverton, Oregon who in 2008 elected Stu Rasmussen to be their mayor, making Stu the first openly transgender mayor in America. This is the story of a town that looked prejudice and recession in the eye and came out the other side.

The casting notice reads as follows:

[STU](40s-60s) - inspired by the very real Stu Rasmussen - an entrepreneur, politician, movie theatre owner, and leader in the small rural town of Silverton, Oregon. Stu was named the nation's first transgender mayor when elected in 2008, although Stu identifies as a "gender anarchist." Stu is as much methodical as bold, equal parts brave and kind, pragmatic while also maintaining fabulous, and all at once a mechanic, Rocky Horror lover, inventor, vintage shoe collector, and Oregonian. Vocally expressive and gritty - Frankenfurter meets Dolly Levi. Vocal range of the role will be adjusted to the performer once the team understands comfortable range.

Interested performers are encouraged to submit their info, as well as any pre-existing videos of their work they might have on hand, to There will also be by-appointment casting calls held in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities late June.

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