["Skin" Report] The Casting Process Begins

Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Tuesday, June 29, 2010
[This post marks the first in a series that goes behind the scenes of the Los Angeles premiere production of my stage adaptation of Mysterious Skin, based on the novel by Scott Heim, at East West Players.]

Last week, East West Players sent me the proposed casting breakdown for Mysterious Skin, which emphasizes the production's all-Asian twist. It's a stroke of revisionist casting that is, by the way, 100% Scott Heim-approved—which, incidentally, is important to me because I don't want Scott to flame me on Facebook. (Just kidding—Scott and I are dear friends.... But if anybody has the chops to launch a massive Facebook flame war, it's Scott. Seriously.)

Anyway, the breakdown looks like this:

BRIAN LACKEY: male, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, who must convincingly play age 18. Shy, introverted, a bit uncomfortable, not able to fit in socially. Small in stature. Seeking an actor who is comfortable in mature situations.

NEIL MCCORMICK: male, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, who must convincingly play 18. Outgoing, adventurous, lives on the edge, a gay street hustler with a heart that is constantly searching for love. Seeking an actor who is comfortable in mature situations. Some nudity.

AVALYN FRIESEN: Early 30s, female, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, an unremarkable woman who is emotionally immature and lives in a fictional world in which she can find comfort.

BENJAMIN: 40s-50s, MARTIN: 30s-40s, PHILIP: 30s-40s, CHARLIE: 40s-50s, MAN: 30s-40s: all played by the same actor, male, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, to play various character roles.

ERIC, CHRISTOPHER: late teens, played by the same actor, male, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, youthful optimism but with an edge.

DEBORAH: 20s, MARGARET: 30s-40s, WENDY: 18, RECEPTIONIST: 40s: all played by the same actor, female, Asian American/South Asian/mixed Asian, to play various character roles.

Send resume and photo to:
Casting
East West Players
120 N. Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Or e-mail:
casting@eastwestplayers.org

Auditions: July 15, 2010
Callbacks: July 19, 2010
Rehearsals Begin: August 10, 2010
Opening: September 15, 2010
Closing: October 10, 2010

AEA Contract: LOA to Bay Area Theaters Contract
Non-Union Actors: Stipend provided

I swear, I swear, I swear—the "some nudity" in the play is not my doing! Blame Scott Heim!

Anyway, the casting notice went out to Actors Access, and is of course on the East West Players site. I believe actors will be required to present a short monologue and read sides from the play, though I personally would like to see them make sandwiches on stage. It's an art!
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3 Comments

  1. Peter Varvel Said,

    Attention: Mr. Gomolvilas
    Is there a sign-up sheet for auditions? And where is your casting couch located?

     

  2. Howard Ho Said,

    Just admit it, you wrote in the nudity. Well, that's at least how I see it when every other post is a picture of Zac Efron or Michael Phelps naked.

     

  3. Hey, I give the people what they want. Is that so wrong?!

     



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