Monkey | Next Draft Series

  • Non-Equity
  • Anywhere

Website Avalanche Theatre in collaboration with Silk Road Cultural Center

Chicago's new home for new play development.

Pay Rate: $100 stipend
Audition Date and Time: Due by May 24 at 5:00pm
Contact Person Email:
Contact Person Name: Zoe Sjogerman

Seeking South Asian theatre artists for a workshop of Monkey by Shail Modi, as part of the Avalanche Theatre Next Draft Series, in partnership with Silk Road Community Center!

Avalanche Theatre develops new plays by Chicago playwrights through their Next Draft Series of play workshops and performances, building community through uplifting emerging voices. The Next Draft Series is a play incubator that takes place over the course of 3-4 months with readings, feedback sessions, and mentorship, culminating in a workshop production of the plays at the end of the process.

We’re excited to be partnering with Silk Road Cultural Center to develop Monkey by Shail Modi. Monkey follows Kai, a young poet with a monkey on his back. He thinks that completing his late mother’s final rites might lift that weight, and figures returning to India for his father’s remarriage to a nice man named Mike is a meaningful and proper time to do so. Things get complicated when his mom’s ashes get lost in transit, and his dad seems to have other priorities.

To be considered, please fill out the attached Audition Form. Thank you!

Material to Prepare:

Please fill out the attached audition form and include a video recording of a one-minute contemporary monologue of your choice.

Time Commitment:

1st readthrough: July 21
2nd readthrough: August 11
Rehearsals: September 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 25
Performances: September 28 and 30 at 8:00pm

Character Type/Restrictions:

For this process, we are seeking actors to fill the following roles:

Kai : M, 20s-30s, South Asian
Veer: Kai's Dad/Mike's Fiancé, M, 40s-60s, South Asian
Mike: Veer's Fiancé, M, 40s-60s, South Asian
Pundit/Josh: M, 20s-30s, South Asian
Passenger/Aunt/Person-in-Line: F, any age, South Asian
Airport-Front-Desk/Tailor/Pundit#2: M/F/NB, 40s-60s, South Asian
Monkey: M/F/NB, South Asian

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