Directed by Ruben Carrazana
A lot has happened since March 2020. How do we connect when we cannot share the same physical space? How do we communicate when we feel like no one is listening? How do we move forward when the world seems to be crumbling all around us? Why do we move forward?
Please read all audition information before submitting!
ABOUT THE SHOW / IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Three Performers, Three Nights, Three Completely Different Performances
Theatre Maker Ruben Carrazana is creating REMOTE, a theatrical experience where three performers have the time and space to connect with one another and their community. To tell their stories and pass on their stories. The goal is to challenge three performers to listen actively. To take on the role of storyteller. To give them a story different from their own and ask them to do it justice. To embody the stories of others.
Rehearsals will consist of six storytelling sessions in which we will explore our own personal stories since the pandemic began. Moments of joy. Moments of pain. Success. Heartbreak. Solitude. Boredom. In addition to these six storytelling sessions, we will also have six devising rehearsals where we will create and rehearse three short pieces inspired by our stories. These pieces can take any shape the performers desire: monologues, poetry, movement pieces, video, the sky’s the limit!
At the end of the six storytelling sessions, each performer will be tasked with writing a 30 minute script chronicling the ensemble’s stories. The form this script takes is entirely up to each individual performer. It could be linear or nonlinear, grounded in reality or more abstract, driven by language or a script written entirely in stage directions.
Each performer will write their script in secret, on their own, with no insight into how the other performers are writing their script.
We will only have three performances. Each performance we will use a different performer’s script. The performers will not have seen the script until they walk onto the stage. No memorization. No rehearsal. You will not be asked to improvise. All three performers will be onstage following the same script. The result will be 60 minutes of devised theater. An in-person play about connecting from a distance.
Director: Ruben Carrazana
Artistic Director: Elizabeth Swanson
Producer: Leo Batutis
Casting Associate: Enrico Spada
Executive Director: Sana Selemon
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION
WHAT TO SUBMIT:
Please submit a headshot and resume, along with a video, up to 4 minutes in length, telling us a little bit about yourself, including name and pronouns if you’d like, and recount a personal story in response to the following prompt: “The past two years have been unprecedented in a number of ways for all of us. Tell us a story from the past two years that you feel will stick with you for years to come.” Please do not feel the need to rehearse or write anything down for this submission video. Just think over the prompt for a few minutes, hit record, and start talking. There’s no wrong way to do this. Just be yourself!
Please submit your audition via our google form by Friday, April 29th at 11:59PM CST: REMOTE AUDITION FORM
We are seeking three performers interested in collaborative and playful storytelling. We are open to actors, dancers, poets, comedians, singers, any artist who feels comfortable sharing personal stories. You do not need to have prior experience with this kind of devised work, nor do you need to be a writer. This project’s final shape will be determined by the three performers in the room. Therefore, we want to get to know YOU during the audition process. We are especially interested in working with three performers with different perspectives and experiences, so performers of all races and ethnicities, physical abilities, sizes, ages, sexual orientations, and genders are encouraged to submit.
*Please note, BoHo Theatre only offers non-AEA contracts.*
COVID Policy: All cast members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to appear at an in-person callback and be cast in the show. “Fully vaccinated,” as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.
Callbacks will take place May 4th-7th. They will consist of informal interviews over Zoom with the director and one or two BoHo company members.
Rehearsals: Between Monday, May 16th and Sunday, July 10th (includes 6 storytelling sessions, some over Zoom, some in-person, and 6 in-person devising rehearsals)
Tech: Monday July 11th – Wednesday July 13th
Performances: Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th
Performance Location: The Edge Theatre Black Box (5451 N Broadway)
We are currently working on Pay Equity within our company and are dedicated to increasing our wages consistently each year. The current stipend is an increase from our pre-pandemic actor wages and will continue to rise as we get back to a typical producing year.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ruben Carrazana is an actor, director, writer, producer, and teaching artist originally from Miami. He is a recent transplant to Chicago after working professionally in the Dallas theater scene for several years, and is currently the Community Engagement Manager at Northlight Theatre.
Acting credits include Dallas Theater Center, Stage West, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Theatre Three, the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, and Prism Movement Theater. He is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. Directing credits include Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Cry Havoc Theater, Cara Mía Theatre, Latino/Oak Cliff Cultural Center, and Jesters.
As a writer, Ruben has been commissioned by Kitchen Dog Theater and the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. He was a finalist for Echo Theater’s National Young Playwrights in Residence program, and his stage play She was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Southwest Playwriting Festival. His play Stacy Has A Thing For Black Guys was recommended for the American Theatre Critics Association/Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Award, and was adapted into a feature film in 2019 by TZOM Films, in association with Adam and Elliot Moving Pictures.
Ruben is a recipient of the Edyth Renshaw Award, an Activating Vacancy grant from bcWORKSHOP and the National Endowment for the Arts, a TACA Resiliency Initiative Grant, and a three-time recipient of grants from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. He also co-founded The Tribe, a theater collective dedicated to the development of original work in Dallas, and recipient of the Dallas Mastermind Award from the Dallas Observer.
Ruben holds a BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University.