Pay Rate: $272 per week for 1 AEA contract, $200 a week for non-union principal, $100 per week for non-union understudy
Audition Date and Time: Friday, April 30 at 8:00PM CDT
Audition Location: Online video submission
Contact Person Email: casting@silkroadrising.org
Contact Person Name: Corey Pond

Silk Road Rising is seeking actors and understudies for the upcoming production of our original musical Christmas Mubarak, adapted by Corey Pond, co-directed by Reza Mirsajadi and Corey Pond, music directed by Reza Mirsajadi, and featuring a mix of religious Christmas music and two original songs by Ronnie Malley and Karim Nagi.

Christmas Mubarak tells the stories of Jesus and Mary as they appear in Islamic scripture, commentary, and tradition. This world premiere musical celebrates parallel narratives within Islam and Christianity and recognizes the Jewish origins of both traditions.

In our casting of Christmas Mubarak, our aim is to create an ensemble of eight actors that reflects the cultural and racial diversities of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. We aim to decenter Eurocentric depictions of Jesus and Mary by both honoring the Semitic roots of the three traditions and recognizing the breadth of each religion’s diaspora communities. We encourage people of any gender, race, sexuality, ability, size, and religious/spiritual/secular affiliation to submit.

Digital Submissions due by Friday, April 30 by 8:00PM CDT

Callbacks (via Zoom) will be held Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9

Please submit a 60-90 second monologue or personal holiday story and 30-60 seconds worth of a Christmas carol or other holiday song that is a capella or self-accompanied. (We can point you towards online videos to use as accompaniment for some Christmas carols)

To submit: please email headshot, resume, and videos to Corey Pond at casting@silkroadrising.org. Videos can be attached to the email or shared through services like Vimeo, DropBox, and WeTransfer. Please note that a submission does not guarantee a callback.

COVID: This will be a live, in-person production. While the contours of the pandemic in late 2021 remain unknown, we are committed to ensuring a COVID-compliant working environment in conversation with participating artists and audiences.

Time Commitment:

All rehearsals and performances will take place at The Chicago Temple, First United Methodist Church (77 W Washington St, Chicago)

First Rehearsal: Week of October 11, 2021
First Preview: Monday, November 8, 2021
Opening: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Closing: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Character Type/Restrictions:

JIBRIL (GABRIEL): An angel, one of our narrators
NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
NARRATOR: Narrator plus other various characters
MARYAM (MARY): A young Jewish woman
ISSA (JESUS): The prophet Issa (Jesus)
ENSEMBLE: Various characters
ENSEMBLE: Various characters

To apply for this job email your details to casting@silkroadrising.org