Overview

Pay Rate: $175.00 (Stipend)
Audition Date and Time: Saturday, July 9, 10:30AM-5:00PM | Callbacks will be held on Sunday, July 10, 1:00PM-5:30PM (Actor must be available for part of one of the callback time slots. Your callback time preference will be asked at auditions. More information below)
Audition Location: The Edge Theater, 5451 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Contact Person Email: impostorstheatre@gmail.com

Windwalkers, written and directed by Stefan Roseen

Welcome to Windwater, Colorado, circa 1990. When you enter this territory, you take on the shape of a blurry outline on the horizon, at once eerily familiar and alien in your surroundings to any locals who mark your arrival. So Ma Fiddler describes the phenomenon to Gabriel and Emmett when she and her daughters happen upon them wandering through the dry terrain on a post-college walkabout. When Ma offers lodging to the two friends in exchange for their help around her ranch, Gabriel and Emmett agree.

Soon after settling in at the Fiddler ranch, Gabriel quickly realizes something strange is afoot. A recent tragedy within their host’s family laces every conversation with tension, and a slew of unsolved atrocities cropping up with increasing frequency in the Windwater community begins to close in on the isolated Fiddler homestead. Will the Fiddlers and their guests evade the threat rattling at their doorknob, or will they open the door and invite it in?

A neo-horror focused on the unspooling weight of isolation, grief, familial responsibility, and decision, Windwalkers will approach steadily and with little warning.

Audition Saturday, July 9: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Callback Sunday, July 10: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Actor must be available for part of one of the callback time slots. Your callback time preference will be asked at auditions. Time slots will be 1:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 2:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Please submit your headshot, resume, and a desired* audition slot between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to impostorstheatre@gmail.com with the subject “WINDWALKERS (YOUR NAME)”

*We will try our utmost to fit you in closest to the time slot you request. However, there is no guarantee. 

Material to Prepare:

Please bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume to auditions. Please prepare a 2 minute contemporary monologue. Please be conscious to include movement into your audition- some roles are highly physical and require shifts in how you use your body.

Time Commitment:

Rehearsals: August 22-September 30, Monday-Friday (evenings)
Tech: Monday, October 3-Thursday, October 13 (Details provided at auditions. Must be available.)
Performances: October 14-October 29 (Pick-up on Wed, Performance Thurs-Sun) 

Rehearsals will be held at:
The Edge Theater, 5451 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Tech & Performances will be held at:
The Den Theatre, 1331 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Character Type/Restrictions:

The Impostors Theatre Company has a desire to work with all kinds of artists. We encourage people of all backgrounds, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, disabilities, and religions to submit for consideration.

*Please note that although Windwalkers is filled with the fantasy and absurdity that comprises the horror genre, the production also includes serious topics of abuse, SA, family trauma, and other thematic material.

MA FIDDLER (30-50, femme, race non-specific) Like her surroundings, Ma is enigmatic, alluring, and brutal all at once. She carries an air of unpredictability that colors her knowledge of her ancestry and homestead’s history with danger. Deeply devoted to the idea of family, she demands loyalty and compliance. Is she a fierce product of her landscape, or is something more sinister at play?

JON FIDDLER (25-35, femme, race non-specific) Jon projects the same tough Fiddler exterior as her mother and sister, but she contains a tenderness that winds like a pale thread throughout a dark patchwork quilt. With a proclivity for singing, Jon has abandoned artistic pursuits in favor of responsibility to her family. Jon is at once a protector and a rebel, weighed down by her choices.

SIMON FIDDLER (21-35, femme, race non-specific) Perhaps the most visibly affected mold of a life in Windwater, Simon appears as a character from out of some fable in a western story ages old. She does not speak and carries a sickle. Her unsettling presence makes one wonder how much escapes her silent gaze, and what else it has seen. Double cast as LEA, a figure from Gabriel’s past who appears to him in dreams.

TIFFANY “TIFF” FIDDLER (21-35, femme, race non-specific) A human oasis, Tiff is unlike the family she married into in almost every sense. While her mother in law and sisters in law evoke sharp edges, Tiff is something of a velour jumpsuit (think off-brand Juicy Couture). She is pregnant, but that does not stop her from enjoying a Ranch Water every now and again. Her glib and forthright manner can’t completely overshadow her mourning her husband, nor her perceptiveness.

GABRIEL VINCENT (25-35, masc, race non-specific) With a tendency to take his archangel namesake too close to heart, Gabriel is a soft spoken and earnest friend. Perhaps he sees himself as a side character in the peripheral of his loved ones’ lives, and thus makes every effort to keep bad things from happening to them. His conflict avoidance and sense of responsibility for others often causes him to tune out his own needs and instincts.

EMMETT FISK  (25-35, masc, race non-specific) Gabriel’s friend who one might say calls the shots. He cuts a boorish, crude figure as he encourages the pair’s involvement with the Fiddler family, and we get the sense that he’s still living in the college days of fraternal glory. Emmett offers both levity and irritation in his inability to see beyond the tip of his nose.

SHERIFF EDWARD JOHNSON (30-50, masc, race non-specific) To make it as Sheriff in a desolated desert town, you have to develop a thick skin. Although Sheriff Johnson has indeed adapted to this now familiar role, he also has to contend with the burden of caring deeply for his town and the people in it. When the horrible starts happening, he struggles to find an approach that protects them from it and does not plant seeds of panic. Double cast as BIKER 1 and RADIO HOST. Performers with puppetry skills preferred.

DEPUTY RICHARD MONROE (30-50, masc, race non-specific) A soft touch with wits that some could argue are slow, Deputy Monroe is ill-suited to his job when it requires fearlessness. His sensitivity for victims of senseless violence outweighs his ability to act quickly in the face of such deeds. Has a soft spot for Jon. Double cast as BIKER 2 and BABY. Performers with puppetry skills preferred.

COVID-19: We at The Impostors Theatre Company have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. All artists planning to participate in this production are required to show proof of full vaccination. If you are unvaccinated, you must make plans to become vaccinated before rehearsal begins. All unvaccinated artists are requested to wear a mask at auditions.

To apply for this job email your details to impostorstheatre@gmail.com