Sisters Freehold seeks non-union performers to collaborate on the world premiere production of Shakill Jamal’s The Code Switch, directed by Raven Lorraine Wilkes with Associate Director Kateri. Rehearsals and performances will be in Baltimore City.
Headshots and resumes are optional. Bilingual artists are especially encouraged to apply.
A Black guy 20’s - 30’s-Set in his ways
A White guy 20’s - 30’s-”Woke” His wife is black
A Black woman late 20’s early 30s-Wise and farseeing. Focused on the present. Unapologetic.
A White woman 30’s - 40’s-Friendly, quirky, weird.
A Person of Color #1 30s - 40’s-Maturest person onstage. Logical. Has an adopted white son.
A Person of Color #2 20’s- Alternative, Edgy and combative, bilingual.
April 2 & 3, 6-9:30pm (Callbacks April 10)
Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
400 E. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Auditions will include improvisation, readings from the script, and discussion.
Video submissions will also be accepted through April 1st. For full video submission instructions, please email: [email protected]
About the production:
The development process for this show includes collaborative devising. From the playwright:
We all know about codeswitching. It's not a new concept. Hearing our parents talk with the "white" voice when we know they're at work, seeing our friends act a fool because they're afraid of showing who they really are, young people acting old, old people acting young, the circumstances behind the codeswitch are endless. This voluntary transformation works like camouflage to help us fit in wherever we feel like we don't. So many people codeswitch to get ahead, others do it to find common ground, some people codeswitch just to make it to the end of the day. Surprise! It's not just you who does it, but to an extent, each and every one of us has had to put on a mask, has had to codeswitch because for whatever reason we felt like who we already were wasn't enough. Fact is, despite what society says, we are enough. This show asks the question when we all know the answer, but ask yourself again: if you're enough as a person, why should anyone codeswitch at all? Explored through humor, trauma, and two extra helpings of cynicism we invite you to come on down and get to know your switch.
Rehearsals: June & July 2023 (weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons)
Production: July 14-30, 2023
$1,250 stipend (paid in two parts) + 4 comps
To submit: Please reserve your time slot at https://sistersfreehold.as.me/schedule.php
Questions? Email [email protected]