East West Players, the longest-running theater of color in the US, in partnership with The Robey Theatre Company, which celebrates 20 years of excellence in Black Theatre, is seeking an actress to play Japanese for Yohen by Philip Kan Gotanda.

In Japanese pottery, the term “yohen” refers to unpredictable changes that take place in the kiln. Yohen is about James and Sumi Washington, an interracial couple struggling to maintain their 37-year marriage after James retires from the US army. The dramatic change in routine prompts questions about life, love, and aging, as the couple attempts to repair what’s broken and decide what is worth saving.

Directed by Ben Guillory.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Technical Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 19, 2017.
Previews begin Thursday, October 26, 2017.
Opening Night is on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Runs for three weeks (5 performances a week) through November 19, 2017.

AEA SPT Cat. 5 Contract ($393 per week plus benefits, contract currently in negotiation). Also seeking non-union performers ($150 honoraria per week plus EMC credit).

Character Breakdown

Sumi Washington: mid-60s, to play Female Japanese.
Japanese woman in her mid-60s. Born in Japan and raised in Manchuria, later moving back to Japan. Has lived in the United States since the early 50s. Married to James.

James Washington: Role has been pre-cast.

Submissions for Appointment

Submissions for Audition Appointments will be accepted through June 28, 2017.

EPA Open Calls for Union and Non Union Performers: Saturday, July 1 from 12:00PM- 4:00PM (walk-ins accepted starting at 11:30AM, or sign up at AEA Office).

Preparation – Please prepare one contemporary dramatic monologue.

Agent and Personal submissions may be made through Actors Access and Breakdown Services.

Electronic submissions, please send Headshot and Resume to casting@eastwestplayers.org

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Casting: YOHEN
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012