Audition Notice - STATE OF DENIAL

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Auditions for State of Denial will be held on Sunday, February 24 starting at 8 am in Belmont. An appointment is required. Call backs will be on Sunday, March 3, 8 am to 12 noon. 

To sign up for an audition, please see the instructions below. 


Written by Rahul Varma

Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway

6 Performances: June 6–15, 2019

Sunnyvale Theater

Odette, a young filmmaker, travels to Turkey to investigate stories of genocide for an upcoming film. When she interviews Sahana, an elderly Muslim woman who has spent her life assisting survivors of the Armenian genocide, she learns a devastating secret that she resolves to share with the world at any cost, even if it means revealing her own shocking secret.


Odette: Female, 25-40 (can play African, African-American descent). Rwandan born, Canadian citizen. Focused and dedicated researcher and filmmaker, who is harboring a secret of her own. She is determined to expose a truth, even if it means revealing her own secret.

Ismat: Female, 20s-30s (can play Middle Easterner). Canadian citizen of Turkish origin. Intelligent and strong, but faces pain and confusion in learning truths concerning her family.

Sahana: Female, 50s-70’s (can play Middle Easterner). A very sympathetic Armenian woman who has spent her life assisting survivors of the Armenian genocide, and who is harboring a deep secret. She is reserved and calculated in what information she reveals, and when.

Sinam: Female, 19-29 (can play Middle Easterner). Mother to be. She loses the love of her life and her family to the Armenian genocide. She is determined to survive and protect her unborn child by any means necessary.

Zohrab: Male, 19-29 (can play Middle Easterner). Father to Sinam’s unborn child. Strong, loving, Loyal. Willing to sacrifice himself for what is right.

Cleric/Hakan/Khatra: Male, 25-40 (can play Middle Easterner). Three different characters, with traits that include authoritative, ridged, protective, angry, apathetic, and diabolical.

Reid Cooper: Male, 40-60. A Canadian diplomat. Strong and opinionated, but compassionate.


Please click here to fill out the audition form. After you have submitted your audition form, you will receive a confirmation email with a specific time-slot for your audition. Prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue which shows a range of emotions and includes movement. If shortlisted, you will be provided with sides from the play for the Callbacks on March 3.

Rehearsals begin April 15, 2019. All rehearsals will be held at our studio in Belmont. Technical rehearsals (mandatory and non-negotiable dates) will be held from 5 pm to 11 pm on June 3, 4 and 5.

For all questions, please email 

Basab Pradhan