Auditions for DIVIDED BY
Auditions for Divided By will be held (by appointment only) on Saturday, August 3rd, 2:30pm onwards, at our Belmont rehearsal studio. You must RSVP to be assigned an audition slot. Please read this notice thoroughly before signing up for an audition.
Call backs for those shortlisted will be held on Sunday, August 4th, 2:30pm onwards.
Note: For this show we are seeking South Asian actors fluent in both Hindi and English.
To sign up for an audition, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this post.
About the play
Written & Directed by Basab Pradhan
Dec 6th to 14th, 2019
In an alternate version of India, Cricket is religion. It enjoys total dominance in a country that is in the thrall of sports. But other sports have followers too – like Kabaddi. Divided By is a love story between a “Cricketiya” girl and a “Kabbadiya” boy. Can their love triumph in a country divided by sports?
Divided By is an allegory of a society riven by religious strife. After Not Equal To and Greater Than, this is the third in the playwright's Inequality Series. Audiences can choose between shows in Hindi and English.
Chhavi: Female, 20s to early 30s. Chhavi is the daughter of the Gupta family - a middle class family of Cricket bhakts in Delhi. She is an MSc. student in Delhi University. Vivacious. Headstrong. Has not told her parents that she is in love with Pradeep.
Bimla: Female, 40s to 50s. Bimla is Chhavi and Deepak’s mother. A middle-class housewife with middle class morality. But she’s anything but a pushover. She has a strong personality and a sharp tongue.
Kamini: Female, 40s to 50s. Kamini is a well educated, successful businesswoman in Delhi with a chain of high-end intimate apparel stores. But her family is not from a Cricketing tradition. They are Kabaddi followers.
Pradeep: Male, late 20s to mid 30s. Pradeep is the only son of Kamini. Rich kid. Very much in love with Chhavi, he is a little goofy but has his heart in the right place.
Shamsher: Male, 30s. Immigrant to Delhi from a small town in North India. Works in the social media cell of the ruling party, which is in power in Delhi. He can start a danga with just a few words whispered to the right Twitter accounts. Gruff and bossy. Questionable morals. A Hindi dialect accent such as Bhojpuri or Haryanavi is desirable.
Jyoti: Male, 20s. New recruit to the social media cell and Shamsher’s trainee. Intelligent. Eager to learn. He ends up teaching his teacher a few things. Grew up in small town India. A Hindi dialect accent such as Bhojpuri or Haryanavi is desirable.
Deepak: Male, late 20s to mid 30s. Chhavi’s brother. Unemployed philosopher. Wants to help his sister but nobody listens to him because he’s a failure.
All roles require South Asian actors who are fluent in both Hindi and English. The same cast will perform in Hindi and English versions of the play.
Please click here to fill out the audition form. If your profile fits our needs, 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. Auditions will be held, by appointment only, on August 3rd, 2:30 pm onwards. If shortlisted, you will be provided with sides from the play for the Callbacks on August 4th, 2:30pm onwards.
Rehearsals begin in September and will be held at our studio in Belmont. Technical rehearsals (mandatory and non-negotiable dates) will be held at Sunnyvale Theatre on December 3, 4 and 5. We expect you to be available during the Thanksgiving break for rehearsals. If you have out-of-town vacation plans, this show may not be for you.
Founded in 2014, Bay Area Drama Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company dedicated to meaningful theater. Our past productions have addressed social justice themes such as police treatment of minorities, the rise of Islamophobia after 9/11, gender dynamics and patriarchy and inequality/class conflict.