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Silk Road Rising

My Dear Hussein

Category: Equity/Non-Equity
Pay: Yes

Silk Road Rising is seeking Middle Eastern, especially Iranian/Persian, actors and understudies for their upcoming production of My Dear Hussein by Nahal Navidar, directed by Azar Kazemi.

A child, a toy dog, and a ruthless dictator walk into a war zone and fanciful imagination breaks free. This surrealistic tale of a four-year-old Iranian girl unfolds amidst the carnage of the Iran-Iraq War. The lines between playful fantasy and brutal warfare are gradually blurred as ugly realities become harder to mask.

Please note that all characters are to be played by Middle Eastern actors.

PARVANEH. 4, A curious child, lover of music and butterflies. (seeking understudy only)

HUSSEIN. Parvaneh's life-sized toy dog, her protector, confidant and best friend.

JAVAD. 8, The youngest child in his family, Parvaneh's best neighbor friend.

MAMAN/NEWS REPORTER. Maman: Parvaneh's mother, a beautiful and warm off-stage voice, role includes some singing. News Reporter: An agent of the outside world.

BABA/SADDAM HUSSEIN. Baba: Parvaneh's father, a calming off-stage presence. Saddam Hussein: circa 1980's Iraqi dictator and Parvaneh's secret friend. The presenter of gifts.

Pay: AEA: $259 a week, Non-AEA: $150 a week, Understudy: $75 a week

Time Commitment:
First Rehearsal: Week of February 17, 2020
First Preview: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Opening: Sunday, March 22, 2020
Closing: Sunday, April 19, 2020
Potential Extension through May 3, 2020

Material To Prepare:
Sides will be provided. For Maman, a short song or lullaby will be requested at auditions

Contact Info:
Please email headshot and resume to Corey Pond at In the body of your email, please indicate what role you would like to be seen for and any conflict you have with the audition timeframe. Please note - a submission does not guarantee an audition.

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Audition Location:

Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington St
Chicago, IL

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Audition Dates:

Aug 16 6-10pm
Aug 17 10-4pm
Posted Date: Jul 24, 2019