Contemporary Asian Theater Scene
Call for Actors from Montalvo Arts Center
A NEW WORK IN DEVELOPMENT: Fire in Heaven
Montalvo Arts Center is in search of four actors to support the development of a new work of theater by playwright, Andrew Saito, and collaborating Director, Miranda Haymon.
The actors will be invited to take up residency in the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo, in support of the script development from October 18 – 21, when we will host a public, staged reading/workshop.
Fire in Heaven (working title) is a new work in progress about a forgotten corner of history: During World War II, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs enlisted African American prisoners of war (POWs) in ‘Negro Propaganda Operations’ to record radio dramas that contrasted the horrors of US racism with the joys
POWs supposedly experienced in Japan. Japan’s goal was to broadcast these plays in Black American communities and foment civil unrest and destabilize its enemy from within.
Japan destroyed all-Negro Propaganda Operations scripts and recordings upon surrender in 1945. Informed by extensive research, Saito’s recreation of these radio dramas explores the dynamics within and between POWs and their Japanese captors as they produce broadcasts spotlighting American race relations that were designed to foment unrest within the United States.
Please note: This casting search is for actors who have time to participate in the developmental process of creating a new script, with a live staged reading/open rehearsal, in person with an audience. Although we will take necessary precautions to ensure safety, it is important that you take your personal comfort
level into account when deciding to audition; vaccinations will be required.
Each selected actor will be invited to spend 5 days at the Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California. A private live/workspace will be provided with communal dinners each evening, plus a $500 stipend. Montalvo is seeking non-AEA, diverse, energetic, and adventurous actors for these roles.
Montalvo Arts Center is committed to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and respectful representation. Montalvo welcomes performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.