Artists Repertory Theatre is seeking a Deaf actor for the lead role of Billy in "Tribes."
Read the full casting call information on BACKSTAGE (click the link).
The basic details (click the BACKSTAGE link for audition information):
Casting a contemporary drama, "Tribes," which centers on Billy, the only deaf member of a competitively comedic and intellectual family. Unsupported by his parents and siblings, he reaches out to the deaf community and learns sign language, creating funny but fierce tensions at home. Billy finally confronts his childhood resentments, while he and his family struggle with the intricacies of language and the human need to belong to a tribe.
Male, ages 20-28, Caucasian
Billy: (Lead) the youngest son in his family, deaf and an expert lip reader, intelligent and compassionate, youthful and inexperienced, recently moved back in with his parents after university, was raised by hearing parents who purposefully kept their son away from other deaf people, so he wouldn't develop a "minority mindset," finds a sense of belonging in the deaf community and in his relationship with Sylvia as she teaches him sign language; role requires extensive sign language.
The production announcement on the A.R.T. website
February 3, 2015 - March 1, 2015
By Nina Raine
Directed By Dámaso Rodriguez**
A scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance as he delves into the deaf community sparks often funny but fierce tensions at home. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
Designs by Resident Artists Kristeen Willis Crosser & Sharath Patel