Good Bones (Public Th) (OBwy) - NYC EPA (05.29.24) | Playbill

Good Bones (Public Th) (OBwy) - NYC EPA (05.29.24)

CATEGORY: Performer

New York Shakespeare Festival
New York, NY

Job Details



Off Broadway
$1403 weekly minimum (Cat. DD)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (E)
Lunch 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
16th Fl
New York, NY 10036

Written by James Ijames
Directed by Saheem Ali

Expected to attend:
Public Theater Casting Office (Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths, Kate Murray, Chalin Tulyathan)

1st Rehearsal: 8/13
1st Performance: 9/19
Closing: 10/13
Furthest Possible Extension Closing: 11/17


EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will be provided.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Equity actors for roles in the Off Broadway production of GOOD BONES (See breakdown).

Please prepare one SHORT (no more than two minutes in length) contemporary monologue. Bring your picture and resume stapled together.


GOOD BONES (Off Broadway)

SYNOPSIS: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames explores gentrification and the growing price of the American dream in his sharp, funny new play, GOOD BONES. A work opportunity to revitalize the blighted neighborhood she grew up in has led Aisha and her chef husband Travis to buy and renovate a charming old house. But as everyone knows, renovation is expensive and stressful—both for buildings and the communities that surround them. Aisha’s young contractor Earl grew up in the area too, but his memories are of more than just dangerous streets and hollowed-out homes. When their purely professional relationship gives way to heated debate about who gets to stay and who must go, Aisha is forced to reckon with the choices she’s made to get ahead and the painful, joyful, complicated ghosts that haunt her dreams and her dream house. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director Saheem Ali directs this New York premiere play about community, change, and the soul of our cities.

AISHA: A Black woman in her mid 30s-early 40s. A high-powered engineer in a landscape architecture and urban design firm. Married to Travis and pregnant with their first child. Aisha grew up in this neighborhood pre-gentrification, but has deliberately left that part of her life behind. Her decision to return is driven by her business savvy and desire to build wealth and equity for her family’s future generations rather than any type of nostalgia. Determined & independent. A blunt speaker, unafraid to speak her mind. While at times she may project a kind of casual emotional ambivalence, deep down she is incredibly resolved. She has worked hard for what she has, and has purposefully carved out a protective distance between who she is and who she was.

TRAVIS: A Black man in his mid 30s-early 40s. A chef, married to Aisha. Grew up with great privilege and wealth and as a result he leads with high status as his default. As an artist, he’s sensitive, hyper-emotional, and creative, but he also has a sensible, business-minded side. Conservative with money to the point of being cheap. Personable and charming, he operates with the confidence of someone who has grown up with support–both emotional and financial. A peacemaker, he’s happy to let his wife take the lead–to a point.

EARL: A Black man in his mid 30s-early 40s. A contractor. Grew up in the neighborhood and never left it. Deeply committed to uplifting his community, his work is a manifestation of literally rebuilding it. A talented artist who puts his heart and soul into his work and would rather invest in building relationships than in expanding and turning a profit. Smart & sexy. Warm and gregarious, but also sensitive and lacks the emotional freedom or permission to express it, so there’s an edge to him as well. Passionate about history, he’s keenly feeling the urgency of his community’s erasure, and as a result he’s deeply committed to and outspoken about upholding the old neighborhood and its traditions.

CARMEN: A Black woman in her early 20s. A college student. Earl’s younger sister–although sometimes the way he relates to and protects her can feel parental. As a part of a younger generation, she gently challenges her brother’s nostalgia for the old days by nudging him out of the past and into the current moment. Extremely smart, perceptive, and curious. She’s a keen observer and picks up quickly on social dynamics. Adept at code-switching, which she sees as a necessity. She sits squarely in the center of the two opposing forces at play in this dynamic; ambitious and driven, she’s drawn to the life that Aisha’s made for herself, but she also shares Earl’s deeply-held connection and protectiveness of the community.



Off Broadway $1403 weekly minimum (Cat. DD)




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