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Casting Call

Theater company Polybe + Seats is seeking 1 male Arab-American and 1-2 female Arab-American performers for our upcoming production Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come From Syria). This is a new piece currently in development through the summer. Performances will take place in the month of August: Saturday-Tuesday evenings 8/9-8/26. Rehearsals begin in late May and will continue (with a number of vacation breaks) throughout June/July. The production will be an Equity showcase and a stipend is available.

This piece is inspired by our lead artist's experiences related to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and the project has already received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council and The Nancy Quinn Fund to create and perform this timely work. We will be performing at a unique non-theatrical venue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. 

If you are interested in auditioning, please send a headshot and resume to Polybe + Seats Artistic Director Jessica Silsby Brater at jessica@polybeandseats.org.

More about the project
Lead artist Sarah Badiyah Sakaan is a first generation Syrian American and was motivated by her desire to find artistic expression for her feelings as events in Syria have unfolded. The company is drawing source material from personal interviews conducted by Sakaan, news reports on the ongoing conflict and refugee situation, and Arabic folk tales. Thematic and stylistic influences include Arab oral storytelling traditions; practice of Syrian social and cultural rituals; urban Syrian soundscapes; and Syrian music, dance and drumming; as well the use of social media as tools of communication in the Syrian Civil War. The text is being written largely by Sakaan but the some scenes will also be collaboratively developed in rehearsal. For more information about the company, please visit www.polybeandseats.org.

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