By Kit Yan and Melissa Li | Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Interstate is a Queer Asian-American pop-rock musical about two trans people at different stages of their journeys, navigating love, family, masculinity, and finding community in the era of social media. It charts Dash, a transgender spoken word performer as he goes on a cross-country tour with Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter, as the activist band, Queer Malady, fueled by the allure of fame and a desire to connect with the Queer Asian community. The band’s fiercely political and deeply personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage blogger living in middle America, who finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family.
Auditions: August 19th, 2019 (Times Specified by Character Below) 9am-4pm
-Adrian, Dash, Henry, Mom, Dad, and Carly 9am-12:30pm
-Pastor Fred & Madison 1:30pm-4pm
Callbacks: August 19th, 2019, 5pm-7pm
Production Dates: First Rehearsal: February 10th, 2020
Run Dates: March 6th-March 29th, 2020
Compensation: $635/week, Equity and non-Equity
Dash Koi: Asian-American. Transgender man who has been on testosterone for many years. Late 20s. A powerful spoken word artist. Passionate, playful, sensitive. (Tenor)
Adrian Tong: Asian-American. Cisgender femme lesbian. Mid 20s. A singer-songwriter and skilled guitarist. Focused, honest, coy. (Mezzo-Soprano)
Henry Ahuja: South Asian-American. Transgender boy who has not yet taken testosterone. 16 years old. Curious, awkward, inspired. (Mezzo-Soprano)
Mom: Asian-American. Cisgender woman. Early 50s. Adrian’s mom. Aggressive and concerned. (Also Noise #1.) (Mezzo-Soprano)
Dad: Asian immigrant. Cisgender man. Early 50s. Dash’s Dad. Clueless and supportive. (Also Noise #3, Derek, and Seth.) (Baritone/Tenor)
Pastor Fred: Caucasian-American. Cisgender man. 30s. A leader of a small Kentucky church community. Compassionate and yet close-minded. (Also Noise #2, Jason, Chad, and Brett.) (Baritone/Tenor)
Madison: Caucasian-American. Cisgender teenage girl. Quirky and kind. (Also Noise #4 and Jordan Speller.) (Soprano)
Carly: African-American. Cisgender woman. Late 20s. A handsome butch lesbian. Confident and caring. (Also Noise #5 and Substitute Teacher.) (Alto)
For the character of Henry, actors must identify as South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Sri Lankan, Maldivian, Burmese, or mixed). For the characters of Dash, Adrian, Mom, and Dad, actors must identify as East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Okinawan, and Tibetan) or Southeast Asian (Bruneian, Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Mien, Papua New Guinean, Singaporean, Timorese, Thai, and Vietnamese). Asian-American actors identifying as multiracial or hapa are encouraged to audition as well.
Transgender / Non-Binary Characters
For the characters of Dash and Henry, actors must self-identify anywhere on the trans and gender non-conforming/non-binary spectrum including, but not limited to, transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, or gender questioning. We encourage transgender/non-binary actors to audition for the other cisgender roles as well. We also encourage non-professional actors to audition.
Although the music is currently written for the ranges above, we recognize the gender limiting language of voice and musical theater, and encourage people of all unique vocal ranges to submit.
Please prepare an accompanied upbeat or pop song.
For all characters listed, sides will be emailed upon confirmation of audition time.
To schedule an audition, please send your headshot/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the role you’re interested in auditioning for. (I.E. Full Name, Character, Show) You will be notified with a time and audition sides. Please make sure to specify if you are AEA, EMC, or NON-UNION and if you are a local Twin Cities actor. All are welcome!
Contact Production Manager Catherine Campbell.