Casting Call for The Highwood Theatre’s Professional Production of The Dog Must Die

The Highwood Theatre seeks five actors for their upcoming professional production of “The Dog Must Die”, a new play by Madison Middleton. Directed by Samuel Intrater.

Synopsis: What happens when life on Earth is no longer sustainable? This provocative drama by Madison Middleton (writer of The Requiem, named one of the top ten plays in the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival) transports us to a world that is uninhabitable - where concrete columns have formed above and below ground to house and save society. The conflict that ensues not only challenges our conceptions of humanity and our ties to the environment, but forces us to examine the dark, primordial nature within us.

Auditions: Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 pm & Tuesday, October 3 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Performances: January 25, 26, 27, 28; February 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at The Highwood Theatre – 914 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Actors will receive a set stipend.

Actors of all races and gender identities are encouraged to audition.

Actors can reserve an audition slot (at 10 minute intervals) by emailing casting@thehighwoodtheatre.org with a requested audition date and desired time slot, head shot (or recent photo) and resume with relevant theatre experience. Please prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue of your choice.  Actors should expect to stay at auditions for at least 30 minutes.

Character Breakdown:

THE MAN, 20-30s, M/Caucasian, spends the entirety of the show devolving from a creature of speech and reasoning into a primal, frightened animal. He is the brother of the Girl in the Barn Coat, and looks to her for care and comfort.

THE GIRL IN THE BARN COAT, 20s, F/Caucasian, is the only character who goes outside. Early in the play, the others believe she traverses the radiation-stricken surface to walk her dog. However, later she reveals that she makes the dangerous trek to advance the healing of the planet as a food and agriculture science major.

NAJAT, 40-50s, F/African American or Arab, before the planet’s desolation, she was a doctor. She harbors a deep resentment and anger that's rooted in her fall from success. Najat is Muslim, and although her faith provides her reason and comfort, she still expresses deep anxiety about the future before her.

ABDU, 50-70s, M/African American, is perhaps the heart of the show. Previously a high school philosophy teacher, he views the other characters as his students and cares deeply about them. Although he expresses worry about the future of living underground, he is the most realistic about persisting on.

MARIS, 20-30s, Gender-Neutral/Hispanic, is a bright light. Throughout the show, Maris struggles with hurt from their past, but is known as “impressively willful.” Almost always positive and lively, they attempts to keep everyone from falling into despair. They/them pronouns.


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