CASTING   CALL

Announcing 

 

AUDITIONS for

Valley of the Heart
A New Play by Luis Valdez


Non-Equity Production
Playwright & Director: Luis Valdez
Producer: El Teatro Campesino
Producers: Phil Esparza & Estrella Esparza-Johnson
Casting Director: Joe Luis Cedillo

 

Valley of the Heart is a “memory play” about the interaction of two families, the Yamaguchis, who own a small ranch, and the Montaños, who are sharecroppers, in the Valley of the Hearts Delight straddling the western foothills of the Santa Clara Valley. Told before and during World War II, the focus is on the love story and ultimate survival of THELMA and BENJAMIN, and the birth of their son in the Heart Mountain Internment camp in Wyoming.

 

DATES

  • Rehearsal starts: July 28, 2014
  • Previews: August 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 29, 2014
  • Opening: August 30, 2014 (Run is Thurs-Sat @ 8PM, Sat & Sun Matinee 2 PM) Special Labor Day presentation Closing: October 12, 2014 (Possible extension to October 19, 2014)


PAY

Stipend / There is limited Company Housing available


LOCATION

El Teatro Campesino (San Juan Bautista, CA 95045)

 

Reading from sides provided. Sides available in advance (upon request). Audition is going to be digitally recorded for casting purposes ONLY.

 

CASTING LOCATIONS

San Juan Bautista: TBA San Jose: TBA
San Francisco: TBA

by Appointment Only


EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ASAP TO

jluisced@gmail.com
(Recent Headshots, Resume & Links to On-Line Reels preferred)

 

SEEKING

NOTE: Due to cultural nature of this play it is not necessary that actors are fluent and can read/write in Japanese, however it is imperative actors can convey authentic Japanese-American characters and express 1940s Japanese accent and dialogue.

 

CHARACTERS

  • Joe Yamaguchi: Second generation “Nisei” Japanese-American Male, 21, he is Ichiro and Hanaʼs son, going to college but still tied to his family and their life on the ranch. He is thoughtful and feels the tension the war brings when his beliefs and patriotism are challenged by internment.
  • Thelma Yamaguchi: Second generation “Nisei” Japanese-American Female, 23, she is Ichiro and Hanaʼs daughter, who is torn between her loyalty to her family and her love for Benjamin Montano, the son of the Mexican sharecroppers on her familyʼs ranch. She is smart and thoughtful, a high school graduate, American in her sense of self which is in conflict with the Japanese traditions she is suppose to abide by when it comes to having an arranged marriage her parents are forcing upon her.
  •  Calvin Sakamoto: Second generation “Nisei” Japanese-American Male, 22, is Thelmaʼs suitor via an arranged marriage by Thelmaʼs parents. He is college-educated and head strong with a very prideful nature. He is funny and charismatic and goes through a profound change in the internment camps when his strength of character shows.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

 

VALLEY OF THE HEART is a “memory play” about the interaction of two families, the Yamaguchiʼs who own a small ranch and the Montañoʼs who are sharecroppers, in the Valley of the Hearts Delight straddling the western foothills of the Santa Clara Valley. Told before and during World War II, the focus is on the love story and ultimate survival of THELMA and BENJAMIN, and the birth of their son in the Heart Mountain Internment camp in Wyoming.

 

Since its inception, El Teatro Campesino has set the standard for Latino theatrical production in the United States. It was founded in 1965 on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavezʼs United Farmworkers Union creating “actos” performed on flatbed trucks and in union halls, becoming a multi-award winning company including an Obie Award for “demonstrating the politics of survival,” and toured internationally. El Teatro Campesino seeks to create popular art for the 21st century that presents a more just and accurate account of human history.

CASTING CALL

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