Calling All Poets Who Love Acting! Audition Notice for “King David”

27 Aug


Hello fam!

This makes me so excited. Like…literally. What could be more awesome than a play that incorporates our favorite thing — poetry?! Nothing. Nothing is more awesome than that. My latest show “King David” which will be presented on the prestigious Columbia University stage incorporates poetry and dance to tell the amazing story of King David (II Samuel 11-13) in an entirely new and contemporary way. Check out the video above to see what I mean. But guess what? I need people like you — my kindred poetic spirits — to make it happen. Take a look at the audition details below, the video above, and take the leap to transform your spoken word career into what could be the beginnings of an acting career as well.


Seeking Non-Union Actors to audition for The Taken – Part I: King David

  •  NEW WORK: This lyrical modernization of a Biblical tale is a collaboration between playwright Ayvaunn Penn and director Nana Dakin, both second-year MFA students at Columbia University. Adapted from the story of King David (II Samuel chapter 13), Penn’s poetic work explores the devastating consequences of King David’s actions and the generational violence it begets. The Taken will be presented as a full production in the spring of 2017. For this presentation of the first act, we are interested in exploring the heightened musicality of Penn’s storytelling.
  •  CASTING: NON-UNION. OPEN ETHNICITY. AGES 18+. We seek versatile performers with a passion for poetry, prosody, musicality, movement and ensemble work. Performers with backgrounds in spoken word and music are strongly encouraged to audition.
  1. DAVID – King of Israel. Male. 20s-40s. Athletic. Historically virtuous and heroic. His fatal lust proves his downfall.
  2. BATHSHEBA – Wife of a soldier. Female. 20s-30s. Sensuous, strong and quick to speak. Widely lusted after but very much in love with her husband Uriah.
  3. ZIBA – David’s head servant. Female. 50s -60s. Wise and opinionated. David’s moral compass. The eyes and ears of the palace.
  4.  FEMALE ENSEMBLE (TAMAR) – Female. Teens – 20s. Athletic. TAMAR – King David’s daughter. Sweet. Unassuming. Innocent.
  5. MALE ENSEMBLE 1 (AMNON / JOAB / ELISHAMA) – Male. 20s – 30s. Athletic. AMNON – King David’s son. Rapes his sister Tamar. / JOAB – Army captain and King David’s right hand man. Exudes power and authority. Gets the job done with no questions. / ELISHAMA – Servant. Hiding a secret affair. Enjoys telling crazy stories about Ziba.
  6. MALE ENSEMBLE 2 (ABSALOM / JEZREEL) – Male. Teens – 20s. Athletic. / ABSALOM – King David’s son. Kills his brother Amnon for raping his sister Tamar. / JEZREEL – Servant. Newly hired. Energetic but immature.
  • REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Rehearsals will start the week of September 5th, and go until October 6th (opening night). Rehearsals will take place 2-3 times a week from 6.30-9.30pm and on one weekend day, from 10-2pm or 2-6pm, with few exceptions. All rehearsals will be held in the area around Columbia University.
  •  PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: The production will be presented at Columbia University’s Schapiro Theatre October 6th-9th, 2016.
Monday, August 29th, 10am – 6pm
at 612 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
Watson Hall, Room 106
*closest subway is the 1 train to 116th Street
Tuesday, August 30th, 1pm – 9pm
at 3280 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
5th Floor, Studio 5
*closest subways are the 1 train to 125th St. or 137th St.
Auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute slots.
 To submit please follow these instructions:
  1. Email Director Nana Dakin: n.dakin [at] columbia [dot] edu
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, King David”
  3. Specify which ROLE you are auditioning for
  4. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available for
  5. Attach PDF of your Headshot
  6. Attach PDF of your Resume

All the best,

Ayvaunn Penn


mariana6 (1 of 1)-LAyvaunn Penn most recently served as assistant director to Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor on her show STOP. RESET. at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. She is the Columbia University School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the Playwriting Class of 2018. Follow her @PennSpeaks on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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