Susannah Jones and Marialena DiFabbio
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Seeking video submissions from collaborative, versatile actors who sing for the following roles in a developmental AEA 29-hour reading of BISLAND & BLY at the 2019 New York Musical Festival.
BISLAND & BLY is about remarkable, real-life journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland who raced each other in opposite directions around the world in 1889, beating the fictional record from "Around The World In Eighty Days". Nellie and Elizabeth were radically different—one a daughter of industrial Pittsburgh with a passion for righting the world’s wrongs, the other a southern belle with a flair for prose and cultural insight. Both were forced to defend their worth in a world that had little patience for women who refused to be boxed in. With strains of Americana and Folk, as well as Contemporary Musical Theatre, this is the incredible story of two women who dared to persist in the pursuit of their dreams.
Director: Avital Shira
Music and Lyrics: Marialena DiFabbio
Book, Lyrics and Additional Music by: Susannah Jones
Produced in affiliation with Sycamore Theatre Company
If you are interested in submitting for either of the following, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your headshot, resume and a link to a video of you singing (this can be from a previous submission and any musical style is acceptable, though folk and contempoary musical theatre are especially appreciated). We will respond with the appropriate sides to be filmed and submitted by Friday May 31.
SIR CATCHICK CHATER et al.
(20’s-40’s /male-identifying/South Asian/Indian) versatile, collaborative actor and singer to play multiple roles including Sir Catchick Chater -- an alluring Indian businessman and poet, -- and Tom Dornan -- an opportunistic if hapless New York journalist -- et al. Comedic skills necessary.
SHIMIZU SHIKIN et al.
(20s-30s/female-identifying/East Asian/Japanese) versatile, collaborative actor and singer to play Shimizu Shikin -- an intelligent and keenly perceptive Japanese journalist and political activist -- and Florence -- the intensely shy companion to a wealthy socialite aboard the Augusta Victoria who nonetheless harbors big dreams underneath her petrified affect -- et al. Comedic skills necessary.
For more information on the historical Shimizu Shikin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimizu_Shikin
July 7, 2019 - July 21, 2019