Audition notice


by young jean lee

directed by kayvon khoshkam and omari newton


at the cultch Vancity Culture lab 

november 22 - dec 2nd

contract dates: nov 5 - dec 2, 2017

Seeking: black identifying performers


Audition Date: August 20th, 2017 


Speakeasy Theatre is dedicated to sharing stories that speak to the complexity and cultural richness of our immediate urban Canadian community and our extended global network. The Shipment is a multi layered performance piece that explores the nuances, challenges, and stereotypes associated with Black identity. The piece is told by 5 black performers who play a wide array of characters. We encourage performers to submit regardless of gender.



For THE SHIPMENT, Young Jean Lee gave herself the most uncomfortable challenge she could imagine: to make—as a Korean-American—a show about black identity. The show was made in collaboration with an all-black cast and is divided into two parts. The first half is structured like a minstrel show—dance, stand-up routine, sketches, and a song—and was written to address the stereotypes the cast members felt they had to deal with as black performers. For the second half of the show, Lee asked the actors to come up with roles they’d always wanted to play, and wrote a naturalistic comedy in response to their requests.


The unique demands of this piece requires performers with the ability to transform physically, emotionally & vocally in order to portray numerous characters.


Sides will be emailed to applicants

Along with sides, please be prepared to sing a 30 second song, accapella.



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