Auditions: Winter Staged Reading of WATER BY THE SPOONFUL

In All, Auditions & Workshops, Theatre by Maria Salazar

WINTER AUDITIONS:
Collaboration with Model Minority Theatre Collective, Golden Mean
Players, and UCR Latina/o Play Project

OPEN TO ALL UCR STUDENTS, ALL MAJORS AND CLASS STANDINGS
ACADEMIC TFDP17X CREDIT AVAILABLE (1 UNIT)

(Looking for production team/crew as well! Please email
mquep001@ucr.edu)
Monday, 12/5 @ Rivera Study Room 206
Tuesday, 12/6 @ Rivera Study Room 207
Wednesday, 12/7 @ Rivera Study Room 315
All three audition dates are from 6 PM to 8 PM — Walk in anytime

If not available for these three nights, please email
mquep001@ucr.edu
to set up a video audition.

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL BY QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES
Staged Reading of Full Length Play (no memorization or blocking,
scripts in hand/music stands)
Performances on Friday, 1/27 and Saturday, 1/28 at Culver Center
of the Arts in Downtown Riverside

Rehearsals will be based on your availability
“Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is
struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts forge an unbreakable bond of support and love. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online
families collide. Water by the Spoonful
is a heartfelt and poetic mediation on lives on the brink of redemption and self-discovery during a time of heightened uncertainty.”
Please prepare to cold read. No memorized monologues needed.
Need 4 male, 3 female

Performers of all ethnicities encouraged
to audition.

Character Breakdown:

Elliott: Male

a soldier having recently returned from duty in the Iraq war, now running a Subway sandwich shop in North
Philly, his hard, tough exterior masks his huge heart and giving soul, haunted by what he did and saw in war, struggling to reconcile his past with his present.

Ethnicity: Latino/x

Odessa/Haikumom: Female

Elliot’s birth mother, still living in North Philly, an ex-addict who created and runs a chat room for
other ex-addicts under the handle “Haikumom,” a little more “street” than the rest of her family, warm, irreverent, funny, kind, a fierce temper, having walked a hard road filled with temptations, disappointments, and lost chances, she endeavors day-to-day
to maintain her own sobriety while also trying to offer hope/help to those with similar struggles.

Ethnicity: Latina/x

Yazmin: Female

Elliot’s cousin and close confidante, an assistant professor of music at Swarthmore College, the cool
“hip” teacher with whom all the kids want to take class, super smart, articulate, educated, and level-headed, bears the weight of her family’s struggles on her shoulders, but with a divorce pending and at a career crossroads, she is not without struggles of
her own.

Ethnicity: Latina/x

Professor Aman/Ghost: Male

Ghost is the soul of a man who Eliott killed during his time over seas; Prof. Aman is Yazmin’s colleague
at Swarthmore College, smart and worldly, knows his stuff. Must be able to speak Arabic fluently.

Ethnicity: Middle Eastern


Chutes&Ladders*: Male

an ex-addict, average-looking, probably out of shape, drives a beat-up Tercel and should kind of look
like it, the dude with TP stuck on his shoe, works a middle management position in the IRS that he’s had for decades, struggles with and is succeeding at keeping his life simple, pursuing simple pleasures, so as not to fall back into destructive patterns,
a warm, steady, sardonically funny and no-nonsense member of Odessa/Haikumom’s cyber-community, develops a particular rapport with and concern for fellow chat room member Orangutan. *Chutes&Ladders is his cyber name; given name is Clayton.

Ethnicity: African Descent, African American, Black

Orangutan*: Female

another ex-addict who is a part of the chat room, not an optimist by nature, recently clean and sober,
she has moved to Japan to teach English and to start a new life away from her old habits, fiercely independent and strong-willed, she is nonetheless searching–for her birth parents, for ways to clean her slate and keep it clean, and perhaps most importantly,
for ways to understand the darkness she feels inside of herself. *Orangutan is her cyber name; given name is Madeline.

Ethnicity: Asian

Fountainhead*: Male

the newest addition to the chat room and only a few days sober, a super-smart, very successful, and financially
secure entrepreneur/alpha-guy, a “soccer dad” whose wife and two kids do not know about his addiction, or that when he leaves the house to buy groceries he sometimes buys and smokes crack in a public park, his swagger and self-deprecating wit mask the shame
and despair he feels about himself and his addiction, fighting sobriety and those in the chat room at every turn, even as his life is spiraling out of his control. *Fountainhead is his cyber-handle; real name is John.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

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