Non-Union Casting Call
Bodega De la Sol - A Radio Play
Written by Janelle Lawrence (They/Them)
Directed by Antonio Miniño (They/Them)
Bodega De la Sol is a four-part bilingual audio play premiering April 2021, as part of Braata Productions’ Caribbean in Queens Radio Play Series.
At Bodega De la Sol, COVID hasn’t stopped the doors from opening; which keeps the Sol family somewhere in between safety and illusion. With four generations of Dominicans in New York in one home, the diversity of realities becomes blaringly loud when you have to sit with each other & live with big personalities. Welcome to Bodega De la Sol, choose your own story.
Quick Project Info
Genres: Caribbean Series
Project Length: Four episodes, each 20-30 minutes
Deadline: February 18, 2021
Rehearsals: Early March, 2021
Location: Remote (Mics will be provided)
Compensation: $100 for the series
This story features high emotional situations and explores dealing and coping with COVID in New York at the height of the pandemic.
All actors must be at least 18 years of age and willing to sign a recording agreement. Recording will take place remotely, potentially over Zoom. Actors must have a strong internet connection for best audio quality.
Interested actors must send their audition sides in the form of a voice recording via email by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 18, 2021. No previous voice acting experience is required. Rehearsal and recording will occur in early March, 2021 (times TBA).
Record 2-3 takes of the side for the role you’re interested in, using the recording setup you would use for the show. Make sure to slate your name, pronouns, role you are reading for, and take number. Include all of the takes in one mp3 file.
If you are auditioning for more than one character create a separate mp3 file for each. Make sure to label the files: “Bodega Character Name_First and Last Name”
Send auditions to email@example.com with “Bodega + Your Full Name” on the subject line. Make sure to include in the body of the email:
It is the same side (paragraph) for all roles. If you are auditioning for more than one role, have fun differentiating them with your interpretation, read and approach.
Bilingual & Spanish Speaking Roles:
“Ella y sus amigas realmente están empezando a enfadar a mi madre. Me llamó para decirme que mañana se iba a D.R. y que le buscara un boleto. Ella dice que no se siente segura. Creo que está realmente preocupada. (Beat) I don’t even believe they will close the school. They didn’t even close the schools the day after 9/11. La ciudad nunca duerme, that's in its name!”
English Only Speaking Roles:
“Her and her friends are really starting to upset my Mom. She calls me to tell me she's leaving to the D.R. tomorrow and to find her a ticket. She says she doesn't feel safe. I think she's really worried. (Beat) I don’t even believe they will close the school. They didn’t even close the schools the day after 9/11. The city never sleeps, that's in its name!”
Cass: (Femme identifying; Mid 20’s Dominican) – Millennial, actor by day, family therapist/herbalist/scapegoat. Audacious and soft on the inside. Family is important, but not top priority. [English & Spanish speaking role]
Mama: (Femme identifying; Late 40’s Dominican) – Head Chief in charge. She likes to have control of her house and her family. She is manipulative to get her way, in a loving Dominican mothery way. [English & Spanish speaking role]
Char: (Femme identifying; Early 30’s Dominican) – Head honcho in charge, but not really in charge of much. Strong, Assertive, and trying to be seen as an individual. [English & Spanish speaking role]
Abuela: (Femme identifying, early 70’s Dominican) – De la isla y llena de es0s caminos (y tradiciones). Ella ya no ama casi nada de Nueva York, ahora teme todo. [Habla Español]
Brother: (Masculine identifying; 16 year old Dominican) – He’s a high school junior who usually likes to chill with his 2 best friends at the park, on the subway, and at his father’s Bodega. The only other man in the house. Simultaneously lifted up in the family, while kind of invisible. [English speaking role]
Edwardo: (Masculine identifying; Early 50’s Dominican) – Works at a Bodega, loves his family, works throughout the Pandemic. [Spanish and English speaking role]
Masc Voices: Raul: works at the Bodega / Homie 1: friends with Brother
Femme Voices: Comp 1, 2, & 3: Cast members with Cass/ Ami 1: Char’s best friend. / Customer #2 / Police / Reporter
Andro Voices: Waiter/Customer #1/Person 1 & 2
Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Additional Questions Bodega de la Sol”.
To learn more about Braata Productions visit: https://www.braataproductions.org/
To learn more about Janelle Lawrence (They/Them) visit: https://www.janellelawrence.com/
To learn more about Antonio Miniño (They/Them) visit: https://www.antoniominino.com/
The 14th Street Y’s PrideFest
A virtual reading of
LATE NIGHTS WITH THE BOYS
confessions of a leather bar chanteuse
Written by and presented in memory of: actor/writer/producer, activist, and LGBTQ+ ally, ALEX BOND
With Susan Baum and David L. Carson
Original direction by Steven Yuhasz
Virtual reading directed by Antonio Miniño
With delightful and poignant tales of a Southern Songstress and her gay family, Susan Baum and David Carson read selections from "LATE NIGHTS WITH THE BOYS: Confessions of a Leather Bar Chanteuse", an unpublished novel written by the late actor/writer/producer, activist, and LGBTQ+ ally, Alex Bond. This novel will transport you to Dallas 1977, a magical time before HIV/AIDS, but not before ignorance and prejudice.
A reclusive former Southern debutante/cabaret performer in her sixties, Anna Zander hires Craig Bauer to help her write about the best years of her life. She recounts the tales of singing in the gay leather bars of Dallas (when she looked like a drag queen and sang coloratura!). As she reveals memories, lessons, and losses... the collaboration on the book grows, and so does the friendship between Anna and Craig.
A favorite at the San Francisco Fringe, Fresh Fruit Festival, FRIGID Festival, among others. Original direction by Steven Yuhasz. Virtual reading directed by Antonio Miniño.
Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, is thrilled to present the first Launch Pad reading of 2020 with FAITH BASED, FUTURE FOCUSED, a new play by Tim Errickson and directed by Antonio Miniño. This free reading will be performed on Monday, February 10th at 7pm at The Broom Tree Theatre located at 23-35 Broadway in Astoria, NY.
In FAITH BASED, FUTURE FOCUSED, Mal and Dennis both return to their Catholic High School alma mater on the day it closes for good. Did they ever become the people the school tried to make them into, and do they like who each other are today?
Playwright Tim Errickson explains “I was inspired to write the play because I wanted to examine people who seemed to come from the same upbringing and set of values, but have now in their adult lives diverged wildly from each other politically, culturally and religiously.“ Tim offers “I hope that people will think about the places that are sacred to them...theaters, churches, gymnasiums where you made the shot, the bridge where you proposed or broke up...and investigate the universality of those spaces.”
The evening is presented by Mission to (dit)Mars co-founders Kari Bentley-Quinn, Don Nguyen, Meredith Packer, and Laura Pestronk.
To attend the reading, please make a reservation on our website:
The Broom Tree Theater at
Astoria First Presbyterian
Astoria, NY 11106
Directions: Take the N/W to Broadway.
About the Launch Pad Reading Series
The Launch Pad is a free reading series of new plays by Queens playwrights. The mission objective of The Launch Pad is to serve as a testing ground for Queens based playwrights who need to hear their plays out loud. Because Mission to (dit)Mars was co-founded by playwrights and directors, we understand implicitly how to answer those needs. Through this program, the utmost care is taken to foster a safe and productive environment in order to propel the play forward.
In 2037 a visit to a former migrant detention center forces a woman to confront the phantoms of her past and the secrets she has kept from her daughter.
Memorial is a powerful new ten-minute play in the Latino Program of the Short+Sweet Hollywood festival, and is part of the Montalban Group, playing October 11th through the 13th, 2019 at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at 7936 Santa Monica Blvd.
Written by Antonio Miniño
Directed by Elena Campbell-Martinez
Starring Raquel Salinas, Jennifer Jones Rodriguez, Manny Correa, and Yazaira Correa.
For tickets visit https://ci.ovationtix.com/35239/production/1017597?fbclid=IwAR1QpQP9UJPYlSHA5x6xrNk4ZGuCQegKEXTxL8CfiLgSYwrTPTuU8xRt74w
Following successful productions in Dublin and New York City, the Heartefact Fund and Different Translation, are pleased to announce The Baby Monitor, a crucial play exploring same-sex parenting and family values, will be presented in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of the inaugural Belgrade Pride Theater Festival.
The Baby Monitor by award-winning husband-and-husband team playwright David Stallings (Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing nominee for The Baby Monitor - IDGTF Gala Awards; NY IT Awards for Outstanding Original Full-Length Script for Dark Water) and director Antonio Miniño (MTC ‘19-’20 Directing Fellow; Assistant Director to Mark Brokaw on Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train - Signature Theatre) will play one performance on Sat, September 14th at 8:00pm at the Raša Plaović Stage at the National Theatre in Belgrade (Francuska 3, Beograd 11000, Serbia).
★★★★★ - Opplaud NY
"Unafraid to navigate into previously uncharted territory, particularly when it comes to tackling the issue of the deeply ingrained prejudices still faced by LGBTQ people."
-Lavender After Dark (New York City)
"David Stallings has delivered something far richer than an issues play."
-The Unforgettable Line (New York City)
"A fascinating examination of how quickly intimates can resort to self-serving, backstabbing deception just when their loyalty is most needed."
-Theater Scene (New York City)
"Some in the LGBT+ community who have suffered discrimination from loved ones still love who have discriminated against them. We try to give people second chances, but it puts our safety at risk – and The Baby Monitor shows that, when we ask ourselves whether we should stop trying, there’s sometimes no easy answer."
-Gay City News (Dublin)
When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old cousin are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principles and ability to parent. A crucial new play exploring same-sex parenting and family values in today’s America.
A finalist for the 2014 National New Play Network, The Baby Monitor was presented as part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Ireland, where it received four IDGTF Gala Award nominations, including the Doric Wilson Award for Intercultural Dialogue; in New York it received a workshop production at the Theater at the 14th Street Y as part of their season of War & Peace. Developmental readings at New York's Duo Multicultural Arts Center's Pride Week Festival and in Hollywood at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series. Originally a short play, it received presentations at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Playwrights for A Cause and at Original Binding Productions' Naked Theater Festival.
With Leo Goodman (Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male nominee for The Baby Monitor - IDGTF Gala Awards) as Josh, Mel House as Shelly, Amanda Jones (Eva Gore Booth Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female nominee for The Baby Monitor - IDGTF Gala Awards) as Claire, Greta Quispe as Soledad, Antonio Miniño as Phillip and David Stallings as Damon.
Featuring lighting design by Kia Rogers, and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. The production stage manager is Rachel Denise April. The associate producer is Ann Marie Yali.
Tickets are €9.00 and are currently available to purchase by visiting
Running Time: 75 Minutes with no intermission.
Presented in English and Spanish with Serbian supertitles.
This show contains partial nudity.
Suitable for ages 16+
For more information visit www.differenttranslation.com
I am honored to be assistant director to trailblazer Lorca Peress and her production of Desi Moreno-Penson's exhilarating play OMINOUS MEN, presented by MultiStages in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y. The play will run October 19th through November 3rd, 2020; and tickets are currently on sale.
It was the wrong night and the wrong place for these OMINOUS MEN to be playing a game of “Bones” when the 1977 NYC Blackout hits the Bronx! Overtaken by their demons, they descend into a supernatural night of the soul. Told through a magic realism lens, “Ominous Men” is a gothic horror tale about race, poverty, drugs, misogyny and violence in America.
Casting and the rest of the creative team will be announced very soon.
Happy to announce Eclipse Theatre Company has earned a total of 6 DORA award nominations for its presentation of Kiss of the Spider Woman if which I had the honor of being the dramaturg.
Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction
Outstanding Musical Direction
Outstanding Original Choreography
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role
Kawa Ada and Tracy Michailidis
The awards will take place Tuesday, June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.