Actor Sought for Play Reading at Country Playhouse

Lisa Omlie is looking for an actor, age 20-35, to play a British Indian man for a rehearsed reading of her play Absolution at  Country Playhouse on March 25. There will be a few rehearsals, no need to get off book. Not a paid role.

You can contact Lisa at LisaOmlie at aol dot com.

Shunya 2012 Season and Auditions!

Shunya will be presenting two fantastic plays this season:

In May 2012
Art, by Yasmina Reza
This comedy is an exploration of the relationships of three adult male friends grappling with identity, and asks, “Are you who you think you are or are you who your friends think you are?” Entertaining and thought provoking, this play will leave audiences talking.

In August 2012
The Adventures of Hanuman, by Aditi Kapil
This will be Shunya’s first every production of a youth musical, complete with live music and original songs. This is certain to be a fantastic family event.

Work is already well under way for these productions. We are happy to announce auditions for our May production of ART. We are looking for three male actors between 30 and 45.

Auditions will be held at:
Barnevelder Movement Arts
2201 Preston Street
Houston, TX, 77003
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Audition schedule:
Tuesday, February 28 at  6-9 pm
Saturday, March 3 at 1-4pm 

Showdates: May 4-6 and 11-13

Rehearsals begin in March.

Looking for musicians for Shunya’s first ever musical – The Adventures of Hanuman!

We need percussionists (both Eastern and Western), keyboardists, flautists (both Eastern and Western), guitarists, and any other instrumentalists out there!
The main melodies have already been composed, so we need people who are comfortable with improvisation, and who can come to a few jam sessions in order to organically arrange the musical pieces.
Musicians will also need to be available for the all of tech week (July 30 – Aug 2, 2012) and the days of the performances (Aug 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12).
Please email if you are interested!

Casting Call for Magdalene by Sara Kumar



A new play by Sara Kumar

Directed by Stewart Hawley


Friday, February 24th 7 – 10 PM

Saturday, February 25th 1:30 – 5:30 PM

Spring Street Studios


Email to schedule an audition time.  Please bring a headshot and a copy of your resume.  Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for cold readings from the script.

Actors will receive a stipend dependent on the size of the role.

The play will be produced by Paragon Arts ( in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture from May 4th – May 20th, 2012 at Obsidian Arts Space in the Heights.  Rehearsals begin March 19th.




Note that some parts may be double cast.

Magdalene:  A poet.  In the second scene, a younger actress aged 9 to 13.  For the remainder of the play, a woman in her mid to late twenties.

Martha:  Sister to Lazarus, Magdalene, and Silent Mary, thirties to forties.

Lazarus:  Brother to Martha, Magdalene, and Silent Mary, late thirties to forties.

Silent Mary:  Sister to Lazarus, Magdalene, and Martha, late teens to early twenties.

Devil:  A magnificent dancer (has no lines but must be a trained dancer)

Marketman:  A salesman, forties to sixties

Nurse:  Magdalene’s nurse maid, fifties

Miriam:  A young girl with one leg aged 8 to 12.

Elhanan:  A centurion.  In the second scene, he is 14 years old.  For the remainder of the play, late-twenties to thirties.

Shamir:  Elhanan’s younger brother, a soldier, twenties.

Adin:  A soldier.  In the second scene, he is 11 years old.  For the remainder of the play, twenties.

Doron:  A soldier, twenties to thirties.

Jesus:  The Messiah, called Rabbi by his followers, thirties.

James:  Apostle of Jesus, brother of John, thirties.

John:  Apostle of Jesus, brother of James, thirties.

Judas:  Apostle of Jesus, thirties.

Mary:  Mother of Jesus, late forties to fifties.

Mary of Suphan:  A holy woman, forties.

Dina:  A holy woman, forties.

Simon Zabulon:  A pharisee, forties.

Encore Performance of Karol Wojtyla’s The Jeweler’s Shop 1/14/2012

Shunya Artistic Director Sara Kumar will be reprising her role in an encore performance of The Jeweler’s Shop, which we previously posted about here. The show will be Saturday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Theatre at University of St. Thomas. Tickets are being sold online at

Shunya’s first play reading of 2012 on Friday Jan 6th. Join us!

We’ll be kicking off the new year with an informal play reading on Jan 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm. We meet about monthly to read new plays, and everyone is welcome. This is a great way to get involved if you are interested in South Asian theatre or volunteering with Shunya. Email for details.