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.

Backspace plays at Fitzgerald’s, Mandar on tabla

Shunya’s own Mandar Sane (multiple music composition and performance credits, actor in Bricks and Lyrics) will be playing tabla for the song Within You Without You during Backspace’s December 29 show at Fitzgerald’s. The band is going to cover tunes from the Beatles and the Kinks. The show starts at 7pm, tickets are $15, and the proceeds go to charity.

Big turnout at the December Shunya play reading

We had a large and enthusiastic group at our play reading last Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out. We read a new play — a comedy that is still in progress, and a great time was had by all. If you are interested in joining us for future readings, sign up to receive our email newsletter (link is in the footer of all of the pages of this website).

Call for one act scripts from Yatraa Theatre in the Bay Area

Raj Ray of Yatraa is looking for scripts for a potential production at the Bay Area Bengali Theater Festival in Feb 2012. He’s looking for a one act, 45-60 minutes, max cast size 4-5, preferably a serious drama with the subject matter being South Asian or diaspora related. You can email him at raj.ray at gmail dot com.