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.

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.

Shunya Auditioning Sunday 6/12 and Thursday 6/16

We have added an additional day for auditions for “The Prophet and the Poet” and “Partition.”  We will still be auditioning this Sunday (June 12) at the Anjali Center 2-4 pm, and in addition we will also hold auditions at the Anjali Center Thursday 6/16/11 at 7 pm.

The Anjali Center for Performing Arts is at 2615 Cordes Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

Shunya Auditions!

Shunya is excited to be announcing auditions for our next TWO productions. Joint auditions for the next two productions will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2 – 4 pm at the Anjali Center for Performing Arts.

Our Sept/October 2011 production:

The Prophet and the Poet
A play by Vijay Padaki, Directed by Yaksha Bhatt

Performance Dates: Sept 30 – October 9, 2011

The Prophet and the Poetis based on the exchange of letters and articles between Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore over 25 years, with the Indian freedom struggle as the backdrop. The letters reveal how the two personalities differed greatly on many important issues while maintaining great respect and admiration for each other.


Three Actors Rediscovering Indian History (ACTORS ARE NOT PLAYING GANDHI OR TAGORE)





Our Jan/Feb 2012 production:


A play written by Ira Hauptman
Directed by Sara Kumar

Performance Dates: Jan 20 – Feb 5, 2012

Two geniuses. Two worlds. One maddening riddle. In 1913, a young, self-taught mathematical genius in India named Srinivasa Ramanujan is invited to England to work with G. H. Hardy, a Cambridge professor. But just as mathematics draws these two men from vastly different cultures together, it also possesses the power to destroy them. A riveting fantasy based on real events


Srinivasa Ramanujan, A mathematician from India; he ages from 26 to 32 during the play

G.H. Hardy, Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (London); he ages from 36 to 42

Alfred Billington, Professor of Classics, Trinity College, Cambridge University (London); early-mid 60s

Pierre De Fermat, Seventeenth-century French mathematician; mid-late 40s

London Police Officer, 40s-50s, can be played by the actor who plays Fermat

The Anjali Center for Performing Arts is at 2615 Cordes Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

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