Auditions for BEE زﻧﺑور - Seeking Middle Eastern Actresses - Paid/Housing Portland,OR

CoHo Productions/LES Shakespeare Co.

About the project and the company

BEE زﻧﺑور is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940s. After years of suffering both physically and mentally at the hands of her spouse she knows the only way she will survive is if she is able to leave him. In an unprecedented move, her father is able to use his influence to secure a divorce for her. Moving back and forth in time from 1940 to 2009, the story weaves together Izat’s struggles with her path to a happier life. Based on a true story and inspired by a collection of interviews from Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees.
This piece will be performed by only females and will have women playing men. The ages listed are the character’s age but the actress’ age is flexible. We are looking for an ensemble that is creative and open to playing.
For 23 years, CoHo Productions has pioneered artist-led co-production as a model of creating theatre. LES Shakespeare Co. is co-producing the production, founded by Melody Erfani. In 2017 the piece was developed at Barns Art Collective in Maine then work-shopped at HB Studio Residency in NYC. It received a run in 2018 at HB Playwrites Theatre.

Location of Audition

Studio at Theatre Pugent Sound Seattle, WA

Other details

Rehearsals March 30th to April 23 (primarily in the evenings)
Tech April 18-21st TBD
Previews April 22-23

RUN April 24 to May 16 on the following days below
Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

Theatre/Rehearsal LOCATION
CoHo Productions
2257 NW Raleigh St
Portland, OR 97210

Audition requirements

There will be some movement so please wear comfortable clothes. If you could please prepare a 1 minute monologue either contemporary or classical. There will also be provide sides provided.

Character breakdown / Project needs
(18-30)- married at 13 years old, this play catalogs her journey playing ages 13-80, demure but strong, passionate about her faith, devoted mother and daughter
(male 30-45 played by a female)- husband to Izat, 20 years older than her, has internal demons and likes to be in control
(male 40-65 played by a female)- Izat's father, a religious man and leader in the community, kind and wise
(female 18-25) - Izat's best friend, loyal and strong willed, enjoys life
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Monday February 3rd 3.30-9.30pm

Pay type


Audition location

Portland, OR - JOB LOCATION Seattle, WA - Audition location

Pay type

$12.50 $12.50

Callbacks or second audition/interview?


Submission instructions

Please email your headshot and resume to

Union Requirements

Open to All

Website specific to project

Equity Contract

Non-Union, Equity (AEA)