Auditions for original musical Abraham's Land

Theater of Possibility

About the project and the company

Abraham’s Land is a full-length musical set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during the First Intifada (1990).  An Israeli sergeant (Yitzhak) fatally shoots a Palestinian young man (Ismail) during a street demonstration in Jerusalem, only to realize that his victim was unarmed.  Haunted by Ismail’s ghost, Yitzhak journeys to the victim’s home in a Gaza refugee camp to return Ismail’s identity card and ask his family for forgiveness.

Originally developed and produced by New Image Theatre, Seattle, in 1992, as a Jewish-Arab collaboration between Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady & David Nafissian and further developed and performed in 1999 with Israeli and Palestinian teens at Seeds of Pace camp in Maine, this new incarnation features a substantially revised libretto and exciting new score by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames. Earlier versions have been workshopped at Village Theater and Nautilus Music Theater.  The production is supported by a grant from 4Culture.

Abraham’s Land will be performed at Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle, Sept 17-27 2020 (Thu-Sat at 7:30 and Sun at 2).  (Preview 9/16; brush-up or added performance 9/23; possibility of adding Saturday matinees or Sunday evening performances).  Rehearsals start August 3.  Script development workshop (non-mandatory) June 26-28.  It will be directed by John Vreeke,, a highly seasoned veteran of the DC and national theater scene, with music direction by Paul Linnes, and assistant direction/choreography by Crystal Dawn Munkers.

Theater of Possibility explores human potential through educational programs and productions of new works or new takes on established works. Since 2010, TOP has offered drama programs to youth with autism and other unique challenges, and two Gilbert & Sullivan summer youth productions. This will be TOP’s first professional mainstage production. TOP founding director Lauren Goldman Marshall is a nationally produced and published playwright and was the Producing Artistic Director of Seattle Public Theater for 5 years before stepping down to start a family in 2001.  She oversaw SPT’s move to and first season in the Green Lake Bathhouse, where she directed its acclaimed production of Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto.

Abraham’s Land has book & lyrics by Lauren Goldman Marshall and music by Roger Ames, with additional book material by Hanna Eady and additional music by David Nafissian & Joan Szymko.

Location of Audition

Theater Puget Sound, 4th floor, Armory Building, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison, Seattle, WA 98109 March 13 - Studio B; March 15 - Studio E; March 22 (kids audition) - Studio G; March 22 (callbacks) - First Floor Conference Room (go inside lobby for Center Theater)

Other details

We are committed to non-traditional casting! Israelis and Palestinians come in all skin tones. Moreover, the precipitating action of the play, in which a law enforcement officer, blinded by fear and subconscious rage, fatally shoots an unarmed young man is all too familiar in our country. We desire a cast that reflects the diversity of America and the world in hopes that the audience will draw its own parallels to universal themes in the play.

Audition requirements

Adults & teens (ages 15+): 5 minute slots 3/13 & 3/15. Please bring a 1-2 minute monologue and 16-32 bars of a song. Accompanist provided. Sheet music must be in the correct key. Recorded backup tracks permissible, but sheet music preferred. No a capella singing please. Children (ages 9-16): 3/22, 4-5:30 PM Children do not need prepared materials. All children should plan to be there for the full 90 minutes to learn a song and do some theater activities. Children who have prepared materials will have a chance to show them 5:30-5:45. Teens ages 15-16 with prepared materials and any young men whose voices have changed are encouraged to sign up for the adult auditions. Video auditions are accepted from adult performers who live out of town or cannot attend auditions. Please send demo or link via email via Casting Manager site or to by March 15.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Bari-tenor. Age range: 18-30. An Israeli army sergeant; serious & well-intentioned, but doesn't always live up to his own high standards
High tenor. Age range: 18-30. A Palestinian philosophy student; an idealist and pacifist; aims to diffuse tension with humor.
Mezzo with high mix belt. Age range: 18-30. Ismail's sister; a teacher; intelligent, principled and gutsy.
Lyric baritone. Age range: 18-35. Ismail's & Amira's cousin; engaged to Amira by arranged marriage; a construction worker; self-educated; cynical, but with a tender heart.
Abu Salim/ Moshe
Bass-baritone. Age range: 40-60. Abu Salim: Palestinian father of Ismail & Amira; a patriarch who feels stripped of his authority; Moshe: Syrian-born Jewish Israeli father of Yitzhak; a retired army officer who puts duty first. The fathers' roles are intentionally doubled.
Hanan/ Hadas
Alto. Age range: 40-60 Hanan: Palestinian mother of Ismail & Amira; calm & resilient; Hadas: European-born Israeli mother of Yitzhak; a Holocaust survivor; compassionate. The mothers' roles are intentionally doubled.
Lyric soprano with strong middle range. Age range: 18-30. Ismail's college classmate; idealistic & vulnerable.
Mezzo belt. Age range: 18-30. Female Israeli army corporal in Yitzhak's squad; feisty, pragmatic, cuts corners to get the job done.
Male Ensemble 1 - Sabir & other roles
Tenor. Age range: 16-30. Sabir (Fat'hi's friend; a militant) & other roles, Israeli & Palestinian
Male Ensemble 2 - Officer Uri & other roles
Baritone or bass-baritone. Age range: 30-60. Uri (Yitzhak's commanding officer; paternal and understanding, but country comes first) & other roles, likely including Puppet voices, 1st Market Vendor & others, Israeli & Palestinian
Male Ensemble 3 - GIl & other roles
Bass-baritone or baritone. Age range: 16-30. GIl (a soldier i Yitzhak's squad; conscientious, somewhat) & other roles, Israeli & Palestinian
Female Ensemble 1 - Salma's mother & other roles
Lyric soprano or mezzo. Age range; 35-60 Palestinian mother of Salma & other roles, Israeli & Palestinian
Female Ensemble 2 - Shira's mother & other roles
Mezzo or lyric soprano. Age range: 30-50. Israeli mother of Shira, and other roles, Israeli & Palestinian
Female Ensemble 3 (or Male Ensemble 4)
Alto or flexible. Age range: 16-40. Depending on age range & need, may play an Israeli soldier, Miriam (an Israeli interrogation officer) and/or other roles, Israeli & Palestinian.
Children - Jamal, Shira & other children
Age rage: 9-14. Casting 3-5 children total. Play various roles, including Jamal (one of Amira's students, age 9-10); Shira (an Israeli girl, age 7-10); young versions of Yitzhak, Ismail, Amira & their siblings, and other children, Israeli & Palestinian. Children have a few spoken lines and some singing as a group.
Additional Ensemble
Any gender. Age range 16-60. We may cast additional ensemble to fill out the chorus and crowd scenes. Note: All actors may double in ensemble roles, as needed.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

March 13, 10 AM - 5 PM (Equity members get priority) & March 15, 1-5 PM plus audition for children's roles, March 22, 4-5:30

Pay type

Contract (union or other)

Audition location

Seattle WA

Pay type

Equity SPT - contract pending (probably category 3 or 4); Non-Equity & children's roles: Stipend (inquire for details) Equity SPT - contract pending (probably category 3 or 4); Non-Equity & children's roles: Stipend (inquire for details)

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

March 22, 6-10 PM and/or TBA

Submission instructions

Please follow this link to schedule your audition: (, or contact Sarah Burfoot for assistance.

Union Requirements

Open to All

Website specific to project

Sides or script location (music demos); a perusal copy of the working libretto is available at the Casting Manager site. Sides will be provided for callbacks.

Equity Contract

Equity (AEA)