Laura Abbott, prod.
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Laura Abbott, prod.
Casting a staged reading of "I Am Not I," a new full-length play set in modern-day America. Synopsis: 15-year-old Jane Jiménez, the daughter of a Jewish mother and Mexican father, is about to have her quinceañera. However, as the celebration of her “transition into womanhood” approaches, Jane isn’t as much excited as she is horrified—because she doesn’t feel like a woman. In fact, she knows she’s not female at all. Jane isn’t the only one trying to break free of the waltz she’s been taught in order to create a dance of her own. Her mother, Lisa, seems trapped in the past but is unable to find anyone else to live in it with her. Her father, Reynaldo, is about to break under the weight of the secrets he’s been hiding. Her lesbian girlfriend, Dawn, would run away from the trailer park in a heartbeat—if she didn’t have to play parent to her alcoholic mother. All four characters find themselves stepping off-beat, attempting to figure out the proper choreography. Do we truly have control over who we are? Are we fated to a prescribed story? Or do we have a choice in who we become?
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Evening rehearsals will be held the week of June 10, tentatively at Manhattan Theatre Club; performs the evenings of June 16-18 in The Bridge at Shetler Studios in NYC.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $50 min. stipend provided. Equity Staged Reading Guidelines.
SIDE 1: REY
Jane has just discovered Rey lost his magazine Sales Rep job of 20 years and has secretly been working at McDonald’s.
Last week. Last week, I was on a closing shift. Juggling five orders at once. Going into my tenth hour on my feet. This enormous white couple and their enormous white child waddle up to the counter—super size everything—and heckle me as I wait on them. “How come you so goddamn slow?” the woman says. Right in front of her child—her little girl’s right there. Couldn’t be more than six years old. And when I finally finish their order, they try to pay with an EBT card, but you can’t use EBT there. The man starts berating me and won’t leave until the manager forces him to. The little girl crying the whole time—and as they’re heading out the door, the man turns around and yells, “Problem is these fucking illegal immigrants. Taking all our jobs,” pointing at me. He pointed at me.
Do you need every little detail? Do you need to know all of it, Jane? Because after 20 years of…20 years…
I made myself. I can make myself again. And again. And again. You get shoved to the ground, you stand up and dust yourself off. And you climb.