Pride Films and Plays is currently seeking ensemble members and understudies for its upcoming production of I Promised Myself to Live Faster by Gregory S. Moss, originally performed and devised by Pig Iron Theatre Company at the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays. The production will be directed by artistic associate JD Caudill (they/them), who recently directed PFP’s production of Southern Comfort and is literary manager of Broken Nose Theatre.

Synopsis: I Promised Myself to Live Faster is an intergalactic gay extravaganza featuring closeted extraterrestrials, high-stakes pursuits, and nuns from outer space. In this wild work, Tim’s out trolling for a good time when an order of intergalactic nuns charge him with a quest: retrieve the Holy Gay Flame from the clutches of the evil emperor Moody Garland to save the race of Homosexuals and restore the balance of power in the universe. But when he’s captured by the fabulously androgynous Ah-Ni, Tim’s chances look bleak. Ridiculous and delirious, this epic extravaganza of allegorical adventure redefines the search for identity for homosexuals.

Casting Information: With the exception of Tim, all actors cast in the ensemble will play multiple roles in this futuristic queer tale, so gender, race, and age are not considered defining features of any character – only characterization. We heavily encourage actors of all enthicities, gender identities, and ages to submit. If cast, please be comfortable with potentially presenting multiple characters of varying genders, as the play utilizes drag performance and gender-bending as fundamental aesthetics. Tracks will be decided upon casting, but recurring characters in the show are listed below.
  • Tim: African-American, cis- or trans-masculine, 20s-30s. Depressed from a relationship that ended two years ago, Tim convinces himself to get out of his covered-in-leftover-Chinese-food bed when a Mysterious Grindr Dude asks for his help over at the local gay bar. Before he knows it, he’s unwillingly pulled into space by intergalactic nuns to save the universe’s homosexuals – human and otherwise. Tim starts the show lacking any bit of confidence or ability to move forward in life, but a madcap adventure through space helps him move on from his relationship, learn to cope with his depression, and even helps him find how to love again. Witty, charming, naive, and compassionate.
  • Mother Superior: The wise, patient, and inspiring head of the trio of nuns. She has given life to many of the universe’s homosexuals, and is on an urgent mission to find the chosen human who can save all of the universe’s homosexuals. She’ll build you up, make you feel powerful and capable, and before you have a chance to ask any questions about a mission she’s sending you on, she’s already gracefully placed her hand on your back and shoved you in the direction of your quest.  Open to actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages.
  • Space Nun 1: A devout follower of Mother Superior. Currently pregnant with what might be the universe’s last homosexual ever. Fiercely protective of her unborn child, and highly suspicious of strangers’ motivations. Quick to snap, and full of witty one-liners. Her family was killed by humans, and she’ll never let that grudge go. Open to actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages.
  • Space Nun 2: An oblivious airhead. If she found herself in a deadly fight, she may not even realize it because she’s distracted eating the stray cheese puff she just discovered fell down her shirt earlier. Extremely loving, quick to befriend everyone – even people she obviously shouldn’t. Everyone’s cheerleader. Open to actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages.
  • Bishop Ahni: Despite being an alien, Bishop Ahni is your classic closeted gay man from the 70s. Silver-tongued, quick to fight, consistently condescending, and insistent he has a wife and two – wait, no, three – kids. Which he of course had through marital intercourse. With his wife. Many times. (Of course, this facade is rooted in the fact that his alien race is incredibly homophobic.) Full of more insults than Kathy Griffin, and as sharply observant as Anderson Cooper. Starts the play as the villain, but after a series of near-death situations alongside Tim, finds himself falling in love and letting down his facade to finally experience true love.  Open to actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages.
  • Other characters featured in the play: The Drag Queen, Madame George, A Mysterious Grindr Dude, The Mrithra (a space bull/horse combo), Argoshaun Guards, an Exotic Extraterrestrial Dancer, King Trout, Aliens, A Chinese Food Carton, Theo (Tim’s ex-boyfriend), Lotusian Man-Hunters, Movie Star Boy, Imperial Guards, and The Evil Emperor Moody Garland.
Audition Material: Please prepare a one- to two-minute performance of any performance style, so long as it could be considered queer in aesthetic or content and shows off your acting abilities. Want to perform a moving song from a musical? Go for it! Really great with puppets? Bring one in and show us your skills! In love with a style of dance? Come show off your training! Proud of your improvisation skills? We can give you a word to riff off of when you enter for your audition. Truly, this show calls for singing, dancing, puppetry, buffoonery, drag, camp aesthetics, lots of imagination, melodrama, sincerity, and much, much more, so we just want to see what makes you feel like a fierce queer performer telling a story you love. Struggling to think of material? No worries – a monologue is more than welcomed and appropriate. If singing, please be prepared to perform a cappella or self-accompanied on any instrument.
Callback Material: Performers will work in small groups to collaborate on material from the show. Further instructions will be given at the start of callbacks!
Additional Information: 
  • Pay Rate: Stipend
  • Audition Dates and Times: General auditions will be October 22 + 23, 7-10PM at Pride Films and Play’s Buena Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. Upon submitting headshot and resume, you will receive a ten-minute audition slot. Callbacks will be October 26 beginning at 10AM, with actors released by no later than 2PM.
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  • Performance Venue: Pride Films and Plays’ Broadway Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway.

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