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Audition (Edmonton): CLEAVE (All Roles) – Tiny Bear Jaws presented by Fringe Theatre

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Audition (Edmonton): CLEAVE (All Roles) – Tiny Bear Jaws presented by Fringe Theatre




Production: “Cleave” by Elena Belyea, produced by Tiny Bear Jaws, presented by Fringe Theatre
Director: Vanessa Sabourin
Production Dates: March 27-28 (Preview), runs March 29 – April 7, 2018
Development workshop: March 1 & 2, 2018
Rehearsals start: March 5, 2018 (Rehearsals 10AM-6PM, Monday through Saturday with Sundays off)
Tech days: March 19 – March 28, 2018
Audition date: (In Edmonton) October 30, 2017
Deadline to submit: October 25, 2017

About the play:

“Cleave” follows the story of Aaron, an intersex teenager, raised female in a rural community, who has recently relocated to the city to begin gender therapy and his transition to male. Throughout the play, he collides with a family whose individual members are each striving to accept or repress different aspects of themselves. “Cleave” asks complex questions about gender, identity, family, biology as a social construct, love, and self-actualization. Its title, an auto-antonym (a word meaning one thing as well as its opposite), alludes to the possibility of an individual existing as numerous things at once and the freedom that comes from embracing contradiction.

Developed as part of the ’15 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop presented by the National New Play Network and Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. Winner of the ‘15 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. Semi-finalist for the ‘15 NNPN New Play Showcase. Shortlisted for the ‘16 APN 50th Anniversary Alberta Playwriting Competition and the ’17 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition.


For 17-year old intersex Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol must struggle to keep their secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.



  • AARON (17): Intersex. Raised female, but now identifies as male. Entering the 12th grade. Independant. Intelligent. Isolated.
  • PAUL (40/50s): A father and middle-aged man’s man. Successful. Charistmatic. Conflicted.
  • CAROL (30s/40s): An interior decorator and mother. Inconstant. Hard-working. Protective.
  • MICHAEL (30s): A gender therapist. Genuine. Invested. Approachable.
  • MARK (17): A social outcast and son entering the 12th grade. Mouthy. Sarcastic. Desperate.
  • PINA (15): A cheerleader and daughter entering the 9th grade. Ferocious. Cruel. Lost.

Casting notes:

We encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. Tiny Bear Jaws is committed to diverse and inclusive hiring. Please note LGBTQ2S actors will be given first priority. If you self-identify as such, please specify this in your submission e-mail.

Submission Guidelines:

Please e-mail a headshot and resume to Artistic Director Elena Belyea at with “Cleave – [CHARACTER YOU WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION FOR]” in the subject line of the email.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone who submits will receive an audition. A script is available upon request.

About the company:

“Tiny Bear Jaws may be small but it’s sharp of tooth (and eye and ear).” – Liz Nicholls

Tiny Bear Jaws is a little theatre company with teeth, producing visceral new works that ignite, challenge, and entertain. Past productions include Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable and Everyone We Know Will Be There: A House Party in One Act. Since its formation in 2015, TBJ has produced work in Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton; sold out runs, and won numerous awards, including Best Production and Best New English Text at the Montreal Fringe Festival for Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable. Find out more at

Additional notes:

This production follows a CAEA Indie 2.2 Agreement.

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Belyea at

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