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Auditions (Edmonton): Pepperoni and Cheese – Nextfest

Auditions (Edmonton): Pepperoni and Cheese – Nextfest

Nextfest Audition Call: Pepperoni and Cheese by Ali Muhammad Khowaja

Director: Kaitlyn Stang
Stage Manager: Tolu Ayo-Farinloye

Audition dates: Thursday, March 21st, between 1 pm – 4 pm AND Saturday, March 23rd, between 10 am – 12 pm. (Self-tapes are welcome — see below for details)
Audition location: University of Alberta, Fine Arts Building.
Rehearsal dates: April-May 2024 (exact dates TBD).
Performance dates: There will be 3 performances between May 30th and June 9th, 2024.

Pepperoni and Cheese play is currently seeking Edmonton-based actors for the role(s) of ASAD and AMINA for its production at Nextfest 2024. Artists involved will receive a small honorarium and Nextfest artist perks (t-shirt, artist pass, festival pass, invite to Nestfest parties). Audition details and character descriptions are below.

To submit for an audition, please email Ali Muhammad Khowaja (producer) at with your headshot (if you don’t have a professional headshot, any clear picture works), resume, and your audition date and availability.

**All South Asian identifying actors, regardless of acting experience, are encouraged to audition.

Please include the role(s) you wish to be considered for in your email. Actors will be auditioned in pairs. If you would like to audition with a specific person, please include that in your email, and we will do our best to accommodate.
Write “Pepperoni and Cheese Audition – (Your name)” in the subject line. Those selected to audition will be contacted with an audition time and further details.

**The audition will include a cold read of the script.

**SELF-TAPE: Please include “SELF-TAPE” in the subject line for self-tape auditions, and we’ll send you further details.

ASAD — Shy, witty, and goofy. He is an international student from Pakistan who has recently moved to Canada to study. He is good at science and has trouble making friends.

AMINA — Asad’s Mom. She is cunning, smart, and caring. She is back in Pakistan and styles South Asian clothes like no other.
**Speaks with a South-Asian accent.

Play synopsis:
“Asad is a Pakistani immigrant to Canada. He is witty, goofy, and gullible but struggles to make friends at school. When Amina (Asad’s mom) says he can’t return home and must complete his studies first, Asad approaches his roommate, Marshall. Marshall’s cool but is going through tough times himself. As they get to know each other, food, laughter, and secrets are shared. However, their nascent friendship takes a dramatic turn when Asad does something at a school party. Can their friendship stand the test of school drama? Or will they make the same mistakes as many before them?”

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