Call for Actors: A Play Written by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Is Casting in NYC

RPCV & playwright Damian Wampler

RPCV & playwright Damian Wampler

Guest contributor Erica Burman is the Director of Communications for the National Peace Corps Association, the independent organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Follow the NPCA on Twitter. This post is cross-posted from the Peace Corps Polyglot blog.

Twin Towers, a play written by Damian Wampler, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer RPCV), is looking for actors in New York.

The play was written in 2007 and 2008, and was selected to be part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. It premieres in New York City this June for six performances. Twin Towers will be directed by Angela Astle, whose sister and husband are RPCVs.

The two main characters, one an RPCV, the other an Iraq war veteran, are reunited in their neighborhood in the Bronx after being separated for years. The play uses music and dance to forward the story of childhood friends reunited in a politically and socially divided America. You can read more about the story on the play’s blog.

A casting call for all roles will be held Sunday, April 12th.

Some roles:

Esther Forde:  Proud, wise woman, mid 60’s; grandmother to Trevor, but has raised him.

Trevor Forde:  Iraq war veteran, Esther’s adopted grandson, mid 20s.  Trevor’s character MUST sing, Tango, and perform capoeira dance.

Jamal Jones:  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  Trevor’s best friend from grade school, mid 20s.  Jamal MUST be able to sing and perform capoeira dance.

Olivia Walker:  Young woman and mother, early 20s.  Trevor is the father of Olivia’s son, but Jamal comes over every night to read to him.   Must be able to sing and dance Tango.

Male Ensemble Actor:  20s-35, must know capoeira dance.  Characters include a Thug, an Army Captain, a Blind Preacher, and Trevor’s Psyche.

Female Ensemble Actress:  20s-35, must be able to move well (specifically capoeira training is helpful).  Characters include Trevor’s Psyche and the Devil.

African American Actors especially encouraged to apply, but all ethnicities welcome.

All roles are available. Please submit head shots and resumes via email to casting [at]

Twin Towers premieres June 12, 2009, and closes June 28. Tickets are only $18 and available online. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the date of the desired performance.

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