Casting: 2 female co-leads for a COMEDY

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We are now casting for 2 female co-leads for a COMEDY in our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, FEBRUARY 28, 11am–1pm. Location: West LA. (Plenty of street parking.)

Please send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com, including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script, the location address, and the sides you should prepare.

Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair, but you will be working with professional female directors and writers to develop what is hopefully an ongoing relationship.

If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future for our other showcases, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.

SMART

Written by Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas

Directed by Tamar Halpern

Logline: Triggered by a conversation about our national treasure, Elizabeth Smart, two best friends nitpick each other’s life decisions, but ultimately realize that neither has it quite together.

Character Breakdowns:

Alexandra and Melanie are best friends and roommates, both in their 20s, and have been through a lot together, yet haven’t learned all that much from their experiences.

Alexandra – Slightly more together, slightly, which gives her a douchey air of judgmental superiority. Alex is gluten-free, not due to a gluten intolerance, but because she thinks it makes her interesting. Spoiler alert: it does not.

Melanie – Not particularly informed and therefore misuses Elizabeth Smart’s heroic life to justify her poor choices. Melanie’s claim to fame is continuing to exist after eating a yogurt that was left in the fridge for six years. Quote: “It was delicious.”

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Casting: 2 women, 1 male for DRAMA

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We are now casting for 1 female lead and 2 supporting actors (1 female, 1 male) for a DRAMA in our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase. We are specifically looking for a Latina actress for the lead but are open to others if it’s the right fit.
Auditions will take place on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8–10pm. Location: TBA.
Please reply (or send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com), including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script and the sides you should prepare. Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair.
If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.
SPELL
Written by Wendy C. Ortiz
Directed by Meera Menon
Logline: Based on a memoir, SPELL tells the story of a girl’s love affair with words and the teacher who taught them.
WENDY (will be played by adult woman who can adopt the postures of a younger girl, as story is told in remembrance from a later time): 14 years old, light goth (or goth lite), Mexican-American, private school student.
GRANDMOTHER/MOTHER/MISS ANN (one actress to oscillate among 3 characters, not a heavy speaking role, but requires physicality):
72 years old, heavy-set, “guera,” 49 years old, city worker, smoker, dresses up, red lipstick, not very comfortable in social situations other than work, and an elementary school teacher.
TEACHER (not a heavy speaking role, but requires physicality): 29 years old, Caucasian, blazer and a tie when teaching, gregarious, charming, inappropriate to the max.

CASTING: 1 female, 1 male for COMEDY

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We are now casting for 1 female lead and 1 co-leading male for a COMEDY for our One Axe Spring Industry Showcase.
Auditions will take place on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8–10pm. Location: TBA.
Please send an email to oneaxeplays@gmail.com, including your headshot in jpg, your preferred time slot, the role you’re auditioning for, and full contact information. We will send you the full script and the sides you should prepare. Our Spring Showcase takes place on the evening of March 28, so please do not audition if you cannot commit to that date. Rehearsals are flexible and will be determined by the director. As always, this will not be a time-consuming affair.
If this role doesn’t speak to you, we will have exponential casting opportunities in the future, but we would greatly appreciate if you would circulate to any interested parties who would be a good fit.
POTTY MOUTH
Written by Ariana Berkowitz
Directed by Katherine (Kat) Vondy
Logline: A spin on the trope of a man falling for a sexy mannequin or mermaid who becomes human, PETER falls for the sexy JANE only to realize that she is really…a toilet.
JANE: 29, super hot. Sexy red dress and a Santa hat.
PETER: 27, dorky but cute. Ironic reindeer sweater.

Casting for 2 actresses (age 50–70)

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Now casting for a lighthearted comedy titled “Bet and Flo” for our Spring industry showcase. This is a script written for two women (50s–70s) to co-lead, a lot of great material here for the right actors.
Logline: Two women shoot the breeze about life, love, and sex from the patio of their Florida retirement complex.
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This casting we’re doing a little differently, as we’re accepting taped readings from the script. It’s an experiment! Videos need not be frilly, can just be a quick recording on your smartphone or computer. You can either upload and send the link (Vimeo, Youtube, Google docs, etc.) or simply send the file to us at oneaxeplays@gmail.com. We’re accepting taped auditions from Sunday, March 15–Saturday, March 21.
If you are interested in reading for a part, email us with your headshot in jpg and full contact info, and we’ll send you the script with the sides you’ll read from. You can read for both parts or choose one.
The showcase performance is MARCH 28, so please do not audition if you can’t commit to that night. Rehearsal schedule is flexible and will not be time consuming.
“Bet and Flo”
Written by LaShea Delaney
Directed by Ashley Nicole Black
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:
 
Both Bet and Flo live in a retirement community in Florida. They are transplants to the area.
 
BET- (50s–70s), Bet is the innocent, she only loved her deceased husband so the lusty feelings she has for Charlie make her very uncomfortable.
FLO- (50s–70s), Flo is the cynic, tougher but has a big heart.

Spring Showcase Writer #4: Wendy C. Ortiz

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We know that many women—daunted by the Hollywood system and the technicalities of having to learn Final Draft or filmmaking tools—have felt their stories more welcomed in the publishing and journalism worlds than in the scriptwriting worlds. For this reason, we are reaching out to at least one accomplished prose writer for every showcase, to mentor them through the process of scriptwriting, so we can flood the Hollywood market with women’s stories. Our first writer is Wendy C. Ortiz, one of Los Angeles’ brightest literary stars. Author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015), Wendy’s also written a year-long monthly column about marijuana in Southern California for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work is everywhere, and she’s justly getting praised, so we asked her to adapt a short essay, “Spell,” for our Spring Showcase, and it is already phenomenal. Directed by Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, “Spell” tells the story of a girl’s love affair with words and the teacher who taught them.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

I don’t tend to keep static lists of influences. I think my influences shift and change regularly, sometimes depending on my own projects, or concepts I’m trying to sort out in my life or my work. Lately I’ve been SUPER inspired by television. As for film, influences I can name today (inspiring due to the way the stories treat characters, how beauty can be coaxed from pain and tragedy, how epic these films feel in my current consciousness): Shame by Steve McQueen; The Shining by Stanley Kubrick; Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.

2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer or director?

I did not go to film school. The most I’ve done in this field is a 16mm filmmaking workshop many years ago in Olympia, Washington. I’ve been a writer since I was a child, first writing ghost stories and poems then later zines and books. It’s taken over my life and guided many decisions I’ve made ever since.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

 

Being introduced to One Axe is like walking through a door into a world I’ve wanted to imagine existed, and at some points of my life, tried to create something similar into existence. I’m stunned by the generosity, encouragement and warm spirit of collaboration modeled by One Axe so far. There is no reason why I wouldn’t want to collaborate!

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

I’ve been around the block and to many a rodeo and I’m always game for what’s right around the corner.

Spring Showcase Writer #3: LaShea Delaney

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We first heard about LaShea a couple of years ago, when her “B*tches in Bookshops” video went viral. NPR even coined a new generation of intellectuals after her video—”bookish Millennials.” We didn’t even know this was the same LaShea from the video when we accepted her piece “Bet and Flo” for the Spring Showcase. What we knew is that LaShea did what most writers did not when submitting: included +40 female characters. And these characters had sensitivity and humor, which we’re always looking for. You might even say that “Bet and Flo” is lighthearted romp through elderly sex and dating in Florida, which we are very excited about, especially under the direction of Ashley Nicole Black.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

a. Far Away- Caryle Churchill
b. Adventures in Babysitting
c. Tragedy: a tragedy- Will Eno
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer/director?
As a kid I would watch episodes of the X-Files and try and write my own.
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
I love collaborative work. I’ve found that nothing is more exciting to me than having a good idea and making it great through working with smart, creative, funny women.
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
Not sure but I have and will arrive in a Lyft.

One Axer Becky Thyre gets an honorable mention on the inaugural WriteHer List!

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Becky Thyre’s co-written script (with Annie Girard) was given a big nod from The WriteHer List from weforshe for their half-hour comedy pilot, Let’s Stop Being Losers. We’re hugely excited for Becky and for this list, and if you’d like to see a preview of some of Becky’s writing wizardry, head to the One Axe Spring Showcase on March 28, when we unveil her absurdist comedy, “Sandbox.”

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Spring Showcase Director #3: Ashley Nicole Black

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Ashley Black comes to us as a recent transplant from Chicago, where she was writing and directing and working with the Second City. She had a subtle, dry humor to her work, coupled with a superpower of saying what everyone else was thinking. She was a perfect match for LaShea Delaney’s script “Bet & Flo,” about two women shooting the shit on life and love from the patio of their retirement home in Florida.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite movie is, I either say “Amelie” or “Birth of a Nation,” depending on how contrary I’m feeling. But my actual favorite move is “Talledega Nights”… that is my deepest, darkest, secret.

2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer/director?

No, I went to school for theatre and performance studies. I always thought I wanted to be an actor, but something was missing until I started doing sketch comedy and getting to write words for myself to act. I had a teacher who said to me, “You are a writer.” Not even, you’re a good writer, just a writer. I started crying. It was like a really important moment in my life. I found out a few years later, after she passed away, that she says that to everyone and everyone cries. Oh, I’m a director too. In sketch comedy, everyone does everything.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

I just moved to LA from Chicago. I’ve found that the most creative times in my life have been when I’m in the company of creative women.

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

I ask myself this every time I end up opening the refrigerator without being able to remember why. The answer is: pie.

Spring Showcase Director #2: Leah Anova

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Our second director for the Spring Showcase is Leah Anova, a cinematographer extraordinaire who came to us as she was looking to expand into directing. Leah is the epitome of a professional, an enthusiastic creator who’s been a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow and who’s earned a spot in the American Society of Cinematographers’ Master Class Workshop. When she emailed us, she said she was interested in stories that revealed the ugliness of life but reaffirmed hope does exist. Her email sign-off read, “Let’s do it!” Obviously, we wrote within 40 minutes and paired her up with Anastasia Kousakis’ script for “The Day After the Day After You Were Born,” which has turned out to be a perfect match. This performance is going to be GORGEOUS.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

Three Colors:Blue by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Raise the Red Lantern by Yimou Zhang
Chungking Express by Kai Wai Wong
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a director?
Yes, I attend the American Film Institute and completed an MFA in cinematography. Directing is something I’ve always wanted to explore. The opportunity presented itself. I jumped!
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
There’s nothing more powerful than the creative force of women. We speak with grace! [Editor’s note: …well…at least Leah speaks with grace. The rest of us…]
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
I’m a Cinematographer by profession. Currently, I exist within the Indie World and hope to move into mainstream features. I want to shoot the next Avengers. It’s time for a GURL to do so!

Spring Showcase Writer #2: Anastasia Kousakis

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Anastasia’s script for “The Day After the Day After You Were Born” sneaked up on us. For the first few pages, we read it as a solid scene between two disparate people, but we were soon mistaken. With a nuanced approach that hints at an almost science-fiction construction and a focus on two humans thrust together in a tense moment, the story was elevated to a gorgeous reflection on personhood, motherhood, and the future. And did we mention humor? We’re very excited about this piece, which will star Katie Wharton, Nick Rapp, and Rasheda Den’e, directed by the talented Leah Anova.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you? 

Nowadays I’m more inspired by TV. But, full disclosure, I’ve seen SwingersOffice Space, and Clueless more times than I can count. Shout-outs to Scenes from a Marriage, a handful of Cassavetes filmsand Stephen Belber’s play Tape. I have mixed feelings about watching it now, but it’s hard not to acknowledge the impact of Manhattan, which I’ve also seen countless times.

2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer?

I never went to film school; but I grew up in Los Angeles and Vancouver, and started working in TV in high school. I didn’t start writing seriously until I got to college and took my first fiction workshop. Short stories were my focus for most of college and my early adulthood. I’ve written all kinds of stuff since then, but spend most of my time writing for TV these days–or writing anything but TV when I’m avoiding a new pilot like I’m doing right this very moment.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

At work—and, I suspect, other places—people like me are often referred to as “female writers.” The more we do stuff like this, the closer we are to everyone dropping that “female” part.

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

Wherever there’s ice cream.