Now casting their Winter 2008/Spring 2009 International
'Usui Te-ate - an Audience with Suzuki-san'
[An innovative fantasy in no way inspired
by the teachings of Mikao Usui]
1 highly talented character actress for the Lead Role of
'Ancient Tendai Nun' (playing age 113 - 114yrs)
applicant will undergo 2 weeks intensive tuition on the
finer points of the 'Usui Te-ate' story, and also receive
training in a mish-mash of esoteric practices from diverse
However, strong improvisational skills are also required.
Will be playing to small intimate gatherings of carefully
selected (and high fee paying) students
[No note-taking, cameras or recording devices
Initial Contract dates:
12th December - 31st March 2009 with possibility of short
Superb on-tour accommodation
- authentic Tendai Nun's robes also provided.
We can only consider applicants who are (or appear to
be) aged 100 years or over, as role calls for close
interaction with audience, thus precluding the use of heavy
makeup & prosthetics
be native Japanese speakers,
read and write old-style (i.e. pre-WWII) Japanese,
be familiar with the major historical events of Taisho era
and possess a detailed and convincing knowledge of the day-to-day
lifestyle of a Tendai Buddhist nun.
[A creative flair for inventing pseudo-Japanese meditative
practices would not go amiss either]
send a letter of introduction, CV, photo and large self-addressed
envelope to: 'C' at Marsh-Gas Productions, P.O. BOX 37,
1182 Oil Drum Lane, South Walpley, N.E. Whare, UK
to be held in late October. We do not accept applications
via email. No phone calls please.
applicants, see: www.imaginary-friends.con
applicants, see: www.ImaginaryFriends-R.us
should be aware that, due to the nature of the production,
there will come a time when it will be necessary to finally
'kill off' the character of the aged nun**
(and, contrary to rumours presently 'doing the rounds' in
theatrical circles, no, there are no plans to use
the Conan Doyle 'Reichenbach Falls / Adventure of the Empty
House' ploy - in order to bring the character back from
the dead at a later date)
as occurred recently to the character of the nun 'Mariko-obaasan'
in the rival stage production "Usui-do - the Musical"