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Coalition Theater opens casting call for new LGBTQ sketch comedy show

Ishan Bose | June 29, 2017

Whether you’re a writer, rapper, performer, or just want to make people laugh, you’re in luck because the Coalition Theater has announced casting calls for an LGBTQ sketch comedy show. Scheduled to premiere on September 21, the sketch comedy production is organized by Sarah Powers and Matt Micou and any profits will go to a local non-profit in the community.

For the organizers, the purpose of this event is a project of inclusion to bring underlooked voices a wider audience.

“From my background in improv and sketch comedy, that is a conversation that’s happening everywhere — from Chicago and New York and LA to smaller venues like ours — that it’s still a straight white male dominated art,” said Micou.

Anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQ community is free to submit pieces. People outside of the RVA area may still be able to participate and should indicate so in their submission.

“I’m just trying to get as many people from as many different backgrounds and ages — just the whole LGBT rainbow — and come to the table and see if we can make something funny,” Powers said of the production.

“We’ve come a long way and things are way different now than they used to be,” Powers continued. “I think we want to highlight that and give people a chance to laugh and take some stress out of the issues that we’re still facing today.”

Samples and packets are accepted in various forms, including character monologues, partial or full-written sketches or other funny bits. Samples should be five pages max and must be in New Courier font. Don’t worry too much if you don’t have much (or any) comedic material.

“Just show us you have a voice and understand dialogue,” Powers assured.

The organizers don’t have any particular plan for what the sketch comedy will hold and instead will make space for the (funny) stories that exist around us.

“The approach that we take will really be driven by the people who come to participate. It’s not that we have all these ideas and we need other people to write them & perform them. It’s that we have this idea to develop this show and it’ll be a beautiful community-based initiative.”

Submissions should be sent to lgbtqueerva@gmail.com and are due next week by July 5. Writing begins in July and rehearsals commence in August and will continue through September. An official rehearsal schedule has not been released, but prospective candidates should expect to meet weekly at the Coalition Theatre.

For people interested in solely performing, shoot an email detailing your performance experience, including classes taken or other types of performance.

The show will run from Thursday, September 21 to Saturday, September 23 at 8:00pm which will coincide with Richmond’s Pridefest. Further casting call details and additional information can be sought through email.