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Ayvaunn Brings “King David” to NY Stage. Seeking Actors.


Award-wining playwright Ayvaunn Penn is at it again after her summer hit “The Taken” which was a crowd favorite in the “And You Try to Become A Bird” play festival at Columbia University. Now Penn and director Nana Dakin are bringing the Biblical story of King David to the stage in a whole new way that incorporates poetry and dance while celebrating the acoustic musicality of the voice and body. Prepare to follow the king of Israel on a journey through his past — yes, back to that pivotal moment when he first saw the one and only Bathsheba — as he begs the question, “How much does one bad decision cost? And is it worth your children paying the price?”. Performances of King David are currently set for October 6 – 9, 2016 at Columbia University’s Schapiro Theatre. Additional details concerning ticket reservations and show times will be made available via Penn’s website

The creative team for King David is currently in the process of casting for this production which is one of the most highly anticipated plays of the fall. All ethnicities are welcome to audition, and they are seeking non-union male and female actors 18 years old and up — specifically versatile performers with a passion for poetry, prosody, musicality, movement and ensemble work. Performers with backgrounds in spoken word and music are strongly encouraged to audition.

Audition times and locations:

Monday, August 29th, 10am – 6pm
at 612 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
Watson Hall, Room 106
*closest subway is the 1 train to 116th Street
Tuesday, August 30th, 1pm – 9pm
at 3280 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
5th Floor, Studio 5
*closest subways are the 1 train to 125th St. or 137th St.
Auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute slots. Visit to learn more about roles being offered, additional details, and how to book an audition slot.
Ayvaunn Penn

Ayvaunn Penn

Ayvaunn Penn is the Columbia University School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the Playwriting Class of 2018. She most recently served as assistant director to Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor (Crowns: The Gospel Musical) on her show STOP. RESET. at the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre.  Penn is also the founder of the Black And Making It (BAM-iT!) video series increasing appreciation for theatre within the black community by spotlighting black excellence in performing arts of the stage. Click to follower her @PennSpeaks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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