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Audio Drama THE ALLOSAURIAD Now Casting
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THE ALLOSAURIAD is an upcoming, episodic, audio drama podcast from the creator of the iTunes 5-star rated mini-series, The Lovecraft Covenant. It tells the story of an eclectic group of near-future Americans who find themselves trapped in the time of the dinosaurs. Ill-equipped, disoriented, and scared out of their minds, they must band together to survive, while slowly coming to suspect that they are not alone in the prehistoric past.

We hope to launch in early 2018. Production won't begin until after the holidays, but we're trying to lock down a cast as early as we can, so we can hit the ground running. Here are the deets.

CHARACTERS: There will be six core cast members (2 cis male, 1 trans male, 3 cis female [1 disabled]) for Season 1, plus two recurring "guest" characters (both cis male) who will be gone by season's end. Casting is race- & ethnicity-neutral; character last names and backstories can be adjusted to fit the voice actor's racial or ethnic identity, if desired. Actors in the roles will have significant input, if desired, filling in personality and back-story details not specified in the role descriptions.  Please note that we would strongly prefer to give the role of ZIGGY to a trans male actor, the role of GIDEON to a gay male actor (he's a homoromantic ace, actually), and the role of JESSICA to a disabled actor. Here are the character summaries from our Audition Guide (see link below); note:

FEMALE ROLES
  • ABIGAIL FLIGH: Abby is an early- to mid-30s cis heterosexual woman, preferably with a soprano speaking voice. She is a blockbuster movie actress, best known for her recent starring role as the hero in that re-rebooted dinosaur franchise we’ve all heard about (that’s right… they finally made a woman the hero of a dinosaur movie instead of the sidekick!). She was actually on set in Hawaii filming the 2nd installment of the re-reboot when the switch happened. Abby is originally from a small farm town in Kansas, and has a bachelor’s degree in math. She gave up pursuing a master’s degree to become an actress instead, but always planned to go back to school for mathematics someday. Abby specializes in playing super-confident women, possibly to hide her own deep self-doubts.
  • JESSICA RAMIREZ: Jessica is a late-50s to 60s cis heterosexual woman, preferably with a contralto speaking voice. She’s also a double amputee (both legs below the knee) thanks to a horrible rock climbing accident.  Jessica is a renowned wildlife photographer with a lot of outdoors experience and survival knowledge, and hates relying on others, especially those who pity her. At the same time, she is no fool, and accepts help when she knows she needs it. Born in Alaska to a military family, she has always felt rootless and out of place wherever she goes, and never really settled down, even though she always wanted a family of her own. Sometimes, she thinks that her love of animals was a subconscious substitute for never having children.
  • VALERIE MARCUS: Valerie is a late teens cis bisexual woman, preferably with a tenor speaking voice. She’s also 8 months pregnant when the story begins. She got pregnant the night she lost her virginity to her prom date (he was a senior, she was a junior) and originally planned to have an abortion, but changed her mind after having a dream about her daughter becoming president someday. She continued attending high school in Portland, OR, determined to become valedictorian and go on to college for a law degree. Deep down, she is one of the toughest members of the group, although she doesn’t know it yet.
MALE ROLES
  • ZIGGY MERCURY: Ziggy is a mid-to-late 20s trans (FTM) bisexual male, preferably with a mezzo-soprano speaking voice. He is a culinary entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ activist from Washington, D.C., where he runs a traveling food pop-up that also serves as a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth. He is engaged to his love, Freddie, and recently got insurance-approved for trans surgery (meaning he is still pre-op when he gets switched to dinosaur times). Ziggy prides himself on his culinary skills, and has a personality that is equal parts compassion and toughness. He’s been thinking long-term of running for political office someday.
  • RYAN McCLEMORE: Ryan is a mid-to-late 60s cis heterosexual male, preferably with a bass speaking voice. He is a long-haul truck driver and CB radio preacher who was on his retirement run through Boise, ID, before the switch. A widower with four children and seven grandchildren, Ryan has relied on his deep Christian faith to get him through tough times. He has taken a protective, grandfatherly interest in VALERIE (see Female Roles). Ryan tries to find the good in everyone he meets, hoping to emulate Jesus, but often feels overwhelmed by the pace of change in modern society. As a creationist, this whole situation is blowing his mind.
  • GIDEON LAWRENCE: Gideon is an early- to mid-30s cis homoromantic asexual male, preferably with a baritone speaking voice.  He is a librarian and amateur historian from Baton Rouge, LA, where he has been closeted for most of his life, even from himself. Gideon is trying to find his self-confidence and identity, and often speaks with a hesitating tone. His lifelong passion is books, who have never betrayed him and never judged him. An introvert with a rich fantasy life, he has an encyclopedic knowledge medieval Byzantine history, and loves reading aloud to children. Unfortunately, he’s also terrible in a crisis, and has trouble sticking to his decisions.
"GUEST" ROLES (BOTH CIS MALE)
  • DR. TAYLOR FOGG: Taylor is a late 30s-40s cis heterosexual male, preferably with a baritone speaking voice. He is a paleobotanist with extensive field research and survival skills, and loves his job teaching biology and geology classes to undergrads at the fictional Denver City University. He is a physically-fit natural leader with an easy-going, polite (if sometimes condescending) demeanor, and adapts quickly to any situation. In other words, he’s exactly the kind of guy you’d expect to be the hero of a story like this. His departure throws the group into a crisis.
  • PETE BLANCHARD: Pete is a late 20s-30s cis heterosexual male, preferably with a tenor speaking voice. He is a fitness trainer from Chicago, who’s been wanting to break into training celebrities. Pete is a charming egotist who sees himself as an alpha male, and has secretly always fantasized about a situation similar to the one he now finds himself in. He’d never tell the others, of course; at least, not before he’s in charge.  Pete departs the story at the end of the season.
Audition lines can be found in the linked Audition Guide.

SUBMISSIONS: As per the Guide:
  • Submit your three best takes of each dialogue sample. The ability to vary your vocal range and play with accents is a plus. You are free to change the lines if they feel too clunky, as long as you stay true to their meaning and narrative context. 
  • Please submit your recordings as .wav or .mp3 sound files. 
  • Send them as attachments to an email with the subject “CHARACTER NAME_YOUR NAME_ALLO-AUDITION.” If you are auditioning for more than one role, please send each audition as a separate email. 
  • Send the email to bobby.swayback@gmail.com no later than Nov. 10, 2017.

For details, and audition lines, please download our Audition Guide, here. Be aware that the guide contains SPOILERS, so please don't blab too much!

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you.
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Bump.
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REMINDER: Our deadline is Nov. 10!
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Midnight PST tonight is the deadline. We especially need more submissions for the roles of Ziggy, Jessica, Gideon, and Valerie.

Thanks!
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Launching a 2nd round of auditions, to try and fill the roles of ZIGGY, GIDEON, PETE, JESSICA, and VALERIE. The roles of ABBY, TAYLOR, and RYAN are now closed. Please see OP for details. I will provide more and different dialogue for these characters after I hear your takes of the lines provided.

Please respond ASAP, but no later than Fri., 8 Dec 2017.

Thanks!
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Here are some more lines of dialogue from the female roles, Jessica and Valerie. I had intended to include the full scene with Jessica below in my original audition document, but somehow managed to truncate it without noticing.

JESSICA RAMIREZ
Jessica narrates Episode 5, which focuses on her efforts to construct primitive prosthetic legs for herself, and her heading up efforts to deter the allosaurus that’s been stalking the group. This is her opening monologue to that episode.

JESSICA
(Narration)
I won't bullshit you. I love it here. Sure, it's hot and uncomfortable and full of big, hungry animals who all want to gobble us up. But then, so is Africa. So is pretty much any wilderness. And they're all beautiful, too. My only real regret, at first, was that there'd be no way to recharge my camera, or to share the pictures I'd taken. Some great shots, too. Dinosaurs! Real live, breathing, crawling, screeching dinosaurs! That's Pulitzer material, right there.

I'd barely noticed that my wheelchair was nowhere to be seen, or that I wasn't wearing my prosthetics. Out in the wild, I'd gotten used to spending hours without them, anyway, just waiting for the right shot. Still don't much care, really, but I hate being a burden. That's why I started brainstorming ideas for how to get around on my own, almost as soon as Abby and Pete found me. And that is probably why Taylor tapped me to head up Project Allosaur Smash. That's what I called it, anyway.
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Here is an extended scene during Jessica’s first appearance, in which she reveals that despite her missing legs, she’s more suited to wilderness life than either of her companions. I meant to include this full scene in the original audition document, but truncated it for some strange reason.

SOUND: UNDERBRUSH CRACKING & RUSTLING AS THEY STUMBLE INTO SCENE. LET IT FINISH.

ABBY
(WINCING)
Ah, shit!

PETE
(WHEEZING)
(OOF! - COLLAPSES)
Oh my God.

JESSICA
(OOF! - FALLS TO GROUND WITH PETE)
Wow, that was wild. Just wild.

SOUND: PTEROSAURS SLAM INTO BORDERS OF THE TREES, BUT CAN'T GET THROUGH. LET IT FINISH.

ABBY
(CATCHING BREATH)
They can't get through! They can't get through.

PETE
(CATCHING BREATH)
Oh, finally.

SOUND: THE PTEROSAURS WITHDRAW, SWOOP UP INTO SKY. FADES BACK.

JESSICA
Well, talk about a killer workout.

PETE
Like you did any damn work.

ABBY
Pete! It's not Jessica's fault she's missing her legs.

PETE
Ever heard of prosthetics?

JESSICA
We don't sleep with them on, you know. And sometimes, I just prefer wheeling.

PETE
Didn't forget your camera, though.

JESSICA
Now that, I do sleep with.

PETE
I should smash that thing.

ABBY
Pete! You know first aid? Need it for a personal trainer cert, right?

PETE
Not gonna help Jessica.

ABBY
It can help me. My arm?

PETE
(DEFUSING)
Let me take a look.

SOUND: SHUFFLING AS HE MOVES CLOSER. LET IT FINISH.

ABBY
(WINCING)
Take it easy!

PETE
Sorry. Can you move your fingers?

ABBY
Yeah.

PETE
I don't think it's broken. But I can't be sure.

ABBY
Can you make a splint for it?

PETE
With what?

ABBY
Dunno. Sticks, or something?

JESSICA
I can make one.

PETE
You?

JESSICA
I used to be a wildlife photographer. Before... my accident. So, yeah, I can make a splint out of sticks and vines. Good idea there, Abby.

ABBY
Thanks.

JESSICA
I can also make a fire, like the one that used to be right there.

PETE
Fire? What?

JESSICA
And spears to catch fish with, like those over there.

ABBY
Whoah, I didn't even notice.

JESSICA
Can't make knives, though. Not like these babies.

SOUND: ZIGGY'S KNIFE ROLL UNFURLS. LET IT FINISH.

ABBY
There's... there's people here?

JESSICA
There were, a few days ago. Who knows where they went?

PETE
Well, we have squatter's rights now.

JESSICA
Maybe.

PETE
You going to help make her a splint, or what?

JESSICA
I'll let you help me. Let me take a closer look.

SOUND: JESSICA CRAWLS OVER TO ABBY. LET IT FINISH.

PETE
Here, let me...

JESSICA
I can manage. You deserve a rest.

PETE
OK.
(SOTTO VOCE)
Thanks for noticing.

ABBY
What was that, Pete?

PETE
Nothing. It's just stress.

SOUND: PETE RUMMAGES AROUND THE PLANTS AND STICKS. LET IT FINISH.

PETE
Will these sticks do?

JESSICA
Look good. Now, hold on, Abby. This is gonna hurt.

ABBY
(WINCES)
Do you have to move it like that? Oh, I'm getting dizz...
(PASSES OUT)
   
JESSICA
(VOICE FADING OUT)
Abby? Abby, honey?

PETE
(VOICE FADING OUT))
Abby, stay with us, girl.

SOUND: BACKGROUND FX FADE OUT.
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VALERIE MARCUS
Valerie narrates episode 6, which focuses on her role in the events that lead to Taylor’s death. She’s guilt-ridden through much of her narration, and these are her opening lines.

VALERIE
(NARRATION)
It's all my fault. He's dead because of me. Me and my stupid girlish curiosity. It didn't even happen the way I thought it might. Doing something dangerous, like fighting Big Green or something. No, Taylor died because I got careless around cute, pretty animals, not big mean ones. Back home, I'd probably be tried for reckless endangerment or something like that. I'm going to be a terrible mom, and I'll never get to be a lawyer like I always dreamed. I wouldn't deserve it anyway. Not if I have such poor judgment.
  


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