Audition for the Next Best Musical by a Black Playwright Hitting NYC – THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING



Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing — my new play with music — reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. The piece brings into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. This new work is being featured at none other than New York’s acclaimed Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival. See details below to book your audition appointment today for auditions!


NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. AGES 18+. My team and I are looking for a diverse cast of athletically built actors with excellent singing and dancing ability. A good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation ability, and a strong sense of rhythm are key. Actors must also be willing to wear fitted costumes and body paint. We also seek elegant, strong vocalists for our vocal orchestra. Note: Vocal orchestra members will have a less rigorous rehearsal schedule and perform in dress attire.


  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer & dancer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer & dancer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer and dancer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music.
  4. Amana (Lead) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer & dancer. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  5. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others.
  6. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The angel who is the unassuming instigator.
  7. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer and dancer. The wild card. Chill. Laid back.
  8. Phim /Adam (Supporting) – Male. Tenor, Bass, or Baritone. PHIM: Sera’s twin brother. A mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Adam. ADAM: The first man created. Tenor, bass, or baritone. Exceptional dancer.The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Sera / Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. SERA: Phim’s twin sister. Also a mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Eve. EVE: The first woman created. Exceptional dancer.
  10. Vocal Orchestra – Males & Females. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Baritones. Exceptional singing ability. Elegant. Distinguished. Poised.

AUDITION DETAILS: Appointment only. Ten minute slots.

  • Dates & Locations:
    • Friday, February 23rd 12PM – 6PM
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
    • Saturday, February 24th 9AM – 3PM
      • Riverside Church, Room 12T
      • 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
      • Use the 91 Claremount Ave. entrance
      • Click here for directions
    • Sunday, February 25th 11AM – 3PM (CALLBACKS)
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • What to prepare:
    • 1 minute of a song of your choice from any of the following genres: Contemporary, RnB, Folk, Indie, or Gospel. Theatre songs are permissible as well. No musical accompaniment permitted.
    • Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute dance sequence that showcases your range of ability and technique. Musical accompaniment can be used for this portion of the audition. NOTE: This does not apply to those auditioning for the VOCAL ORCHESTRA
    • For those auditioning for an acting role, the rest of auditions will consist of cold reads and dance/movement exercises
    • Please wear fitted athletic clothing with a polished appearance and shoes that allow you to dance. If you are AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL ORCHESTRA ONLY, simply wear something polished.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork


  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available. NOTE: You must be available for the full callback audition time.
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the full callback time and the entire production schedule.


  • April 4, 2018 – May 7, 2018
    • Sundays 12 – 5PM
    • Mondays off
    • Tuesdays – Fridays 5:30 – 9:30PM
    • Saturdays 10AM – 3:00PM
      • May 8th 9AM – 6PM at Signature Theatre
    • With the exception of the tech rehearsal above, all rehearsals will be at or in the area of the Columbia University Campus


  • May 9th at 2:30PM
  • May 11th at 8PM
  • May 12th at 2:30PM
  • All shows are at Signature Theatre

*Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

Auditions, rehearsals, and shows will be filmed and photographed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.


Stay Black And Making It,

Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Founder

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