Call for auditions in new play about murdered trans woman Shade Schuler

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Paul Kalburgi

Paul Kalburgi is a practitioner of a movement called “verbatim theater” — a sort of stage version of a documentary film where a playwright interviews and records the actual works of witnesses to real-life events, then mounts them, as spoken, in a theatrical setting. (If you’re familiar with The Laramie Project, you’re familiar with the essence of verbatim plays.)

The British-born Kalburgi moved with his partner to Dallas last summer, just as news was breaking of the murder of Shade Schuler — a trans woman of color whose decomposing body was discovered in a field in Dallas.

In the Tall Grass is Kalburgi’s project bringing this story — and the growing rate of transgender violence and murders — to the stage.

Shade Schuler

The world premiere will take place in a staged reading May 23–28, and Kalburgi and the show’s director, Anna Jones, are holding an open casting call Wednesday, May 4, for those wanting to participate. Previous acting experience is not required, though certainly welcome; more importantly, Kalburgi hopes that the trans community itself will turn out to audition and participate.

There are six speaking roles being cast: Two African-American trans females (one aged 20s, one aged 30s–40s); two white males; (one 30s, one 40s); a Latino female (aged 30s–40s); and an African-American male (20s–30s). There are also opening for ensemble parts of assorted ages, races and genders.

The auditions will take place Wednesday at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., from 6–10 p.m., and by appointment.  Email to schedule an audition.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Home chef recipe suggestion: Cheesy squash

Screen shot 2016-04-07 at 9.59.04 AMSo, MasterChef is holding auditions in Dallas on Saturday, and while I don’t plan to audition, it has motivated me to cook at home more when I can. This is a recipe for yellow and green squash (zucchini) that’s simple and more-or-less healthy.

I tried making it twice before, and it got better — I think because I disregarded some advice, which was “don’t worry about lining up the squash neatly — just do a layer.” Wrong. The OCD in me wanted consistency, so I fanned out the slices, which I tried to keep as thin as I could, but wasn’t a jerk about. Douse will EVOO, and grind some black pepper; salt to taste. I then added a sliced pepper (red, jalapeno — whatever; I mix and match) and if you want, a diced shallot (wonderful aroma!), spread shredded cheddar over the top. Then repeat a second time (this time with yellow squash).

Screen shot 2016-04-07 at 9.59.15 AMI use a convection oven, which is easier to monitor, but if you don’t have one, pre-heat your oven to 400. Cover the dish in foil, and bake covered for 30 mins. After 30, remove the foil, sprinkle some parmesan on top, and put back in at 400 for 10–15 mins. more, until burbling, and voila! It smells great and it best served hot!

I’ve been doing weekly cocktail recipes for a few years now, so I think I’ll add food. If you have any recipes you think I should include, email or tweet me, with photos. Bon appetite.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘MasterChef’ holds open casting call in Dallas April 16


Are you a home cook, but friends prefer to come to your house rather than eat out … not because it’s cheaper, but because it’s better? You might have what it takes, then, to get on MasterChef, the Fox reality competition series that takes non-professional chefs and gives them the chance to show of their skills. North Texas’ Ben Starr made it pretty far a few seasons ago, and you might as well. The casting agency for the series is holding an open call on April 16 for Season 8 of the series at the Sheraton Dallas in Downtown, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Go to to register.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“So You Think You Can Dance” holds auditions

If you want to get on a Fox reality show and couldn’t carry a tune if it came with a handle, you might wanna show up at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus Friday. That’s where they’ll be holding auditions for the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and you must be prepared to be available for up to two days, in the event of call-backs.

To see all eligibility rules, visit

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Auditions for Resounding Harmony & The Women’s Chorus

Sing it like ya mean it

For those with major vocal talents, tonight could be your night. Think of it. Packed venues, a plethora of like-minded individuals all singing in unison. And those snazzy outfits. The philanthropic-based group Resounding Harmony holds auditions tonight for its fourth season as does The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, as it prepares for its upcoming season. Although each have criteria for auditioning, you shouldn’t have too much problem getting on the process. Unless you’re auditioning for both, then more power to ya.

DEETS: Resounding Harmony auditions at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. 7 p.m. Visit website for more information. To register for TWCD auditions, visit here.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: ‘Glee’ auditions this weekend in FW

“The only qualifications are that you are over 18 and that you can play high school on TV,” says Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on the show. But you’ll want to download and fill out an application, and be prepared to sing at least 16 bars a cappella of one of these songs:

“No Air” (Jordin Sparks)
“Hate on Me” (Jill Scott)
“Alone” (Heart)
“One of Us” (Joan Osborne)
“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (from Dreamgirls)
“Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (Poison)
“Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears)
“Gives You Hell” (All American Rejects)
“Don’t Rain On My Parade” (Barbra Streisand)
“To Sir, with Love” (From To Sir, with Love)

The audtions are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Norris Conference Centers-Fort Worth, 304 Houston St.

For more info or to pre-register, go here.

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—  John Wright

Attention, design stars and master chefs: Get ready for your reality TV close-up this weekend

Gordon Ramsay

Dallas and reality TV have a big time date this weekend. Two shows are coming to town in search of their next big stars.

First, interior designers and decorators take note. HGTV’s Design Star is having an open casting call on Sunday. They are looking for “someone with a creative point of view, the ability to execute under pressure and a sparkling personality. All level of expertise are welcome — from professional designers and architects to at home ‘do-it yourselfers.'” If you have a portfolio,they recommend bringing it. Plus, a couple of photos of yourself. And if you do really well, then go on to win, be sure and grant us the first interview. The casting call will be held at Westin Park Central, 12720 Merit Dr. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, go here.

Second, for the non-chef chef, Fox brings its nationwide search “for the best home cooks in America” to Dallas casting for the next season of Master Chef. If you make a mean mac-and-cheese from scratch, you have two options: call me for dinner or head to the casting all weekend. If you make the show, Gordon Ramsay, above, might make you cry, but if you win, then it’s all worth it. Just be prepared going in. The casting website says the following is required for open calls:

    • Your completed application• A current photo of yourself

    • A photo of your plated dish

    • Your one plated dish to impress us!

    • Please plan to be at the auditions all day. We suggest bringing snacks and water. Be comfortable and be yourself!

Got it? Good. The casting call happens at Le Cordon Bleu, 11830 Webb Chapel Road. Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

And if you make both casting calls, then we just don’t like you for being so talented. But good luck anyway.

—  Rich Lopez

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in town looking for talented hopefuls

Attention Glee and Fame wannabes and overbearing stage parents, this weekend might just offer that big break . The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is in town this weekend auditioning young talent (as in already graduated high school) and offering scholarships for potential students.

This is your chance to hit the big time. And if you’re feeling a little queasy during the process, just say these two words to give you confidence. Justin. Suarez.

Auditions for the 2010-2011 school  year happen Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway starting at 8 a.m.cheat-na-dengiметоды рекламы

—  Rich Lopez