Auditions for V&PA’s ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G.’ will be held on Jan. 19

The Visual & Performing Arts Dept. announced auditions for its midwinter production, K.I.S.S.I.N.G., an original play by Lenelle Moise, directed by Dan Balel.

  • Sunday, Jan. 19; 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Little Center Experimental Theatre
  • Production dates: March 18-23

Director Dan Balel is seeking:

  • 4 women
  • 5 men
  • 3 women of color
  • 3 men of color
  • And 2 males and 1 female, any race

No monologues are necessary; sides from the play and a sign-up sheet will be available in Little Center the week before auditions. Please sign up for a five minute audition slot.

Set in a city that is socioeconomically diverse, K.I.S.S.I.N.G follows several young adults as they try to make sense of their economic inheritances, spiritual traditions and emotional baggage. We watch smart characters form unexpected friendships, fall in love, fall apart and grow up fast.

Lenelle Moise is a Boston-based poet, actress and playwright born in Port-tau-Prince, Haiti in 1980. She performs at colleges throughout the U.S., presenting work about race, gender, class, immigration and sexuality. Her spoken word CD Madivinez won the 2007 Patchwork Majority Radio Album Award for Best Solo Album. Moise was a member of the permanent ensemble cast in the Culture Project’s premiere production of Rebel Voices, a play by Rob Urbinati based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s book Voices of a People’s History of the United States. In 2008, she developed a two-person vocal musical about art, infamy and race called EXPATRIATE, also at the Culture Project, in which she co-starred with Karla Cheatham-Mosley. When she was a junior at Ithaca College, Lenelle co-wrote Sexual Dependency, a feature film by Bolivian filmmaker Rodrigo Bellot who was a schoolmate at the time. The film went on to win the International Film Critics’ Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Her homemade music video Pied Piper was an official selection of the International Museum of Women 2007 Online Film Festival. Her essays and poems are published in a number of anthologies, most recently Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press). Her debut book Haiti Glass (City Lights Publishers, April 2014), part of the “Sister Spit” series, is a collection of verse and prose.