Auditions for Pace Play Open Through End of Week


Flier for Auditions for the play "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train". It reads: PLAYBILL THEATRE AUDITIONS Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winner Stephen Adly-Guirgis Want To Be Part Of The Campus Event of the Spring? Email: Auditions are held by appointment only until the end of the Fall Semester. LGBTQIA+ and students of color are encouraged to audition.
Flier for “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” in Kessel, welcoming all students to audition and encouraging students of color as well as LGBTQIA+ identifying students to try out for a part. (Photo Credit: Sahtrese McQueen/Pace Chronicle)

Throughout this week, Pace is hosting auditions for the spring semester student-run play, which is open to all interested in joining. The drama, “Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train” is a five-character tale that follows the stories of two inmates, two guards, and a lawyer, and how their lives become increasingly intertwined as the plot thickens. Amine Kassaoui, director of Pace’s “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” rendition, has already been pleasantly surprised at the audition turnout for this upcoming event and looks forward to leading the show. “The play is about race in America – and this was written 20 years ago so it’s even more relevant now – race in America, homophobia in America…these are the kinds of topics I wanted to direct a play about,” says Kassaoui. 

Many have come together to produce the play – from students interested in playing a part, to production and stage assistance as theater makes its way back into Pleasantville student life for the first time since Covid-19 hit. “Anyone is welcome for any part,” says Kassaoui. 

Not only are actors invited to audition, but anyone who wants to lend a helping hand to the creation of this show is invited. Kassaoui says, “Anyone who wants to be involved in any facility is going to be welcome – the more the merrier. And that’s why I love theater so much… It’s a little community.”      

Callbacks will be the week before Winter break, and final decisions will be made soon after. The show is projected to be ready for early April. To reserve an appointment to audition, and for any additional questions, email [email protected].