Spring 2019 Auditions

AUDITION for MTA's Spring 2019 production

CASTING THE VOTE : An American Dinner Party


The dinner table is where everything happens: friends meet families, communities see themselves for the first time, relationships take shape, solidarity is discovered and affirmed, and of course, hunger is satisfied. Passing the salt, refilling the water glass, and offering a second helping - there, laid bare, is the subtle integrity of human beings being together. Our American stories, our mythologies, and our activism are written at the table between courses - but lately, we seem to be eating alone.


You’re invited to a very special dinner party - back to the table, the drawing board, and the stage, back to eye contact. We have something to talk about, something as American as family dinner: the right to vote. 


Created by director Charlotte Brathwaite in collaboration with journalist and filmmaker June Cross, dramaturg Sunder Ganglani, and writer Janani Balasubramanian - CASTING THE VOTE is a participatory, community dinner based on recent scholarship and activism around voter suppression in The United States. It’s a performance, a family style meal, and an attempt to ask and answer the most difficult questions of our time - together. Come with open hearts, empty stomachs, and as much good faith as you can offer. Suppress neither your appetite nor voice.


Audition + Information session were held in W97-269 on Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 7-9pm and Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 7-9pm

First Day of Rehearsal is Monday, March 4 at 7pm in W97-269


Come as you are, no special dress, no theatrical experience needed.

Cast, production staff, musician and lighting positions are open to everyone.

Scientists welcome. Artists welcome. Engineers welcome. Foodies welcome. Introverts welcome.


We’ll be devising theater, lights, sound and creating the environment together.


Contact Alexa Torres (alexat@mit.edu) with any questions or concerns.


We encourage participants from the MIT, Harvard and greater Boston/Cambridge community to participate.


Performances will be

April 11 at W97 8PM

April 12 at W97 8PM

April 13 at Ujima project, Boston 3PM



CASTING THE VOTE : An American Dinner Party is in part supported by The Brown Institute for Media Innovation's "Magic Grants," a collaboration between Columbia University's Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering; as well as MIT’s Open Doc Lab.