CALL FOR ACTORS
For ARCA-45672, A Fiction Series Podcast
This production is supported by the University of Victoria.
The year is 2172 and the world is dying. Ten percent of the environment and animal kingdom remains. The world is running out of food. As such, a good chunk of the human population has gone sterile during these hard times. There has been massive inbreeding and genetic distortions. The people born are born to the rich who can afford gene therapy, but these children are still very sickly and will most often die. With few options, a group of scientists and military personnel are confronted with one option to save humanity: a signal has been sent to Earth from an exoplanet four light years away. It is a signal from the long-forgotten probe, Pioneer 10. This re-discovery comes with the realization that a new race of humanity has arisen on the exoplanet Arca-45672, and could potentially hold the genetic salvation for all Earthlings. But in dealing with humans, there is always just as much risk, as there is reward.
This podcast follows Dr. Ben Verrinder, Major Roya Khan and their group of explorers as they all embark on the greatest adventure humanity could ever hope to take.
Roles to be Cast:
Dr. Ben Verrinder- Octopus specialist. Head researcher at the Institute for Cephalopod Research in Alaska. Verrinder began this institute to support his research into octopuses. Former love interest of Roya.
Major Roya Khan- Exobiologist who entered the military to continue her research into Arca-45672. Former lecturer at MIT. Former love interest of Ben.
Dr. Ariel Drezner- Botanist with a specialization in alien climatology. Husband/partner of Dr. Reese. AI.
Dr. Margaux Reese- Linguist/anthropologist with a specialization in cosmological sociology. AI.
Colonel Schaffer- Ground commander of the Arca Mission. Liaison to the UN Special Council of Extraterrestrial Contact.
Lieutenant Johnstone- Guard/escort for the scientists. Is the protégé/son of Colonel Schaffer.
Private Fen Ye- Liaison to the Chinese government on the ARCA mission.
General Hardy- Liaison to the US President of the ARCA missions.
Octavia/Siri- Ship AI and general AI.
Beginning on Feb 4th, a read-through of the week’s episodes will happen on Mondays. Recording will take place on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm and Saturdays from 1-3 pm. Locations to be announced upon casting.
All actors will be paid a small honorarium of one hundred dollars. This is otherwise a volunteer-based project.
Auditions to be held on Jan 17th and 18th
Call-backs will occur on the 20th
Location and time slot TBA.
Prepare a short monologue, 1-2 minutes max. We will also be doing cold reads.