SILA  by Chantal Bilodeau &
Lighting The Way Short Play Festival 

Directed by Michael Mufson

Seeking a diverse cast of imaginative and adventurous actors, dancers & puppeteers for this amazing and urgent play about the climate crisis and our neglected connection with the rest of the natural world.

OPEN CALL: Monday • October 7 • 6:30-10:30 PM • Studio Theatre • (sign-up for a time-slot at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare at least 2 of the options below (1-minute each):

  contemporary, dramatic monologue
  spoken word piece, original or found
  telling of a folktale (traditional or original)
  movement piece inspired by the elements of nature, animals and global climate disruption
  movement piece exploring the movement vocabulary of a land or sea animal

CALLBACKS: October 8, 6-11PM

SILA REHEARSALS: October 14 – December 5.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, November 30 & December 1, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, December 2 – Thursday December 5, 5PM-11PM


Friday, December 6 • 7PM
Saturday, December 7 • 7PM
Sunday, December 8• 2PM
Thursday, December 12 • 4PM
Friday, December 13 • 7PM
Saturday, December 14 • 7PM

SILA DESCRIPTION: Sila is the Inuit concept of the breath that connects all life. With a blending of Inuit mythology and and gritty realism, this urgent play exposes the devastating consequences of human beings losing their connection to the natural world and ancient wisdom.  Set in the Baffin Islands, just inside the Arctic Circle, eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist and two polar bears – find their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world., The personal, political, mythical and ecological intertwine as crisis, danger and death shatter the world, only to reveal the possibility of healing.


TULUGAQ (sixties) – Inuk Elder.

LEANNA (fifties)- Inuk. Climate change activist.

JEAN (forties) – Québécois. Climate scientist with a specialty in sea ice.

THOMAS (forties) – English Canadian. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

VERONICA (thirties) – Inuk. Leanna’s daughter. Teaches at the high school and performs spoken-word poetry.

MAMA – An adult polar bear. Played by a puppet ensemble

DAUGHTER – A young polar bear cub. Played by a puppet ensemble

RAPHAËL (thirties) – Second-generation Québécois. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

THE ENSEMBLE:  The ensemble will be the heart and breath of the show.  They will:

•  Bring life to the MAMA and DAUGHTER Polar Bear Puppets
•  NULIAJUK  Puppet – Inuk Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld
•  All the SEA ANIMALS
•  And provide elements throughout the show


DESCRIPTION: This international festival of short climate change plays is scheduled to premier this Fall. Lighting the Way will coincide with the Santiago Climate Change Conference (COP25) which serves as an international meeting of world leaders who gather to discuss tactics to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions before the world faces catastrophic and irreversible consequences.   This series of short plays will be produced and presented in conjunction with our full production of Sila (The Arctic Cycle) in December.

Participants will help choose from the collection of plays and work with Michael to direct, act, design and produce the plays.  The number of plays and scope the production will be flexible based on the capacity of the participants.  We may do staged readings of some of the plays and/or fully produce some. Many of them present site specific opportunities or they may be presented as pre-show events during the run of Sila. This is a great option for those who cannot commit the time to a full production.


Social Justice Theatre Project – Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Friday, September 13 at 7PM in PAC 127.  Our primary focus will be preparing a few of the short climate plays to take to the streets next week with the goal of building awareness of the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE from September 20-27.

We will also welcome some new participants from the CSUSM Theatre Program, who are working on The Every 28 Hours Plays.


Questions? Contact


CAST – the mental state

ANDY CADY Cameron O’Hare

ANGELA CADY Heather Fiore


DANA ROBBINS Samantha McCain

DYLAN ROBBINS Elias Questenberg


BRIAN WARD Dylan Winston


KILEY Rhiann Glaudini

KAILEY Milo Edwards


DR. MELANIE HANSEN Elizabeth Pearson

THE BATTY LADY Donna Susan Toney

DR. WAGGNER Bayani DeCastro

Ensemble Actors will play a number of parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, gunman,
and news reporters
Zach Thompson Ensemble. Aru Mistry
Thomas Welsh Ensemble Life Jacket
Osvaldo Rodriguez Ensemble. Daggers
Matthew Javier. Ensemble. Ferret
Diego Cruz Ensemble. Mad Pride
Susie Burchill Ensemble Rhonda Puffman
Kayli Camille Ensemble. Teen Blogger Robin
Casey Corona Ensemble. Dr. Cynthia Chitwertz
Matthew Jackson. Ensemble. Task Force

Still looking for an Assistant Stage Manager and Assistant Director.
Contact Annie if interested in the AD position.


A two semester, focused program to prepare the musical theatre actor with foundations
in singing, dancing, acting and putting it all together.  16 Units.

If you are interested in joining the 2019-20 cohort, enroll in the Fall classes below.  Some of the classes may already be full, but don’t worry, just show up to the first class and the instructor will give you a permission code to add. You can also take these classes in any order, and once you complete them you will receive the certificate. So, if you can only fit a few in your schedule right now, you can complete the certificate at your own pace.

Please use the form at the bottom of the page to let us know about your interest.


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Cast List Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Cast List Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

First rehearsal is Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm in the Studio
ALL are called. Please arrive by 6:50 with a three-ringed binder, and be ready to work at 7:00!

Scripts are in the Box Office and can be picked up Thursday 1pm – 5pm, Friday 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 6pm – 9pm, and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.

Please pick up and read before Monday!


Desdemona: Lucy Arvizu
Othello: Johnathan Middleton
Juliet: Gabriela LeBaron
Romeo: Soroush Separ
Constance: Ali Robbins-Goddard
Chorus: V. Heather Fiore
Student (Jill): Jocelyn Goggin Morales
Iago: Omar Fox
Ramona/Ensemble: Lilah Kennedy
Tybalt: Cameron O’Hare
Mercutio: Matthew A. Jackson
Claude Night: Landon Jorgensen
Soldier of Cypress/Ensemble: Osvaldo Rodriguez
Juliet’s Nurse: Gina Marie
Servant/Ensemble: Carmen Marron
Ghost: ConnorNolan

Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned.
This was a difficult task, and that makes me very happy!
So much talent!

Callback List – Goodnight Desdemona

Callback list for Goodnight Desdemona

Tuesday, March 12

Please arrive at the Studio Theatre at 6 PM:

Cory Young

Connor Nolan

Landon Jorgensen

Cameron O’Hare

Matthew A. Jackson

Johnathan Middleton

Soroush Separ

Omar Fox

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Alexis Olaes

Isabel Sica

Carmen Marron

Jocelyn Goggin Morales

Sandy Tate

Lucy Arvizu

Gina Marie

Gabriela Le Baron

Lilah Kennedy

Heather Fiore

Ali Robbins-Goddard

Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned. I appreciate your time and talent.

The Every 28 Hours Plays – Get Involved


Today, in the United States of America, black people are killed by police at a sharply higher rate than other Americans. We have trouble talking about it, let alone addressing it. We have to NOW.

The Every 28 Hours Plays is a collection of 76 one-minute plays, by a diverse range of playwrights, responding to the crisis of state-sanctioned violence against Black people and all people of color in the United States of America. It is produced nationally by Calling-up Productions and Claudia Alick.

Locally, our goal is to produce these plays throughout the region in as many formats and venues as possible. Using agrass roots model, we are growing this project from the ground up; hoping to inspire more participation with each public engagement. The project is intended to promote dialogue, so we aspire to facilitate a dialogue after the plays whenever possible.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Join our outreach list. Hear about upcoming performances and other opportunities to engage with the plays.
  • Join our acting pool. The larger our pool of actors, the more flexible we are to respond to a call. We invite all people to participate regardless of acting experience.
  • Host an event. Bring us to your group, organization or community. We are very adaptable to all venues and require virtually no set-up. Our standard presentation includes a 25 minute performance of the plays, followed by a facilitated solution-oriented dialogue with a flexible time limit. We invite hosts to read the collection and make requests for a customized playlist.
  • Volunteer to support.

Please use the form below to share your interest with us.

Background on the Project from Claudia Alick, executive producer of Calling Up Productions

In August of 2014, we created a project called The Ferguson Moment in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival(OSF), artists in St. Louis and artists from across the nation. As news of Michael Brown’s death came forward, we connected with theatre artists in Ferguson and across the United States to spark and organize a national artistic response to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and our history. The project took place over three days where we witnessed, served, and collaborated in artistic exchange. This open source project built the bridges for each of us to continue artistic exploration in our own organizations. OSF decided to continue with a national multi-perspective approach, and reached out to short form theater maker Dominic D’Andrea and The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF) to continue.

Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick,( OSF’s Community Producer) and Dominic D’Andrea (The One-Minute Play Festival, Producing AD), in association with local St. Louis theater makers, we developed The Every 28 Hours Plays, a national project focused on the current Civil Rights movement. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 76 short plays and original local content with participation from artists across the nation.

The North County 3-College Theatre and Social Justice Project

Our participation in The Every 28 Hours plays has prompted us to form a this new Theatre and Social Justice Project. We strive to create theatre experiences that provide a complex context and empathetic opening for respectful, solution-oriented dialogue following the plays. With support from the North County Higher Education Alliance, students, staff and faculty from Palomar College, Mira Costa College and CSUSM are collaborating to engage our region in the important issues that shape our times.


Auditions for Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)


By Ann-Marie MacDonald
Directed by Dana Case

An adventure of sharp-witted self-discovery with a wicked twist!

Auditions: Mon, March 11 from 6pm-10pm – Held in the Palomar Studio Theatre

Callbacks: Tues, March 12 from 6pm-10pm

Please Prepare a One Minute Monologue

Rehearsals: March 18-April 26
Monday-Friday 7:00pm-11:00pm and possible Saturdays

Tech Rehearsals: Sat April 27, Sun April 28 from12-8pm
And April 29, 30, May 1, 2 from 6pm-11pm

Performances: May 3-12. Fri & Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm; Thurs, 4pm

Perusal scripts are available in the Box Office at the Howard Brubeck Theatre
Box Office: 760-744-1150 ext. 2453
Palomar Community College District 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

For more information, please contact Dana Case at