Casting Call for Downtown Urban Theater Festival play ‘Secrets; Love’

Full-length drama “Secrets; Love,” is a tale set in a modern city about crimes of passion and the nature of love – how we feel it, how we express it and how it can be a powerful secret when hidden.

The play opens with a diverse neighborhood dealing with the recent kidnapping of two members of their Filipino community – Rizalia Salem, the wife of Marcus Salem, and Marcus’s best friend Marton, at the wedding of the Salems’ oldest child.

When their next-door neighbor Diego Carbonell hears mysterious, terrifying sounds coming from their house, however, he begins thinking that the truth may be darker than anyone suspects. Together with the Salems’ daughter Luz, he puts the pieces together and discovers the lengths some would go to for love.

“Secrets; Love” will be performed on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the HERE Arts Center in New York City as part of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival ( at the HERE Arts Center. Like DUTF’s Facebook page for updates and a chance to win free tickets. Tickets are $18. More information be found at


Dir. Summer Dawn Hortillosa (Hoboken/Entertainment writer for The Jersey Journal) and Asst. Dir. Yarineth Pena (“Conspicuous,” “Things Fall (Meanwhile)”) are seeking actors for “Secrets; Love.” Rehearsals begin immediately, evenings and weekends.

We are casting:

MARCUS SALEM: 40s to 50s, husband to Rizalia and father of Luis, Luz and Leila. Quiet, generally stoic and feels cheated when he doesn’t have control. Asian (Filipino).
RIZALIA SALEM: 40s to 50s, wife of Marcus. Puts own needs side to pursue dream of successful family, questions happiness. Asian (Filipino).
LUZ SALEM: Late teens, early 20s. Down-to-earth girl genius consumed by emotions she tries to ignore. Asian (Filipino).
DIEGO CARBONELL: Mid 20s to early 30s. The Salem’s next-door neighbor. Warm, likable good guy who does everything to avoid hurting others. Hispanic/Latino.
AARON WILLIAMS: A detective, 30s or older. Any ethnicity.
PROSECUTOR: 30s or older. All-knowing, narrator type character who uses facts to manipulate others’ emotions while staying detached. Any ethnicity.

The following roles will most likely be doubled. Actors should audition for only one of the roles:

GISELE: Mid 20s to early 30s. Bold, independent woman not afraid of speaking her mind. Any ethnicity/ MIRA WOLDMICHAEL: A forensic examiner. Any ethnicity.

ABRAHAM: 40s to 50s, Rizalia’s older brother. Thick Filipino accent. Asian (Filipino) / MARTON RIVERA: Best friend of Marcus, in love with Rizalia. Any ethnicity.

ALEX SAMUELS: Either gender, mid 20s or older. Generally well-intentioned, but doesn’t care or isn’t aware of the things they say. Any ethnicity / DEFENDER. Willing to pull out all the stops to achieve courtroom goals. Any ethnicity.

The Judge and Reporter have already been cast.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Pl., 6th floor, Jersey City, by Hamilton Park. Possibility for callbacks.

Bring a resume and headshot (if applicable) and a one-minute dramatic monologue. Prepare to cold read. Recommended monologues for the main characters (Marcus, Rizalia, Luz and Diego) can be found here:

Marcus monologue
Rizalia monologue
Luz monologue
Diego monologue

Actors can also use any other one-minute dramatic monologue they feel will showcase their ability to play the character. Note: The monologues are not necessarily something the characters do or would say, but are meant to highlight certain emotions or attitudes the characters need.

Non-union. Non-pay.

For more information, email


About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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