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This is a unique & very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals w/the complexity of an extremely intelligent & gifted child's situation – his desire to return to his family & the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism & engage w/the Pope on a level far beyond his years. HE SHOULD APPEAR TO BE A JEWISH ITALIAN child (not looking for any kind of Italian accent).

SUBMIT— If you have trouble, we'll send sides & you can send link directly. Deadline: ASAP or by 9/30 (check for possible extensions; no guarantees). PLEASE FOLLOW STEPS on website. The video clip should be of him reading the sides (scene), slate & introduction -- ALL EXPLAINED in document you'll receive via the site, once you enter your email (Step 2). Please, no other clips or acting reels.

STORY LINE "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara"– Steven Spielberg is making a film about the true story of EDGARDO MORTARA, a 6 yr old Jewish boy from Bologna who was reported to have been secretly baptized by a maid & was deemed by the Catholic church therefore to be Christian. Pope Pius IX (to be played by Mark Rylance) decreed the boy could not remain w/his Jewish family. He was seized by the Papal State & taken to the Vatican where his indoctrination into Catholicism began. This was a cause célèbre of mid-nineteenth century European politics & the domestic & international outrage against the pontifical state's actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy. This is an incredible story of real historical relevance. NOTE: Several CD’s are covering this project, per overall CD Ellen Lewis (Nina Gold in UK). We're all on the same team! If you've already auditioned for this role, it's unnecessary to resubmit.

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