RE: Ahmed v Buckner
RIVERWALK THEATRE is looking for 2 actors who are interested in playing the plaintiff in mock trials for the MSU College of Law Trial Practice Institute. If you are interested in an unusual acting gig where you will be taking case materials, building a character consistent with those materials and playing that character in the highly improvisational environment of a civil court case, this gig is for you! There is a $275 stipend for this work.
Kiya Ahmed, Plaintiff (Female, Egyptian American, 41 yrs old) Kiya Ahmed is a single mother, who worked at C&S Accounting most of her adult life. She became involved in an eight month affair with defendant Paul Buckner, an important partner in the firm. After she ended the affair, she applied for partnership and was turned down by the hiring committee chaired by Buckner. She was given 6 months to resign from C&S, which was normal for accountants who did not become partners.
Ms. Ahmed claims she was denied partnership in the Cooper & Stewart (C&S) accounting firm because she terminated a sexual relationship with defendant Paul Buckner. She also claims gender discrimination based on a sexual harassment claim as well as a hostile work environment claim. She further claims that she was denied partnership based on her religion (Islam) and ethnicity. Finally she claims that she was defamed by defendant Buckner.
There are two Trial Practice I classes this fall. Each class will be organized into two trials, for a total of 4 trials. In order to cast the mock trials, Riverwalk is seeking 2 actors to play the role of plaintiff Kiya Ahmed. (See description above.) Actors playing Ahmed need to be available for two trials, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
Due to the pandemic, all meetings and appearances will be through Zoom meetings. Witnesses are required to have the Zoom software/app installed on computer, tablet/IPad or smart phone. The free app/software is available for download at Zoom.com or from the app store for your device. (We’ll go over the Zoom meeting process at Orientation.)
Actors would need to be available for Zoom Meetings on ALL of the following dates:
• Saturday, October 3, 10am – Noon – Case and Process Orientation
• Saturday, October 17, 8:30 am – 3 pm - Witness interviews
• Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 8:30am - 3pm – Trials
If you are interested in playing this role or obtaining further information, please contact TOM FERRIS at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, by FRIDAY, September 25. Please include a photo (If you have not participated previously) , your acting age range, contact information (email, phone and home address) and any information you believe might be helpful to us as we cast this role.