ELISSA MYERS CASTING
attn: BLACK ODYSSEY/AEA
250 W. 54TH ST, 10TH FL
NEW YORK NY10019
NYC Auditions will be held July 24-26, 2013 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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First rehearsal: December 10, 2013
First Preview: January 17, 2014
Opens: January 23, 2014
Closes: February 16, 2014
Playwright: Marcus Gardley
Director: Chay Yew
Casting Office: Elissa Myers Casting
Casting Director: Paul Fouquet
Casting Associate: Heather Hurst
(Male, African American, mid-late 30s) Could be early 40’s but ideally not older in terms of his look. It’s important that the actor appear young enough to have been an immature soldier in the Gulf War yet old enough to have a teenage son. The character has a quiet intensity. He grew up in the projects in Harlem and served to make a living for his young wife and child. He is a hot head, smart yet cocky but not in the stereotypical sense. He is not conceited – just naïve about the world and how things work in it. He is handsome, not a pretty boy.
GREAT AUNT TEE (ATHENA)
(Female, African American, late 40s-mid 50s) Ideally this actress looks younger than their age. There is something very wise yet magical about Aunt Tee. The actress MUST be able to sing and be very funny. This is essential. Aunt Tee is a goddess who learns through her “temporary” mortality the struggles and perseverance of humanity. The same actress plays the Soul Siren.
GREAT GRAND DADDY DEUS
(Male, African American, mid 50s-late 60s) Pronounced day-oose. God of the sky. Again, as with all of the gods, they look younger than their actual age. Deus is always the most powerful person in the room. The actor has a lot of stage presence – they are both comical and intense. Quick to anger, but also flowing with wisdom and a respect for nature, which is God energy in the play. He is handsome, a Casanova. The same actor plays Madison Eaton, a chef and Super Fly Tireseas, the shagadelic prophet.
(Male, African American, mid 40s – mid 50s) Grand Marshall of a Second Line in New Orleans. The actor should be a GREAT singer, his voice is how we interpret his place in the second line. His voice is like a trumpet. He is hopeful to the bitter end that he will be rescued from Hurricane Katrina. The actor should have good comic timing and possibly a southern accent. The same actor plays Alabama Slim, and Police Officer 2
NELLA PEE LINCOLN
(Female, African American, early to mid 30s) “A beauty by any man’s eyes.” The actress should have a lot of range. Nella goes from being a beauty with big dreams to a depressed widower to a strict, young mother who is struggling to raise a stubborn child on little money. The actress should have great comical timing, be able to sing and also be very commanding.
GREAT GRAND PAW SIDIN
(Male, African American, mid 40s-mid 50s) God of sea, king of fish. It would great if this actor didn’t look like Deus to show the contrast in how different the gods appear yet they are all related. Unlike his brother Deus, Paw Sidin is a hard worker. If Deus is a city person then Paw Sidin is country. He holds a grudge longer than he should and demands the utmost respect. This actor should also be physically different from Deus. This contrast seems small but it speaks volumes. The actors should have a strong command on language and have a powerful voice. He can make the oceans move. The same actor plays Naval Officer and and Police Officer 1.