FLOWERS: A THORNY ROMANCE - PCCC Main Theater Non Equity Auditions

Posted: July 20, 2019
Audition Location: Paterson, NJ

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Audition Dates: Open Call (Non-union/Union) on Jul 27, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Appointment Only on Aug 3, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: All auditions will take place at 147 Montgomery St., Paterson, NJ 07504

Rehearsal Dates: August 10, 2019 through October 24, 2019. Specific dates and times TBD

Performance Date: Friday, October 25, 2019; PCCC Main Theater

Compensation: Pay for performance date

Paterson Performing Arts Development Council 

*All rehearsals and performances will be held in NJ.

Synopsis: Inspired by the Paulette Kelly poem, “I Got Flowers Today,” this staged play addresses the impact of domestic violence on the lives of Marisol, a loyal wife and mother; Diana, an inhibited teenager; Tamiko, a lesbian poet; and Kamala, a first-generation immigrant. These four distinctive women have one secret in common—they’re all victims of domestic violence. Their fictional accounts are based on the real-life personal experiences of women and men nationwide. Flowers is a theatrical performance intertwining vignettes, monologues, poetic dialogue and music.

Drama: Two Acts; Characters: 6 women, 2 men; Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Character Breakdown:

Marisol (Lead) Age range 35-45

A loyal wife and mother; sexy, outgoing, lovable. She is a MBA/former corporate executive. She is being abused by her husband, an investment banker. She has a fear of failure.

Ethnicity: Latino / Hispanic

Diana (Lead) Age range 17-22

An inhibited teenager; fresh appearance, slightly athletic, recent high school graduate. She comes from a large family, overlooked by her parents. She is abused by her boyfriend/fiancé, Aaron. She has low self-esteem/fear of abandonment.

Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Tamiko (Lead) Age range 25-35

A lesbian and a spoken word poet; outgoing and personable. Her mother died when she was 10. She is estranged from her father. She is being abused by her female lover who is a police officer. She has co-dependency issues.

Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Kamala (Lead) Age Range 40-50

She is a widow, devout Christian and first-generation immigrant. She is slightly reserved. She is abused by her husband, who is a college professor (Nassar) who sees her as a disappointment. She is isolated.

Ethnicity: South Asian / Indian

Aaron (Lead) Age Range 20-30

Outgoing, charismatic. The high school and college pop jock who could have made it in Major League Baseball. He has spent the last 10 years in prison. He’s Diana’s boyfriend/fiancé; considers Diana to be his soulmate.

Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Quinton/Nassar (Supporting Role) Age range 25-35

Dual role. Quinton is flashy, aggressive, hip-hop rapper; aspires to be a mogul. Spends time on his phone hustling. He is Lizette’s abusive boyfriend. Also, requires an offstage voice for Nassar, 40s; professor, Hindu, husband to Kamala.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial

Lizette (Supporting Role) 20-25

Marisol’s daughter. She is a college student; personable but lacks confidence. She is confused, torn between the adoration of her father and the love for her mother. There are signs she is being abused by her boyfriend, Quinton.

Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic

Yvette (Supporting Role) 30-40

Tamiko’s friend/confidante from the shelter. Average, sweet. She is a minister’s wife and mother of two young children, who is unable to leave the trappings of an abusive relationship.

Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

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