Virtual auditions are 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 18 & 11-l pm Saturday, June 19.
SUMMARY Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
Needed: 6 actors late teens to mid-50s.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN Nya: Black woman, mid-late 30s. Single mother. Public high school teacher. Trying to raise her teenage son on her own with much difficulty. A good teacher inspiring her students in a stressed environment. A struggling parent doing her damndest. Strong but burning out. Smoker. Sometimes drinker. Holding together by a thread.
Omari: Black man, late teens. Nya’s son. Smart and astute. Rage without release. Tender and honest at his core. Something profoundly sensitive amidst the anger. Wrestling with his identity between private school education and being from a so-called urban community.
Jasmine: Black or Latina woman, late teens. Sensitive and tough. A sharp bite, a soft smile. Profoundly aware of herself and her environment. Attends upstate private school but from a so-called urban environment. In touch with the poetry of her own language.
Xavier: Black man, mid-late 30s. Nya’s ex-husband. Omari’s father. Single father. Struggling to connect to his own son. Marketing executive. Wounded relationship with his ex-wife. Financially stable. Emotionally impoverished.
Laurie: White woman, 50s. Pistol of a woman. Teaches in public high school and can hold her own against the tough students and the stressed environment. Doesn’t bite her tongue.
Dun: Black man, early mid-30s. Public high school security guard. Fit and optimistic. Charismatic with women. Genuine and thoughtful and trying to be a gentleman in a stressed environment. It’s not easy
PROCESS Be prepared to read from the script.Sides will be emailed to you prior to audition.
Email a headshot & resume (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your online audition AND fill out audition form (will be emailed once audition is scheduled)
PLEASE NOTE We are committed to inclusive, diverse casting. For every role, we will consider qualified performers, without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated by the licensing company and playwright.