AUDITIONS: Too Heavy For Your Pocket

by Jiréh Breon Holder
directed by Michael A. Shepperd
produced for Sacred Fools by Scott Golden

FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 2, 2019
(Possible extension through March 23)
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 7pm
Previews: Fri-Sat, Jan. 25-26 @ 8pm

Rehearsals begin approx. Dec. 2, 2018

AUDITION DATES/TIMES:
Sat-Sun, Nov. 17-18, 11am-5pm

LOCATION:
The Broadwater

1078 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(see signs for specific stage)
- Directions -

Callback dates: Tues-Weds, Nov. 20-21, 6-11pm

ABOUT THE SHOW: WEST COAST PREMIERE! In rural Tennessee, 1961, protesting is a privilege with unintended consequences. In rural Tennessee at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, two young African-American couples struggle to understand justice, love, and their own responsibilities. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET beautifully explores the sacrifices and tolls in the fight for freedom and equality that are placed, not only on the fighters, but the people they love. The play had its World Premiere at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta before moving to the Roundabout Theater in New York and won the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

BOWZIE (Bo-Zee) BRANDON* - male, African American, early 20s. A scrawny kind of man. An entertainer at heart. Loves to play the fool though its often a cover for his deep intelligence and vulnerability. Torn between his responsibility to family and what he begins to realize is his greater responsibility as a citizen.

EVELYN BRANDON* - female, African American, early 20s. Married to Bowzie. A beautiful woman with a hearty figure, curvy and attractive. A singer who relishes performing. A worldly woman, she was independent and thriving before she married. She possesses a wonderful sense of humor but suffers no fools. At turns incredibly stubborn and also deeply sensitive.

TONY CARTER* - male, African American, early 20s. A handyman employed week to week. Bowzie's bosom-buddy since childhood, who is maybe twice his size, three shades darker, and all muscle. Bowzie is the brains and Tony is the brawn. Earthy and hefty with a great sense of humor. Has been prone to gambling and infidelity in the past but is actively trying to turn his life around.

SALLY CARTER* - female, African American, early 20s. A beautician, married to Tony. So slight, one might almost not realize she is pregnant. Grounded and mature she possesses a quiet strength. A gentle powerhouse. Rational and diplomatic, she often plays the mediator in the group. The other three characters take up a lot of space but when she talks, everyone listens. A deep well with emotional availability.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

For Tony OR Bowzie: Please prepare the Tony/Bowzie AND the Male monologue.

For Sally: Please prepare the Sally/Evelyn scene AND the Female monologue

For Evelyn: Please prepare the Sally/Evelyn scene, the Female monologue AND 16 bars of a blues or gospel song (a cappella).

*Please note, due to the time constraints of the initial audition process, it is possible that some sides listed above may not be read until callbacks. This show will require its cast to be off-book fairly early to accommodate an accelerated, time-efficient rehearsal process.

PLEASE BRING A HEADSHOT & RESUME AND ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO COMPLETE OUR AUDITION FORM.

ABOUT SUBMISSIONS: Sacred Fools Theater Company is deeply committed to building a creative and dynamic theatre community that celebrates individuality and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. We are committed to parity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience and within our leadership. We DO NOT cast exclusively from within the company and we welcome diversity in our submissions.

SIDES:

Tony / Bowzie
Sally / Evelyn
Male Monologue
Female Monologue

CALLBACK SIDES:

Tony / Bowzie
Sally / Evelyn
Everyone (1)
Everyone (2)

FULL SCRIPT

SIGNUP INSTRUCTIONS:

* Choose three slots from the grid below.

* EMail your choices and your contact info - including your phone number - to . (If you are not a company member but were referred to this page, you must include a link to your website or casting database profile [or pic and resume] and a note indicating how you heard about us!)

* You will be contacted via EMail or phone to confirm your slot.

PLEASE NOTE: GUARANTEED SIGNUPS ARE FOR FULL COMPANY MEMBERS AND THOSE KNOWN TO THE PRODUCTION TEAM ONLY! ALL OTHERS, PLEASE SUBMIT VIA THE NOTICE ON ACTORS ACCESS, AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF INTERESTED. DO NOT DOUBLE SUBMIT.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15.

FOR COMPANY MEMBERS (excepting Associates): You are strongly encouraged to attend first call. If you are unable to attend any of the initial audition times due to scheduling conflicts, you may request to proceed directly to callbacks if you notify the producers by no later than Wednesday, November 14 (but please make your request ASAP).

Choose three available slots from the grid below.

  Saturday, Nov. 17
11:00am Akono C. Dixon
JJ Green
11:10am  
Vincent Washington
11:20am Twon Pope
Lufthansey Josa
11:30am Shawn McConnell
 
11:40am Charles McCoy
Austin Hook
11:50am BREAK
12:00pm Nadege August
Gabrielle D. Jackson
12:10pm Melanie Thompson
 
12:20pm Crystal Porter Bazemore
 
12:30pm Danika Butler
A'Keyah Dasia Williams
12:40pm Angel Maurnae
Adinett Nsabimana
 
12:50pm BREAK
1:00pm Javen Crosby
Ronald Auguste
1:10pm Christian Telesmar
Brent Scott Davis
1:20pm Rich Morrow
Stephen Anglin
1:30pm Ken Ivey
Shyhiem Parker
1:40pm Brandon B. Brown
Jefferson Reid
1:50pm Otis Lee Bassett
Jerome Terry
2-2:30pm BREAK
2:30pm Taylor Ellene Polidore
 
2:40pm Andrea Nguyen
Marissa A. Collier
2:50pm Victoria Dunn
Alanna Topps
3:00pm Janice Hughes
Tamiah Bantum
3:10pm  
Jaquita Ta'le
3:20pm Karen Brundidge
Ashley Wilkerson
3:30pm C.J. Celeste
Justeen Butler
3:40pm Joshua Lamont
 
3:50pm BREAK
4:00pm  
Carissa Pinckney
4:10pm Shi'Darius Barrett
 
4:20pm Tierra Ellis
 
4:30pm Cherish Monique Duke
 
4:40pm Brandee Steger
Norm Johnson
4:50pm  
 
  Sunday, Nov. 18
11:00am Devyn Anthony Placid
Marche Howe
11:10am Jason Dwayne Lyke
Edem Atsu-Swanzy
11:20am Jessie Antijie Robertson
Jarret Janako
11:30am Christopher James Culberson
Caleb J. Snowden
11:40am Etienne Maurice
Miatta Ade Lebile
11:50am BREAK
12:00pm Loren Lillian
Ruby Dove
12:10pm Kita Grayson
Kacie Rogers
12:20pm Alexa Briana Crismon
Diamonique Jackson
12:30pm Carene Rose Meckertichyan
Charlotte Evelyn Williams
12:40pm Ozioma Akagha
Krystel Roche
 
12:50pm BREAK
1:00pm Noel Gibson
Sydney Alexandria
1:10pm Carrie Bernans
 
1:20pm Priscilla Walker
Raven Moran
1:30pm Maiya Reaves
Jabbar Lewis
1:40pm Angela Iranna Perkins
Chanel Kinery
1:50pm Tristan Avelina Cunningham
Kaena Alice Hood
2-2:30pm BREAK
2:30pm Brendan Creecy Johnson
Henry Noble
2:40pm Judson Willie Pickard III
Lamont Oakley
2:50pm  
Shane Eldion Liburd
3:00pm Ant Powell
Kidane Kelati
3:10pm Bobby Stroud
Faith Imafidon
3:20pm Krystna Bailey
Shenika Travis
3:30pm Jeris DuPree
Lesette Latimer
3:40pm Brenden Solomon
 
3:50pm BREAK
4:00pm Bri Giger
Yasmine Sahid
4:10pm Melanie Martin
Tiffany Commons
4:20pm Danielle Henderson
Courtney Bruce
4:30pm Kendra Hill
Malcolm Jamaal Carter
4:40pm Jahmone Duhaney
Aaron Joseph
4:50pm Derek Jackson
Derek Brown