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Auditions for "Trouble In Mind"   - Project ID # 1598337
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Phoenix, AZ Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   07-24-19
Audition Date   08-03-19 Submission Deadline   08-01-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Las Vegas, NV>Phoenix, AZ

As the 1950’s draw to a close, a newly integrated theatre company prepares to open a progressive but misguided new play on Broadway. This troubled production of a fictional anti-lynching play will feature renowned actress Wileta Mayer. She has the opportunity to become the first leading lady of color on the Great White Way, but is she willing to compromise her beliefs to make history and take the giant career leap this role will bring?

Role # 1 - Wiletta Mayer Submit yourself for this role
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Is the central character in Trouble in Mind. And she plays the lead in the play, Chaos in Belleville. She is attractive and expansive. Wiletta was a singer at one time in her career, and Henry, the doorman, knows her from a production he worked on 20 years earlier; Wiletta also appeared in a movie directed by Manners some time ago. Though Wiletta loves acting, she knows that whites, especially directors and producers, have certain expectations of blacks as actors. She tries to advise John at the beginning of the play on how best to get along, though he does not really want to believe her. By the middle of Trouble in Mind, Wiletta has not taken her own advice. She speaks out against what she perceives as racist problems with the script, and later, the director’s demeaning attitude towards her. Wiletta realizes that she has lost her job by her actions at the end of the play. However, these actions lead to the revelation that Manners is racist, despite his claims to the contrary.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 45 to 65
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 2 - Millie Davis Submit yourself for this role
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She is married and says she does not need to work. She displays more wealth than the other African-American characters; she wears a mink coat and an expensive watch. Like Wiletta, she is conscious of how she acts and what she says around whites, and she tries to guide John’s behavior. Millie also does not like the kind of roles she must play because of her race. She says at one point that she did not tell her relatives about the last production because she repeated but one stereotypical line over and over again. Though Millie expresses her objections about a couple of things, she is not willing to put her job on the line for such matters.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 35 to 36
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 3 - Judy Sears Submit yourself for this role
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Though she is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is naive, and Chaos in Belleville is her first job. Judy often speaks lovingly of her mother and father, who live in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and invites the whole cast to visit them there. She believes doing this play will be educational and hopes that it will help ease racism, but she also is conscious of how her character seems smug. When the African-American actors feel resentment and anger, Judy tries to be supportive, but she feels as though they are lashing out at her personally. A sensitive woman, Judy espouses the belief that people are all the same and that racism is wrong.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 4 - Al Manners Submit yourself for this role
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Is the director of Chaos in Belleville. He wants to remain in control of the production at all times, but he is callous toward the feelings and beliefs of all the actors, especially Wiletta. Manners’s self-assuredness is shaken several times, until he finally bursts out in anger when Wiletta compares herself to him. Though Manners will probably continue to direct the production, he has lost the trust of those who work for him. He is in his middle forties.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 5 - Sheldon Forrester Submit yourself for this role
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Like Millie and Wiletta, he is conscious about how he acts and what he says around the white people involved in the production. He also tries to advise John about his interactions with whites, especially Judy. Sheldon, more than Millie and Wiletta, wants everyone to get along and not fight amongst themselves. But he also questions certain aspects of Chaos in Belleville in a non-confrontational manner. Sheldon is the only character to have really seen a lynching, a central event in the play. When Wiletta speaks out, Sheldon is only somewhat supportive of her.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 61 to 85
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 6 - John Nevins Submit yourself for this role
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Is an idealistic actor, making his Broadway debut in Chaos in Belleville. Though he and Wiletta come from the same hometown, Newport News, Virginia, John is more educated than Wiletta, and usually feels superior to her. He does not like most of the advice she gives him about how to act around whites in show business, though the other, more experienced black actors echo what Wiletta has said. John seems somewhat attracted to Judy, and the other African-American actors try to keep them separated. Instead of listening to the counsel of his elders, by Act II, John is imitating Manners in speech and mannerisms. However, when Manners reveals that he does not think of blacks and whites as comparable, John realizes the error of his ways and supports Wiletta.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 13 to 17
Ethnicity: African American -

Role # 7 - Bill O’Wray Submit yourself for this role
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He is perpetually worried when he is not acting, but delivers his lines in the play with power. Bill does not want to lunch with the African-American actors because he says the stares they draw makes it hard for him to eat. Bill says several additional things that could be interpreted as racist and is defensive about his actions.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 45 to 65
Ethnicity: Caucasian -

Role # 8 - Henry Submit yourself for this role
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Of Irish descent, is a doorman at the theater where the rehearsals are taking place. Henry knows Wiletta from when he worked as an electrician at shows, and obviously admires her talent. He has hearing problems, which lead to a misunderstanding with Manners, but Henry always tries to fix problems. Henry is fully supportive of Wiletta at the end of each act when she tries to deal with her situation. He relates the oppression of the Irish by the English to Wiletta’s dilemmas. Henry is Wiletta’s only consistent ally.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 78 to 79
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Eddie Fenton Submit yourself for this role
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In his mid-thirties, is eager and quick. He is Manners’ Assistant , but mostly we see him as an errand boy to the director, who often verbally abuses Eddie.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -