Project Name: A Black and White Cookie (a play about racial harmony)
Project Type: Theatre
Union Status: AEA
Contract: AEA Showcase
Venue: Theater for the New City, NYC
Producer/Theatre Company: Ego Actus Theatre Company
Director: Joan Kane
Writer: Gary Morgenstein
Audition dates: late January / early February 2020
Audition location: NYC
Talent rate: $720 stipend
Rehearsals: February 24 - March 20, 2020 at Shetler Studios, NYC (7pm-10pm). Rehearsals can be worked around talent availability.
Number of rehearsals per role: Harold Wilson (22), Albie Sands (18), Carol Wilson (17), J.N. Pham (12), Mitchell Reed (12).
Tech and Dress rehearsals: March 24 and 25th, 2020 at venue.
Performances: March 26 to April 12, 2020 at venue. Talent must be available for all performances (Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. No matinee Saturday, March 28).
- Talent must be based in the NY Tristate area.
- Both Equity and non-Equity performers are welcome to apply.
In a provocative and poignant drama about hope trumping polarization, an exorbitant rent increase forces Harold Wilson to close his East Village newsstand after 30 years and reluctantly retire to Florida with his niece Carol. Enter Albie Sands, an eccentric homeless 1960s Jewish radical, who persuades Harold to fight the landlord. Overcoming anti-Semitism, Harold and Albie form an unlikely yet powerful friendship to confront corporate greed and their own mortality.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Joan Kane is an award-winning director and a founding member of Ego Actus Theatre Company. Her directing credits include Sycorax at HERE, Play Nice! at 59e59 theaters, I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She directed Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Outside of Ego Actus, Joan directed plays and readings at the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Articulate Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Actors Studio, amongst others.
[HAROLD WILSON]. Male. African American. Mid-50s to late 60s. Has a commanding presence as he is ex-military. A gruff, no-nonsense, conservative who owns an East Village newsstand which is forced to close because of an exorbitant rent increase. A retired Vietnam vet, Harold is very dignified and always properly dressed, and afraid his time has passed and doesn’t want to give up his home, work, and listening to the New York Mets games on the radio to retire to Clearwater, Florida. LEAD.
[ALBIE SANDS]. Male. Caucasian. Mid-50s to late 60s. A thin man with an impish face and wildish hair (preferred but not a requirement). Wears a denim jacket and sloppy jeans. An eccentric and passionate non-practicing Jewish Communist, Albie stepped out of the tumultuous 1960s and 70s for one last hurrah at social activism. Since then, he’s been homeless - while he is broken, he is not letting his brokenness stop him from fighting the oppressive system. He is a true citizen of the world. LEAD.
[CAROL WILSON]. Female. 30s. African American. Carol is Harold’s niece who identifies as LGBTQ. A pretty woman, good natured and protective of her Uncle. Owns a toy store in Florida. Her father had a tragic experience with his former landlord and lawyer (who were both Jewish), and she has been anti-Semitic since then. Her character represents what happens when a good person has odious views. SUPPORTING.
[J. N. PHAM]. Female. 30s. Asian. J.N. is an attractive Vietnamese-American female who is head of PMP Realty, Harold’s landlord. Dressed in a black business suit, her businesslike air comes across as icy and a little ruthless. Unshaken by nothing that doesn’t relate to her directly. As she and Harold discuss her latest offer, we learn there’s more to Pham than meets the eye. SUPPORTING. *Given the context of the story, talent must be Vietnamese*.
[MITCHELL REED / NEWSSTAND CUSTOMERS]. Male. 20s. Caucasian. The schlumpy bored “reporter” son of one of Albie’s old radical compatriots, who does a story on Harold for the Proletariat Awake website that he runs just to annoy his Repubican stepmother. He is also a volunteer in the Mayor’s office. SUPPORTING. *Actor cast as Mitchell Reed will also play various newsstand customers*.