“Coming Up Short”
A Stage Play Dramedy about A Single & Celibate Mother Struggling to be a good Parent, Professional and find a life Partner
Location: Le Madeleine Restaurant- 14028 N US Hwy 183-Austin, Texas
“Coming Up Short” is a dramatic comedy about a recently divorced, African American, single mother who struggles to re-enter the workforce and the dating scene with 2 caveats; a recent vow of celibacy after finding religion, and an outdated college degree. Compounding her new life is the challenge of raising her headstrong teenage son who is a ladies’ man, and her daughter (niece by birth) and keep it all in balance. Nikita fortunately meets the man of her dreams with 1 small caveat, his physical features are not quite what she’d imagined.
(Nikita) A tall (at least 5ft 7in) 35-43yo African American female with a strong and confident, no-nonsense attitude, but loving and witty. She can recite poetry and rap to a beat.
(Jimmy) A 15-17yo African American ladies’ man who is defiant and stubborn with his mother Nikita, but is at times respectful and supportive. He is also very humorous and animated.
(Rain) A 6-12yo, African American, precocious peacemaker who entertains herself with the family’s drama. She struggles in school and to read, but otherwise is smart as a whip.
(Grandma) A saucy, African American or West Indian, flirtatious old lady with a fresh mouth and irreverent sense of humor. She is relevant, loving, wise, grounded and hearing impaired. She can also dance (hysterically)
(John) None specific race. This character is between the age of 25 and 45. He is a tall, fit, handsome, flirtatious ladies’ man who is clueless about what it means to be a gentleman. He is at least 6 feet tall and suave with a nice smile. John is also humorous and animated.
(Janice) None specific race. Janice is between the age of 25 and 45. She is protective, supportive and sweet and is trying her hand as a novice matchmaker.
(Mr. Short) (A man of color; Asian, Latino, African American) He is a short, confident, handsome, friendly and fit businessman who finds himself in love with Nikita. He is between 5’0 and 5’6. He can also sing…well.
Written and Directed by April L Phillips
Madeleine French Bakery & Café Lakeline
14028 N Us Highway 183 Suite 230e, Austin ·
Sunday November 12th and Sunday November 19th from 5-7pm
Please call for a time slot (512) 903-3359
George Washington Carver Museum-1165 Angelina St-Austin, TX 78702 and…
African American Cultural & Heritage Facility – 912 East 11th Street. Ste. B-Austin, TX 78702
Practice Dates: THURSDAYS Evenings 6-8pm
November 30th, December 7th, December 14th, January 4th, January 11th, January 18th and January 25th. (Updates will be communicated timely).
*(Optional days such as Sundays may be necessary and will occur at The African American Cultural & Heritage Museum)*
Email: [email protected] Please put in the subject line: “Coming Up Short”
Compensation: Profit Sharing
Sunday: November 12th and Sunday November 19th from 5-7pm
*All auditions will have time slots within this window. Call 512 903-3359 for an appointment*
Call Backs: November 20 before 8pm
Practice Starts: Thursday November 30th 6-8pm. (Any Updates in time/location will be communicated)
Shooting Ends: Tentatively January 25th 2018.
Performance Dates: (Tentatively) January 28th (2 shows; 5-6:30 and 7-8:30pm)
City or Location of call: Le Madeleine Restaurant- 14028 N US Hwy 183-Austin, Texas
Please submit to: [email protected] by 2017-11-18
This casting notice was posted by: April Phillips