Actors please be prepared to do cold readings from the script.
Please email LeeH@The5andDime.org to borrow a script.
At six hundred pounds, Charlie has hidden himself away in his small apartment. Isolated and hungering for redemption, he desperately tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter before it’s too late. As he eats his way into oblivion, his life intersects with a lonely nurse and a mysterious young Mormon missionary, all of whom seek grace and human connection – and discover that beauty and kindness come in unexpected forms.
DIRECTOR: Juan Unzueta
AUDITION DATE & TIME: Monday September 14, 2015 7:00pm
The 5 & Dime is committed to casting considerations which reflect the diversity of the people of Jacksonville, while recognizing that a specific gender, ethnicity and age is often a crucial aspect of a particular role or of the piece as a whole. We will include gender, ethnicity and age in the breakdown, where needed, and encourage all actors to audition where none is stated.
Charlie: male, age 40-50, all ethnicities,
*this person doesn’t have to really be obese. They will wear a “fat suit”.
Liz: female, age 30-40, all ethnicities,
Charlie’s best friend. Working-class nurse who does not sugar coat her feelings or reactions. Fiercely protective of Charlie but also enables his destructive eating behavior. Ex-Mormon who is no longer a fan of the Church. Funny, warm and down to earth but has an angry reactive side that is sometimes difficult to control
Elder Thomas: male, age 18- 21, all ethnicities,
Mormon missionary who is desperate to help people and maintain his faith. Naïve and a bit lost, but he has his secrets.
Ellie: female, age 17-21, all ethnicities,
Charlie’s daughter whom he hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Angry, lonely, intelligent teenager who keeps the world at bay with her sharp wit and uncompromising honesty.
Mary: female, age 35- 50, all ethnicities,
Ellie’s mother and Charlie’s ex-wife, who has also not seen Charlie in 17 years. Alcoholic smoker who has had a rough life. Blue-collar worker who has made a lot of bad choices, but deep down still cares what happens to the people she loves
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