First Run Theatre is proud to being producing Ron Osborne’s Dreaming in Black and White.
Saturday May 20th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm with callbacks on Sunday May 21st at 1pm.
They will consist of cold readings from the script. Having the ability to do Southern Dialect is encouraged, but not required.
Please send head shots and resume to auditions@firstruntheatre.
Summer, 1963. Danville, Virginia. Here and elsewhere in the South, civil rights protests are dividing the races. Half a world away, a war is heating up that’ll also have folks choosing sides. Less ominous but vying for attention are a looming presidential election and a down-to-the-wire race for the National League pennant.
Against this backdrop, we meet Sonny – white, bitter, suffering the effects of rheumatic heart disease – who hopes to live long enough to see his son play major league baseball; Pearlene – black and poor – who dreams of seeing her troubled son employed; Sister – Sonny’s live-in, care-giving sister – who seeks a life free of Sonny’s manipulation; Lucille – a wacky friend and confidant prone to visions – who’s finding her way in a changing South; and Charlie – Lucille’s husband – who fears change.
Dreams and fears collide when Pearlene is hired to help care for Sonny who’s chased away dozens of other would-be caretakers. The pair form a bond based on a their mutual interest in baseball and their dreams for their sons. Too bad the bond is severely tested by a series of twists, turns and reversals. Along the way, enemies are revealed and defeated, relationships are ended and begun, and dreams are considered and reconciled.
RAYMOND (‘SONNY’) HOWELL A widower, mid-to-late 50’s
ALICE (‘SISTER’) HOWELL Sonny’s spinster live-in sister, 50
PEARLENE DOUGLASS Sonny’s newest care-taker, African- American, 40 to 50
LUCILLE FARRIS Sister’s friend, 50 or so
CHARLIE FARRIS Her husband, a little older