Posted September 29, 2017
PLOT SUMMARY: The Players is a pilot episode that focuses on how acting and theatre connect people from a variety of backgrounds. We follow a young woman named Aurora as she navigates the tricky field of auditioning for a major role in a Shakespeare Festival. Along the way, she encounters others vying for the same goal, but the group grows closer through their love of theater instead of being pulled apart by the threat of competition.
TITLE: The Players
TYPE: Student Film
CATEGORY: Television Pilot
UNION STATUS: Non-Union
DISTRIBUTION: Film Festivals
COMPANY: University of Alabama
DIRECTOR: Kelsey Bruce and Alex Cherry
WRITER: Kelsey Bruce
PRODUCER: Malcolm Driscoll and Rhianna Israni
CASTING: Alex Cherry
PRODUCTION DATE & LOCATION
DATE: December 1-3, 8-10 (2017)
LOCATION: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Note** physical descriptions are the IDEAL description, but we will accommodate based on actor talent.
– Xerxes: (male, 30 – 45, Arabic, homosexual)
The director hired for the season. He is artistic and exotic, a free spirit.
– Lena: (female, 30 – 45, African American, butch body-type)
The stage manager for the season, the responsibility for the entire show rests on her shoulders. She is motherly and strict; she is kind and wise, but also does not have time to joke around.
– Aurora: (female, 18 – 25)
Aurora moves to the big city to pursue her dreams of being an actress after her grandmother dies. She is a young, innocent, and an idealist.
– Lalita: (female, 25 – 35, Asian, bisexual)
She is spunky and colorful. She protects those she considers family with her life, but she isn’t afraid to burn bridges to the rest of the world.
– Andrew: (male, 25 – 35, African American)
He is an all-American boy. He turned to extra circulars during high school to avoid being swept into a gang, which made him a star on the stage and on the field.
– Sterling (male, 20 – 30, biracial, homosexual)
A paradox – both dauntless and doubtful. He recognizes and flaunts his talent, but constantly berates himself for not being perfect.
– Peter: (male, 20 – 30, redhead)
He is a loner from the rest of the group; he speaks in literature allusions and often counsels others.
– Aldwin: (male, 45 – 65)
Once an action movie star, he is returning to roots after having a bad back injury on set. Despite landing several large franchise films, he remains humble and excited on each project he works on.
– Bridget: (female, 35 – 55, plus size and curvy)
A veteran actress returning to for the season – always in her Silver Star mother’s shadow, she struggled to establish herself as an actress in her own right. She had success in her early 20s as young heroines, but is having a hard time adjusting to more matronly roles. She has a tendency to be over dramatic.
– Caleb: (male, 20 – 30, Native American)
He developed a degenerative eye disease in high school and is legally blind. He is positive, sweet, and determined.
– Charlotte: (female, 25 – 40)
Once a pageant queen, Charlotte is still seeking the spotlight through acting and modeling. With a strong southern twang, she was raised to be the epitome of grace and feminity. She hides her claws with dainty gloves.
– Melek: (male, 30 – 45, Jewish, bodybuilder)
A novice in the world of theatre, he developed a tough body builder persona to hide his sensitive poetic side.
– Irene: (female, 40 – 55, Latino)
An ex-soap opera star, she has a vibrant and fiery personality.
– Isha (male, 35 – 60, Indian)
The “dad” model: makes lame jokes, lives off puns, and offers food in times of stress. He often supports others before taking care of himself.
NOTES: Gas stipend for driving travel is covered, as well as lodging.
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: October 15, 2017
SEND EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
INCLUDE: Headshot, Resume, Reel link
NOTES: Please film two 60 second monologues, one modern and one Shakespeare. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy – iPhone video is acceptable! If emailing the videos doesn’t work, feel free to use youtube or wetransfer.