“Dr. Sweet’s Tinderbox” Auditions & Casting for Stage Play

Casting Call for Actors

Casting actors and actresses for the stage play, “Dr. Sweet’s Tinderbox”. It is the reenactment of The 2nd Sweet Trial that took place in 1926. One show only to take place on January 14th, 2012. The play is only one hour long. But it’s pretty intense. Auditions will be held on November 5th in Detroit, Michigan.

Plot:

Dr. Sweet is most notable for his self defense in 1925 of his newly-purchased home in a predominantly white neighborhood against a mob attempting to force him out of the neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan. He, his family and friends were arrested and tried for the murder of one of the mob. The famous attorney Clarence Darrow defended him, his family, and friends who helped defend his home, in what came to be known as the Sweet Trials. There was also an all-white jury.

Audition Details:

Saturday, November 5th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

The Charles Wright Museum of African-American History
East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI

Available Roles:

  • CLARENCE DARROW: The era’s famous defender of civil liberties. He’s a tall Caucasian man in his sixties who has lost very little energy to age. He’s brilliant, witty and very persuasive.
  • PROSECUTOR TOMS:The Caucasian lawyer heading the prosecution.
  • LESTER MOLL:Caucasian Assistant prosecutor; surly and rather belligerent
  • KENNEDY: An attorney who questioned the Sweets after they were arrested
  • INSPECTOR SHUKNECHT:Policeman, a Caucasian man in his thirties, a key witness for the prosecution
  • LIEUTENANT SCHELLENBERGER:Caucasian younger policeman
  • CLERK OF THE COURT: No race requirement
  • MR. GETKE:Caucasian; Neighbor who lived next door to the Sweet home; witness for the prosecution
  • MRS. GETKE:Caucasian; Neighbor who lived next door to the Sweet home; witness for the prosecution
  • MRS. WARE:Caucasian; Resident of Garland St.; witness for the prosecution
  • EDWARD MILLER:Caucasian; Resident of Garland St.; witness for the prosecution
  • ALFRED ANDREWS:Caucasian; Lives in the neighborhood; witness for the prosecution
  • OTTO:Caucasian; Resident of Garland St. (small role at the opening of the play)
  • HAROLD:Caucasian; Resident of Garland St.(small role at the opening of the play)

Compensation:

Compensation for lead attorney characters.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please email your headshot and resume to: bkperryman@aol.com

NOTE: Please include the role you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Sides will be emailed to interested actors.

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