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Auditions For Staged Reading of Cherl L. West's 'Before It Hits Home'

Theatre Audition
Location: Atlanta
Payment is available for this project.
(Stipend of $250 will be paid for actors participating in the production.)

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Casting / Audition Details:

World AIDS Day Atlanta

Directed by: Jamil Jude


Staged Reading – Non-Equity with stipend.

Production Description:

Casting a production of Cheryl L. West's landmark play,"Before It Hits Home," which will be produced as part of World AIDS Day Atlanta.

Synopsis: (Set in1989): Wendal, a jazz musician who has never managed to make it big, has just been diagnosed with HIV. To a string of questioning doctors, he indignantly denies having had any sexual relations with others, but by the end of the first act we see him in two simultaneous bedroom scenes, one between him and his fiancee, Simone, who is pregnant, and one between him and his male lover, Douglas, who is actually a married man and father. In these combined scenes, Wendal's denial and confusion are painfully obvious as he tries to hide the truth about his health from both of his partners; he seems especially intent to hide from Douglas the extent of his undisclosed promiscuity. In the second act, Wendal has drifted away from both Simone and Douglas, unable to sustain the lies that had been keeping his two worlds apart and in balance. He returns home to his mother and father, but upon confiding the truth to them, he is abandoned by his mother who, in a wrathful explosion of raw emotion, indicts Wendal for immorality and takes with her his teenage son from a previous marriage. Wendal's father, however, overcomes his facade of masculine pride and takes up caring for Wendal in his final days, eventually enacting a tentative reconciliation between the family members only in time for Wendal to die. The final image of the play lingers as Simone reappears, her own health and the life of her unborn child in question.


• 4 men, 5 women, 1 boy

Other Dates

Auditions (11/16/18)  - 6PM to 10PM
Rehearsal (11/25/18) - 6PM to 10PM
Rehearsal (11/26/18) - 6PM to 10PM
Rehearsal (11/28/18) - 6PM to 10PM
Evening Performance (11/29/18)

Character Breakdown:

WENDAL, Black male in his early 30s. 
REBA, Black woman in her 50s. Wendal's mother 
BAILEY, Black man in his late 50s, Wendal's father
MAYBELLE, Black woman in her 50s, Reba's best friend
SIMONE, Black woman in her early 20s. Wendal's lover
ANGEL PETERSON, Black woman in her early 20s, Woman in clinic 
DOUGLASS, Black man in his early 40s, Wendal's lover
JUNIOR, Black male in his late 20s, Wendal's younger brother
DWAYNE, Black boy, 12, Wendal's son 
DOCTOR, White woman in her 40s or 50s 
NURSE, a middle-age Hispanic or Asian woman 

Times, dates & locations:

Audition Date

November 16, 2018

6PM - 10PM

Location to be communicated following submition.


Submit CV and headshot to by Thursday, November 15, 2018

City: Atlanta
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018
Contact Name: World AIDS Day Atlanta

Submit your resume and headshot!

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