Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Local community celebrity cameo possible, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
ZOOMAN (lead actor 16 – 18 yrs. old)
RACHEL TATE (mother in her late 30’s)
EMMETT TATE (father late 40’s)
REUBEN TATE (Uncle)
VICTOR TATE (15-year-old son)
RUSSELL ADAMS (friend of Victor)
AcTing and the stage has certain rules used b7 the director, stage manager and actors to block out movement and action on the stage. The stage has certain areas and a reversed system of directions. It is from the audience point of view or the director. We believe most students of the acting process work better when they understand these rules to better put the entire company on the same page of awareness. We also constructive to the concept that it is best learned like any other craft by observing what others before learned. His is a video of a production we will model so to say…watch and begin to learn
The play, set in Philadelphia, begins with a rapping monologue delivered by the jive-talking “Zooman,” Lester Johnson, a teenage thug who has just killed a little girl in a gang shootout. “She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he says, expressing no remorse for having killed the twelve-year-old. Zooman’s monologues continue to punctuate the action, but the main dramatic focus is upon the angry and grief-stricken family of Zooman’s victim.
Reuben Tate (a bus driver who has been estranged from his wife because of an affair with another woman) and his wife, Rachel, are mourning the death of their child Jinny; they are joined in their grief by Uncle Emmett and their fifteen-year-old son, Victor. Emmett is a hothead who argues for revenge, “an eye for an eye,” but Reuben is more restrained, exclaiming, “We’re not head hunters!” Rachel wrongly blames herself for having allowed the child to play outside. Victor says nothing in this argument but asks his friend Russell if he can find him a gun, which Russell agrees to do.
When a neighbor, Donald Jackson, stops by to offer condolences, the audience learns that Reuben had been a light-heavyweight boxer and something of a local celebrity of one time. Jackson tells Reuben that no one on the block would tell the police that they had seen anything. The Tate family knows that there were, in fact, witnesses, and they are disturbed by their neighbors’ silence.
In his second monologue, Zooman confesses that “I shot the little bitch ’cause I felt like it!” The audience learns that Zooman and his friend Stockholm served time for raping a school teacher, a crime that Zooman claims they did not commit. It is later revealed that Zooman has committed other crimes as well, including armed robbery, and that he is a hard and brutal case. He seems to be the egotistical representation of evil.
To Act, Is to Do!