Drama/1950s Period Piece
Independent Short Film
Coconut Grove Productions, Los Angeles
Executive Producer: Allex Tarr, Yen Hoang
Writer/Director: Allex Tarr
Audition Date: 2/28
Shoot Dates: 4/23 – 4/25
Location: Shawnee, Oklahoma
In 1950s Shawnee, a 16-year-old girl must decide whether to elope with her boyfriend or remain trapped in an abusive home. Based on a true story.
(Delores, 16-22) Delores is a stubborn and feisty 16-year-old girl from Shawnee, Oklahoma. She has frizzy hair and long legs. She is not your stereotypical 1950s female who behaves in a sophisticated and passive manner. She says and does what she wants. When she doesn’t like something, she takes matters into her own hands. This headstrong attitude, sometimes seen as defensive or combative, has developed out of her need for survival. Her father – the one person she doesn’t have the courage to stand up to – beats her often, which has resulted in Delores’s tough personality. Scratch the tiniest bit below the surface and you’ll find a charmingly funny, sentimental young girl who just wants to escape her painful circumstances. This story takes place the night before her father is making the family move far away from Shawnee, far away from the love of Delores’s life – Johnny – and she doesn’t like it one bit. She hatches a plan for them to run away and get married, but Johnny is unsure. Please note, we will be filming scenes of domestic abuse between this character and her father’s character, Chester. Actress must be comfortable filming this sensitive subject matter. Some scenes will be heard and not seen (taking place off-screen), but some scenes will be visible on-screen.
(Johnny, 18-24) Johnny is a softy. A dirt-poor, romantic 18-year-old with dark hair and striking features. He’s better looking than he is aware of. Like Delores, he also comes from a broken home, though his is one of neglect rather than physical abuse. Johnny is okay with a simple existence, as long as Delores is by his side. He’s selfless, pensive, and enjoys art and music, though he doesn’t believe in himself enough to pursue either one. Johnny is distraught that Delores is moving away, but he doesn’t see much that he can do about it. He’s the passive one between the two of them; he tends to just accept his lot in life and the things that happen to him. On their last night together, he just wants to soak up every moment he has with Delores. He is hesitant about Delores’s plan to elope because it’s not in his nature to take extreme action, even if it means saving the girl he loves from a bad home.
(Chester, 38-50) Chester is a 40-something-year-old man continuing the cycle of abuse he grew up with. He is an incredibly tall, lean, and good looking man who is incapable of verbalizing his emotions.
Though he loves his daughter, Delores, in his own damaged way, he reacts to her stubborn and non-traditional personality with a bad temper. He is reactionary, harsh, and oftentimes violent. He believes this is the way men are supposed to behave, as a force of power, patriarchy, and structure – everything Delores challenges on a daily basis. Please note, we will be filming scenes of domestic abuse between this character and Delores’s character. Actor must be comfortable filming this sensitive subject matter. Some scenes will be heard and not seen (taking place off-screen), but some scenes will be visible on-screen.
(Don 14-19) Don is Johnny’s 14-year-old, jazz-piano playing brother. Don is dark-haired and good looking as well, though slightly goofier. He is slick, quick-witted, and immeasurably talented for his young age. While Johnny passively and sweetly ambles through life, Don takes the opposite approach of striding over-confidently into whatever comes his way. Based on a real person, Don started playing jazz piano in bars when he was only fourteen years old. Though he can’t read a single note of sheet music, he continues to be a well-known improvisational jazz pianist to this day.
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