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Jitney Auditions-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1570916
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 04-26-18
Audition Date 07-29-18 Submission deadline 07-28-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Regular taxi cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970s, and so the residents turn to jitneys—unofficial, unlicensed taxi cabs—that operate in the community. This play portrays the lives of the jitney drivers at the station owned by Jim Becker. We are rapidly introduced to the regulars of the station: recently returned Vietnam veteran Darnell (called Youngblood by the other drivers) who is attempting to build a new life for himself and his family, solid, easy-going Korean War veteran Doub, gossipy hothead Turnbo, alcoholic Fielding and flamboyent numbers runner Shealy, who is not a driver but who uses the station's phone as his base of operations. Conflict arises when Turnbo insinuates himself into Youngblood's love life, telling Youngblood's girlfriend Rena that he has been seen around town with her sister when he should have been at home with their young son. Despite his protestations of innocence, she accuses Youngblood, who has been acting secretly and has taken money needed for groceries to pay a vague "debt", of cheating on her, which he has done in the past. Youngblood attacks Turnbo for causing trouble and Turnbo pulls a gun on him, threatening to shoot him, but station boss Becker intervenes.

Role # 1 Jim Becker
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The well-respected manager of the jitney station.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 2 Doub
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Doub, a driver, cautious and slow going, a Korean War veteran.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 3 Fielding
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Fielding, a driver, an alcoholic, formerly a tailor who clothed Billy Eckstine and Count Basie.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 4 Turnbo
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Turnbo, a driver, notorious for being a gossip.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 5 YoungBlood
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YoungBlood (Darnell Williams), a driver. Recently returned from Vietnam, working several jobs to provide for his family.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 6 Rena
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Rena, YoungBlood's girlfriend and the mother of his young son, Jesse.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 7 Shealy
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Shealy, a flamboyent bookie who uses the jitney station as the basis of his operations.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 8 Philmore
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Philmore, a local Hotel doorman and a frequent jitney passenger.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60

Role # 9 Booster
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Booster (Clarence Becker), Becker's son, who has just completed a 20-year prison sentence for murder.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60