CASTING CALL – The History of Joy, Our Earth
Non-union, paid opportunity
Casting early October. Filming in San Diego, CA in early November, 2021
ABOUT THE HISTORY OF JOY: Take an unforgettable theatrical journey through moments of everyday magic and extraordinary possibility. In partnership with award-winning poet laureate nominee Gill Sotu, “The History of Joy” is a 4-part series of cinematic performances inspired by real-life stories of struggle, beauty, and triumph. Inspired by the 8 pillars of joy outlined in The Book of Joy – written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Doug Abrams, this segment entitled Our Earth is the 4th and final segment of the series. Produced in partnership with The Rosin Box Project.
DIRECTOR’S NOTE: All actors will be double-cast for Parts One & Two. All gender identities and expressions are encouraged to audition.
SCENE & CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
PART ONE, WE WOLVES: A post-apocalyptic reimagining of the three little pigs story. The three pigs have separated and formed their own clans to create the kingdoms of Brick, Plastic, and Lead. They are no longer on speaking terms and are all convinced that the wolves have been destroying the earth’s resources as payback for past grievances. The Pigs later discover that THEY are actually the all-consuming wolves. Actors will be in contemporary, post-apocalyptic attire; humans with animal traits. Character actors are strongly encouraged to audition.
MARCUS (Narrator, male, 35-65 years old, any ethnicity): Father of two young kids who is exhausted trying to put them to bed. Sets the scene for the audience, tells the kids (and us) the REAL story of the Three Little Pigs. This actor doubles as KING BOWMAN (House of Brick – Pig). Strong presence, powerful but kind.
TOBIAS (KING BOWMAN’s grandson House of Brick – Pig) Soldier in the House of Brick. This actor doubles as GLEN in the next segment.
QUEEN PENELOPE (Queen of the House of Plastic, Pig, female, 25-55 years old): Sultry, empowered but high maintenance, voluptuous and owns it. Has arrived with a full army to take over BOWMAN’s kingdom.
SEBASTIAN (Soldier in the House of Lead – Pig, male, 25-35 years old, any ethnicity) has agreed to spy for KING BOWMAN in order to gain asylum for himself and his girlfriend.
EVELYN (Bear, woman, any ethnicity, any age) We discover her in the forest, wailing over the dead body of her bear cub who was poisoned by the polluted river. This actor should have a large, powerful presence. Played as a human with bear-like traits.
BROOKLYN (Monkey, male, any ethnicity, any age) Wiry frame, high energy. We discover him in a desert-like environment. Starving but still full of nervous energy. Kinda sketchy, no integrity. He is wearing a pig nose, pretending to be a pig in order to gain access to the House of Brick.
PART TWO: MARKETING 101
We are in a boardroom full of Hippie Boomers & Millenials who have signed up for a Marketing 101 class. The same actors from the previous scene are now students in this class. GLEN, A young man 17-20 years old, is the teacher (played by the same actor who played TOBIAS in the previous scene). He is witty, enthusiastic, a young entrepreneur-type marketing guru-type. Knows how to pitch an idea and close the deal.