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"A Necessary Conversation" Auditions

  • NYNE Productions 220 West Brandon Boulevard Brandon, FL, 33511 United States (map)

Not Your Normal Entertainment announces open auditions for A Necessary Conversation.

Written by current teacher Peter Nason and past teacher Deborah Bostock-Kelley, A NECESSARY CONVERSATION takes an unflinching look at bullying, gun violence and its aftermath. The show features 47 REASONS TO LIVE, a tale of the inner workings of a potential school shooter and 11:11 explores how mothers and teen survivors in a church support group attempt to deal with the aftermath of experiencing the traumatic and violent loss of a child and a classmate.


Directed by

Deborah Bostock-Kelley


47 Reasons to Live

Directed by

Gabriel Flores

Produced by Not Your Normal Entertainment

This is two one-act plays combined into one play. Please prepare a 1-minute dramatic monologue. All who audition will be asked for cold readings from script.

All roles are volunteer. No Experience Required.

Please bring a complete list of ALL potential date CONFLICTS with you to auditions, as rehearsals are scheduled based upon this information.

Performances will be Friday, April 26 at 8 P.M., and Saturday, April 27 at 2 P.M. & 8 P.M., at Brandon's Event Space on Parsons Ave.

Following evening performances will be a talk back panel with cast and community experts on bullying and gun violence prevention.



THERAPIST. 30's-80's - female - pastor at local church leading grief counseling group, overwhelmed by role.

ERIKA. Teenager to early 20's - survivor of school shooting. Forced into activist role.

MADDIE. Teenager to early 20's - girlfriend of ERIKA (no lines, but physical - always gently touching shoulder, hair, etc of ERIKA when she talks about shooting) 

AUBREY. 40's - dealing with loss of son. Extremely strong, emotional role.

47 Reasons to Live

JAMES CALDWELL. Teenager (13-16 years old). Angelic looking, charismatic, smart, and extremely troubled.

MR. Z. 40’s. Full name: Mr. Zimmerman. Language Arts teacher who still teaches with great enthusiasm and vigor. Truly cares about his students.

MR. AKINS. 40-60 years old. Jaded math teacher who is a very strict disciplinarian.

ASHLEY HOLLAND. Teenager, the same grade as James. Very upright, sweet-looking, but may have an edge.

MR. BREINARD. Male or Female. Principal at Star Harbor High School. Tries to be chummy with his staff, but knows how to lead.

MOTHER. 30’s. James’s mom. Obviously life hasn’t gone her way, and she finds herself overwhelmed by raising her family alone.

Earlier Event: November 26
"November" Auditions
Later Event: March 4
"Cabaret" Auditions