Casting for 2 actresses (age 50–70)

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Now casting for a lighthearted comedy titled “Bet and Flo” for our Spring industry showcase. This is a script written for two women (50s–70s) to co-lead, a lot of great material here for the right actors.
Logline: Two women shoot the breeze about life, love, and sex from the patio of their Florida retirement complex.
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This casting we’re doing a little differently, as we’re accepting taped readings from the script. It’s an experiment! Videos need not be frilly, can just be a quick recording on your smartphone or computer. You can either upload and send the link (Vimeo, Youtube, Google docs, etc.) or simply send the file to us at oneaxeplays@gmail.com. We’re accepting taped auditions from Sunday, March 15–Saturday, March 21.
If you are interested in reading for a part, email us with your headshot in jpg and full contact info, and we’ll send you the script with the sides you’ll read from. You can read for both parts or choose one.
The showcase performance is MARCH 28, so please do not audition if you can’t commit to that night. Rehearsal schedule is flexible and will not be time consuming.
“Bet and Flo”
Written by LaShea Delaney
Directed by Ashley Nicole Black
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:
 
Both Bet and Flo live in a retirement community in Florida. They are transplants to the area.
 
BET- (50s–70s), Bet is the innocent, she only loved her deceased husband so the lusty feelings she has for Charlie make her very uncomfortable.
FLO- (50s–70s), Flo is the cynic, tougher but has a big heart.
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Spring Showcase Writer #3: LaShea Delaney

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We first heard about LaShea a couple of years ago, when her “B*tches in Bookshops” video went viral. NPR even coined a new generation of intellectuals after her video—”bookish Millennials.” We didn’t even know this was the same LaShea from the video when we accepted her piece “Bet and Flo” for the Spring Showcase. What we knew is that LaShea did what most writers did not when submitting: included +40 female characters. And these characters had sensitivity and humor, which we’re always looking for. You might even say that “Bet and Flo” is lighthearted romp through elderly sex and dating in Florida, which we are very excited about, especially under the direction of Ashley Nicole Black.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

a. Far Away- Caryle Churchill
b. Adventures in Babysitting
c. Tragedy: a tragedy- Will Eno
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer/director?
As a kid I would watch episodes of the X-Files and try and write my own.
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
I love collaborative work. I’ve found that nothing is more exciting to me than having a good idea and making it great through working with smart, creative, funny women.
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
Not sure but I have and will arrive in a Lyft.

Spring Showcase Director #3: Ashley Nicole Black

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Ashley Black comes to us as a recent transplant from Chicago, where she was writing and directing and working with the Second City. She had a subtle, dry humor to her work, coupled with a superpower of saying what everyone else was thinking. She was a perfect match for LaShea Delaney’s script “Bet & Flo,” about two women shooting the shit on life and love from the patio of their retirement home in Florida.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite movie is, I either say “Amelie” or “Birth of a Nation,” depending on how contrary I’m feeling. But my actual favorite move is “Talledega Nights”… that is my deepest, darkest, secret.

2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a writer/director?

No, I went to school for theatre and performance studies. I always thought I wanted to be an actor, but something was missing until I started doing sketch comedy and getting to write words for myself to act. I had a teacher who said to me, “You are a writer.” Not even, you’re a good writer, just a writer. I started crying. It was like a really important moment in my life. I found out a few years later, after she passed away, that she says that to everyone and everyone cries. Oh, I’m a director too. In sketch comedy, everyone does everything.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

I just moved to LA from Chicago. I’ve found that the most creative times in my life have been when I’m in the company of creative women.

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

I ask myself this every time I end up opening the refrigerator without being able to remember why. The answer is: pie.