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A Summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American cardiac nurse Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Regla de Ocha and Santeria in the Diaspora, is the engine behind this supernatural mystery thriller. This African-evolved religion, with its magic, is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, betrayal, obsession, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping, edgy, mystery/thriller.

Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bed-fellow, and an amorous co-worker, Negra battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while a restless spirit and the African gods seek justice...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

SYNOPSIS AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWN FOR THIS MONTH'S AUDITIONEES

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A summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem, a very different Spanish Harlem from today, finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. To protect her secret, she becomes strange bedfellows with Tony Perez, a notorious womanizer and small time hustler; to the dismay of those her lover her most, namely, her mother Millie and best friend Chee Chee.

The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Santeria and Candomble in the Americas, is the engine behind this dramatic three act play. This African-evolved religion and its magic is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, homophobia, intra-racism, classicism and betrayal. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this mystery/supernatural/drama.
As a three act play it won two staged readings and actor Ella Joyce originated the role of Carmen 20 years ago. It has finally been revised as a play, and adapted as a screenplay recently placing semi finalist and quarter finalist in two international film festivals.

Character Breakdown

NEGRA CENTRON-Beautiful dark skinned (very black) Cuban American. Early thirties. Cardiac nurse at New York Hospital. Actor must be comfortable on stage with bra and panties for 3 minutes.
TONY PEREZ-Puerto Rican mulatto. Pretty boy. Eric Estrada type. Small time hustler, "women magnet". Unlikely hero. 40-42yrs.
MILLIE CENTRON-NEGRA'S mother. Feisty busy body and drama queen. Attrractive. Still mourning the death of her husband, Ruben. Late forties, early fifties.
CARMEN-Wise , mysterious, Cuban American mulatto. Millies‟s age. A Santera, a priestess in Santeria/Lukumi. Late forties-early fifties.
LOURDES-One of TONY'S “whipped women”. Fiery Latina. Jealous and hot tempered. 30's.
CHEE CHEE-American of African descent. Handsome gay male. Fun loving and loquacious. Fashionisto. NEGRA'S pal. 40-42yrs.
TODD TURNBULL ADAMS-White Anglo Saxon Cardiologist. Works in same hospital with NEGRA. Old money and pompous. 40-42yrs.
BOBBY VICO-Italian American small time hood but well connected. TONY'S best friend.
CLINTON WILLIAMS-Handsome light complexion Caribbean American. Successful "Buppy" and uppity Negro. Hates where he came from and looks down on the folks from the old nabe. 40-42yrs.