CHURCH & STATE by Jason O’Dell
- July 17th 2pm – 4:30pm or
- July 19th 7pm – 8:30pm
Audition Requirements: Cold Readings from the script
A North Carolina U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting
Production Dates: October 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2022
Rehearsals Begin: End of August
- SENATOR CHARLES “CHARLIE” WHITMORE (R-NC): Male. 40s–50s.
Born and raised in North Carolina, he is a former state senator, now incumbent Junior U.S. Senator up for reelection. Though not gunning for it himself, the party is grooming Charlie for a presidential run in a few years. Charlie is a man filled with doubt. But he has plenty of charisma and sex appeal. He’s a rare honest politician and gifted public speaker. A real family man who loves his wife, sons, and constituents.
- SARA WHITMORE: Female. 40s to 50’s.
Charlie’s wife. A big, brassy, former real estate agent, now stay-at-home mom to their boys Matthew (9, athletic and fearless) and Luke (6, artistic and sensitive). She is sweet, charming, and instantly likable. Even when she’s bossing you around, she does it with an irresistible smile. More “street smart” than “book smart,” but can still hold her own with the big boys. Also born and raised in North Carolina. Loves her family, Jesus, and the Bible. She’s a tough Southern woman with a soft underbelly.
- ALEX KLEIN: Female. 20’s and up.
Charlie’s campaign manager. A fast-talking, no-nonsense liberal Jew from New York whose star is on the rise as a go-to campaign manager. Hired by the Whitmore campaign so she wouldn’t defeat him working for the other side. She is great at her job, but knows her career is on the line if this election goes badly. Her self-doubt bubbles to the surface at times, but she’s clearly a professional at the top of her game.