Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Riant Theatre casting for Virtual Play Reading 


by Robert R. Bowie, Jr
directed by Van Dirk Fisher

WHEN: The play reading will be on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8PM EST
WHERE: Zoom.

Synopsis: Thirty years ago, two friends—one white, one black—were torn apart by violence. Both men lost their sons, one to the horrors of the Klan, and one to an unjust judicial system. Now, years later, those sons meet by chance on the road from Nevada back to Maryland. With the help of a tenacious waitress from Reno, they grapple with the past and work towards redemption, forgiveness, and hope.

Cast Breakdown:

SARAH CLAGGETT:      Dan’s wife. A black woman in her early 50s. She is dressed in work clothes that are informal, but clean and neat.

DAN CLAGGETT: Sarah's husband. A black man in his mid 50s. He is a solid Chesapeake Bay waterman and factory worker dressed in work clothes and work boots. He is the patriarch of his family.

RICHARD MIDDLEMAN, SR: Richard’s father. A white man in his mid 50s. An alcoholic Chesapeake Bay waterman dressed in working clothes and work boots.

BELLE O'BRIEN:  A white woman in her late 20s who is sassy, street-savvy, and attractive. She is dressed as a Reno truck stop waitress.

RICHARD MIDDLEMAN, JR. (RICHARD): A white man in his late 20s. He is overdressed in completely new cowboy clothes.

ONAJE (WILLIAM) CLAGGETT: A black man in his mid 30s. He is dressed in an old bomber jacket, work pants and work boots, all extremely dusty and worn. He carries a duffle bag and sextant for navigation.

HENDERSON: A white ex-policeman in his early 50s. He is dressed in a work shirt and work pants but wears a policeman’s hat.

ANDREW: A white boy in his late teens or early 20s. He is an affable, naïve, hitchhiker in a faded madras shirt, khaki pants and work boots. He is a civil rights worker of the 60s vintage.

If you are interested in auditioning for a role email us at We will email you audition sides and you can email us your Audition Tape via, Google Docs or Dropbox. 

We must receive your audition tape by Thursday, October 15th at 9pm EST

All actors selected for the Zoom Play Reading must have access to a laptop, iPad or iPhone in order to participate, because we will be using Virtual Backgrounds.