Role / Project description: Based on a true story, Wildflower will bring to life a young woman's journey as she navigates taking care of her parents, one of whom (SHARON) is Intellectually or Developmentally disabled, and a father who suffered a traumatic brain injury in his youth. At the same time, she is seeking to find her own independent way in the world. It is a WONDERFUL script, to be directed by Matt Smukler, and Produced by Morning Moon Productions, Hunting Lane, and Limelight -- all very well-respected in the industry.
What we are looking for is a woman with IDD , who is not Down Syndrome, to play the very important role of SHARON, the mother. Between 34-48, the individual we hope to find can both capture the essence of the real-life Sharon, as well as have the capacity to memorize lines and act the part. We are open to auditioning women who have IDD and additional physical disabilities as well.
No acting experience is necessary, we are auditioning both actors and non-actors for this role.
We attached all the materials below for your consideration.
[SHARON] Mid 30s to mid 40s, fearless, kind, genuine, Sharon is a person with an intellectual disability. Happily married to a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury in his youth, she is the mother of a seventeen year old girl named Bea (short for Bambi - Sharon's favorite cartoon character). Sharon approaches life with enthusiasm and steadfast determination. For the first ten years of her daughter's life, they lived in a van in a trailer park but they worked hard and eventually moved into an apartment. Though her daughter is more of a parent to Sharon than the other way around, Sharon loves Bea deeply. She is not comfortable with affection but she is devoted to her family. When her sister proposes taking Bea away, Sharon is incensed and will have none of it. Funny, innocent, sweet, she laughs at inappropriate things, and often embarrasses Bea. However, Sharon is a fighter. She has lived an unconventional life, a life that is anything but "normal." She is determined to live the life she wants - even though everyone has told her she can't...LEAD (3)
Submission instructions: Thank you so much for taping for the role of “Sharon” in Wildflower. Attached, please find the script as well and the material to prepare.
Instructions on how to self-tape are below:
1. Make 2 separate tapes. One of acting out the material and a 2nd for the questions (which should be no more than 2 minutes in length).
2. Please have a reader off camera to read all the other roles.
3. Do not read the stage direction.
4. Look at the reader next to the camera and not into the camera.
5. Please frame to camera so we can see a mid-waist to top of head and a full body shot while you slate your name and where you live.
Please know that this is just an initial audition to get to meet you and see if you are a fit for the role so it does not need to be perfect.
Thank you again for putting yourself on tape.