Bourbon at the Border Auditions

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Bourbon at the Border

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

June 1, 2018 – 8PM

June 2, 2018 – 8PM

*Stipends provided to all actors cast.


Play Synopsis:

When May and Charlie joined hundreds of other Americans who went to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. As students at Howard University, their campus activism had been met with calls to their parents and threats of expulsion. The stakes in Mississippi were a lot higher. White supremacists, outraged at the challenge to their segregated way of life, responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many wounded. Years later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago “Freedom Summer.” Unable to confide even in her best friend, Rosa, about the demons that haunt her dreams and twist Charlie’s love for her into something she can no longer recognize, May is convinced that if she can just get Charlie to leave Detroit and cross the bridge to Canada, they can start a new life. But when Rosa’s friend Tyrone gets Charlie a job as a truck driver, the madness of that summer bubbles over until it threatens all of their very lives. BOURBON AT THE BORDER takes a look at the lives of two ordinary people who gave everything they had to the African–American freedom struggle but who have now been largely forgotten. In telling May and Charlie’s story, BOURBON AT THE BORDER puts a human face on the unknown soldiers of the civil rights movement by refusing to romanticize them even as it honors their specific sacrifices and the price they paid.
“A tingling story of the ghosts of a Mississippi summer…Once again, as in Cleage’s Flyin’ West and Blues for an Alabama Sky, the characters ring marvelously true. They are, by turns, funny and earthy and tingling with poetic metaphor…surprisingly heartbreaking…” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


SETTING:Detroit, Michigan 

TIME: 1995

CHARACTERS: 2 Women / 2 Men

AUDITION DATE: March 22, 2018 @ 6:30PM,  Location: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you). 


  1. May Thompson – African-American woman, late 40’s
  2. Rosa St. John – African-American woman, late 40’s
  3. Charles Thompson – African-American man, late 40’s
  4. Tyrone Washington – African-American man, late 40’s


Tentative Production Schedule:  

Auditions: March 22, 2018 @ 6:30PM

CallBacks: March 26, 2018 and March 27, 2018 @ 6:30PM


*THIS IS A COLD READING AUDITION: You will perform lines/scenes from a script that we provide. You will be given 5 minutes to look over the material before being called to the rehearsal room. After your audition, please wait in the waiting room. You may be requested for a Call Back after your audition. 

(SELECTED INDIVIDUALS) – CALL BACKS:  March 26 and 27, 2018 AT 6:30PM. LOCATION: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you).   (PLEASE CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE IN CASE YOU ARE SELECTED FOR CALLBACKS) 


1. Rehearsal Starts on/and the week of Monday April 2, 2018 @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: (Location: Macon, GA) 

1. Tuesdays: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

2. Thursday: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

3. Saturdays: 1:00PM- 5:00PM



Director: Thelron Pleas

Stage Manager: Christopher Graddick

Asst. Stage Manager (Props):

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): TBD

Scenic Designer: TBD

Lighting Designer: TBD

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs,