"Crosses to Bear": Character Breakdown (Not in final order)
A radical American Nazi skinhead confused about the “whys”, but is, nevertheless, a promoter of the rhetoric. 18 to 35 years old; goatee, not a ‘redneck’ in the typical sense, in that he really is very intelligent. Captivating presence, unpredictable, extremely attractive in direct contrast to the ugliness inside him. Georgia or North Carolina dialect desired.
Elderly, southern black woman with her own losses, challenges and epiphany coming home to roost. Plays 70 to 90 years old.
Clueless, sheltered and unfortunate in her innocence. Business barracuda's heir apparent. She feels that she has a clear picture of life. 24 to 29 years old. Mid-western accent. Buppie offspring.
THE BALTIMORE MOB VICTIM
25 to 30 year old Caucasian male victim of a brutal, St. Patrick’s Day lynching and robbery in downtown Baltimore near the steps of the courthouse as he meandered about, clearly intoxicated.
Loving, loving mother who has recovered from a broken heart. For her, history matters--- as does faith. She is finding ways to accept things beyond her control, no matter how hard she’s willing to try to change them. 47-55 years old.
Korean-American actor, frustrated with the business” and takes a stand against the LA film establishment. Brave, if not a bit misguided about ways to deal with things. 24-30 years old.
SHAIMA ALAWADI and FATIMA AL HIMIDI
-Iraqi-American woman murdered in her house in El Cajon California by bludgeoning with a tire iron. Housewife, mother of five, outstanding Muslimah. Thirty two years old.
-Daughter of the murder victim. Strong, outspoken and highly western in her demeanor and speech patterns. She honors Hijab in every, visible, respect. Age 17.
SENATOR JEREMY CARVER-SPOTTISWOODE
Sugary-Sweet, southern Republican candidate for president. He is the neo-Clan leader with impunity and brass. He sounds like John Edwards in his accent and inflections. Plays 35-50 years old.
His family helped create politics in this country, since the Mayflower. He has Ivy vines for veins. He has the bluest of blue blood. He is ruthless but always polite. Leading-man, super attractive and fit in contrast to his ugly heart. B&D Swinger/Aficionado.
NYC, savvy, Irish-American lesbian. Gentle Michigan transplant. Works in film. 28-38 years old. Reddish hair and fine facial structure. Small rimmed glasses. Chic but down to earth. In a, long-term, romantic relationship with a black woman. If "blackness" is contagious, She may be starting to exhibit symptoms. Bright and free smile.
Intelligent, diligent and hopeful Cuban-American. Sensitive and responsible man who loves his new homeland and sees a need for change. Father. 35-45 years old. Actor should possess or play Cuban accent and have the ability to read or pronounce German text.
Nez-Perce Native (Indian) lineage. Relays the facts from the perspective of his Native-American experience. Very potent and well-informed. Proud and connected to Native-American traditions. 40 - 60 years old. Over six feet tall. Gentle yet commanding, resonant, stirring voice.
TRAYVON BENJAMIN MARTIN
17 year-old, African-American murder victim, speaks from beyond. Murdered, allegedly, by George Michael Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, on February 26, 2012. MUST play 16 to 18 years old.