A World Premiere About Social Media Use
Written by Bruce Gevirtzman
Directed by Steve Cisneros
CASTING NOTE: ALL PERFORMERS MUST BE BETWEEN AGES 13-21.
WE ARE NOT CASTING OLDER ACTORS TO PLAY YOUNGER.
NOTE: This script, a world premiere, is still being developed. Changes may occur throughout the process. Scenes may be cut or added. Parts that are small may grow, and parts that are big may shrink. Actors will have occasional input on scenes and the show as a whole throughout the process.
Todd, 16-19, Lead, male: This high school student has recently come out as gay, and suddenly his life is turned upside down. Cyberbullying and anonymous attacks from strangers and have taken a toll, sending him into seclusion.
Lisa-15-18, lead, female: Todd’s supportive friend, funny, quirky, good comedic timing. Doing the best she can, she’s there for Todd with advice and support, even if she’s not always sure what to say or do.
Carmen, 16-19, female, supporting: Carmen has a job offer, right out of high school, only to learn that her online profiles have been exposed to her employer.
Rissa-15, female, supporting: She’s way to into her phone to notice anything in life happening around her. She’s not trying to be rude, but there’s so much in front of her, that she sees nothing around her.
Joshua, supporting, male 15-18: Gets on Facebook live, driving, drunk. Proud of his stupidity.
Vanessa, 15-17, Lead, Female: Caitlin’s friend. As an attempt at a harmless joke, she sets up a fake profile of a boy, and expresses interest in Caitlin. The joke gets out of hand and grows beyond something she can control. The intent was not to hurt, but to help her friend build confidence.
Caitlin, 14-18, Lead, Female: An innocent teen who thinks she’s met the boy of her dreams online, only to find that it’s catfish, a prank by friends. But the consequences turn serious faster than anyone could have imagined.
Jasmine-12-14, lead, female: This role for a young actress should be played by a mature young actress. Who can understand the depth of what’s occurring to the character. Jasmine is solicited and cyber-seduced by an older man. Her insecurities allow her to do and say things she would never do in person, but behind a screen, she becomes braver and reckless.
Felice-18-19, female, supporting: In shape, works out daily, manager of yoga studio who discovers the online activities of an employee. Stern yet warm.
Brandon, 16-18, male, supporting: Calls out his best friend over the way he’s acted and treated his ex-girlfriend. Good-guy, genuine. But stands up for things that he feels aren’t right.
Ensemble, male and female, supporting, 12-18: The ensemble is used throughout the show as supporting roles. These performers will be seen throughout the show, with lines and will have ample stage time. These are not “background” roles, but supporting elements of the overall production.