Dynamic Black Theater



The African American Theatrical Ensemble (AATE )is producing a staged table reading of its adaptation of  A Soldier’s Play, a murder mystery that explores the complicated feelings of anger and resentment that some Black Americans have toward one another, and the ways in which many have absorbed attitudes held by White racists.

There will be one rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10th, 7 to 10 PM, with the staged reading taking place the following evening, on Wednesday, September 11th, at 7 PM in Los Angeles. Experience preferred but not required. Union members will perform under 29 hour contract.


9 Black females, 22-50/3 Caucasian females, late 27-50

DAVENPORT- Black F, 27-35- Determined lawyer seeking the truth.

WATERS- Black F, 35-50- Serpentine dictator, bent on destroying anyone in the way of progress.

WILKIE- Black F, 30’s- Easily led underling, grasping for power.

COBBS- Black F, 20’s- Afro-Latina lover.

SMALLS- Black F, 20’s- Diminutive, seemingly innocent mastermind.

C.J.-  Black F, 20’s- Powerful mystic, with the power of song.

Ellis-  Black F, 20’s- Funny lady adept at physical comedy- think Lucille Ball

PETERSON- Black F, 20’s- Militant activist tired of the system’s version of justice.

HENSEN- Black F, 20’s- Alcoholic mother, separated from her family.

TAYLOR- White F 40’s- “Differently-abled” Veteran, unsure what to make of a changing society.

BYRD-  White F, 30’s- Naive doctor, helpless to cure the dis-ease around her.

WILCOX- White F, 20’s- Abusive cop, frustrated with political correctness.

Important Dates:


Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Whitmore Lindley Theater (11006 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood)

Check-In Time- 10 AM


Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7 to 10 PM

Location TBA

Staged Reading:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 PM (6:15 PM Call-time)

Location TBA

Please forward headshot/resume, direct contact phone number and brief statement regarding character of interest and any time conflicts to: info@theaate.com. You will receive an email with further instructions- we’ll see you at auditions!