NOTICE FOR — Supporting Role (Pedestrian) in Comedic Short
Open Until: May 16, 2022
Project: "Flipping the Script"
Casting Breakdown Notice Type: Actor, Comedian, Public Speaker/Moderator
Seeking a range of talent for a comedic short that highlights the absurdity of ableist behavior by “flipping the script” on certain non-consensual, socially-accepted interactions regularly faced by disabled people every day. All scenes shooting in Harrisonburg, VA on May 25th.
In this story, disability is considered the norm, while non-disabled people are treated as “different”. As a man “lacking specialty”, our lead, Ash, experiences constant intrusions from those around him; he’s treated like a toddler, told that he is too “immature” for an intimate relationship, and vilified for “faking” a disability, all by the disabled characters around him. Ash’s plight is intended to be comedic and farcical, but most importantly it should generate empathy in the viewer to trigger reflection on the often unfair treatment of actual disabled people in an overwhelmingly able-bodied society. The script has been adapted from original scenarios from the “Disability-Inclusive Sexual Health Network”, with whom we are collaborating on this project.
*Disclaimer: This story uses comedic irony to shed light on the prejudices that non-disabled people often hold (whether consciously or not) toward people with disabilities. This is intended to convey an alternative perspective to the viewer through irony, and the negative actions of the characters have been heightened to further convey this message.
THE ROLE: Pedestrian (age 30-80) (all gender identities considered) (all disabilities considered)
Although the pedestrian, “means well”, they are very condescending toward our lead, Ash, in an encounter on the street. While crossing, the pedestrian spots Ash walking with his girlfriend, Marin, who has a disability. Because Ash doesn’t have a disability, he is in the minority in this “flipped” world. They praise Marin for “taking care” of Ash and express disbelief and even disgust when they learn that the two are actually in an intimate relationship. Because of the absurdity/irony of this scenario, some subtle comic delivery will be required for this role.
Pay: $200 for one day