How Black Mothers Say I Love You Day 1 of 2 – St. Paul EPA (06.17.19)

Penumbra Theatre
Saint Paul, MN

Job Details


Call Type: EPA


Signe Harriday – Director
Sarah Bellamy – Artistic Director
Randy Reyes – Associate Producer
Merritt Rodriguez – Production Manager

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
First Preview: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Opening: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Closing: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Callbacks: Friday, June 21, 2019: 11:30am – 2:30pm

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

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Equity actors for Trey Anthony’s HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU.


Daphne had her first child at seventeen years old. Her second came two years later. And then she made the hardest decision of her life: to leave the girls in Jamaica while she went to the United States, working several grueling jobs to earn enough money to send for them. Six years later, her daughters, Claudette and Valerie, joined her stateside. Though reunited, the wounds of departure still sting and Daphne’s monumental sacrifice feels mostly like abandonment to her girls. Now adults, the tables turn as Claudette and Valerie must care for their mom in the sunset of her life. A poignant story of mothers and daughters aching to reach each other with unconditional love before it’s too late.

DAPHNE: Black, mid-fifties, former domestic worker from Jamaica. She has terminal cancer. She is a very religious woman. She’s known for being a bit dramatic and loves to tell a good story; however, she is also a very private and proud woman. Speaks with Jamaican accent.

CLAUDETTE: Black, mid-to-late thirties, a social worker and a social activist. She is Daphne’s eldest daughter. She’s pretty tomboy type who often wears a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans, occasionally she wears red lipstick.

VALERIE: Black, mid-thirties, married into money, but ‘works’ at her husband’s office. She is Daphne’s middle daughter. She is pretty and tends to be a bit stiff and proper. She values tradition and the proper way of doing things. She tends to dress like Michelle Obama. She is the peacemaker of the family, and thus often has a nervous energy about her.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Randy Reyes, Associate Producer, at [email protected]



Audition Information


Penumbra Theatre
270 Kent St
Saint Paul, MN 55102-1744

Auditions will take place on stage of the theatre

Monday, June 17, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


Sides will be made available to prepare