Auditions for Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Book of Grace (Dir. Shariffa) | Normal Ave (NYC)

Normal Ave
New York, NY 10019


Shannon Molly Flynn

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Casting the “The Book of Grace”, a play by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Shariffa Ali.

Synopsis: The Book of Grace is a scorching three-person drama in which a young man returns home to south Texas to confront his father, unearthing deep-seated passions and ambition. The play first premiered in 2010 at the Public Theater, where Parks is currently in the midst of a three-year residency as the first recipient of the theater’s Master Writer Chair.

This will be the first New York revival of “The Book of Grace” since it had its world premiere at The Public in 2010. This production will be part of Normal Ave’s 2019-20 Main Stage season, directed by Shariffa Ali.

Normal Ave, a Hell’s Kitchen-based theater company, believes in redefining normal by nurturing an inclusive community of fresh, diverse voices and inviting collaborative freedom at every stage of the artistic process. Our accessible programming of new and existing works spark curiosity, challenge perception, and welcome our artists and audiences to think, listen and respond in radical ways. For more information on Normal Ave, visit

A Note on Casting: Trans and non-binary performers are encouraged to submit. 

AEA and Non-Equity actors are encouraged to submit. 


female identifying, 40s-50s, black, Vet’s Wife, Buddy’s Stepmother
An ever-present ray of light, Grace represents all that is pure and good. She is kind, nurturing, inquisitive, thoughtful, and always chooses to seek out the positive outcome in every situation. Cares deeply about her work as a waitress, and is far more intelligent and aware than Vet gives her credit for. Sees and acknowledges many red flags in her abusive relationship with Vet, and ultimately suffers devastating consequences at his hand. Seeking an actress of great emotional depth, humor, and openness. 

male identifying, 25ish, black/mixed, Vet’s Son, Grace’s Stepson
The black sheep of Vet’s world, Buddy represents his past, along with all it’s unspoken and unspeakable volatility. A troubled and complex young man, Buddy comes home from the army after having been estranged from Vet for many years. He is lost, devoid of a plan or direction, and desperately longs for genuine connection. He is rebellious, prone to anger, and holds a grudge easily. In many ways, he is still a boy, trapped in a body and circumstances that extend beyond his comprehension. 

male identifying, 40s-50s, black, Buddy’s Father and Grace’s Husband
A force of nature, a commanding and unmistakable presence, Vet is a US Border Patrol agent, and a man of great discipline and pride. Loves his country deeply, and weaponizes that love against anyone who stands in his way. He is prone to violent mood swings, and is constantly suspicious of Grace and Buddy. He exudes a natural charisma and charm, and will occasionally use humor to disarm rising tension. His darkness, however, pervades all other forces, allowing brutality to drive him to horrific ends. 


Rehearses March 19-April 17, for approximately 4 hours/day; 4 days/week. Exact schedule TBD. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals. 

Runs April 23- May 10. 

All rehearsals and performances will take place at Normal Ave (549 W. 52nd St.) in NYC.

AEA Showcase Code (pending). Stipend provided for all actors. 


Auditions will take place January 4th and 5th, by appointment only, in NYC. Callbacks will be held January 5th. If confirmed for an audition, sides and a PDF of the play will be provided. 
For consideration, please email [email protected] with your headshot/resume, and role you’d like to be seen for.


March 19, 2020 – May 10, 2020



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