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One Slight Hitch

Iola's Letter

Show Info:

The first staged reading of Iola’s Letter was produced in 1999 at Howard University under the direction of Vera J. Katz.

Audition Dates:
December 12th, 2022
December 13th, 2022
December 14th, 2022
7pm – 9pm at LTN.

February 3 – February 26, 2023


Rehearsal times may differ based on scheduling and availability.

Audition Requirments:
All those auditioning will need to show proof of COVID vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask to enter the building.
Please come prepared to read from the script. Monologues are optional.
Audition Questions:

Any questions can be sent to volunteer@ltnonline.org

Seeking performers!

Character List

  • Ida (Iola)

    Ida B. Wells Partner and editior of the Free Speech, A black newspaper in Memphis,TN. Ida B. Wells is a woman ahead of her time. She is strong-willed, independent,fearless, and uncompromising in her fight for the equality for black people. (African American, age: 29)

  • Mister Fleming

    Partner and business manager of the of the black newspaper the Free Speech. He is a realist and takes a sensible and practical approach to problems. (African American, age: late 40s)

  • Rev. Nightingale

    Founder and Former partner of the black newspaper the Free Speech. He is the minster of the largest BLack congregation in Memphis, Beale Street Baptist Church, and an inflential figure in the black community. (African American, age: late 40's)

  • Isaac

    The "Free Speech's" young apprentice (African American age late teens)

  • Thomas

    Ida's best friend and owner of the People's Grocery, which he financed from his letter carrier job. Tommie is a good-natured, industrious, and an upstanding member of the community. (African American, age: early 30's)

  • Betty Moss

    Tommie Moss's loving and supportive wife and Ida B. Wells' best friend. Betty admires Ida but. unlike Ida, she is warm, amiable, and content to be a homemaker. She is expecting their second child. ( African American, age: mid-20s)

  • Mister Watkins

    A white southerner who owns the ladies dress shop that Ida B. Wells patronizes. He belives in the adage of "fair play" and advertises in the newspaper the Free Speech. (Caucasian, age: mid 40's)

  • Mister Carmack

    An ambitious, aggressivce, ande unscrupulous newspaper reporter for the Memphis Commercial a major city newpaper. (Caucasian, age: mid 30's)

  • Black Judas

    Pseudonym for a nameless criminal who stalks the Negro section of the Memphis commiting petty Larceny. Black Judas us angry young man who feels abandoned and blames middle class blacks for his hardship. (African American,age early 20's)

  • Sam Johnson

    An older, working class black man who earns a decent living as a laborer. Sam and his wife are steadfast, upstanding members of the community. (African American, age:late 50's)

  • Mrs. Johnson

    Mrs. Johnson, Sam Johnsons's wife, is the salt of the earth. She is a kind and generous woman who quietly stands by her husband. She works as domestic and is an active member of Beale Street Baptist Chruch (African American, age late 50's)

  • Thomas Fortune

    Editor of the "New York Age" A star of the free Black Press

  • Woman

    A woman waiting for train in Mississippi train station. (African American, late 30s)

  • Man

    A man waiting for train in Mississippi train station. (African American, late 20s)

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