Sierra Madre Playhouse
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Saundra McClain
Produced by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano

The Ovation-nominated Sierra Madre Playhouse (SMP), located in Sierra Madre, California 91024 will produce Bee-luther-hatchee under the Transitional 99 Seat Theater Code. SMP strives to make the experience of performing at our theater one which is fulfilling, satisfying, and pleasurable. For this show the actor stipend will be $20 per performance.


OPENS: Friday, September 23

CLOSES: Saturday, October 22

We will play Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. We are marketing to school groups and may add additional performances as sales warrant. Performance dates (15 shows): September 23, 24, 25M, 29, 30 October 1M, 7, 8, 9M, 14, 15, 16M, 21, 22M and Evening First Auditions will take place during the day on Sunday July 17 and in the evening on Monday, July 18, with additional auditions by arrangement. Callbacks Tuesday, July 26. All auditions will take place in Pasadena or Sierra Madre. Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, August 20, and will be Evenings (off Tuesdays or Fridays), Saturday, and Sunday days at our rehearsal space in east Pasadena. Rehearsal times are flexible. Final rehearsal schedule will be arranged after the show is cast. No reasonable conflicts should keep actors from submitting. Tech week and dress rehearsals will run Friday evening, September 16 through Thursday, September 23. Actors must be completely available during that period.


Email your headshot and resume to or through Actors Access, Casting Frontiers, Now Casting or LA Casting. Actors of all ethnicities encouraged to audition. PLOT SUMMARY Shelita Burns, an African-American editor, publishes Bee-luther-hatchee, the autobiography of a reclusive 72-year-old black woman named Libby Price. Shelita has never met Libby, and when the book wins a prestigious award she decides to deliver it to her in person. To her profound shock, the actual author of the book is a white man. Sean Leonard knew the real Libby (in fact, she was his aunt) but she knows nothing of the book. A fascinating and provocative look at cultural appropriation and who has the right to tell someone’s story.


SHELITA BURNS: (African-American, 30-35) proud NYC editor of a small publishing house on the rise, especially after her pet project wins a prestigious literary award. The book, an autobiography, receives much praise and Shelita is riding high on its success. She becomes obsessed with personally giving the award to the mysterious author whom she has never met. Her ethics and moral fiber become shaken to the core when she travels South to meet the author and comes face to face with truth.

LIBBY PRICE/WOMAN: (African-American, plays 30-72) An ageless mysterious ‘smoke-souled’ character who comes to life through the words in her autobiography. When we meet this 72 year old recluse, her speech is folksy yet poetic. Her ethereal presence is revealed throughout the play as her life story weaves in and out of the plot. Her homespun authenticity and visceral honesty cause Shelita to adopt her as a mother figure.

INTERVIEWER/ROBERT (Caucasian, 30-40) Dogged and intelligent reporter for the New York Times who interviews Shelita and pressures her for an exclusive with Libby, the author of Bee-luther-hatchee. Also plays ROBERT, a widower for whom Libby works as a nanny/maid. Through the play we learn she is his half-sister.

ANNA/SISTER MARGARET (Caucasian, Asian, Mixed Race, 30-40) Shelita’s sassy, down to earth, worldly best friend. It doesn’t take a few glasses of wine, for her to see through her friend’s obsession. Also plays SISTER MARGARET, a sober, soft spoken but no-nonsense nun in a Nursing Home in South Carolina.

SEAN LEONARD – has been cast.


Shelita – Sean | Shelita – Mono | Robert – Libby #2 | Robert – Libby #1 | Libby – Opening Mono | Interviewer – Shelita | Anna – Shelita