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“A Silent Pain” (working title) Auditions


“A Silent Pain” (working title) Character Profiles

Auditions will be held on December 18-19th at
Charlie’s Talent Agency in Ferndale.
Please stay tuned for times and appointment times.
Please start passing the word around. I hope to see many of you there. More character descriptions to follow this week. If you do fit any of the roles below please forward your resume and
headshot to virginia@firefly-films.com.

BELL, 30 (played by Sarah Benedict)
Bell is the protagonist of the story, which takes her from her early 20’s to age 30. She
struggles to live a healthy, productive life while haunted by the long-suppressed
memories of being violently raped at the age of seventeen. Her goal is to put the rape
behind her and live a picture-perfect life. Her initial method of achieving that is by
keeping any recollection of the event inside her, not telling anyone about it, and
overruling her dark thoughts with her own strong personality.
She marches through life as if she were going through basic training, keeping her mind
on what she wants, and pushing back the pain…even if she knows she’ll be feeling it
later. She eventually begins to open up to people (her husband, her friend, her mom)
but she cannot escape the nagging need to confront her past head on and erase it—to
slay her demon. She is a loving mother and a great friend.
Character Traits: Extroverted, Hides Feelings, Beautiful/Feminine, Dominating/ Assertive, Very spiritual, Enjoys rough sex, Talks about anything, Strong, Tortured

ROBERT “Bobby”, 9 (played by Ian Bryant)
Bell’s son with Patrick. He is Bell’s shining light. The embodiment of hope. A good
hearted kid, he is well-behaved and a joyous presence. He is smart but gets bad grades
in the film due to his preoccupation with his parents’ divorce. He is very gentle, like his
dad, but has a bit of his mom’s inner lion, which comes out one day when he physically
confronts his bully.
Character Traits: Small build, Smart, Mature for his age, Pacific, Contemplative

YOUNG BELL, 17
(blonde / brown hair, bluish, hazel eyes)
Just as extroverted as thirty-year-old Bell, but way less assertive or aggressive. She is as gentle and loving as they come, which makes her all the more confused that her mother keeps her at an emotional distance. Her closest relative is her cousin Danielle, two years younger than her, whom she is very protective of.
She has her eyes set on college but doesn’t know what she wants to do for a career.
But when she is raped, her life changes dramatically. She experiences pain and confusion like never before. She doesn’t know how to handle the pain, and unable to tell anyone about it, her thoughts twist through her mind until she has to run away or go crazy. She runs away by joining the Army, where her mental, emotional, and physical strength are all pushed to the limits by basic training and an aborted pregnancy. She spends her 18th birthday in Somalia and yearns for home.
Character Traits: Extroverted, Carefree, Pretty, Tom boy, Sweet

PATRICK, 32
(must have deep dark brown eyes) (son has deep dark brown eyes and auburn hair) (must look as if you can be the boys father-hair color is not an issue)
Bell’s husband. A good man. He is a good listener and a romantic husband. He works
as a construction contractor and is handy around the house. He loves his wife and son
deeply and has every intention of taking care of them. When he learns that his wife was
raped when she was seventeen and still suffers from the psychological scars, he feels
unsure of how to help her, so he tells her to sign her up for counseling. When this
doesn’t work, he tries to help her himself by talking to her about her feelings more. But
he cannot truly understand her feelings and usually ends up saying the wrong thing. He
also does not seem to notice his own emotional distance, and his lack of concern about
his own feelings. He keeps them under wrap by focusing on his wife’s problems.
Eventually the emotional gap between he and Bell is too much for him, and he opts for
divorce.
Character Traits: Masculine, Gentle in bed, Goofy/light-hearted, Romantic

KELLY, 25
Any ethnicity
A single mother who was also the victim of a rape. She is a ‘wise beyond her years’ sweetheart who has let herself lose most of her self esteem and become aimless. Though she works hard to support her child and has a positive, humorous disposition, she feels unable to increase her lot in life. The only thing she puts much effort into is her psychological recovery after her rape. Through her friendship with Bell she develops her
self esteem and confidence, culminating in her being able to deliver public speeches to dozens of victims at a time.
Character Traits: Naturally wise, Not book smart, Brave, Shy, Nice, sweet, Listens to rock, Dresses in black

DANIELLE, 28
Danielle’s cousin is Bell so Danielle must be full Caucasian or mixed with it, Italian- American, Latin-American, Black-American, etc
Bell’s cousin and closest confidant. She is always there for Bell, ready to reassure her
or tell her when she might be making a mistake. She is a good person, but has made
some bad choices in her life that she has learned from. Yet they are mistakes that she
hasn’t been able to get out of, so she lives vicariously through her older cousin Bell’s life. She is someone that is a good listener and can keep secrets. She loves talking to Bell because she feels like she can speak freer and joke around more than she can with her husband.
Character Traits: Compassionate, Blunt, Down to earth, Extremely well-groomed/dressed

MOM, 50-60
Her daughter is Bell she is Caucasian so the mother must be full Caucasian or mixed with it, Italian- American, Latin-American, more likely the same hair color would be ideal as Bell to pull the mother off.
Bells mother is very loving but grew up in extreme poverty in charge of many siblings, so she conditioned herself long ago to avoid showing emotions. She takes it for granted that she will lose loved ones, so she is afraid to get too close to them. A motivational figure in Bell’s life, her disconnect from Bell makes Bell want to make her proud, or at least establish some sort of mother-daughter line of communication with her. Her positive and negative traits both lead to Bell keeping the rape a secret (her positive traits make Bell love her and therefore yield to her boyfriend’s threats to kill her mom and sister if Bell tells anyone about the rape, and her negative traits make Bell feel like she can’t profess such a personal secret to her until close to the end of the film. Eventually Bell tells her mom about her rape that occurred thirteen years earlier. To Bell’s surprise, her mom reacts in an extremely comforting way.
Character Traits: Cold/Distant, Strong/Respectable, Humble

RAUL, 22
(Looks Latin/Hispanic)
Young Bell’s boyfriend. He is an amateur boxer and also likes to use his hands to give
Bell massages. He’s the type of guy that sits quietly as the rest of the group talks. He is quiet but polite, and he has a big, warm smile. His personality reverses in a hurry when he rapes Bell. He goes from quiet to beastly in three seconds flat. Clearly a troubled young man, he threatens to kill Bell’s family if she tells anyone about the rape–and yet he continues to speak of love to her.

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