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Production: 'A Barefooted Easter'

Alberta Mae Johnson (Lead)

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Casting "A Barefooted Easter," a 10 minute play that takes place in a 1962 Jim Crow Mississippi, one day away from Easter Sunday, when Alberta Mae Johnson has a hundred things to d...more

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Female, ages 30-65, African American

Role Description

Alberta Mae Johnson: (Lead) a church woman born and raised in Jim Crow Mississippi. No nonsense personality. Normally does things by the book, but can reach her breaking point.

Alberta Mae Johnson Sides

Mr. Lewis, I’m afraid there’s something wrong with that tracing. Margaret says these new shoes are tighter than the old ones.

Well, feel free to sit down and trace her foot again. I’ll go get her another pair. But that will be another five dollars.

I beg your pardon, Mr. Lewis? Why should I need to pay another five dollars? Can’t we just exchange these. She didn’t do no running around in them-- Didn’t scuff them up any. She only slipped them on her feet for a minute.

You know I can’t resell those shoes. What if a white person came in here and I forgot your colored-gal had tried on them shoes? The city of Jackson would close me down. Five dollars, Lillian.

But Mr. Lewis, nobody needs to know that.

I can’t exchange any shoes that a black foot has been in. Ain’t no room for discussion. I’ll be happy to get your daughter another pair of Easter shoes. Just trace her foot again. Five dollars, Lillian.

And what if that tracing is wrong? What if those shoes don’t fit either? How many five dollars do you think I got, Mr. Lewis? Maybe my Margaret just needs to sit down in one of these chairs and try on a pair of shoes, proper-like. You can bring her out two or three sizes, like you do for your white customers.

You’re forgetting your place, Girl. And you’re forgetting you ain’t white. Make up your mind on what you want to do. But she ain’t trying on no shoes in my store. How many times do I need to ask for that Five dollars, Lillian?

I don’t know what I was thinking, Mr. Lewis. My Sally doesn’t need a new pair of Easter shoes. I’d rather she walk up into that church barefooted like Jesus before I purchase a pair of shoes from you.

Y’all looking for some kind of trouble this morning? Y’all want me to call the sheriff? Get out of my store before I do just that.

Mr. Lewis, the shoes just don’t fit. Please, I ain’t asking for no favors. Just what’s right.

Get out of my store, Alberta Mae. Now!
(All three women exit store.)