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Zeke (Lead)

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Production Details

Casting "Gavage." Synopsis: A cult holds a teenage girl against her will. But is there more to her captors than meets the eye?

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Seeking

Male, ages 30-50, Caucasian, Hispanic

Role Description

Zeke: (Lead) the enigmatic and charismatic cult leader. Zeke controls every aspect of his family while enjoying complete freedom. He is a poet who tells charming, cynical truths. Everyone in the family believes she is his favorite. The family bathe in his warmth. But everyone fears what will happen to them if Zeke doubts their commitment to the cause.

Auditions

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Zeke Sides

GAVAGE CHARACTER SIDES - ZEKE - 01/22/14 (NOTE: AVAILABLE AS PDF)
Written by Matt Reynolds

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
A black disc spins on a phonograph.

Celeste dances with ETHAN (mid-20s), American Boy Handsome.

Their cheeks are flushed. They’re in high spirits. The
tension released.

Indistinct in the shadows of an adjoining room, a few members
of the cult flirt and cavort.

JO
At the table. The only one not swept up in the moment.

From the other side of the room, standing next to the
phonograph,

ZEKE (50s)
Watches her.

He crosses to where she’s sitting, stands over her.

ZEKE
You don’t look well, Jo.

Jo says nothing. Zeke sits next to her, brushes her cheek
with the back of his hand.

ZEKE
Are you mad at me?

JO
We need to talk about Ramona.

ZEKE
You trust me?

JO
Yes.

ZEKE
Implicitly?

JO
Yes.

ZEKE
What’s the first thing I taught you
when you came to me?

JO
That hunger makes us stronger.

ZEKE
That’s right. It brings us closer to a pure state. It lets us taste death. It makes us grateful for what we are.

Zeke makes eye contact with Jo, who stares right back at him,intimidated but trying not to show it.

JO
Have you ever seen anyone hold out this long before?

ZEKE
For everyone it’s a little different. I can tell you she’ll be fine. We won’t punish her.

JO
What are we doing now?

ZEKE
We’re shielding her from the horror of the world.

Jo grinds her teeth, bites at her bruised fingernails. No relief.

ZEKE
She resists because she’s special. Just like you.

Zeke rounds the table, picks up a pair of tweezers, clicking them together. He reaches down and clamps them round a sugar cube in a bowl.

He takes the sugar cube and dips it into a

Saucer
Full
Of
Blood.

THE SUGAR CUBE

Soaks up the blood.

Zeke pincers the red sugar cube with the tweezers, moving them in a circular motion towards Jo’s lips.

HER PUPILS

Dilate.

THE HAIRS ON HER ARM

Stand on edge.

Jo, aroused, looks at Celeste. She smiles, silently egging Jo
on.