'Mr. Benson,' Staged Reading
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Justin Costello, Creative Director/Co-Founder
Casting bold uninhibited male actors for a special One-Night-Only Staged Reading of screenplay "Mr. Benson." The script, which will be made public for the first time via the reading, is based on the classic cult novel by John Preston. The evening will also contain a history and community discussion and Q&A.
"Mr. Benson", set in 1978, explores the personal relationships within the hyper-masculine gay male Leather/BDSM community of New York City. The story is noted for its depiction of a fringe lifestyle at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic, for its bold exploration of taboo subject matter, as well as for the specific relationship and bond between its two main characters, Mr. Benson and Jamie.
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Two or three rehearsals will be held. Performance to take place in September or October, depending on cast availability, in NYC.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
No pay, but food and beverages will be served.
Seeking Talent Select a role below for more information and submission instructions.
Mr. Aristotle Benson (Lead):
Male, 38-52, Caucasian
the perfect man, extremely handsome and successful, the dominant leader of The Topmen.
Male, 24-30, Caucasian
the young, handsome, cocky protagonist who's journey through the world of the Topmen is explored through the course of the film, especially ...
Male, 25-35, Hispanic, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race
Jamie's best friend, a bartender in a racially charged relationship with one of the TopMen.
Males & Females, 38-48, African Descent, African American
a Strong, handsome member of the TopMen. Also a detective with the NYPD.
The Topmen (Supporting):
Male, 34-50, All Ethnicities
the exclusive members of a gay Leather Fraternity in New York City.
Male, 37-50, Middle Eastern
the main antagonist, a sinister yet extremely handsome man who takes the notions of BDSM too far.
Male, 35-45, Caucasian
a strong, handsome German who is a member of the TopMen, but has several secrets.
Male, 28-40, Caucasian
a well-known, handsome male model and local celebrity.
Seeking submissions from: New York City, NY
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