A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s, when the world was beginning to change. Mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love meld as the origin of the ledger unfolds.
Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.
A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it.
Casting Call: Red Clay and Roses
I recently saw a post on the lovely Helen Valentina’s site. She is the author of the newly released book titled “The Seed”. I loved the post and told her that I was going to steal her idea and create a post doing a casting call for “Red Clay and Roses”. Of course, she was fine with that, so here it is: My list of actors and actresses for the characters in “Red Clay and Roses”: I ordered them as they appeared in the story:
1) Hannah Hamilton: A nurse and narrator of the first person in the introduction and first five chapters and the conclusion.
2) Sybil Hamilton: Narrator’s 80 year old cousin, who tells Hannah her story and hands over her diaries. Nathan’s love interest.
3) Beatrice Handley: Wife of The Good Doctor who is plagued by delusions and hallucinations of fairy babies and dark angels.
4) The Good Doctor: The local chiropractor and former Army Medic.
5) Moses Grier: The Good Doctor’s handyman and patriarch of the Grier family.
6) Eula Mae Grier: Matriarch of the Grier family and mother to Nathan and Althea.
7) Althea Grier: Sixteen year old Grier daughter, who is brutally raped, planned to become famous for her singing abilities and Bee Bop music.
8) Swamp Witch Wilma: An elderly quadroon who lives in a swamp.
9) Nathan Grier: Grier son, medical student at Howard University in Washington, DC, Civil Rights activist. Sybil’s love interest.
10) Trenton Stipes: Pawn Shop owner/accountant who keeps The Good Doctor’s books.
In the general line up, I think we would have a pretty good movie going! THE DEBUT CAST LINE UP FOR “RED CLAY AND ROSES”!!!
Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison break) I could see him trying his hand at farming and then cleaning up to become a chiropractor. I think he could pull off the limp well also.
Betty White for sure. She could play both the mature Beatrice and the elderly Beatrice just fine. I could see her old and crumpled but a bit of a funny character with red tinged hair. I would just love to have her personality in my movie.
I would have chosen The Titanic’s Rose Stuart but given the fact that she is no longer with us, I picked Lynn Cohen. I feel that she has aged gracefully enough to suit Sybil’s elderly demeanor and charm.
Bianca Lawson at 33 yo has played 16 yos in other castings quite well. She was a lesbian love interest in “Pretty Little Liars”. She also played in the series “Saved By The Bell'”. She would make a great Althea in that Althea saw herself as glamourous and wanted to seek fame and fortune before her tragedy.
Shemar moore, of course, just because I think he’s HOT. Also, he is a good actor who can talk street talk or speak eloquently.
Young Sybil: Scarlett Johansson, I think she could pull off Sybil’s high spirited independent character and do Sybil’s hairstyles justice.
Laurence Fishburne with his gapped tooth could be quite convincingly authoritarian, yet kind, and as an elderly man could project the mild humor and sorrow that Moses needs in character form.
Nia Long is a fairer skinned black actress that would make a terrific Eula Mae. The 12th richest black actress in the wolrd. I won’t hold my breath on this one. She is cute and has the right frame and sauciness.
Naomi Harris from “Pirates of the Caribbean” would be perfect for the role of The Swamp Witch with a little make up to make her even older. She certainly has the accent and voice for it.
Muscular, swaggering and tough, Scott Caan would suit the unlikeable character of Trent with his fifties “bad boy” image.
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