Sister Rudie Poot & The Preacher Who Thought He Could
Cast of Characters
Characters in RED are open for re-casting
Sister Rudie Poot – (African-Am Female, med. Build with sensual body type -35 – 50ish, sing, some dancing) Cantakerous member of Bishop Ragheads former church. She is in fair shape and a former stripper in a previous life before she found the Lord. Loud-mouthed and interacts with very thin filter (she says what on her mind and doesn’t care who is offended. She has advice for everybody but herself. Rudie is determined to get her adult daughter Patrina out of the club life, (who has started stripping for a living but still works in the clubs ministry).
Bishop Reginald Raghead – (African Am male, any build type with versatile dynamic voice, good comic role, 35 – 65ish, sing) A recovering alcoholic, owner and lead bartender of the Club Lounge Lizard he inherited from a deceased relative, he wishes to use the facility for the Higher Calling of ministry and social services. He is loud and somewhat aggressive in speech but doesn’t intend to offend. Feels isolated from others in the ministry because of his past and finds it hard to pass judgement on others. Invites constructive criticism and feels that he is not perfect, but the Word in him is, if only he could be more effective in his preaching, maybe more could be saved.
“Wretched” Randy – (African-Am male, lean but average build, rough looking, sinister in speech, 25-50ish) formerly known as “Handy” Randy, due to his reputation with females and crime, has reinvented himself completely as a neighborhood gangster with an agenda for the club – take over and turn into illegal gambling and drug den. Still trying to build his reputation among the crime community, he is capable of anything, including murder to achieve his goals.
Bertha Rump – (Any ethnicity, female, well built, healthy, 18-30ish, dance/sing) Very business-like, treats adult entertainment like a serious business and uses the money she makes to put her through school. She is not thinking about getting into a relationship with any man.
Blind Bartimaeus – (African-Am male, Strong healthy build, 40-60ish, sing) Ex-military, lost sight in a special ops mission back in Desert Storm. Takes infirmity is stride, uses other senses to enjoy the show in the club. Referred to in script as Uncle Bart.
Bug – (Any ethnicity, male, Athletic build, 20-35ish) As the name implies, he gets under your skin. As a gangster, he could use some work. Randy’s henchman and partner-in-crime likes to push his weight around. Disrespectful to everyone.
Moe – (African-Am male, average build, 20-35ish) A former gangster who used to run with Randy’s set, he quit the gangster life in order to take care of his blind Uncle Bart, Moe appears to be ready to change his life and believe in Jesus. Works as the club custodian.
Patrina Poot – (African-Am Female, pretty, sexy, perky, 18-25ish, sing, dance) Sister Rudie Poot’s daughter who has chosen stripping as a means to make ends meet, she has her mother believing that all she does is serve drinks. She is a believer and supports Bishop Ragheads unorthodox ministry.
Shanockatifa – (African-Am Female, battered look with a good body, 18-25ish, dance) Crack addict and new mother, she is as ghetto as they come. Believes three-month old baby girl is Randy’s (but it could be anyone’s.)
Sister Ethel Lou Merriweather – (Any Ethnicity, Female, heavy set, 35-50ish, sing) Holier-than-thou sanctified saint who supports Sister Rudie Poot’s agenda of shutting down what they perceive as a “blasphemous” ministry. Heavy set with heavy words, secretly jealous of the stripper’s physical appeal to men.