New upcoming Starz series developed by Memphis-born Katori Hall, is currently in the process of looking for local actresses for four lead roles in the series.

The series will be set in a Mississippi Delta strip club called the Pink Pony, and is based on Hall’s critically acclaimed play Pussy Power.  The official summary describes this series as a wild tale “of this little-strip-club-that-could and the big characters who come through its doors — the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful, and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk find the courage to dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly-Wiggly and the pawn shop…”

The series is scheduled to begin shooting in September.

“This is an amazing opportunity for some local folks to shine,” said Hall, who is known for her award-winning play about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “The Mountaintop,” and for “Tina,” a musical biography of Tina Turner currently playing in London’s West End.

Aspiring actors on the Starz show will need skills in pole dancing, stunts and athletics, and must be least 18 years old.

 

The four lead parts include:

“Mercedes,” the “queen of the Pink Pony,” a mid-20s African-American “OG” and “enterprising hustler” who is “ready to hang up her lucites and start anew.”

“Autumn Night,” a mid-20s African-American femme fatale who is described as “a perfectly polished beauty with a dark secret tucked deep in her Louis Vuitton bag” and “a mysterious shape-shifter blessed with the privilege society bestows up on ‘light-skinned-ed’.”

Naive young African-American mother “Miss Mississippi,” a “natural riot” who wants “to be Insta-famous like Cardi B and Blac Chyna” but is being held back by her “abusive boo.”

Caucasian early-20s “trailer-park philosopher” and “second-generation pole-dancer” called “Gidget.”

 

Casting auditions will be held in multiple cities, but Hall stressed that she wants to cast at least one of her stars from Memphis or the Mid-South because “I want it to be as authentic as possible.”

Those interested in applying should email a head shot and résumé (if available) to wsa.pilotcasting@gmail.com.

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