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AARLCC Extends Open Casting Call for Original Stage Play about Esther Rolle
- Submissions deadline extended to July 24, 2020 -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -  An open casting call for actors to appear in an original production of Let the Good Times Rolle has been extended to Friday, July 24th at 11:59PM.

The play about Esther Rolle is made possible through funding from a 2020 Art of Community grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, awarded to the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282.

Part of a community-wide effort in November to celebrate the late actor’s centennial birthday, Let the Good Times Rolle: The Life and Legacy of Esther Rolle at 100, celebrates the life of Pompano Beach native and acclaimed actor Esther Rolle. The play will be performed at AARLCC on Saturday, November 7th at 2PM and 7PM.

Rolle is best known for her role as matriarch Florida Evans on the 70s sitcom Good Times. An Emmy Award-winning actor, Rolle excelled on stage and screen. An archive documenting Rolle’s life and career is housed at AARLCC.  

The play’s creative team is led by Director Keith C. Wade and Assistant Director, Darius V. Daughtry. To learn more about the roles to be cast and submission guidelines, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page. Actors may apply by sending submissions to with “Casting Submission” as the subject line. Actors selected for the first round of callbacks will be notified on Friday, July 31st. Final cast announcement will be made Friday, August 7, 2020.

Learn more about developments with this project by following @RollewithAARLCC on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Anyone interested in supporting this project as a financial backer or future intern/volunteer may contact Makiba Foster, Regional Manager of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, at or 954-357-6176.

The objective of the Art of Community grant is to bring the arts to Broward neighborhoods to ignite creativity and local pride. Support has been provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:  Edward Hashek and John Jors Charitable Fund, A Fund for the Performing Arts, John D. Ryan Fund, Linda and Michael Carter Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 473 charitable Funds represent more than $212 million in assets, distributing $119 million in grants over the past 35 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD.

About Broward County Libraries Division
Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

DATE: June 29, 2020
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division