Cast of Trouble in the Water

Trouble in the Water is another "actors' film," and Turnip is fortunate to have assembled a great cast of actors to bring to life the simple but deep resonance of the script. In addition to the principal actors featured here, important background roles are played by Harajii O'Farrow (main character's sister) and Bailey and Conor Rose (two playing children).

Torrey Lawrence as GARY
Micheal O'Neal, Sr. as CHESTER
Barbette Hunter as MARION
Edward Nubian James as GARY SR.
Brandon Veal as GARY, age 5
Torrey Lawrence appeared in the locally produced TV show, "Everything's Copestedic" and has been in many local theater productions including The Justice Theater Project, New World Stage, StreetSigns/UNC, Deep Dish Theater Group and the Raleigh Little Theater. Torrey has appeared in other local film projects by Banzaii Entertainment and UJAMAA Digital Works among others. He received the Triangle theater Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his performance in A Lesson Before Dying. He dedicates every performance to God, his late mother Violet Jean Lawrence and Uncle Hank Lawrence. Also he wants to thank his family and friends for believing in him when others didn't. Torrey is currently working in LA.
Micheal O'Neal, Sr. brought his 54 years of life experience into play with the role of Chester. Micheael appeared in the movie Po' Lane Road, playing the Sharecropper father of the lead. He also played a Zombie Slave Master in the horror film, "SALT." He is excited to be portraying this role for Turnip.
Barbette Hunter has appeared in numerous productions in the area, including the Justice Theatre Project, Theatre Orange, Raleigh Ensemble Players, Raleigh Little Theatre, StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, Actors Comedy Lab, Dog and Pony Show, New World Stage, North Carolina Theatre, Theatre in the Park and Temple Theatre. Recently, she played the lead, Sarah Baartman, aka Venus Hottentot, in Venus by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan Lori-Parks, produced by Raleigh Ensemble Players. Her motto: Life without theatre is worse than death!
Edward Nubian James has considerable experience in commercial and industrial production, and has worked as talent with companies such as Progress Energy, IBM, and Southwest Airlines. Edward is also the author of the novel, Shakedown and is currently in the process of writing his second book, ALL HONEY AND LIES! Edward enjoyed bringing his literary and video experience come together in the role of GARY SR.
Brandon Veal, though only five years old at the time of shooting, brought a lot of experience (and energy) to this role. Brandon has appeared in Smart Start Kids, in commercials and on stage in Raleigh in The North Carolina Theater Production Company's The King and I, where his energy and dramatic focus were commented on by reviewers. Brandon's youth and innocence, coupled with his talent, provides a key starting point for the main arc of the story of Trouble in the Water. Brandon has recently shared the stage with Ira David Wood in Raleigh's famous A Christmas Carol show. Much more at Brandon's own web site.

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