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The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are generally held our Annex (2132 Renard Court) near the Annapolis Mall, unless otherwise noted. Colonial Players welcomes actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.
Auditioners are encouraged to download and print the audition form available on our downloads page, fill it in, and bring it to auditions. (The form cannot be filled in on-line.)
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Note: It is Colonial Players, Inc. policy that all persons involved with a production are or become members. The fee is $10 per year. First time volunteers receive a complimentary membership, valid through the end of the current membership year. If cast, your membership status will be reviewed and non-current members will be asked to renew. Your participation in auditions indicates understanding of and agreement with this policy.
by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Jeff Sprague
October 17 - November 8, 2014
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401
Wednesday, July 23, 2014: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014: sign-in starting at 12:30 p.m., auditions begin at 1:00 p.m.
Individual actors will be notified following the auditions, if needed.
Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401
Monday, July 28, 2014: callbacks begin at 7:00 p.m.
In 1986, two young Marines stand accused of murdering a fellow Marine after they enter his room, tie him up, and he dies. Was this an unauthorized hazing incident that got out of hand, or was this an intentional killing? Three Navy lawyers charged with defending the accused seek the answer. A Few Good Men touches on themes of honor, loyalty, professional growth, the abuse of power, and military culture in general.
The script is fast-paced and timing is key. Actors must be comfortable with the Sorkin style of dialogue made famous in “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” “The American President,” and “The Social Network.” While the film version of A Few Good Men is a good place to get acquainted with the story and characters, please do not try to clone Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in your auditions.
All 20 characters in this play are members of the United States Armed Forces. Those selected must believably portray active duty military personnel and will be expected to conform to military standards of appearance, bearing and decorum. Actors must be able to portray the age ranges indicated.
CHARACTERS - 18M, 2W
LT(j.g.) Dan Kaffee, JAGC, USN (25-35): Lead defense attorney representing the accused Marines, Dawson and Downey. A smart-aleck who undergoes substantial growth throughout the course of the production. Brilliant, Ivy League-educated attorney who, once motivated, is a zealous advocate for his clients. He is young and new to the military, and he begins as someone not particularly enthralled with the Navy or the seemingly fanatical devotion of the young Marines he is assigned to defend. While at first he is more interested in softball games and cracking jokes, he journeys from a “civilian in uniform” into a true naval officer by the show’s climax.
LT (j.g.) Sam Weinberg, JAGC, USN (25-35): Co-counsel and tertiary protagonist, he is a pragmatic and level-headed in approaching the defense of the two Marines. Also a bit of a smart-aleck, Sam is a dedicated and very moral family man. He knows how to prepare witnesses for trial and helps act as a sounding-board and conscience for Kaffee.
LTC Nathan Jessup, USMC (35-50): Commander of Marine Ground Forces at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Vietnam War veteran with extensive “ties” to higher-ranking officers within the Department of Defense. Egomaniac, slick, and proud to a fault. An intense Marine, he is also a flawed individual who allows others to take responsibility for his failings of command.
CPT Matthew Markinson, USMC (35-50): Company Commander and subordinate to Jessep. Prior-enlisted Marine with many years of experience. Vietnam veteran who spent many years in the intelligence community. He knows Jessep well and doesn’t particularly like him. A caring officer with a lot of guilt to bear.
2LT Jonathan Kendrick, USMC (21-25): Intense Marine platoon commander who is a religious zealot. Loyal to God, Jesus Christ, the Marine Corps, and Nathan Jessep. Intimidating presence. Southern accent.
CPT Jack Ross, USMC (30-40): Marine attorney prosecuting Dawson and Downey. Highly skilled advocate for the government’s position. He doesn’t want to see the two Marines suffer too much, but knows his responsibilities to see that justice is done. Smart advocate who is a formidable opponent to Kaffee and his team in the courtroom.
CAPT Isaac Whitaker, JAGC, USN (45-55): Kaffee’s boss who assigns the Dawson and Downey case to him. A bit of a “been there, done that” attitude due to many years in naval service. Funny and a bit cynical.
CAPT Julius A. Randolph, JAGC, USN (45-55): No-nonsense military judge presiding over the trial of Dawson and Downey. Distinguished and knowledgeable of courtroom proceedings and decorum. Erudite and a command presence. Not easily intimidated.
CDR Walter Stone, MC, USN (35-50): Physician and head of internal medicine at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Intimidated by Jessep and wants to keep his medical reputation intact. He is a self-preservationist.
LCPL Harold Dawson, USMC (19-25): One of the defendants. The more senior of the two accused men, he is a well-respected Marine who believes in the “Code”; that is: “Unit, Corps, God, Country.” He refuses to admit any wrong-doing on his part, as he takes such an admission as a breach of his honor. He wants to be judged in court, and will not accept any plea bargains.
PFC Louden Downey, USMC (18-21): The other defendant. Young, naïve, and not exceptionally intelligent, he has found a home in the Marine Corps but still shows many child-like qualities. Doesn’t quite understand the severity of his predicament, and wants nothing more than to return to Cuba and serve with his unit. Idolizes Dawson and is a very loyal Marine.
CPL Jeffrey Howard, USMC (19-25): A young Marine assigned to Rifle Security Company, Windward Side, at Guantanamo Bay. He is nervous on the stand and his examination is a humorous point in the play. All-American and nice kid.
SGT at Arms, Military Policeman, USMC (25-45): This is a multi-role part. Actor will play a prison guard and the courtroom Sgt. At Arms. Strong, no-nonsense Marine with age flexibility. Rank from SGT to GYSGT depending on age of actor selected.
PFC William Santiago, USMC (18-21): The deceased victim of the attack which forms the central issue of the play. He appears in flashbacks. Unhappy Marine who has been ostracized by others in his unit. Desperate to leave Guantanamo Bay.
“Greek Chorus”/Ensemble (18-30): Four men will play several small speaking roles (CPL Hammaker, USMC, CPL Dunn, USMC, CPL Tom, USMC, and an extra Marine/Navy JAGC attorney), and will be used to sing the military “cadences” utilized throughout the production to help set the overall theme of the show.
LCDR Jo Galloway, JAGC, USN (30-40): A very dedicated and passionate attorney. She is bright, but lacks experience in courtroom litigation. She can be awkward, both socially and professionally. Despite her lack of “street smarts” in court, she is very talented as an investigator. Her personality is hard-nose and can be somewhat grating, but she is still endearing. She believes that Dawson and Downey are brave Marines who go out on a line for the defense of the nation. She wants them to have the best representation possible, and pushes Kaffee to be a better lawyer and to own up to his responsibilities as a naval officer.
SRA Orderly, USAF (20-25): Air Force orderly working at Andrews AFB. She is the sole representative of this branch of service in the show.
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