Auditions for the Garfield Center for the Arts’ production of the WWII Navy drama Mister Roberts will be held at the Garfield on November 15 at 6pm, November 17th at 6pm and November 19th at 11am. No previous acting experience is required.
This rowdy, realistic saga of a group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific shows the crew suffering from that deadly boredom that is part of the routine of war. To the ship’s crew, the Captain is a cantankerous, small-minded man and every one of them conspires against him as the ship pursued its runs from Apathy to Tedium and back again. Mr. Roberts, [a lieutenant] shares a dislike for the Captain, which makes him popular among the crew. Roberts joined the world to fight; he hates being inactive almost as much as he hates the Captain. Privy to the crew’s hijinks, Roberts still feels it’s his duty to retain some discipline. After winning many ingenious battles against the Captain,Roberts at last wins himself a transfer to combat duty. It was this transfer that cost him his life on a destroyer off Japan.
Winner of the 1948 Tony Award for best play, the NY Herald-Tribune called it “The greatest of war plays”, and the NY News noted it as “a superlative comedy”.
Director Tess Hogans is seeking a cast of one woman (age 17+) and 19 men (age 18-65). Women with short hair who wish to audition for a male role are also welcome! Familiarity with the play is helpful, but not necessary. Come prepared to do cold readings from the script.
Performances of Mister Roberts are scheduled for three weekends: February 3-5, February 10-12, and February 17-19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM.
For more information, email Tess Hogans at [email protected], visit garfieldcenter.org or call the GCA Box Office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown, Maryland.