ACT Holding Auditions
Opportunity for Women Actors
Late-December Auditions for 12 Angry Women
When was the last time you saw a play with a dozen women players? (… and we’re not talking about a chorus-line of leggy dancers). Come spring we’ll be seeing ACT’s staging of 12 Angry Women — which will actually feature thirteen female roles.
The play is an adaptation by Reginald Rose and Sherman Sergel of Rose’s famous 12 Angry Men, which was a hugely popular film and stage production. It is gripping jury-room drama — set in a grubby and steamy courthouse in New York in the 1950’s — about the ordinary people who together must come to a life-or-death decision.
This is a fine opportunity for women who, Director Terry Pratt regrets, have too often not been chosen after a fine audition, simply because so many pieces of classic theatre favour male roles.
“What wonderful variety 12 Angry Women offers,” says Pratt. There are three larger roles, five medium, and a few fairly undemanding ones — but all of the actors are on stage working their characters throughout the entire play.
There is wide scope for different character types. In fact the authors purposefully set the jury up to reflect the diversity of our society — in terms of age, ethnic background, socio-economic and educational class, political leanings and so on. And while one can’t confidently generalize, this play seems suited to demonstrate that these women express anger, aggression, and disagreement differently, and often more subtly, than ‘12 angry men’ might do.
The drama will play over the two weeks of April 26 to May 10 at four Island venues — in intimate spaces in Summerside, North Rustico, Charlottetown and Georgetown. “This is ideal for theatre-in-the-round,” says Director Terry Pratt: “The jurors sit and move around a central table, and so, surrounded by the audience, there is a cockpit or sports-arena effect that heightens the intensity of the drama.”
Rehearsals begin in mid-February. There will be three a week, but they are carefully planned so that typically most players will not have to be at every rehearsal until the late stages of preparation.
Auditions are during the Christmas holiday week: December 29th from 10am to 1pm and 2 till 4pm; December 30th from 2 to 5pm and 6 till 8pm. For audition expectations and a 20-minute time-slot, contact the producer, Richard Haines at 12angrywomenact @ gmail.com. Arrangements can be made, if necessary, for special audition timing before the holidays.