“A Few Good Men” Auditions

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afgm_logoAuditions for A Few Good Men: Sunday, October 9th at 3pm, and Monday, October 10th at 7pm.

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Bob Franklin

Show dates: January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30pm • January 22 at 3pm

Audition Information:

A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was first produced on Broadway by David Brown in 1989. It tells the story of military lawyers at a court martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of  murder. It is a story about honor, about corruption, about ‘the system.’

The play has speaking roles for the following:

Lance CPL. Harold Dawson: must look early 20’s  (one of the accused)

PFC Louden Downey: must look late teens early 20’s (the other accused)

Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg: must look 25-36 max: bright attorney, friend of Kaffee

Lt. J.G. Daniel Kaffee: must look 25-36 max,  Harvard grad, slacker

Lt. CMDR. Joanne Galloway:  older than Kaffee  (look 32-49) dots all i’s and crosses t’s

CAPT. Isaac Whittaker: (46-55) Head of the DC attorneys in the JAG Corps

CAPT. Matthew Markinson: (40-55)formerly in intelligence, working for Jessup at GITMO

PFC William Santiago: (looks 18-19)  the victim

Lt. Col. Nathan Jessup: (37-52) commander of troops at Guantanamo Bay…slated to move to DOD

Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick: (22-35), harsh troop leader with a religious fervor

Lt. Jack Ross: (22-33, if Marine or  29-55 if  Navy, bright prosecutor, friends with Kaffee

CPL. Jeffery Owen Howard: (same age as Dawson), One of the squad leaders at GITMO

CPL. Hammaker: (See Dawson), another of the squad leaders

CPL. Dunn: (See Dawson)another of the squad leaders

CAPT. Julius Alexander Randolph: 45-55 (could be slightly older), Judge at the Court Martial

CMDR. Walter Stone: (30’s-late 40’s) Chief medical officer at GITMO

Three Lawyers working for Whittaker:  (25-55)

Tom: (aide to Jessup… late teens early 20’s)

Sargeant At Arms: (25+)

Various MP’s  and other soldiers with minimal or no lines 

NOTE: As written, this play calls for an all- male cast, with the exception of Joanne Galloway. For this production, however, primary consideration will be given to acting skills rather than gender, with the following exceptions: the director will be looking to fill the roles of Daniel Kaffee, Nathan Jessup, probably Jonathan Kendrick and Matthew Markinson with males and will be looking specifically for a female to play the role of Joanne Galloway.  All other roles will be open to competition among men and women.  It should also be remembered that  this is a play about military personnel, a diverse group of individuals who are generally considered to be ‘fit’ .   Because of typical movement up the Marine Corps and Navy rankings, the minimum ages are pretty rock bottom… it’s possible to push the upper age ranges slightly, although doing so makes a statement about the qualifications of the individuals. Doubling of some roles is possible.

Those auditioning for roles in this play  are encouraged to read the script (which may be borrowed from Vivian at the ACP Office) and to become comfortable with the lines spoken by the individuals you think you might like to play.