A Few Good Men
by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Elizabeth Paldino
Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking debut play tells the story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines accused of murdering a fellow Marine in Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer 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. During the course of the trial, they uncover a high-level conspiracy designed to eliminate weaker soldiers in the name of patriotism.
DANIEL KAFFEE (Navy) (Male, mid 20s-early 30s) Young, inexperienced JAG attorney known for settling cases out of court. A callow young man more interested in softball games than in the case. He is biding his time in the JAG corps until he can become a corporate lawyer.
JOANNE GALLOWAY (Navy) (Female, late 20s-early 30s) The only woman in the show and in a world of men. She is extremely intelligent and sometimes gets into trouble for saying exactly what she thinks. Takes her job seriously but is perceived as a pain in the butt. All heart, but not much experience.
NATHAN JESSEP (Marine) (Male, 40s) “Golden Boy of the Corps.” As the youngest colonel in the North American Command, he makes sure everyone knows how good he is at being in control. He has the utmost faith in his own authority as a Marine, and in the sanctity of the Marine Corps. The highest ranked character at GITMO. Believes in the importance of the code and the corps.
LOUDEN DOWNEY (Marines) (Male, late teens-early 20s) Young Marine accused of murdering Santiago. No close family, not outgoing, answers to Squad Leader Dawson.
HAROLD DAWSON (Marines) (Male, 20s) Young Marine accused of murdering Santiago. Good leader, values honor and integrity, is held back from promotion for not following Kendrick’s orders.
SAM WEINBERG (Navy) (Male, 20s-30s) Smart JAG attorney, friend to Kaffee, and moral voice of the play. Often tasked with keeping Kafee in line.
MATTHEW MARKINSON (Marines) (Male, 40s+) Second in command at GITMO. Outranked by Jessep despite being older.
JONATHAN KENDRICK (Marines) (Male, late 20s-early 40s) Marine at GITMO and superior of Dawson and Downey. Believes in the importance of code and the corps and believes God is always watching. Employs questionable disciplinary techniques.
JACK ROSS (Marines) (Male, late 30s-40) JAG attorney and prosecutor in this case. A thorn in the side of Kaffee/Sam/Joanne. Very experienced and well regarded.
ISAAC WHITAKER (Navy) (Male, late 30s-40s) Supervising JAG attorney, Kaffee and Sam’s superior with sharp wit.
WILLIAM SANTIAGO (Marines) (Male, late teens-early 20’s) Marine murdered at GITMO by Dawson and Downey. Was desperate to leave GITMO before this.
JEFFREY HOWARD (Marines) (Male, 20s) Squad leader at GITMO, extremely likable, testifies at trial.
JUDGE JULIUS RANDOLPH (Marines) (Male 40s+) Trial judge presiding over court martial; tough but fair and understands the world of the Navy.
DR. WALTER STONE (Navy) (Male, 40s+) Career Navy physician who serves as an expert witness at trial. Struggles with meshing his morality as a doctor with his loyalty to the Marines.
Others: Various small roles with some lines but are present a lot on stage. Will get the chance to play multiple parts. May be played by men or perhaps women.
All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Friday, December 14 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 15 @ 2 PM
Grace Hall, 116 City Island Avenue, Bronx
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary, no monologue is required, and sides will be provided. Please bring a headshot/resume if available, but it is not required if you do not have one.
Inquiries: email email@example.com
SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Friday, February 22 @ 8 pm
Saturday, February 23 @ 8 pm
Sunday, February 24 @ 3 pm
Friday, March 1 @ 8 pm
Saturday, March 2 @ 8 pm
Sunday, March 3 @ 3 pm
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