Kentwood Players - Now Playing
Twelve Angry Women

by Reginald Rose
Directed by Melodie S. Rivers
Produced by Lynn Gutstadt
Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for 12 ANGRY WOMEN, A national play reading of Reginald Rose’s Drama, 12 Angry Men on Saturday, March 23rd from 11:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, March 24 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm . This is a non-equity, non-paid production directed by Melodie Rivers and produced by Lynn Gutstadt for Kentwood Players participation in a national play reading event. Roles are open to women of all ages (18+), origin and orientation.

Performance dates are Saturdays April 6th at 2pm at Westchester Playhouse and a possible additional performance Sunday, April 7th at 2:00pm at another venue.

About the reading

Kentwood Players is participating in the national play reading of Reginald Rose’s drama 12 Angry Men performed by 12 Impassioned Women over the weekend of April 5-8, 2019. Readings are being presented by 12,000 women across the country (at community colleges, law schools, universities, high schools, community and regional theaters, and community centers) who support the need for continuing towards gender equality and parity by using their voices to tell a story, make others think, and motivate others to action. This classic play speaks to the power one person can have when they speak with conviction in our judicial system.

After the reading, the League of Women Voters will host voter registration, encouraging cast and audience members to engage their own community to increase voter registration and turnout. There is no admission charge for the play reading; donations gratefully accepted.

If you want to audition

Those auditioning should read the play before auditioning to become familiar with the characters. Please allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork during scheduled audition times. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted at auditions and you will be asked to note any conflicts.

Kentwood Players practices color blind casting; women of all ethnicities and orientation will be considered for all parts. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the production team at 12angrywomen@kentwoodplayers.org. All roles 18+

The Character Breakdown is:
Forewoman
She is a small, petty woman who is impressed with the authority she has and handles herself quite formally. She's not overly bright, but dogged.
2nd Juror
She's a meek, hesitant woman who finds it difficult to maintain any opinion of her own. She is easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom she has spoken.
3rd Juror
She is a very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated woman, within whom can be detected a streak of sadism. Also, she is a humorless woman who is intolerant of opinions other than her own and is accustomed to forcing her wishes and views upon others.
4th Juror
She seems to be a woman of wealth and position and a practiced speaker who presents herself well at all times. She seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. Her only concern is with the facts of the case, and she is appalled with the behavior of the other jurors.
5th Juror
She is a naive, very frightened young woman who takes her obligations in this case very serious, but finds it difficult to speak up when her elders have the floor.
6th Juror
She is an honest, but dull-witted woman who comes upon her decisions slowly and carefully. She finds it difficult to create positive opinions, but must listen to, digest, and accept those opinions offered by others which appall her most.
7th Juror
A loud, flashy, glad-handed saleswoman who works in a department store and has more important things to do than to sit in a jury. Quick to show temper and equally quick to form opinions on things about which she knows nothing. She is a bully and, of course, a coward.
8th Juror
A quiet, thoughtful gentle woman. She sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. She is a woman of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, she is a woman who wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is.
9th Juror
An old woman. Gentle, mild, and long since defeated by life and now merely waiting to die. She recognized herself for what she is, and mourns the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding herself behind her many years
10th Juror
An angry, bitter woman who antagonizes almost at sight. She is also a bigot who places no value on any human life save her own. Here is a woman who has been nowhere and is going nowhere, and knows it deep within herself.
11th Juror
A refugee from Europe who came to this country as a young adult. She speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, and almost subservient to the people around her. She will honestly seek justice, because she has suffered through so much injustice.
12th Juror
A slick, bright advertising woman who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs, and polls, and has no real understanding of people. She is a superficial snob, but is trying to be companionable.
Guard
This is a bit part. She is a policewoman of any age.

Watch the Audition page for audition details.


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