Auditions for Peter Sagal’s play “Denial”
Auditions for Peter Sagal’s play “Denial”, an engrossing drama examining moral and ethical dilemmas inherent in the First Amendment, are scheduled for Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tryouts for two female and four male roles will be held in the handicap accessible Your Theatre, Inc. Performance Complex at St. Martin’s Church, 136 Rivet St. at County St., New Bedford. Parking is free in the church lot on County St.
To be directed by Stephen Kay, prominent award-winning actor and director in Southeastern New England, the play’s characters are:
Abigail Gersten, a civil liberties lawyer in her 40s interested in truth and justice but at odds with a case that conflicts with her Jewish heritage.
Stefanie, an African American secretary who is upward of 20 years old and assistant to Abby. In a strong supporting role, she is planning to become a lawyer herself but finds that career may not be what she was cut out for.
Bernard Cooper, 39 or more, a professor whose records denying the Holocaust have been seized by federal agents. To oppose the government, he hires Abby to represent him.
Adam Ryberg, a Jewish assistant district attorney in his 20s at odds with Abby for, among other things, taking the case given her Jewish own background.
Noah Gomrowitz, in his 80s, a prominent Jewish author and Holocaust survivor trying to stop Cooper from continuing to deny the Holocaust ever happened.
Nathan, a Jewish retiree in his 80s and a Holocaust survivor who could help Cooper's case by seemingly discrediting Gomrowitz.
Although ages for actors auditioning are somewhat flexible, the roles of Noah and Nathan require men capable of handling slight Jewish/Yiddish accents
Dealing with the differences between what is legal and what is right, “Denial” centers on a conflict involving issues of history, memory, free speech, and how the stories we tell about ourselves determine who we are.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “unquestionably the stuff of great drama.”
“Denial” will run Thursdays through Saturday evenings November 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees November 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.
It will be the second of Your Theatre Inc.’s five major productions in its 2012-2013 66th season of providing award-winning community theatre to Southeastern Massachusetts and surrounding communities and supported by corporate sponsorship from Bridgewater Credit Union.
Ticket and other information about the production are available by calling Your Theatre, Inc. at 508 993-0772, or by sending e-mail to email@example.com. The theatre’s web site is www.yourtheatre.org.