Twelve Angry Men is based on the film by Reginald Rose and adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel. Jury selection….err, um…… auditions will be January 6 and 7 at 6:30pm at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St, Astoria (downstairs in the green room). The show calls for 13 men. The role of the guard can also be played by a woman. Auditions will consist of reading prepared sides from the script. Rehearsals will start the first week of February and the performances are March 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Any questions can be sent to director Sheila Shaffer.
“Waiting for Godot” will be performed in Astoria in early 2016. Partners for the PAC will stage the production 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30; 3 p.m. Jan. 31; and 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6. The show is directed by Karen Bain of Astoria and includes a cast of local actors. Tickets are $15, at the door of the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center at 16th Street and Franklin Avenue in Astoria.
The play follows two men as they dally by the side of a road, expecting the imminent arrival of another man. They’ve asked this man for nothing very definite, but eagerly anticipate his appearance. And though they admit that they do not know him — and won’t even recognize him when they see him — they wait for Godot.
Samuel Beckett wrote the play in the aftermath of World War II. It was first performed in Paris in 1953 and stage historians consider it spawned the “theater of the absurd” movement. One of the saddest comedies and funniest tragedies written in the modern era, it was voted the most significant English-language play of the 20th Century in a poll of 800 playwrights, actors, directors and journalists conducted the Royal National Theatre in London. Productions have been staged worldwide during the past 60 years in locations as diverse as prisons, war-torn Sarajevo, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and in apartheid South Africa.
Reviewers have called it, “a witty and poetic conundrum” (The Guardian), “humorous and deeply human” (The Press), “entertainment of a high order ” (New York Times) and “something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live” (The Sunday Times).
The play’s two main characters appear to have lost everything, but they hang on to hope, just as they hang on to each other. As one says, “Right here, in this place, at this time, we are all mankind, whether we like it or not.”