Directed by Karelisa Hartigan
“NEXT STOP, BROADWAY, SURELY!” –Baltimore Sun “STARTLING TIMELINESS” –NPR Baltimore “A SUREFIRE HIT”–DC Metro Arts
COMMANDER centers on the complicated relationship between Ned Worley, a former college professor-turned-unlikely Governor of Rhode Island, and his possibly alcoholic partner, Richard, who sees little to gain–and much to lose–from Ned’s quixotic bid for the Presidency. Propping up Ned’s campaign is Frank Sands, a hardened operative determined to extract little more than a payday from this improbable effort, and Zack Maines, an idealistic young aide who may be the only one who grasps the true stakes of Ned’s candidacy.
More than just camp (though it does have a few campy moments), this incisive, biting and very funny commentary on politics and relationships is bound to strike a few chords.
Winner, Best Play & Best Production – 2015 Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Semi-Finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – 2016 National Playwrights Conference
Runner Up, 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award – Arizona Theatre Company
Needed: 4 men, 1 woman
NED WORLEY, a candidate for President Male, late 40s-50s
RICHARD GILLY, the candidate’s partner Male, late 40s-50s
FRANK SANDS, a political consultant Male, late 40s-50s
ZACK MAINES, the consultant’s deputy Male, 20s
SARA GUTTMAN, a reporter Female, 20s-30s
JACKIE BRADEN, a TV interviewer Female, 30s-50s
Although auditions, by their very nature, require that performances and their suitability to any individual role be judged, we won’t judge YOU (except maybe to tell you how awesome you are). You’ll find that the people here are very warm and welcoming, and happy to read with you, whether it’s your first time on stage or your thousandth. Backstage help is needed, too– please contact us if you would like to get involved!
If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family 🙂
We look forward to seeing you at auditions for Commander!