Auditions Announced for MAY 4TH VOICES at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactXenia Area Community Theater is honored to announce the local premiere of David Hassler’s play MAY 4TH VOICES, about the Kent State shootings (this year being the 50th anniversary of the event). The play will be shown at the XACT theater May 1 and 2 at 7:30pm and May 3 at 3pm. The director is Craig Smith. AUDITION DATES ARE FEBRUARY 24 and 25 at 7PM AT XACT, 45 E 2nd St., Xenia, Ohio 45385

Auditioners are asked to bring a rehearsed, but not memorized, passage. The show will be a staged reading so they can read it. It should be a speech of some sort; people’s words, not narrative or descriptions. The character list consists of 20 different, unnamed characters ranging from a junior high school student to an older adult and a narrator. The largest scene consists of 17 characters engaged onstage. Roles will be doubled and tripled as required, potentially in the same scene. Age specific concerns will not be a factor but gender specific MAY be when it is required by the script. Race will not be a factor except as specified in the script (this is germane to the story).

MAY 4TH VOICES by David Hassler recounts the events leading to the shootings at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio on May 4th, 1970 and what followed. The play is an oral history recount collected from members of the Kent Community, The University, The National Guard and members of Ohio Law Enforcement. It is a one act play with nine scenes, several of which include a narrator.

The play will be performed as a staged reading presentation with blocking and movement. Actors may be asked to play multiple roles that could consist of a variety of gender, age and racially diverse characters. The show has some adult language and adult themes.

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