Directed by Mike Sheehan
Production Manager: Liz Dargin
Performance Dates: 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 April 2018
Rehearsal Times: Mondays & Thursdays (and maybe some Sundays)
Production week starts on 31 March (Easter Sunday, it’s important that you are available for this date, as we will do 2 full runs of the show) and rehearsals will be all week leading up to opening night
Two soldiers stationed at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are accused of murder. The dead man is William T. Santiago, a Private who was disliked by even his commanding officer. When the two accused – Lance Corporal Dawson and Private Downey – plead guilty, Lt. Daniel Kaffee and Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway are assigned to be their lawyers. Galloway doesn’t believe Dawson and Downey came up with the idea to kill Santiago; she has suspicions that they were following orders. Kaffee, on the other hand, couldn’t care less – about this trial, about the Navy, or, at first, about Galloway’s opinion. The two need to work together to figure out what exactly happened in Guantanamo Bay – but before they can bring anyone to justice, they need to learn how to work with one another.
Required Cast: 14 men (ages from young men playing soldiers, to older men playing Senior Officers and a judge), 1 woman playing Galloway (needs to be a young woman, but not a teenager)
Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson: Accused of murdering Private William Santiago. Dawson is slightly faster on his feet than Downey, and tends to make decisions for both of them. Dawson has the utmost respect for military protocol and honor.
Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg: A good friend of Daniel Kaffee’s. Sam is not as involved in the case as Kaffee or Galloway, but he works on it with them nevertheless.
Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway: The only woman in the play, she’s worked hard to come as far as she has. Galloway first brings enough attention to the case to have Whitaker discuss it at a meeting, and then talks her way into being assigned as a second lawyer, so each defendant has one of their own. She is extremely intelligent, and sometimes gets into trouble for saying exactly what she thinks.
Capt. Matthew A. Markinson: A captain stationed on Guantanamo Bay, under Colonel Jessep who once worked with Dawson, Downey and Santiago. He suggested transferring Santiago off the base, but Jessep chose not to. Markinson has trouble with the fact that his C.O. is so much younger than he is.
his buddies. At one point, he wrote a letter offering to turn another soldier in for a minor breach in protocol in exchange for being transferred off the base.
Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick: Commander of the Windward wall (the side of the base where Santiago was stationed) on the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay.
Cast. J Randolph (Judge)
Cmdr. W Stone
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