Spring 2024

JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN
by Kimberly Belflower

  • Guest Directed by Rhys Lovell
  • Scenic Design and Technical Direction by Dathan Powell

OPEN AUDITIONS/OPEN CREW INTERVIEWS

  • Sunday, January 28 & Monday, January 29
    • With Callbacks for some actors on Tuesday, January 30
    • 6:00pm Crew Interviews & 7:00pm Auditions on Jan. 28 & 29
    • Studio Theatre, Level 1, Performing Arts Center, UIS Campus
    • Limited number of scripts available at the Brookens Library front desk beginning in later December
    • Nothing to Prepare/Cold Readings from the script/Headshots-Resumes Appreciated, but not required

Performances in the Studio Theatre

Friday, April 12; Saturday, April 13; Sunday, April 14 & Thursday, April 18; Friday, April 19; Saturday, April 20. (All performances at 7:30pm, except for the Sunday, April 14 Matinee at 2:00pm)

The Story of the Play

At a rural high school in Georgia, a group of lively teens are studying “The Crucible” while navigating young love, sex ed, and a few school scandals. Holding a contemporary lens to the American classic, they begin to question who is really the hero and what is the truth, discovering their own power in the process. Alternately touching and bitingly funny, this new comedy captures a generation in mid-transformation, running on pop music, optimism, and fury, writing their own coming of age story.

  • Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production of a Play.
  • “A knockout…[John Proctor Is the Villain] is…pushing for a 4.0 GPA.” —Washington Post.
  • “I would urge everyone to see this play.” —Georgetown Dish.
  • “Biting and exquisite.” —MD Theatre Guide.
  • “Operates adroitly as both think-piece and thrilling drama.” —Metro Weekly.
  • “Cracking good theatre…Add it to your ‘must see’ list.’’ —DC Metro Theater Arts.

TIME AND PLACE

Spring Semester, Junior Year, 2019

Helen County High, the only high school in a one-stoplight town, northeast Georgia

All scenes are in Mr. Smith's classroom unless otherwise noted

CHARACTERS: 3M / 6W

Carter Smith
  • Teacher
  • Mid-30s M.
  • A former golden boy, but one of those rare smart and sensitive ones
  • Now he's a great teacher: charming, engaging, goofy
Shelby Holcomb
  • student
  • 16, F.
  • Her brain works faster than her mouth, but her mouth works pretty dang fast
  • People have always underestimated her
Beth Powell
  • Student
  • 17, F.
  • Nervous and ambitious and enthusiastic
  • Kind of like if Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller had a baby and raised her in the Deep South
Neil Shaw
  • Student
  • 16, F.
  • From Atlanta
  • Grounded and sincere
  • Genuinely curious about things
  • A good judge of character, and a quick study
Ivy Watkins
  • Student
  • 17, F.
  • Fiercely loyal and always well-intentioned
  • From old Southern money, resist the urge to play her as a mean girl
Raelyn Nix
  • Student
  • 16
  • A cheerleader type who's always lived her life by other peoples' standards.
  • She was paying careful attention the whole time
Mason Adams
  • Student
  • 17, M.
  • He's never really tried before, and he's surprised by how good it feels
  • Earnest and affable
Lee Turner
  • Student
  • 16. M.
  • A Carhartt-wearing good ol' boy
  • Deeply insecure and without the tools to deal with it
  • He's always been good at getting what he wants
Bailey Gallagher
  • Counselor
  • 24, F.
  • Sweet in all the ways Southern women are supposed to be
  • This is her first real job out of college, and she really cares about it

A note on casting: rural Georgia doesn't mean all white.

OPEN AUDITIONS/OPEN CREW INTERVIEWS

  • Sunday, January 28 & Monday, January 29
    • With Callbacks for some actors on Tuesday, January 30
    • 6:00pm Crew Interviews & 7:00pm Auditions on Jan. 28 & 29
    • Studio Theatre, Level 1, Performing Arts Center, UIS Campus
    • Limited number of scripts available at the Brookens Library front desk beginning in later December
    • Nothing to Prepare/Cold Readings from the script/Headshots-Resumes Appreciated, but not required

Performances in the Studio Theatre

Friday, April 12; Saturday, April 13; Sunday, April 14 & Thursday, April 18; Friday, April 19; Saturday, April 20. (All performances at 7:30pm, except for the Sunday, April 14 Matinee at 2:00pm)

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