The Judicial Murder of Mrs. Surratt
World premiere full production of the award-winning drama
Written by: Rich Amada
Produced by: Jayn Rife and Marg Soroos
Directed by: Eleanore Tapscott
ACCT Audition location: Wesley Hall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22308.
Audition dates: Saturday, July 29 from 2 – 4 pm; Sunday, July 30 from 7 – 9 pm; Callback by invitation only, Monday, July 31.
Performances: September 29 – October 15 (three weekends: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 pm each weekend – 9 shows).
Audition requirements: Please prepare a 1-minute dramatic monologue. Also, please be ready to provide an accurate list of all schedule conflicts between August 1 and October 15, 2017. If you have a black and white headshot and acting resume you may bring them with you. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script.
Play summary: Four score and nine years the United States of America existed as an independent nation that had never once seen fit to execute a woman for any crime. Then came the infamous night of April 14, 1865. Inside Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C., the famed actor John Wilkes Booth fired a bullet into the head of President Abraham Lincoln and, in so doing, set into motion a frenzy of events. Shocked and outraged by its first presidential assassination, the United States government launched an unprecedented dragnet to round up every suspect it could. Among the people arrested was Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, the widowed owner of a Washington boardinghouse where Booth and others implicated in the assassination were alleged to have conspired. She was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and, along with seven male co-defendants, tried before a military tribunal convened by President Andrew Johnson especially for the occasion. Those convicted could be hanged. Mrs. Surratt was on trial for her life. The Judicial Murder of Mrs. Surratt is a play based on that trial.
Mary Surratt (White female, mid to late 40s): Boardinghouse owner and mother of Anna and John Surratt
John Bingham (White male, mid to late 40s): Government prosecutor (assistant to the Judge Advocate of the military tribunal)
Anna Surratt (White female, 20s): Daughter of Mary Surratt
Frederick Aiken (White male, 30s): Attorney for Mary Surratt who had just started his law practice when he became part of the defense counsel team
John Lloyd (White male, 20s-40s): Former policeman who runs the Surratt tavern
Louis Weichmann (White male, 20s): Friend of John Surratt and resident at the Surratt boardinghouse
John Wilkes Booth (White male, late 20s): Handsome, charismatic actor and the assassin of Abraham Lincoln
John Surratt (White male, 20s): Mary’s son and an associate of Weichmann and Booth
Courtroom artist (Male, any ethnicity)
Ensemble: 2-4 white men, 2-4 African American men, 2-4 African American women, up to 12 total. Extras have no lines but will sing “Dixie,” “Farewell,” and a couple of other songs from the period and need not attend rehearsals until two weeks prior to tech week.