Festivals & Events


LAWYERS PLAY




The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Manitoba Bar Association
present the 25th annual Lawyers Play

Reginald Rose’s Emmy Award-winning classic drama

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS

Adapted by Sherman Sergel

Directed by Heidi Malazdrewich

May 3–6, 2017

On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case – until one juror begins to open the eyes of the other 11. Tempers flare as the evidence is re-examined and new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt." Twelve Angry Jurors is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy.

Produced by special arrangement with the DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

About the Project

The annual Lawyers Play is one of Royal MTC’s largest fundraisers and, since its inception in 1990, has raised over $1,000,000 to help make live theatre accessible to all Manitobans. This production is a unique opportunity for members of the Manitoba Bar Association to work with theatre professionals and have a great time with friends and colleagues from the legal community.

For information on event sponsorship and advertising, please contact:
Melissa Novecosky, Special & Donor Events Coordinator
P: 204 954 6410
E: mnovecosky@royalmtc.ca

Audition Notice

Royal MTC would like to invite all current MBA members to audition for a role in this exciting and engaging legal drama. There are 13 roles available for men and women of varying ages. Actors must be available for weekly rehearsals beginning in December and increasing in frequency with full availability required from April 22 to May 6 for the technical rehearsal process and performance dates. (CLICK HERE for the current rehearsal schedule.)

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 27 & Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30–10pm.


Role Descriptions and Audition Scenes

FOREMAN AUDITION SCENE
A small, petty person who is impressed with the authority he/she has and handles themselves quite formally. Not overly bright, but dogged.

JUROR NUMBER TWO AUDITION SCENE
A meek, hesitant person who finds it difficult to maintain any opinions of their own. Easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person to whom he/she has spoken.

JUROR NUMBER THREE AUDITION SCENE
A very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated person within whom can be detected a streak of sadism. A humourless person who is intolerant of opinions other than their own and accustomed to forcing their wishes and views upon others.

JUROR NUMBER FOUR AUDITION SCENE
Seems to be a person of wealth and position. A practiced speaker who presents themself well at all times. Seems to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors. His/her only concern is with the facts in this case, and he/she is appalled at the behaviour of the others.

JUROR NUMBER FIVE AUDITION SCENE
A naïve, very frightened young person who takes their obligations in this case very seriously, but who finds it difficult to speak up when his/her elders have the floor.

JUROR NUMBER SIX AUDITION SCENE
An honest but dull-witted person who comes upon his decisions slowly and carefully. A person who finds it difficult to create positive opinions, but who must listen to, digest and accept those opinions offered by others which appeal to him/her most.

JUROR NUMBER SEVEN AUDITION SCENE
A loud, flashy, glad-handed salesman type who has more important things to do than to sit on a jury. He/she is quick to show temper, quick to form opinions on things about which he/she knows nothing. Is a bully and, of course, a coward.

JUROR NUMBER EIGHT
A quiet, thoughtful, gentle person. One who sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. A person of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, a person who wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is.

JUROR NUMBER NINE AUDITION SCENE
A mild, gentle old man/woman, long since defeated by life and now merely waiting to die. A person who recognizes themself for what he/she is and mourns the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding themself behind their many years.

JUROR NUMBER TEN AUDITION SCENE
An angry, bitter person. A person who antagonizes almost at sight. A bigot who places no values on any human life save their own. A person who has been nowhere and is going nowhere and knows it deep within them.

JUROR NUMBER ELEVEN AUDITION SCENE
A refugee who has recently come to this country. A person who speaks with an accent and who is ashamed, humble, almost subservient to the people around him, but who will honestly seek justice because he/she has suffered through so much injustice.

JUROR NUMBER TWELVE AUDITION SCENE
A slick, bright advertising person who thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs, and polls and has no real understanding of people. A superficial snob, but trying to be a good person.

To book an audition time, please contact:
Melinda Tallin, Artistic Coordinator
P: 204 934 0307
E: mtallin@royalmtc.ca


2016 Lawyers Play: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret




The cast of the 2016 Royal MTC/MBA Lawyers Play – La Cage Aux Folles: Gail Asper, Andrea Bellhouse, Kalyn Bomback, Krista Boryskavich, Paul Cooper, Joel Guénette, Melissa Hazelton, Kate Henley, Vivian Hilder, Reannah Hocken, Jessica Isaak, Bryan Klein, Ryan Krahn, Mark O'Neill, Jeff Palamar, Sandi Phillips, Laura Robinson, Evan Roitenberg, Jaime Rosin, Priti Shah, Garth Smorang, Neil Steen, Maria Versace, Richard Yaffe.