Auditions for

The
Volunteer
by C. Kay "Andy" Landis

October 13 & 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Marina's on the Square

Performance dates will be in January

Directed by Zoë Zent

Hannah Smith, referred to as The Volunteer, is a psychology grad student on her first assigned visit in a women’s prison. Her objective is to evaluate and conduct a course with an Inmate (Elizabeth Colson) so she can obtain both a Master’s degree and satisfaction that she has helped someone failed by society.

Colson’s character, only a few years older, is high school dropout with two children on the outside in the care of her mother.  And completing this course, the Volunteer stresses, could help the Inmate grapple with her cognitive dissonance and change her life behavior and trajectory. Moreover, this evaluation could curry favor with the parole board and earn an early release on her 17-year sentence.

But the meeting does not go as planned and when the facility is put on lock-down, the women are trapped together in a cold drab “interrogation” room without access to innocuous privileges such as drinking water or a restroom facility.

The play addresses penal social inequity, sexual hierarchy, lack of privacy, alienation from loved ones and friends, atonement and, on another level, the role of the mother in one’s development, mental faculties and ability to thrive.

Characters:

VOLUNTEER -- A well educated yet slightly nervous grad student working on her thesis paper, doing a study on women in prison. Any race.
 
INMATE -- A seasoned inmate serving time in a federal prison. The same race as Volunteer. Although her accent is that of her region, she occasionally speaks in random accents.
 
GUARD -- The prison guard who’s seen it all. Of Hispanic descent, her first language is English but she breaks into Spanish when indicated and occasionally uses her accent sarcastically.
 
SHAWNA REESE -- voice over only. Has the same regional accent as Inmate. Any race. Canbe doubled by GUARD.