Auditions for JJC Production ‘The Normal Heart’ Set for Aug. 27-28

Auditions will be held for an upcoming Joliet Junior College production of “The Normal Heart” on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 28, at 3 and 6 p.m. in K-1001, on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. There are nine male roles and one female role.

Those interested in auditioning should prepare a preferably memorized one to two-minute monologue from a modern play. After the monologues, candidates will do a cold reading from the script.

“The Normal Heart,” written by Larry Kramer and to be directed by Fine Arts Professor Clay Kirkland, will be JJC’s first production of the 2014-2015 season. This groundbreaking play takes place during the early years of the AIDS crisis from 1981-1984. In this largely autobiographical script, Kramer shares the panic, denial, anger, and hopelessness of the earliest victims of the then-unnamed illness, revealing the devastating lack of response from government and other cultural institutions.

Performance dates for “The Normal Heart” will be Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 4 and 5 at 3 p.m. The Oct. 4 performance is a fundraiser for local AIDS charities in the Joliet area.

For more information, contact director Clay Kirkland at or 815-280-2706. The theatre office can be reached at 815-280-2200.

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