Joellen Bland
Theatre Director

Ph: (540) 464-7389

102 Marshall Hall
Center for Leadership & Ethics
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450

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Show Dates

The VMI Theatre will hold open auditions for a new one-act play, “Jonathan Myrick Daniels: The Martyr of Lowndes County,” on Wednesday and Thursday, 14-15 January, 2000-2130, in Marshall Hall. Written by Marianne M. Weber, this powerful drama focuses on VMI alumnus, Jonathan Daniels, ’61, as he participated in civil rights actions in Lowndes County, Alabama, in the summer of 1965, resulting in his tragic death. This 45-minute play is added to the VMI Theatre’s spring schedule in honor of the 50th anniversary of Daniels’ death in 2015.

All interested members of the VMI family are welcome to audition for this timely play which requires a serious and dedicated cast of eleven performers:

  • 2 white men, ages 26 and 27 – Jonathan Daniels and Father Richard Morrisroe, civil rights workers
  • 2 black men, ages 36 and 40 – Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lonzy West, a civil rights worker
  • 2 white women, ages 59 and 26 – Connie Daniels (Jonathan’s mother) and Judith Upham, a civil rights worker
  • 3 black women, ages 34, 17 and 20 – Alice West, Ruby Sales and Joyce Bailey, civil rights workers
  • 2 white male voices for various offstage roles

Persons auditioning will be asked to read from the script.

Production is tentatively scheduled for late February-early March 2015. Rehearsals will be by arrangement with the cast, usually on weekday evenings. For additional information, please reply to this message.
Please contact Joellen Bland at or call (540) 464-7389 for further information.