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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012

College sets open auditions for premiere performance of ‘Clockwork Orange’    

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) Central’s department of theatre and film will hold open auditions for “A Clockwork Orange,” a graphic play adapted from a novel by Anthony Burgess. The controversial and visually stunning film of the same title, released in 1972 by Stanley Kubrick, was based on Burgess’ novel.

The auditions will be held on Jan. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in Slocomb Auditorium, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The auditions are open to the public, and enrollment at the College is not required.

The play calls for 15 men (who will cast in double roles), and eight women (who will also play double roles). The age range for the roles is 18 to 60. Two contrasting monologues will be requested and filmed on the night of the auditions, or audition DVDs may be sent to the Central Campus to the attention of Dr. Jerry Ivins, theatre department chair.

The show is rated R for language and adult content. The theater adaptation of the novel has been performed only one other time, and the SJC performance will be a premiere for the Houston area, according to Ivins.

“A Clockwork Orange,” set “in the near future” in an unnamed bleak urban landscape, is the story of 15-year-old Alex and his nasty gang of “droogs” (slang for “friends”). At Alex’s orders, they rampage through dank city streets at night. After celebrating their crimes, Alex is arrested and sent to prison. In scenes reminiscent of 1984, he submits to “Ludovico therapy,” institutional torture disguised as behavior modification. Upon release from prison, he is cast adrift. Alex revisits the scenes of his old crimes, realizing for the first time the pain he inflicted on his innocent victims.

Rehearsals for the show begin on Jan. 23, and performances are set for Feb. 24 and 25, March 1, 2 and 3 at Slocomb Auditorium

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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