Little theature update

Organizers of the Fort Frances Little Theatre have taken steps towards solving a potential shortage of actors for their fall production: they will be mounting a play that only has two characters.
Auditions for “The Gin Game,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy by D.L. Coburn, will take place Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum.
One important note: those under 50 need not apply.
That’s because the comedy takes place in a senior’s home, and the only two characters are a man and a woman well into their golden years.
“It requires older actors, or someone who can carry age,” said Naomi Woods, who will be directing the play.
Woods noted that while a younger actor can be ”aged” with the right makeup, there are limits to what an audience will believe, especially in the close proximity of a small theatre.
“A college student couldn’t do this,” she stressed.
Woods originally had considered doing John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” for the fall show but later feared it would end up being “Of Mice and No Men” due to a shortage a male actors to fill the play’s larger cast.
After weeks of deliberation, she finally landed on “The Gin Game,” a play she believes “speaks to everyone.”
“It’s one that I’ve wanted to direct for a long time. I just thought I’d go ahead with it,” she reasoned.
“I like the message of the play, the humour of it,” added Woods. “It has nice dramatic contrast as well.”
While Woods said she is slightly worried about finding older actors to take on the roles, she’s crossing her fingers that everything will fall into place in time to begin rehearsals in September.
“Sometimes you just have to throw stuff out there and see what happens,” she remarked.
Auditions for “The Gin Game” will consist of a cold reading of a passage from the play, Woods said.
Performances are slated for Nov. 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the Townshend Theatre.