WICHITA - Auditions will be held at Wichita Community Theatre Nov. 11-12 from 2:30-5pm. There are four male roles available. Three roles require a British accent. One role speaks Greek. (Language tutor will be provided.) Production runs Jan. 24-Feb. 4, 2018.
A 17-year-old male who was a student with Alan in school; 20-year-old male who is Greek; 60-70-year-old male who was Alan’s mentor; 40-50-year-old male who is a powerful authority.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore tells the personal and true story of Alan Turing. He was a genius mathematician and engineer in Britain who played a leading role in winning World War II. He created a machine that decoded the Nazi’s secret messages, thereby ending the war early and saving 12 million lives. He also created the first computer.
Since his work was classified as top secret for years after the war, the general public knew nothing of him when he was arrested for homosexuality. He was sentenced to undergo hormone treatments that left him physically and mentally impaired. Alone and forgotten, he committed suicide.
Whitemore’s play is the same story as the award-winning film The Imitation Game, but its focus is on his personal life not his professional successes.