By Joanna McClelland Glass
Theatre BC Entry

Directed by Karen Cresswell
Produced by Anne Marsh

– Tuesday, December 3, 1:00 -4:00pm
– Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 to 10:00pm
– Tuesday, December 10, 1:00 – 4:00pm
– Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 to 10:00pm

– In the Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th Street, North Vancouver

– Begin December / January 2020; TBA once casting complete.
– Sundays at 1 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm

– Preview Thursday, April 2, opening April 3-4, April 8-11 (including a matinée on Saturday, April 11 @ 2 pm), April 15-18, 2020

Trying is a two-character play based on the author’s experience during the years 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney-General of the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other.  Theatre BC Festival entry.

– No appointments are necessary; first-come first-served
– Non-Equity production
– Cold Read from the Script (Scenes will be provided in the waiting area)
– This is NVCP’s entry into the Theatre BC North Shore Zone Festival, May 4-9, 2020 at Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver.
– If chosen as the best play, the production will be presented at the provincial Theatre BC Mainstage Festival July 10-18, 2020 in Port Alberni, with a performance date of Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
– Actors will be required to commit to the Zone Festival dates in 2020, as well as the possibility of attending some or all of the Theatre BC Mainstage dates.
– A photograph and résumé, if available, should be submitted in advance to director Karen Cresswell at or brought to the auditions.
– Cast and crew will all be required to become paid up members of North Vancouver Community Players ($20 Fee). These are open auditions, but preference will be given to existing members of NVCP.

Director Karen Cresswell (


JUDGE BIDDLE An 81-year-old, once brilliant man who was Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt.  He is the aristocratic scion of an old, Main Line Philadelphia family.  After a long and illustrious career, he now functions, as he says, “somewhere between lucidity and senility”.  “I’m always ill,” he tells Sarah, “I’m ill unrelievedly, I’ve got a list of ailments from here to Mount Rushmore.  Occasionally I’m ill horizontally, but mostly I’m ill vertically.”
SARAH SCHORR A 25-year-old girl who has been hired, by Mrs. Biddle, to be the judge’s secretary.  She is a direct, plain-spoken, pleasant girl, originally from the prairie province of Saskatchewan.  Sarah may be ‘green’, but she is resilient and determined to find a working relationship that is mutually beneficial. The path toward such a relationship is rocky, and Sarah will only be pushed so far. “Sir, my father was a bully.  I vowed that when I left Saskatchewan, I’d never allow another person to bully me.”  Sarah also has grit and tenacity, and tells the judge, “While I was growing up, I was paid what is just about the best compliment you can get on the prairie.  People said I was ‘a bugger for work’.”

Auditions Around Town

Centennial Theatre
Deep Cove Stage
First Impressions Theatre
Presentation House
SMP Dramatic Society
Theatre West Van