The Ohio State University at Newark

Audition Dates Scheduled for The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid

January 8, 2019

The Ohio State University at Newark’s Black Box Theater has announced audition dates for the April production of The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, a drama by playwright Lee Blessing.

Auditions are open to the public and will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at The Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Performance dates will run from April 4 – 14, 2019.

Audition requirements include a two- to three-minute prepared dramatic monologue, and cold script reads will be expected. Parts are available for four men. Copies of The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid scripts are available in the John L. and Christine Warner Library. Serious actors are always encouraged to read the script before auditions.

Persons interested in tech opportunities are encouraged to come during audition times as well. If students would like to earn credit for being involved in the production, contact Director Edie L. Norlin as soon as possible to enroll now and avoid late fees that would be applicable at audition time.

The story: Set in a one-room shack out west at the turn of the last century, this at times funny and at times chilling play concerns Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid. Now, many years after the famous deed, Garrett lives alone with his memories. Enter the man who wrote the dime novel that immortalized Billy and Garrett. He brings with him a man who he claims is the real Billy the Kid, now middle aged and very much alive. Is this man Billy the Kid? And, if he is, then who is Pat Garrett?

This production is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more information, contact Norlin at

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