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The Los Alamos Little Theater announces a play reading for “Mister Roberts.”
The public is invited to read from 7-9 p.m. June 11 at the Los Alamos Little Theater’s green room. Scripts will be provided for the full length drama written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan. Performances are scheduled to begin in March 2015.
The cast includes 19 men and one woman.
The story is as follows: Welcome aboard the U.S. Navy Cargo Ship, USS Reluctant, which is operating in the back areas of the Pacific during World War II. This is not a very happy ship. It has a crew of 12 enlisted men and four officers that haven’t had liberty in a couple of years. They have a captain who is so unreasonable he won’t even let them take their shirts off when they are unloading cargo in the sweltering heat. The only people who can make their lives worth living are Mister Roberts, the cargo officer and the ship’s doctor.
The story of a group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific shows the crew suffering from that deadly boredom that is part of the routine of war. The ship’s skipper is a cantankerous, small-minded man.
Every one of the crew conspires against him as the shipmakes its cargo runs throughout the South Pacific. The cargo officer, Lt. Jg. Roberts shares the crew’s dislike for the captain which is one reason for his popularity.