Open auditions for summer production by the Lyric Performing Arts Co. will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard Payne University Theater.

The show to be performed is “Nine Dragons” by George Herman, and features a cast of approximately seven women and eight men.

Those auditioning will be asked to perform a two-minute segment, preferably a monologue, according to Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theater at Howard Payne.

Crew members are also being recruited, Ewen said. Any help with the set, lights and costumes would be appreciated.

Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and possibly some Fridays. The performances are scheduled for the last week in June.

“Nine Dragons” is set deep within a great mountain on a remote island where the last nine dragons in the world live, Ewen said. When conflict erupts between the island’s two human cultures, the oldest and wisest dragon reveals a solution that prevents a war from taking place. The allegory fuses Chinese and Polynesian myth and imagery, and is a colorfully humorous and meaningful exploration of human nature and conflict resolution, Ewen added.

The play won Ayling Foundation Humanities Award and the University of Hawaii Kuma Kahua (New Stages) Award, both in 1978. “Nine Dragons” later became an illustrated children’s book published by Tuttle of Boston.

Herman, whose other plays include “The Hidden Place,” is the recipient of 36 awards for his writing. He is the author of “A Company of Wayward Saints,” which won a McKnight Foundation Humanities Award in 1964, and is still in print and widely produced. In 1983 the Hawaii State House of Representatives honored him for his 16 years in the islands as "a skillful director, actor, playwright and a perceptive, candid drama critic.”

His first novel, written at 65, was a national finalist in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

Herman now lives in Portland, Ore.