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2016 Auditions

Actors sought for 2016 summer season in Lenox, Massachusetts; please visit Actors Equity casting call webage for announcement. All rehearsal and performance dates are in 2016. All roles that are not listed have been cast without auditions; *for pre-cast roles, auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. 

Available roles (see * above):   All actors -- extensive voice and physical practice as well as familiarity with Shakespeare & Company text methods preferred. The right performer in the role is more important than traditional gender and all roles are acceptable for non-traditional casting unless otherwise specified; we seek and strongly encourage participation by performers of all races and ethnicities.  Musicianship, especially with period instruments, is a big plus in any role; accents or related abilities important for some roles as indicated.


2016 Tina Packer Playhouse Equity Principle Auditions, LORT D

MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
1st rehearsal: 5/31/16; Runs 7/1 – 8/21/16 (in rep with Two Gents).

OR, by Liz Duffy Adams
1st rehearsal: 6/28/16; Runs 7/22 – 9/4/16.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA by William Shakespeare
1st rehearsal: 7/12/16; Runs 8/4 – 9/4/16 (in rep with Merchant).

Please prepare a short monologue from any Shakespeare play & have a contrasting, contemporary monologue of your choice prepared if requested.  Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM, lunch break from 3 to 4 PM
Ripley-Grier Studios Studio 16-Q, 520 Eighth Ave (between 36thand 37th), NYC
No appointments; Equity Members will be seen throughout the audition day as time permits.

Friday, February 19th, 2016, 9:45 AM - 5:45 PM by appointment, lunch break 12:30 to 1:30
Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA

Appointments: e-mail cwheeler@shakespeare.org or call (413) 637-1199 x.140 between 10 and 4

"MERCHANT OF VENICE" (cast / performed in rep with Two Gents):

  • Graziano (friend to Antonio & Bassanio) & as cast -- 30s/40s
  • Bassanio (suitor to Portia) & as cast -- 30s/40s
  • Duke of Venice, Prince of Morocco (suitor to Portia) & as cast – 50s/60s
  • Jessica (daughter to Shylock) & as cast – late 20s/early 30s
  • Gobbo (a clown, servant to Shylock) & as cast – late 20s to early 40s
  • Nerissa (Portia's waiting woman) & as cast -- 40s/50s
  • Tubal (a Jew, Shylock's friend) / Arragon (suitor to Portia) & as cast -- 40s/50s

"OR,":

  • Man, 40s, plays Charles II (Aphra's age or up to 10 years older) and William Scot and could play Lady Davenant (female aristocrat, older) and/or Jailer
  • Woman, 30s/40s, plays Nell Gwynne (early to mid-20s), Maria (older female servant) and could play Lady Davenant (female aristocrat, older) and/or Jailer.

“TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA" (cast /performed in rep with Merchant):

  • Speed (a clownish servant to Valentine) & as cast – 30s/40s
  • Thurio (a foolish rival to Valentine) & as cast -- 30s/40s
  • Antonio (father to Proteus) & as cast -- 50s/60s
  • Julia (beloved of Proteus) & as cast -- late 20s/early 30s
  • Proteus (a gentleman) & as cast -- late 20s/early 30s
  • Chief Outlaw (with Valentine) OR Duke (father to Silvia) & as cast -- 40s/50s
  • Valentine (a gentleman) & as cast -- 30s

2016 Bernstein Theatre Equity Principle AuditionsSPT Tier 4

THE TAMING, by Lauren Gunderson
1strehearsal 5/3/16; runs 5/27-7/30/16, 4-5 times/wk

UGLY LIES THE BONE, by Lindsey Ferrentino
1strehearsal 5/24/16; runs 6/17-8/28, 4-5 times/wk

SOTTO VOCE, by Nilo Cruz
1strehearsal 7/26/16; runs 8/19-9/11/16, 4-5 times/wk

Please prepare two short contrasting monologues for presentation and bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Sunday, February 21st 2016, 9:45 AM - 5:45 PM by appointment, lunch break 12:30-1:30
Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 9:45 AM - 5:45 PM by appointment, lunch break 12:30-1:30

Appointments: e-mail cwheeler@shakespeare.org or call (413) 637-1199 x.140 between 10 and 4

Equity members will be seen throughout the audition day as time permits.

THE TAMING: A political, sightly absurd romp within a hotel room during a beauty pageant.

  • Patricia, 30s, conservative republican from GA (also plays James Madison from 1787)
  • Bianca, 30s, liberal southern hipster activist (also plays Charles Pinckney from 1787)
  • Katherine, 20s, passionate southern belle & mastermind (also plays George and Martha Washington 1787)

UGLY LIES THE BONE: Today, on Florida's "Space Coast"; the protagonist is a female U.S. combat veteran, recovering from severe injuries.

  • Kacie, 30’s, caucasion, Jess's older sister; probably beautiful once, sweet and trying hard for positivity, a little overweight now;  a school teacher
  • Stevie, early 30’s, an inviting smile that makes you want to live in it; Jess's ex-boyfriend, married now, works at a gas station in their hometown; always says the wrong thing; an underachiever
  • Kelvin, late 30’s/40, Kacie's boyfriend, too comfortable in his own skin; happily lives on government disability; clueless, but means well; a slacker 

SOTTO VOCE: A passionate young man seeks out a famous, reclusive novelist who decades earlier had lost her love aboard an ill-fated ship of Jewish refugees during World War II.

  • Saquiel Rafaeli, 28, a man of Jewish-Cuban descent who is passionate and romantic, has worked hard at creating a unique & bohemian look (also plays Ariel Strauss: A man in his 20s)

NON-EQUITY AUDITIONS 

Non-Equity members will be considered for the following roles at the auditions; non-Equity may audition at any time that there is no Equity Member waiting to audition.  See information above.

Tina Packer Playhouse NON-EQUITY MEN – the roles of Tubal & Aragon (30s/40s) & "ensemble" in Merchant of Venice and the Duke of Milan (40s/50s) & "ensemble" in Two Gents -- any age and any ethnicity will be considered.

Bernstein Theatre NON-EQUITY MEN – the roles of Stevie and Kelvin in the Ugly Lies the Bone – one or both of these will be non-Equity (depending upon Kacie’s casting in the same show); non-Equity men who can play in their 30’s are encouraged to audition and any ethnicity will be considered.

Tina Packer Playhouse NON-EQUITY WOMEN – the roles of "ensemble" in Merchant of Venice and Two Gents -- any age and any ethnicity will be considered.

Bernstein Theatre NON-EQUITY WOMEN – the role of Kacie in Ugly Lies the Bone as it could be a non-Equity job depending upon other casting. Also, non-Equity women can audition for the role of Lucila Pulpo in Sotto Voce (not included in the Equity listings), a Columbian woman in her 30’s that appears to be tough but has a fragile soul (this actor also plays Nina Strauss, a woman in her 20’s).

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