Equity Principal Auditions
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
10 AM to 6 PM
lunch 1:30 to 2:30
LORT Experimental Theatre Contract; $480/week
Pearl Studios NYC "519"
519 8th Avenue
New York, NY
Studio G; Holding room Studio A
This is a fast-paced, abridged production for 6 actors playing multiple roles. All must have a strong command of Shakespearean verse, be highly versatile with the ability to distinguish multiple roles, and enjoy working with young people
Prepare one 2 minute Shakespeare monologue.
Bring picture and resume, stapled together.
Rehearsals: On/About May 19, 2014
First Performance: June 6, 2014
Closing: June 13, 2014
In the Clark Studio Theater, Lincoln Center
Director: Gwenyth Reitz, attending the EPA
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Casting Director: Katja Zarolinski, McCorkle Casting, attending the EPA
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.
This is a fast-paced, abridged production for 6 actors playing multiple roles. Actors must have a strong command of Shakespearean verse, be highly versatile with the ability to distinguish multiple roles, and enjoy working with young people.
The production will be performed for middle school audiences only, who at key junctures will be invited up with their classmates to join the professional cast onstage. Our student audience will step in to perform between 10-15 lines of text as additional witches, banquet guests and soldiers. Students will rehearse their portion of the scene-work in their classrooms with Lincoln Center Theater’s teaching artists, and do a mini-tech before their performance on the day of each show to set their staging in the Clark Theater.
Actor Track 1
(Male, 30s-40s) Macbeth -- A distinguished war hero, more competent on the battlefield than in politics, Macbeth succumbs to a deep desire for power once the witches plant the prophecy of his kingship. He’s conflicted, almost to a point of inaction, between a fate he desires and what he knows is right. With a weak mind susceptible to delusions of grandeur and further goaded by his wife, Macbeth plots the murder of King Duncan and assumes the throne. Haunted by his choices, he desperately clings to power amidst a rapidly deserting noble class who are appalled by his reign of terror. He treads an interesting duality of supreme brutality and confidence on the battlefield and crippling self-doubt at home. Combat experience a plus.
Actor Track 2
(Female, Mid 20s – Mid 30s) 1st Witch, Lady Macbeth and Fleance-- Lady Macbeth: A social climber. Fierce. She has a calculating mind. Macbeth is a strategist on the battlefield and she is the political strategist on the home front and knows how to put their best face forward. They make a perfect team. After the loss of their child she has put all her effort into their social and political standing. Even at the play’s beginning, she’s already a little unhinged, though her guilty conscience eventually becomes the seed of her undoing. Witches: Otherworldly shamen who enjoy toying with lesser beings. Three androgynous figures who prophesy to both Macbeth and Banquo on their fate and that of their heirs. Tempters to a wayward path. They do not make Macbeth lose his moral compass, but they can hone in on weaker minds and pounce. Fleance: Banquo’s young son and only heir. He tries to defend his father when they are attacked but is not old enough or skilled enough. He just manages to escape with his own life.
Actor Track 3
(Male, 30s – 50s): Duncan, 1st Murderer, Ross-- King Duncan: A noble, generous and beloved ruler. He is the quintessential vision of a strong and just leader. Someone who naturally radiates gravitas mixed with warmth, but can make a tough call too when necessary. Murderers: Street thugs. Some opportunities for comedy in early scenes, but should be downright terrifying in a fight. Hired hands who work as Macbeth’s personal assassins. Combat experience a plus. Ross: A young nobleman. He’s loyal to Macbeth until he can stand it no longer and flees to England to join forces with Malcolm and Macduff. He is often in the position of giving key information to the other characters and at times the audience.
Actor Track 4
(Female, 30s – 40s): Banquo, Lady Macduff, Doctor-- Banquo: A successful war general and good friend to Macbeth. Banquo also learns of the witches’ prophesies, but he sees right through them. He takes the moral high road and in many ways is an example of who Macbeth might have been were he not tempted by his darker ambitions. Dies majestically fighting for the life of his son and returns as a ghost to force Macbeth to face his choices. Stage combat experience a plus. Lady Macduff: Macduff’s wife and mother of their children. Nurturing and kind hearted. In many ways the picture of innocence. While at home taking care of her young children she is immensely brave when confronted with Macbeth’s murderous thugs. Possibly portrayed as pregnant in this production. Doctor: Wise beyond her years, she quickly suspects Lady Macbeth of her crimes but must take care of her regardless. Aware of the political reality surrounding her she knows to bite her tongue when dealing with the Macbeths.
Actor Track 5
(Female, should read late teens – 20s): 2nd Witch, Malcolm, 2nd Murderer, Seyton (gentlewoman)-- Malcolm: Duncan’s son and heir. He should appear young and out of his element, but ultimately will make a strong ruler. As Macbeth assumes the throne and Malcolm is put to the test, he comes of age and though is at first doubtful, discovers his innate ability to lead from within. It’s in his DNA whether he knows it or not. Witches: Otherworldly shamen who enjoy toying with lesser beings. Three androgynous figures who prophesy to both Macbeth and Banquo on their fate and that of their heirs. Tempters to a wayward path. They do not make Macbeth lose his moral compass, but they can hone in on weaker minds and pounce. Murderers: Street thugs. Some opportunities for comedy in early scenes, but should be downright terrifying in a fight. Hired hands who work as Macbeth’s personal assassins. Combat experience a plus. Seyton (Gentlewoman): These roles have been combined into an all encompassing household servant. As a gentlewoman she helps Lady Macbeth in her chamber and looks after her while sleep walking; as servant to Macbeth she helps arm him for battle and brings him news of his growing isolation. Not the brightest bulb in the box, but honest and hard working. She sees the situation for what it really is.
Actor Track 6
(Male 20s – 30s): 3rd Witch, Captain, Macduff-- Witches: Otherworldly shamen who enjoy toying with lesser beings. Three androgynous figures who prophesy to both Macbeth and Banquo on their fate and that of their heirs. Tempters to a wayward path. They do not make Macbeth lose his moral compass, but they can hone in on weaker minds and pounce. Captain: A wounded and valiant soldier who informs Duncan of the state of the war at the beginning of the play. Macduff: A nobleman and Thane and Macbeth’s eventual challenger. Distrusting of Macbeth from the get go, Macduff eventually flees to England to escape Macbeths’ tyranny and restore Malcolm to the throne. Once he learns of the massacre of his family he is consumed by a deep all-encompassing revenge to destroy Macbeth. Combat experience a plus.