THE BATTLE OF BATTLES - Shelterbelt Theatre Non Equity Auditions

Posted: February 3, 2014
Audition Location: Omaha, NE

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“The Battle of Battles” Audition Notice


Audition Dates: February 17 and 18, 2014



First Christian Church

6630 Dodge Street (across from UNO)

Omaha, NE 68132


Auditions for the Shelterbelt Theatre’s production of THE BATTLE OF BATTLES, a new comedy by local writer Joe Basque, will be held on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge Street (68132). The format will be cold readings from the script. The production is scheduled to openApril 17, 2014 and run through May 11, 2014. The show will be directed by Daena Schweiger and produced by Joe Basque. Please be sure to bring a calendar with any conflicts you have between March 3 and May 11.


Casting calls for 5 males and 1 female of varying ages:


Gian Giacomo Caprotti (Salai): Early twenties. Leonardo’s servant, companion, and likely lover.

Attractive, self assured, and completely without scruples.


Niccolo Machiavelli: Early to mid-thirties. Florentine mid-level statesman. Ambitious, charismatic, a bit of a climber.


Leonardo Da Vinci: Fifty or so. Flamboyant, charismatic, worldly, confident, yet socially inferior to everyone except Salai.


Michelangelo Buonarroti: Late twenties. Gay, but religious, repressed, and socially awkward. Unkept and generally unbathed, he is completely focused on his art to the detriment of all else.


Piero de Tommaso Soderini (Piero): Early fifties. The governing head of the city-state of Florence. He is outwardly confident in his power and inwardly insecure around his bullying wife Tina.


Argentina Malaspina (Tina): Late forties to early fifties. Wife of Piero Soderini. A dominating socialite with a taste for art but considers herself a bit more sophisticated than she probably really is.


“The Battle of Battles” is based on a true story set in the Italian Renaissance. The city of Florence has been at war for a decade. No one remembers how it started. No one knows how it can end. Machiavelli has a scheme to divert the public’s attention: An artistic competition between the two greatest artists of the age, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. What could possibly go wrong?


Any questions? Please contact Joe Basque at (402) 575-8887 or e-mail at


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