A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Folger Theatre Auditions

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Washington DC EPA

Folger Theatre

AUDITION DATE

Mon, Dec 09, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (EST)
No scheduled lunch break

APPOINTMENTS

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Manna-Symone Middlebrooks, Casting Assistant, casting@folger.edu (202) 544-4600 x270 (email preferred) MUST SPECIFY YOU ARE AEA AEA members without appointments seen as time permits on day of.

CONTRACT

LOA Ref to LORT – weekly minimum $623

SEEKING

Equity actors for various roles. See breakdown.

Also seeking an SM and ASM. See separate notice on Casting Call for submission info.

PREPARATION

Please prepare a brief Shakespeare or other classical monologue. A brief song to be sung a cappella or played on a personal instrument may also be prepared. An accompanist will not be provided. Please bring a headshot and resume, stapled together.

LOCATION

Folger Shakespeare Library Haskell Center
301 E Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Foulke Room - First Floor

PERSONNEL

Artistic Producer: Janet Alexander Griffin
Associate Artistic Producer: Beth Emelson (expected in attendance and also has authority to hire SMs)
Director: Robert Richmond
Casting: Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

OTHER DATES

Rehearsals Begin: June 16, 2020
Performances: July 5 – August 30, 2020, with potential extension through September 6, 2020

OTHER

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

BREAKDOWN

Folger Theatre practices non-traditional casting. We encourage people of every race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability to audition, EOE.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Folger Theatre
Washington, DC
Artistic Producer: Janet Alexander Griffin
Associate Artistic Producer: Beth Emelson
Director: Robert Richmond
Casting: Manna-Symone Middlebrooks
Rehearsals Begin: June 16, 2020
Performances: July 5 – August 30, 2020, with potential extension through September 6, 2020
Contract type: LOA LORT – weekly minimum $623

NOTE: All actors need to be excellent with Shakespearean language. This play will be performed with the actors’ natural accents. Roles may be doubled.
PUCK (20-40): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. Oberon’s jester. A mischievous, enchanting fairy who enjoys toying with mortals. Must have strong skills with comedy and language, high-spirited, a little wicked, and confident physicality.
PHILOSTRATE (20-40): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. Efficient, effective, assistant to Theseus. Supremely diplomatic. Must have strong skills with comedy and language, high-spirited, a little wicked, and confident physicality.
EGEUS (20-40): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. Hermia’s parent. An old-fashioned, insensitive, and protective guardian. Must have strong skills with comedy and language, high-spirited, a little wicked, and confident physicality.
TITANIA/HIPPOLYTA (30-50): Female, any ethnicity or race. TITANIA: queen of the fairies and wife to Oberon. A fierce, charming, loyal, obstinate leader with complete agency over her desires and needs. HIPPOLYTA: queen of the Amazons and bride to Theseus. A powerful, compassionate, and intuitive authority figure. Must have excellent facility with language and strong physicality.
PRE-CAST
OBERON/THESEUS (30-50): Male, any ethnicity or race. OBERON: king of the fairies and husband to Titania. A mercurial, cunning, and vengeful leader who wants when he wants it. THESEUS: duke of Athens and groom to Hippolyta. Heroic, authoritative, intellectual, and wholly undone by his love for Hippolyta. Must have excellent facility with language and strong physicality.
HERMIA (20-30): Female, any ethnicity or race. Beloved of Lysander and Demetrius, but only in love with Lysander. A strong-willed, impetuous, athletic, and kind-hearted young woman. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.
HELENA (20-30): Female, any ethnicity or race. Hermia’s devoted and jealous best friend. A romantic with sharp wit and physical insecurity. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills. Clowning ability or experience is a plus.
LYSANDER (20-30): Male, any ethnicity or race. An endearing, facile, and impulsive young lover who runs away with Hermia. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills. Ability to play guitar is a plus.
DEMETRIUS (20-30): Male, any ethnicity. Beloved of Helena, but in love with Hermia. A witty, smooth, and arrogant young Athenian accustomed to getting exactly what he wants. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills.
PETER QUINCE (30-50): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. The nominal leader and amateur playwright for the craftspeople attempting to present a play in celebration of Theseus’ wedding. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills. PRE-CAST
BOTTOM (30-50): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. An over-confident, light-hearted weaver chosen to play Pyramus the play in celebrating Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills. PRE-CAST
FLUTE/FAIRY/MUSICIAN (20+): Male, any ethnicity or race. FLUTE: a soft-spoken, thoughtful craftsman chosen to play the female ingenue in the play in celebrating Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. FAIRY: a servant to Titania. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills, as well as vocal or instrumental music ability.
SNUG/FAIRY/MUSICIAN (20+): Female, any ethnicity or race. SNUG: a sweet and gullible craftswoman chosen to play The Lion in the play celebrating Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. FAIRY: a servant to Titania. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills, as well as vocal or instrumental music ability.
STARVELING/FAIRY/MUSICIAN (40+): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. STARVELING: a simple craftsperson chosen to play Moonshine in the play celebrating Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. FAIRY: a servant to Titania. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills, as well as vocal or instrumental music ability.
SNOUT/FAIRY/MUSICIAN (40+): Female or male, any ethnicity or race. STARVELING: a cautious craftsperson chosen to play Moonshine in the play celebrating Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding. FAIRY: a servant to Titania. Must have strong comedic language and physical comedy skills, as well as vocal or instrumental music ability.

Total cast: 15


Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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