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AS YOU LIKE IT - Theater Emory Auditions

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AS YOU LIKE IT - GA EPA

Theater Emory | Atlanta, GA

Date of Audition:
11/14/2015




Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Equity Principal Auditions - by APPOINTMENT

Saturday, November 14, 2015
10:30 AM to 6:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2

Contract
SPT
Cat. 8; $534/week minimum

Location
Theater Emory Admin. Offices, Emory University
Campus, Rich Bldg, 2nd Fl
1602 Fishburne Dr
Atlanta, GA 30322


Seeking
Equity actors (3 men and 3 women) for two separate productions of AS YOU LIKE IT in rotating repertory - one with an all female cast and one with an all male cast.

See breakdown for more info.

Preparation
Sides will be provided at the audition, with sides available at the theater and online in advance.

Please bring 1 copy of a picture and a resume, stapled together.

Other Dates
First Rehearsal- Feb. 23, 2016.
Performances- Mar. 31 – Apr. 10, 2016.

Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Monday, Nov. 16.

Other
www.theater.emory.edu

Note: Theater Emory casts entirely from the Atlanta / North Georgia area as no housing is available to out-of-area performers.

Personnel
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director (All Male Cast): Tim McDonough
Director (All Female Cast): Janice Akers
Robert Schultz: Theater Emory Production Stage Manager/Casting Coordinator
· A monitor will

not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments
AEA members email to emma.e.yarbrough@emory.edu. If no email access, call Emma Yarbrough at 404-712-9118. Email preferred.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

Seeking:
Equity male and female actors for consideration of 6 Equity contracts (3 per production).

Production Description:
The two productions will take a unified approach in style and design. There will be one designer in each of the areas of set, costumes, lighting, and sound who will design for both productions. Each production will have its own stage manager. The run will consist of a total of ten performances, five for each company.

We are interested in hearing Shakespeare’s play through the voices of male performers and the voices of female performers. We are curious to see if certain themes, points of view and emotions might come into focus differently or similarly in the two productions. The genders of the characters remain as Shakespeare wrote them. We are asking the actors to seek what is human in each of the characters.

Shakespeare gives us two worlds: the world of the Court and the Forest of Arden. In our As You Like It, the Court is a modern place rife with treachery, betrayal and paranoia; a place in which one’s footing is uncertain and injustices are common. Shady deals are made and money is exchanged. Family members are ostracized, then unjustly accused and thrown out. Who can you trust? The exiled characters travel to Arden to escape the old society and system, the values of which they can no longer endure. In our production, Arden is an existential quest, a place to find your authentic self or reinvent yourself, to see if people can mean what they say and if love can be trusted. But even here, in this place of “radical inclusion,” dare you reveal yourself? Set on the Playa, in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada at the Burning Man Festival, Arden is a collection of Court escapees and “locals” – a “network of dreamers and doers” creating a “culture of possibility.” As noted in the Burning Man mission: “Burning Man is a laboratory. Not every experiment works, but we’ll never know if we don’t try.”

Both productions – all male and all female – will be performed by companies of student and professional actors.

ALL FEMALE COMPANY
and

ALL MALE COMPANY

3 AEA Contracts available for EACH production to be cast among the following roles/tracks:

Duke Senior/Duke Frederick (double cast):
- Seeking 1 Female actor to play male characters (40-60). AND
- Seeking 1 Male actor to play male characters (40-6).
Any ethnicity.

For each production, these two roles will be played by the same actor, with some fast transitions. It is not just a question of the good and the evil sibling; both are complicated and conflicted.

Like Orlando, Duke Frederick is the younger brother, who did not inherit the realm – he is an outsider not by choice. Frederick, who will eventually be transformed by an encounter with a religious man and give up everything, should be tormented – and all the more dangerous because he knows what he is doing is wrong. In this contemporary production, he has billions.

It may be that Duke Senior has reason to wonder about the causes of his exile. Did he properly attend to his duties? This whole experience of exile is deepening for the Duke: like Richard II and Prospero and Lear, he learns about ruling and becomes a person once he is out of power. He is certainly conflicted about the court: Arden is a gentler, more honest place, and this Robin Hood life has its pleasures. On the other hand, the world is turned upside down. For all the camaraderie, it is difficult to bond and to belong, given his experience of betrayal. For all his praise of this good life, it is hard to believe. And Jaques’ black views of society ring in his ears.

Jaques:
- Note: this role in the all-male production has been CAST (actors auditioning may be considered for possible replacments, should any become necessary)

- Seeking 1 Female actor to play male characters (40-60).

Any ethnicity. He sold everything to travel, and his experience of the world, as Rosalind observes, has made him sad. Now he is a melancholic who is occasionally manic: as if he were bipolar. He is a satirist who wants to cleanse the foul body of the infected world (2.7). His pretentions are constantly punctured and his pronouncements undercut. He knows that he cannot change the world, and he turns his back on it at the end: he too will consider a life of religious austerity.
His pendulum swings between isolating himself – he is a deliberate outsider – to very focused attempts at communication.

Corin/Adam:
- Seeking 1 Female actor to play male characters (50-70). AND
- Seeking 1 Male actor to play male characters (50-70)
Possibly other roles as cast. Any ethnicity.

Corin is country blue-collar, an honest working man, now laid off, self-sufficient, self-respecting and very sharp. He may be living off the grid in an old Airstream trailer, a “desert rat” and a philosopher. He more than holds his own in an exchange with a clown who cannot shut himself up. Corin doesn’t have a dime – until Ganymede and his sister show up.

Adam is primal old age. How to play this truthfully? His name suggests our original humanity. This is his last stand – he bets everything he has on doing what is right. He is an emblem of devotion between young and old. He is loyal and honest in a world that no longer values these virtues: he embodies an older age in which one could trust. And he is discriminating. Along the way he becomes an image of vagrancy and hunger in the countryside. Will he make it to the end?

Le Beau:
- Seeking 1 Female actor to play male character (25-35).
- Seeking 1 Male actor to play male character (25-35).
Other appearances as cast. Any ethnicity.

In this production, Le Beau’s role is expanded and complicated. He is the lord closest to Frederick, who walks a fine line between doing the right thing, containing Duke Frederick’s evil, and saving his own skin. He is a good man, who is forced to take action in secret. Le Beau was written as a foppish character who takes on weight when he warns Orlando to flee Duke Frederick’s wrath. In this production he is indeed elegant: his clothes are both cover-up and compensation for the nasty business he deals with every day, about which he is very ambivalent. But he is no fop – and no fool. It is Le Beau who will bring to Arden the astounding news of Duke Frederick’s conversion. The Le Beau actor will make appearances as other people in Arden. They are fantasy expressions of his desire to be someone free of his present circumstances.



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