KING LEAR - New York Classical Theatre Auditions

Posted: February 3, 2020

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KING LEAR - NYC EPA

New York Classical Theatre


AUDITION DATE

Fri, Feb 21, 2020
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT

LOA Actors: $386 weekly minimum, every hour over 25 hours per week will be paid at $15/hour; includes pension & health. Average 5 overtime hours per week of rehearsal.

SEEKING

Equity actors. See breakdown for Actor Track info.

Also seeking an Equity ASM.

Using our signature performance style, Panoramic Theatre, this unique production of King Lear hearkens back to the touring productions of Shakespeare’s company in which all actors will play
multiple roles.

PREPARATION

Please prepare a classical piece—preferably in verse. For Female-Identifying actors only, please prepare two brief classical pieces, one for each cis-gendered role. As this is an unusual request, pieces do not have to be memorized.

LOCATION

Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
16th Fl
New York, NY 10036

PERSONNEL

by William Shakespeare
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting

Directed by Stephen Burdman (who will be attending the EPA and also has the authority to hire
ASMs.)

OTHER DATES

Rehearsal: May 4–31, 2020 (Central Park, 1-6pm); also selected put-in daytime rehearsals in other venues.

Performance: June 2–August 2 (Central Park, Carl Schurz Park, The Battery, MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn Bridge Park). All performances will be in the evening.

OTHER

Venues: Central Park, The Battery, Carl Schurz Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, MetroTech Center

EPA Procedures are in effect for audition.
An Equity monitor will be provided.
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

It is in service of our mission that we assemble an ETHNICALLY DIVERSE COMPANY. Actors who self-identify as: Asian, Black, LatinX, Middle Eastern, Native American, Pacific Islander, Mixed, or those who belong to another historically underrepresented group, are strongly encouraged to audition. We are committed to expanding the representation of ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability in our productions.
All actors submitted should be skilled with classical text and must be experienced with broadsword and hand-to-hand stage combat.
SEEKING:

Actor Track 1
(Male-Identifying, 65+). Plays the following:

Lear [CAST]: King of Britain, father of Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Tough, self-centered,
proud, later broken.


Actor Track 2
(Male-Identifying, 55+). Plays the following:

Gloucester [CAST]: Earl of Britain, father of Edgar and Edmund. Political, sharp, narrowminded, focused.

Actor Track 3
(Female-Identifying, 30s – 50s, any ethnicity). Plays the following:

Goneril: Eldest daughter of Lear, wife of Albany. Cold, manipulative, bitter, loathes her
husband.

Cornwall: Husband of Regan. Fiery, passionate, acts without foresight, loves his wife.


Actor Track 4
(Female-Identifying, 30s – 50s, any ethnicity). Plays the following:
Regan: Middle daughter of Lear, wife of Cornwall. Narcissistic, predatory, knows how to manipulate people with her sexuality, loves her husband passionately.

Albany: Husband of Goneril. Honorable, logical, loyal, resigned to disappointment in his marriage.


Actor Track 5
(Male-Identifying, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity). Plays the following:

Edmund: Bastard son of Gloucester, brother of Edgar. Egotistical, ambitious, two-faced.

Kent (Caius): Earl of Britain. Loyal, friend of Gloucester. Sturdy, loyal, generous, determined, experienced in combat.

Actor Track 6
(Female-Identifying, 20s – 30s, any ethnicity). Plays the following:

Cordelia: Youngest daughter of Lear. Passionate, idealistic, champion of the truth, sympathetic.

Fool: Fool to Lear. Smart, musical, willing speak the truth without fear of consequences.


Actor Track 7
(Male-Identifying, late 20s – 30s, any ethnicity). Plays the following:

Edgar (Poor Tom): Son of Gloucester, brother of Edmund. Honest, naïve, forthright, brave, clever.

Oswalt: Servant to Goneril. Loyal, abettor, loyal only for personal gain.
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Stage Management:
We are also seeking an Assistant Stage Manager.
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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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