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KING LEAR - New York Classical Theatre Auditions

Posted: April 9, 2021

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New York Classical Theatre

CONTRACT
LOA $400 weekly minimum, every hour over 25 hours per week will be paid at $16/hour; includes pension & health. (LOA ref. LORT)

SEEKING
Equity actors for roles in KING LEAR. (See breakdown.)

INSTRUCTIONS
Please prepare a 60-second classical piece—preferably in verse. Please submit by 5:00 pm ET on April 26.
Deadline: Mon, Apr 26, 2021 (EDT)

SUBMIT TO
auditions@nyclassical.org

PERSONNEL
Auditions will be reviewed by:
Stephen Burdman, Director/Artistic Director
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting

OTHER DATES
Rehearsals*: June 1–23, 2021 (Central Park, 12-5pm ET); also selected put-in daytime rehearsals in other venues.

Performances*: June 24–August 8 (Central Park, MetroTech Commons, Carl Schurz Park, The Battery). All performances will be 7-9pm ET.

*pending approval of Equity/NYC/NYS

OTHER
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 submit.

BREAKDOWN
Please read the followingextremely carefully:
It is in service of our mission that we assemble a company whose majority, like the city we serve, is comprised of historically underrepresented performers. We are specifically looking for actors who self-identify as: Black, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx/Latino, North African, Middle Eastern, Indian, or multiracial to offer NY Classical’s currently predominantly white leadership creative partners with a valuable perspective, community network, and cultural heritage different from their own. NY Classical is committed to expanding the representation of ethnicity, gender, body type, and ability in our productions.

All actors should be skilled with classical text, must be experienced with

broadsword and hand-to-hand stage combat, and have the vocal strength and training/experience to work in large, outdoor spaces.

SEEKING:

Albany [Male-Identifying, 40s–50s]: Husband of Goneril. Honorable, logical, loyal, resigned to disappointment in his marriage.
Cornwall [Male-Identifying, 40s–50s]:Husband of Regan. Fiery, passionate, acts without foresight, loves his wife.
Edgar [Male-Identifying, 20s–30s]: Son of Gloucester, brother of Edmund. Honest, naïve, forthright, brave, clever.
Edmund [Male-Identifying, 20s–30s]: Bastard son of Gloucester, brother of Edgar. Egotistical, ambitious, two-faced.
Fool [Any gender-identification, 30s-60s]: Fool to Lear. Smart, musical, willing speak the truth without fear of consequences.
Goneril [Female-Identifying, 30s–50s]: Eldest daughter of Lear, wife of Albany. Cold, manipulative, bitter, loathes her husband.
Kent [Male-Identifying, 50s–60s]: Earl of Britain. Loyal, friend of Gloucester. Sturdy, loyal, generous, determined, experienced in combat.
Oswald [Male-Identifying, 30s–40s]: Servant to Goneril. Loyal, abettor, loyal only for personal gain.

Cordelia [Female-Identifying, 20s–30s; CAST]: Youngest daughter of Lear. Passionate, idealistic, champion of the truth, sympathetic.
Gloucester [Male-Identifying, 55+; CAST]: Earl of Britain, father of Edgar and Edmund. Political, sharp, narrow-minded, focused.
Lear [Male-Identifying, 65+; CAST]: King of Britain, father of Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Tough, self-centered, proud, later broken.
Regan [Female-Identifying, 30s–40s; CAST]: Middle daughter of Lear, wife of Cornwall. Narcissistic, predatory, knows how to manipulate people with her sexuality, loves her husband passionately.


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 submit.


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