MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - New York Shakespeare Festival Auditions

Posted: February 2, 2019

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - NYC EPA
New York Shakespeare Festival

AUDITION DATE
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
Off Broadway LORT B contract ($941/week)

SEEKING
Equity actors for various roles. All actors must have a STRONG command of classical text.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has an opening for an AEA ASM. See separate notice on Casting Call for submission info.

PREPARATION
Please prepare one SHORT (no more than two minutes in length) Shakespeare monologue.. Bring picture and resume.

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

PERSONNEL
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kenny Leon

EPA Attended by Public Theater Casting Office (Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths, Kate Murray, Chalin Tulyathan, Danica Rodriguez, and/or Claire Yenson)

OTHER DATES
1st Rehearsal: 4/8/19
1st Performance: 5/21/19
Closing: 6/23/19

OTHER
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
BEATRICE: 30’s. Black. Niece to Leonato, Cousin to Hero [CAST]
SEEKING:
BENEDICK: Male. 30’s. Black. A lord of Padua. The quintessential rom-com leading man. Equal parts dashing, funny, sexy, foolish and intelligent. A role for a leading actor who has both exceptional comedic and dramatic strengths, enormous wit and strong command of classical language.
LEONATO: Male. 50+. Black. Governor of Messina, father to Hero and uncle to Beatrice. Well-respected and values his good name. Commanding and powerful, but also possessing a playful side. Generous toward his friends and brutal with his enemies. Capable of great gentleness and humility and also terrible rage.
DON PEDRO: Male. 30’s – 40’s. Black. Prince of Aragon. A soldier. Benedick’s contemporary and commander. They are old friends and comrades in arms. He is wealthy, privileged, charming, courteous, and virile. He possesses an innate sense of power and authority, which he wears with great ease. A man comfortable in his own skin.
CLAUDIO: Male. 30’s. Black. A young Florentine soldier. In love with Hero. Cut from a rougher cloth than his comrades, but can still move seamlessly between the macho world of the military and the world of the court. Handsome, charming, masculine, a touch of grit. A true believer in honor and virtue. His strict moral code sometimes clouds his judgment and causes him to act rigidly and impetuously.
HERO: Female. Late 20’s -30’s. Black. Cousin to Beatrice, daughter of Leonato. Lovely, charming, gentle, kind, but has backbone. In love with Claudio. Innocent of any wrongdoing, she is slandered by Claudio’s enemies and is devastated by the attacks on her good name.
DOGBERRY: Male. 40+. Black. The master constable of Messina. Dedicated, determined, but clumsy. Proud, sincere, he takes his job extremely seriously. Eager to impress the court, and will go to absurd lengths in order to do so. His attempts to speak formally and elaborately are riddled with misunderstandings and malapropisms. A role for a master comic actor with great physical and verbal comedic skill.
DON JOHN: Male. 30’s – 40’s. Black. Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother. Melancholy, brooding, wily. Envious of his brother’s status and authority, he schemes to get back at him by ruining the happiness of his brother’s friends. An excellent mind for planning and calculating, and an eye for pinpointing the weaknesses of others.
ANTONIO: Male. 50+. Black. Leonato’s older brother. Although he is perhaps past his physical prime, he is still fierce and commanding. He is a patriarch who is a little out of step with the times, as his place in society is gradually being usurped by a new, younger guard. He has a passionate temper that sometimes overwhelms him.
MARGARET: Female. 30’s. Black. Hero’s gentlewoman. She is a woman, not a girl, but definitely not an old maid. She is sensual, robust, and has a hard time keeping a cap on her sexuality. Not cheap or tawdry, just possessing a sexuality that is present, if perhaps inconsistent with the morality of the court.
CONRAD & BORACHIO: Male. Late 20’s – 30’s. Black. Cohorts of Don John. They are not in the court but more than happy to move in those circles. It gives them the reflected aura of respectability that they do not possess on their own. They are players. Slick, tough and edgy. Into women, power and money, not necessarily in that order.
VERGES: Male. 40’s - 50’s. Black. Dogberry’s hapless sidekick. Not the sharpest tool in the kit. Together they make a classic double act. This is a role for a character actor who with excellent verbal and physical comedic skills.
URSULA: Female. 20’s – 40’s. Black. Hero’s gentlewoman. A calming influence in a household dominated by authoritative men.
BALTHASAR: Male or Female. 30’s+. Black. A singer and attendant in Don Pedro’s court.
FRIAR FRANCIS: Male. 30’s – 50’s. Black. Compassionate, level-headed, wise. A strong believer in the redemptive power of love, he sets in motion a plot to reunite Hero and Claudio. He is a man of true faith and considerable imagination.



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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