ACTORS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT 2019-20 SEASON - Actors' Shakespeare Project Auditions

Posted: March 5, 2019

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Actors' Shakespeare Project 2019-20 Season - Charlestown, MA EPA
Actors' Shakespeare Project

AUDITION DATE
Fri, Mar 22, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (EST)
1 hr lunch break TBD.

APPOINTMENTS
For AEA member appointments for March 22nd , please email Jennie at casting@actorsshakespeareproject.org.

CONTRACT
NEAT NEAT category 6, this year's weekly AEA actor salary was $421.00

SEEKING
Equity actors for the upcoming season.
See breakdown for details.

AEA SM positions are available for all 5 shows and AEA ASM positions are available for King Lear and Merchant of Venice. (see separate notice on Casting Call for submission info)

PREPARATION
Equity appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals and each Equity member has a maximum of three minutes to audition. Please bring your AEA membership card. Please prepare material of your choice (including, if you wish, selections from the season). For those who wish to perform a scene from the season, a reader will be available. Please be prepared to state your starting & stopping places.

LOCATION
Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill St
Charlestown, MA 02129-1718

PERSONNEL
Attended by Christopher Edwards, Artistic Director and Jennie Israel, Casting.

OTHER
These are auditions for ACTORS’ EQUITY MEMBERS ONLY. Please, if you are not a member of
AEA, plan to attend the auditions for EMC and non-AEA actors on March 20. Sign up information
for that day will be on our website shortly. www.actorsshakespeareproject.org
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
Actors' Shakespeare Project 2019-2020 Season
Administrative office and mailing address is:
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 2B (in the historic white Armory building!)
Somerville, MA 02143
NEAT category 6, this year's weekly AEA actor salary was $421.00. 2019-20 pending
Christopher Edwards, Artistic Director (in attendance)
Jennie Israel, Casting
Typical Rehearsal Schedule: Tues-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday days
No understudies are being cast. All available roles are available for any and all actors, regardless of race, heritage, or gender identification. We seek actors who are able to and enjoy playing multiple roles in a production, who are physically engaged in the work and with other ensemble members. Each production schedule includes at least 5 weekday morning student matinees, which actors must be available for.
Available roles listed below.
King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Doug Lockwood
First rehearsal: September 10, 2019
Opening: October 12. 2019
Closing: November 10, 2019
Available Roles:
Albany: son-in-law to Ling Lear, wife to Goneril. A man of ethics and grace.
Fool: King Lear’s jester, savior, protector.
Regan: King Lear’s erratic middle daughter, endlessly disappointing to the King. Married to The Duke of Cornwall.
Oswald: Goneril’s servant and lackey, a climber.
Edmund: The Duke of Gloucester’s bastard son. Power hungry and ruthless.
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged
By Jess Winfield, Adam Long, Daniel Singer
Directed by Christopher V. Edwards
First rehearsal: December 3, 2019
Opening: December 19. 2019
Closing: January 5, 2020
Available roles:
Seeking 3 actors to play ALL roles. Seeking physically and vocally flexible actors who work well
in a small ensemble.
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Bright Half Life
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
First Rehearsal: January 7, 2020
Opening: January 25, 2020
Closing: February 16, 2020
Available roles (playwright’s descriptions):
Erica: many ages, Caucasian woman, “soft butch”, in love with and then married to Vicky.
Vicky: many ages, Woman of Color, “feminine”, in love with and then married to Erica.
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The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Igor Golyak
First rehearsal: February 18, 2020
Opening: March 14, 2020
Closing: April 5, 2020
Available Roles:
Shylock: A Jewish money lender in Venice. Despised by most. Father of Jessica. Gender fluid.
Antonio: The Merchant of Venice who seeks a loan from Shylock on behalf of his friend Bassanio, though he despises Shylock. He is often inexplicably sad.
Portia: A wealthy, intelligent heiress from Belmont. Bound by a clause in her father’s will that forces her to marry whichever suitor chooses correctly among three caskets, Portia is nonetheless able to marry her true love, Bassanio. During the final act, in the disguise of a young law clerk, Portia’s cleverness saves Antonio from Shylock’s knife.
Launcelot Gobbo: At first Shylock’s and then Bassanio’s servant. A clown who is especially adept at making puns.
Bassanio - A gentleman of Venice, and a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio. Bassanio’s love for the wealthy Portia leads him to borrow money from Shylock with Antonio as his guarantor. An ineffectual businessman, Bassanio proves himself a worthy suitor, correctly identifying the casket that contains Portia’s portrait.
Gratiano - A friend of Bassanio’s, a coarse and garrulous young man, Gratiano is Shylock’s most vocal and insulting critic during the trial. While Bassanio courts Portia, Gratiano falls in love with and eventually weds Portia’s lady-in-waiting, Nerissa.
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Henry V
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
First rehearsal: April 7, 2020
Opening: April 30, 2020
Closing: May 24, 2020
Available roles:
Henry V: Prince of Wales and then King of England, to be played by a woman.
Lewis, Dauphin of France: heir to the Throne of France . Gender fluid.
Catherine of France: Henry V’s betrothed. Gender fluid.
John Falstaff: Henry’s former mentor of all things debauched. Gender fluid
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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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