SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and TWELFTH NIGHT in Repertory
Salaries: AEA LOA $683 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)
(performed on alternating nights, actors will be in both shows)
1st reh: 1/2/18. Runs 2/9-3/25/18.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Director: Richard Garner
Male. 20s-30s. Young romantic lead. Poet and Playwright, He is struggling to write a new play, married but estranged. He is looking for a muse to satisfy his creativity.
Male. 20s-30s. Colleague and friend to Will, and gives inspiration from time to time.
Male. 40s-50s. Comic Character. Owner and manager of the Rose Theatre. Owes money to Fennyman, sold Two Gents to Burbage without Will’s consent. He’s in over his head in debt.
Male. 40s-50s. The Money. Finances Henslowe’s production of Shakespeare’s new play. In it for the money till he is offered a role.
Male. 30s-40s. Entitled, conniving lord. Has title but needs a financial stimulus to back it. Betrothed to Viola. Very jealous of his fiance’s dealings with other men.
Male. 30s-40s. Lead actor of the Chamberlain’s men. He is rivaling the Rose theatre and was promised Will’s new play. He doesn’t play nice when things aren’t done his way.
Edmund Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps
Male. 50s-60s. Tilney: The Lord Chamberlain. He is all about obeying the statutes laid for the theatre. Against women on the stage. / Sir Robert de Lesseps: Viola’s Father. Wants title for his family and agrees to promise his daughter to Lord Wessex.
Queen Elizabeth I/Molly
Female. 50s. Elizabeth I: Queen of England, loves theatre, especially if there’s a dog. /Molly: tavern whore
Viola de Lesseps
Female. 20s-30s. Strong willed, passionate woman, aspiring to act in a world devoid of female actors. She disguises herself as actor Thomas Kent.
Female. 40s-50s. Nurse: Servant to Viola.
Male. 30s. Leading man type, lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, plays Mercutio. Very confident in himself.
Male. 20s. Robin: Novice Actor, plays Lady Capulet. / Frees: Fennyman’s Henchman.
Adam: novice actor. / Boatman: Has known Viola for a long time. Sees through her disguise as Kent and thinks nothing of it. Also plays various instruments.
Male. 20s. Ralph: novice actor, plays Nurse and Petruchio
Male. 20s. Nol: novice actor. Also plays various instruments.
Male. 50s-60s. Lambert: Fennyman’s Henchman. / Sir Robert de Lesseps: Viola’s Father. Wants title for his family and agrees to promise his daughter to Lord Wessex.
Male. late teens/early 20’s. Sam: actor, plays Juliet. Alluded to have higher pitched voice as “they” have not “dropped” yet, very fair looking.
Male. 20s.Peter: actor, plays Tybalt
Male youth. 10-15 years old. John Webster: a quirky street urchin, aspires to be a player.
Male. 20s. / Wabash: novice actor, Henslowe’s stammering tailor. / Prince: plays Prince in “Romeo and Juliet.”
Female. 30s-40s. Mistress Quickly: Wardrobe mistress. /Kate: tavern whore
By William Shakespeare
Director Ben Crystal
This production will be set in the Elizabethan era using an all masculine-gendered cast playing both male and female roles. The play will be set as if in the Blackfriars Theatre in 1608, using Elizabethan dress, original pronunciation, and lit by candlelight. Seeking actors with strong Shakespearean skills, physically fit, and ideally singers, too. No specific accent required for auditions.
Man. 20s-40s. Strong leading man. Regal, wealthy, stern, romantic yet cerebral, a dreamer, loves the idea of being in love.
Actor playing a woman playing a man. Early to mid 20s. Plays a boy (Cesario) for most of the performance (pants role), twin to Sebastian, passionate, poetic, highly intelligent, hard working, regal yet earthy, thoughtful, honest, romantic. Seeking masculine-gendered actor who can convincingly play the female leading role.
Man. 20s-40s. Comic actor. Olivia’s clown, keeps a low profile, good at his job, open to having fun.
Actor playing a woman. 20s-40s. A proud, beautiful, sensual, focused, Duchess, who surprises herself. At the beginning of the play, in mourning for the loss of a brother. Seeking a masculine-gendered actor who can convincingly play the second female leading role.
Man. mid 20s-50s. Olivia’s fool, strong music background and must be able to sing, ideally play an instrument. Independent, wise beyond his years, loves Olivia like a daughter (though she may be older than him), has been with the family for years. Comic clown.
Man. 30s-50s. Dedicated, loyal, cynical, puritanical, analytical. Sardonic. Steward of the house - at the top of the ‘beneath the stairs’ folk. Dry Comic Clown
Sir Toby Belch
Man. 20s-60s. Uncle of Olivia, drunk at least since her brother died. Falls in love with Maria, larger than life (but not necessarily physically as well as temperamentally), free spirit, charming, loveable, enjoys drinking, wicked sense of humor. Broke but uses Aguecheek for his money. Must sing. Braggart clown.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Man. 20s-40s. Associate of Toby Belch, shy, timid bordering on being scared of his own shadow. Well meaning but foolish, insecure, A suitor to Olivia. Must sing. Silly comic clown.
Actor playing a woman. 20s-40s. Olivia’s maid, but under the Stewardship of Malvolio. Falls in love with Toby Belch. Smart, witty, cunning, dedicated to Olivia.
Man. 20s-30s. Attendant to Orsino. Sent to Olivia as a messenger of love, but she refuses to allow him to speak to her.
Man. Any age. Sea Captain. Loyal, courageous, forthright. Rescues Sebastian and becomes very fond of him. The bond may appear romantic in nature. Experienced in war, and considered an enemy to Illyria.
Man. Early to mid 20s. Ruled by his emotions. Probably bi-sexual. Impulsive. Long-lost twin brother to Viola.