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Palo Alto Players is holding auditions
for its winter play,

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE



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Palo Alto Players announces auditions for its winter play, the peninsula premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall and based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.
 

Our production will be Directed by Lee Ann Payne.  Auditions are by appointment only.  


SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE performs January 18 - February 3, 2019. Thursday night curtain is at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtain is at 2pm. Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin late November.


Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, August 19 and Monday, August 20 from 7pm - 10pm, with callbacks scheduled for Sunday, August 26 from 6pm - 10pm.  Auditions and callbacks will be at the Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  All roles are currently open.  This is a non-AEA performance.  Stipend available for all roles.
 

Please prepare the following:

Shakespeare monologue or sonnet – for those auditioning for roles that require verse

- OR -

Short contemporary monologue using RP or low country (ex: Cockney) accent.


 

About the show:

Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. He finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with on stage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.  Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is a warm and witty romance filled with music and farcical characters.


 

We are looking to cast the following exciting roles (PLEASE NOTE: Tracks may be shuffled/combined depending on casting):

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Shakespeare in Love needs you! We are looking for a diverse, multi-cultural cast of actors some of whom must be proficient in verse, can play multiple parts, sing (yes, sing!), move (court dancing/swordplay), and a dog.

In the description below, you will find characters who will have special requirements – specifically if they are in on-stage plays. Please make note of these characters.


 

MEN:

WILL SHAKESPEARE: Poet and Playwright. Having writer’s block and in search of his muse

Age: 20-30, Must be very proficient with Verse (Shakespeare’s!) and swordplay


 

KIT MARLOWE: Will’s colleague, friend, and confidant, understudies Will

Age 25-35, Very proficient with verse, swordplay


 

FENNYMAN: Producer of The Rose Theatre Piece (the money)

Age 30-40, some verse required


 

HENSLOWE: Owner and Manager of the Rose Theatre

Age 30-50, no verse


 

RICHARD BURBAGE: Lead Actor of the Chamberlain’s men.

Age 30-40, no verse


 

LORD WESSEX: Long on title, but short on cash – Betrothed to Viola de Lesseps

Age 30-40, no verse


 

EDMUND TILNEY: The Lord Chamberlain, may double with NOL

Age 30-35, verse required. Swordplay


 

ROBERT DE LESSEPS: Viola’s Father, possibly also the BOATMAN

Age 40-60, no verse


 

SAM/JULIET: Young actor – voice changes before first performance

Age 18-25, verse required, swordplay


 

NED ALLEYN: Lead Actor of the Admiral’s Men – plays MERCUTIO

Age 20-30, verse required, swordplay


 

PETER/TYBALT: Actor also plays VALENTINE

Age: 20-40, verse required, swordplay


 

ROBIN/LADY CAPULET: Actor in R&J

Actor 30-40, verse required, swordplay, singer


 

ADAM/BENVOLIO/SERVINGMAN: Actor

Actor: 20-40, verse required swordplay, singer


 

JOHN WEBSTER: Street urchin, desires to be a player

Young Actor: 12-16, no verse, may be asked to sing


 

WABASH: Henslowe’s Tailor – Stutters, but comes through in the end

Actor 30-50, verse required, singer


 

RALPH/NURSE: Actor in R&J, bit of a drunk

Actor 30-50, verse required


 

 

LADIES:

VIOLA DE LESSEPS: Daughter of Robert de Lesseps, Disguises herself as THOMAS KENT

Actress 20-30, must be credible as a boy, proficient with verse


 

QUEEN ELIZABETH: The Queen

Actress: 40-50, dominating and strong, no verse


 

NURSE: Nurse to Viola de Lesseps

Actress 20-50, comedic timing needed. No verse


 

MISTRESS QUICKLY: Cross dresses in the bar as a man. Understudies Viola

Actress 20-40, lead singer – must have strong voice, dance


 

MOLLY: Gal in the Bar, also Queen’s ladies

Actress 20-40, needs strong voice, dance


 

KATE: Gal in the Bar, also Queen’s ladies

Actress 20-40, needs strong voice, dance



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