Auditions Announced for WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET at Playhouse South

PS_logo2OPEN AUDITIONS FOR FEMALE ACTRESSES

When: 7pm – 10pm, July 18th & 19th – possible callbacks on the 20th (Cast list will be announced on the 21st, providing that all actors have accepted their roles.)
Where: 3750 Far Hills Ave, Kettering, OH 45429

Performance Dates: September 15-16, 22-23 at 8pm & 17, 24 at 2pm

Director: Jordan Eechaute-Lopez
Assistant Director: Tim Madden
Stage Manager: Aaron Eechaute-Lopez

Synopsis
Hamlet’s a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn’t help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she’s too young for the role. Or that she’s somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she’s a woman. How can Jessica figure out “to be or not to be,” when she can’t even figure out herself?

Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles

Cast

  • Jessica – Late 20s, an actress, quirky, smart
  • Gwen – Female acting coach
  • Humanities Professor – male, overconfident
  • Ghost – male, Hamlet’s father
  • Starbucks Actress – Female, works at Starbucks
  • Priest – Male, Catholic, celibate
  • Bicycle Messenger – male, streetwise and hip
  • Emily Ostergaard – Female, Jessica’s computer-geek niece
  • Barfly – Female, alcoholic
  • Home Shopping Network Model – Female, bubbly
  • Rosy – Female, a young soap-opera starlet
  • Lord Derby – Male, English Shakespeare scholar
  • Minnesota Mother – Female, Jessica’s mother
  • Male Psychiatrist – Male, a Jewish Freudian psychiatrist
  • Bartender, Male, rough, tough, and tattooed
  • Home Shopping Network Hostess – Female, bubbly
  • Gilda – Female, grande dame soap-opera star and stroke victim
  • Gravedigger – Male, a Cockney pun-master
  • Stage Manager – Female

Each actress chosen to perform will play multiple roles, except Jessica. This includes performing as males in reflection of Shakespeare’s original tradition of males performing all roles. 

Auditions
Please prepare to perform cold readings and test your improv skills with improv games or tasks.

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