Auditions will be held on Mon Oct 25th from 5-9 pm in 5 min time slots at Creative Pursuits Studio
Shakespeare In Love
1593 London: Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse... the feisty, brilliant and beautiful Viola. This crafty young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his greatest romantic masterpiece.
Rehearsals for this show will be on Sunday and Monday evenings.
CASTING: Vibrant actors of all ethnicities and genders who can command the stage through heightened language and strong comic chops for the following roles:
William Shakespeare (Will)
Will is an actor, playwright, and poet trying to write Romeo and Juliet. He has a romantic affair with Viola de Lesseps. He is friends with Kit Marlowe, a fellow playwright.
Viola de Lesseps
Viola is a young woman who loves plays and poetry, and she dreams of being an actor, even though women are not allowed on stage in 1593 London. She disguises herself as a young man named “Thomas Kent” so that she can audition for Will’s new play.
Christopher Marlowe (Kit)
Kit is London’s most famous playwright and poet. He helps Will come up with ideas for his poems. They are friends.
Henslowe owns a London theatre called The Rose. He produces plays and he needs to sell lots of tickets. It’s his job to pay for everything, and his goal to make a profit. He worries about money because he owes debts to many people, including Mr. Fennyman.
Fennyman says about himself, “I am the money.” At first it seems like Fennyman only cares about money. Later he becomes very excited about Will’s play, and even gets to join the cast as the “Apothecary.”
Ned is the most famous actor in London and everyone loves him. Ned always plays the starring role, and Will lies to Ned when he says that his part, “Mercutio,” will be the star of his play so that Ned will agree to help.
Burbage is one of the other most famous actors in London. He produces plays at his own theatre called The Curtain, and so he also wants Will to write him a play that will be a big success. He gets angry when Will gives his play to Fennyman instead.
Sam is an actor who has the specialty of playing women’s parts, be- cause women were not allowed to be actors at this point in history. In Will’s new play Sam’s role is “Juliet.”
Wabash is a tailor. Henslowe wants Wabash to be an actor in Will’s play so that Wabash won’t be angry about money Henslowe owes him. Wabash sometimes speaks with a stutter and works very hard to present the speech at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet.
You will not hear anyone call Webster by his name until the very end of the play. He is a boy who wants to be part of making theatre like the adults, but everyone ignores him. His favorite plays are about blood and violence. (In real history John Webster grew up to write plays full of revenge and death.)
Queen Elizabeth is the ruler of England. Men usually had more power than women, but the Queen never married and rules her empire for 45 years. She enjoys theatre and loves dogs. (England’s current Queen Elizabeth II is a distant relative of the Queen Elizabeth in this play.)
Tilney has a job called “Master of the Revels.” He works for the Queen and has power over all the theatres. He can close a theatre if there is something bad in a play (maybe something the Queen does not like) or something illegal (like a woman acting, since only men were allowed to be actors).
Sir Robert de Lesseps
Sir Robert is Viola’s father and a very rich man. He promises Lord Wessex that he can marry Viola and receive a large amount of money.
Lord Wessex has a powerful title but not very much money. He makes a deal with Sir Robert to marry Viola and receive more money. He expects that Viola will do everything he wants.
The nurse is a friend and a caregiver to Viola. Viola loves and trusts the Nurse since she was a little girl, and the nurse helps to keep Viola’s secrets.
Please prepare one of the monologues from our website, or a one minute comedic monologue of your choice:
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