Shakespeare in Love
DirecteD BY JOE YORK
Penniless and indebted to two-demanding producers, struggling young playwright, William Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block, until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Viola quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a player. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
From Samuel French Acting Edition
This is based on the Academy Award-winning film, and it is the first year that community theater groups around the country have the opportunity to obtain rights to this play. PTD Productions is excited to be one of three theater groups in Michigan producing this play in 2018.
Audition dates and times
Sunday, August 26 7-9pm
Monday, August 27 7-9pm
Callbacks (if needed):
Wednesday, August 29 7-9pm
Riverside Arts Center
67 N. Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Performances will be held at
Riverside Arts Center.
All roles are open to actors of any ethnicity. Multiple roles may be available for some actors.
MUSIC: Most actors will have the opportunity to be part of the chorus, and some chorus members will just have singing roles.
DIALECTS: While a British account is not necessary, excellent enunciation will be required.
WILL SHAKESPEARE: Male, late 20’s-40, writer and poet
KIT MARLOWE: Male, late 20’s-mid 40’s, friend to Will, respected playwright
VIOLA: Female, 20’s-30’s, Wealthy young woman who disguises herself as Thomas Kent to audition for Shakespeare’s play
FENNYMAN: Male, mid 30’s to 50’s, financial backer of Henslowe’s production
HENSLOWE: Male, mid 30’s to 50’s, owner of Rose Theatre
BURBAGE: Male, 30’s to 50, famous and accomplished actor/stage manager
MISTRESS QUICKLY: Female, 25-55, wardrobe mistress
QUEEN ELIZABETH I: Female, mid 30’s-50’s; last queen of Tudor dynasty
TILNEY: Male, early 30’s-60, Master of Revels responsible for censorship of plays
NURSE: Female, early 30’s-mid 50’s, Viola’s nurse and confidante
ROBERT DE LESSEPS: Male, 50-60’s, Viola’s father
LORD WESSEX: Male, mid 20’s-40’s, betrothed to Viola
RALPH: Male, 20’s-40’s, novice actor, plays Nurse and Petruchio
NOL: Male, 20’s-40’s, novice actor, plays Benvolio and Samson
ROBIN: Male, 20’s-40’s, novice actor, plays Lady Capulet
ADAM: Male, 20’s-40’s, novice actor, plays Gregory, Benvolio, and Servingman
JOHN WEBSTER: Male, 13-18, street urchin who aspires to be an actor
WABASH: Male, 30-40, novice actor, Henslowe’s stammering tailor
NED ALLEYN: Male, 20-40, lead actor of Admiral’s Men, plays Mercutio
SAM: Male, 20-40, plays Juliet
PETER: Male, 20-40, plays Tybalt
LAMBERT: Male, Fennyman’s henchman
FREES: Male, Fennyman’s henchman
BURBAGE HEAVIES: Males (2)
CATLING: Male, guard at De Lesseps Hall
GUARDS: Male (2) guards at De Lesseps Hall
MOLLY: Female, tavern whore
KATE: Female, tavern whore
ACTOR: Male, plays Abraham
ACTOR: Male, plays Valentine
ACTOR: Male, plays Proteus
Contact Joe York, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-646-2713