Auditions for "Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" @ Gallery Players, Columbus [from 21 to 22 August]

Auditions for "Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead"

21 - 22
18:30 - 21:30

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Gallery Players
1125 College Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Gallery Players are proud to announce auditions for our Fall comedy, «Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead» by Tom Stoppard.

• Date & Time – Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 pm. Callbacks on Wednesday, August 23.
• Location – Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave, Columbus, OH 43209; Questions should be directed to Gallery Players Artistic Director Jared Saltman at 614-559-6248 or [email protected]
• Alternative Casting — All roles are open to diverse and/or alternative casting.
For example, females may be asked to play males if the role was originally male, and males may be asked to play females if the role was originally female.
• Reading From the Script — Auditions for “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” will entail reading from the script from selected passages provided by the Director. Scripts are available at the front desk of the JCC where there will be a sign out sheet.
• What to Bring — Actors are asked to bring their acting resume and a headshot or picture to auditions. Actors are also asked to bring a list of their conflicts with the draft rehearsal schedule, and indicate all conflicts on the audition forms.
• Clothing and Shoes – You may be asked to move freely and easily during the audition. Actors are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing in order to move safely and without undue restriction. Shoes or sandals that may easily come off or restrict movement are not recommended.
• Special Skills – If an actor has a special skill, such as juggling, gymnastics, magic, playing the violin, guitar, drums, flute or piccolo, please be prepared to demonstrate those skills during auditions.

This production will be directed by Nancy Shelton Williams

Production Dates:
Oct. 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Available Roles:
Rosencrantz — (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
A gentleman and childhood friend of Hamlet. Along with his friend Guildenstern, Rosencrantz seeks to uncover the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior but finds himself confused by his role. He is creative, pragmatic and empathetic. Somewhat childlike, he is likeable, loyal and finds more joy out of life. Rosencrantz is the less dominant personality, yet he is more active than Guildenstern. Ultimately, he masks a deep dread about his fate, which is more practical than philosophical.

Guildenstern — (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
A gentleman and childhood friend of Hamlet. Accompanied by Rosencrantz, he tries to discover what is plaguing Hamlet, along with his own purpose in the world. As the leader of the two, he is highly philosophical with an ego regarding his self-perceived intelligence; however, he is highly disconcerted by the world around him. His constant questioning eventually exposes his lack of bias toward action, demonstrating he lacks the bravery to make choices. Guildenstern does not mask his obsession with the nature of reality and death.

The Player — (Male or Female)
The leader of the traveling actors known as the Tragedians. The Player is an enigmatic figure that appears to have more control in the environment than anyone else. His/her cunning wit and confident air suggest that he/she knows more than he/she is letting on. He appears eager to please others, but only on his/her own terms. He/she can also be philosophical, but not bothered by the answers or lack of them as Guildenstern. Though he/she can be cheerful and accommodating, he/she can lash out and become defensively angry and even menacing.

Hamlet – (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
The prince of Denmark and a childhood friend of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet is thrown into a deep personal crisis when his father dies, his uncle takes the throne, and marries Hamlet’s mother. He is moody, distracted and acts nearly insane – but, it is calculated. Hamlet is self-absorbed, frustrated, paranoid, and his motives appear to be unclear.

Claudius – (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
Hamlet’s uncle and the new king of Denmark. Claudius is a sinister character who tries to exploit the friendship between Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern and Hamlet to learn what Hamlet believes about the king’s marriage to Gertrude. He is commanding, cool-headed, manipulative, and decisive.

Gertrude — (If a Male is cast, the role will be played as Female.)
Hamlet’s mother and the queen of Denmark. Although she has disgraced herself by marrying Claudius so soon after her husband’s death, Gertrude cares for Hamlet’s well-being. She is dignified, graceful, and sincerely hopes that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can help her son.

Polonius — (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
A member of the Danish court and adviser to Claudius. Polonius is a shifty man, willing to interrogate Hamlet, and even spy on him to learn what he wants to know. He is politically astute, disciplined, dignified, and watchful of Hamlet’s every move.

Ophelia — (If a Male is cast, the role will be played as Female.)
The daughter of Polonius and Hamlet’s former beloved. Ophelia spends the play in a state of shock and anguish as a result of Hamlet’s bizarre conduct. She is innocent, sensitive, dutiful and empathetic.

Alfred – (If a Female is cast, the role will be played as Male.)
A member of the Tragedians led by The Player. He often plays the roles of the victim in the Tragedian’s melodramas and sensationalistic performances, and is also the whipping post for The Player. Alfred is not enthusiastic about being an actor, and dreads being asked to perform; however, once performing he is legitimately good.

Tragedians — (A combination of 6 total — Males and Females)
A group of traveling actors who are led by The Player. The Tragedians specialize in melodramatic and sensationalistic performances, and they are willing to engage in entertainments if the price is right. There are roles they will play during the show, including: Soldiers, Spies, Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet, Ophelia, Laertes, Pirates, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, etc.

About the Play:
Shakespeare’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two bewildered friends of Hamlet, suddenly find themselves in a bizarre world in which they have few memories or an understanding of who they are and why there are there. As time goes by, they try to make sense of their new reality, when they meet Claudius and Gertrude, the king and queen of Denmark, who ask them to discover and report back about Hamlet’s state of mind.

As they begin this royal request, they meet additional characters from Hamlet, along with a character called, The Player and his acting troupe, the Tragedians, who offer to provide entertainment for them at a cost.

In their attempt to move forward in their journey toward answering their questions around Hamlet, the nature of humanity, friendship, and life, they finally face their greatest challenge together, death.

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