A new, 100 minute, modern adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy, with both “virtual” and “live” rehearsals, produced by exciting new company Jo Emery Productions.
Director: Jo Emery
Casting details: 12 actors in total with possible gender- and color-blind casting.
Initial auditions to be recorded on self-tapes and sent via email to Jo Emery by Sunday 1st November.
The audition pieces are attached below.
Recalls being held via Zoom calls, on Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th November from 2 pm – 4 pm. This will consist of a read-through of the whole play (100 minutes).
Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing 16th November.
NB – All actors should have a good understanding of and facility for Shakespearean verse and text and have good transport access to Watford.
PRODUCTION DATES AND LOCATION
March 30th, 31st, April 1st, 2nd, 3rd (plus Saturday matinee) 2021 – at the Pump House Theatre, Watford. 5 Local Board Road, Watford, WD17 2JP, Tel: 01923 241362.
NB – Possible further dates in May / June 2021
Initial rehearsals will start W/C January 11th, 2021, with 1-2 rehearsals per week to be held on Zoom, moving to live blocking rehearsals from February 8th 2021, at the Pump House Theatre, Watford.
After a long, successful career, the aging Lear is dividing up his Property Development business empire between his three daughters. The onset of dementia has made his behavior erratic and dangerous. His rash decision to give up all his power has devastating and fatal consequences for him, his family, and Board Members. A modern-day, 100-minute version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, with reference to mental health, homelessness, and knife crime.
Playing age – over 30. Any ethnicity
Lear’s middle daughter, married to Cornwall, and even more treacherous than her sister Goneril. Regan is poisoned by Goneril when she discovers Regan is also having an affair with Edmund.
AUDITION PIECES FOR SELF TAPE
“Sir, I am made of the self-same metal that my sister is,
And prize me at her worth. In my true heart
I find she names my very deed of love;
Only she comes too short: that I profess
Myself an enemy to all other joys
Which the most precious square of sense possesses;
And find I am alone felicitate in your dear highness’ love.”
“No marvel, then, though he were ill affected:
‘Tis they have put him on the old man’s death,
To have the expense and waste of his revenues.
I have this present evening from my sister
Been well inform’d of them; and with such cautions,
That if they come to sojourn at my house, I’ll not be there.