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 50. Any ethnicity
Lear’s loyal and faithful Chief Operating Officer, banished for speaking truth to power, he spends most of the play in disguise, only revealing his true identity at the end, when he dies of grief at Lear’s death.
The actor must be able to do two different accents consistently.
Playing age – over 50. Any ethnicity
Lear’s loyal Chief Financial Officer, he suffers greatly when he believes the lies of his bastard son Edmund, who tells him his lawful son Edgar wishes to kill him in order to inherit his power and money. He dies at the end when he finds out the truth.
AUDITION PIECES FOR SELF TAPE
“My lord, when at their home
I did commend your highness’ letters to them,
Ere I was risen from the place that show’d
My duty kneeling, came there a reeking post,
Stew’d in his haste, half breathless, panting forth
From Goneril his mistress salutations;
Deliver’d letters, spite of intermission,
Which presently they read: on whose contents,
They summon’d up their meiny, straight took horse;
Commanded me to follow, and attend
The leisure of their answer; gave me cold looks:
And meeting here the other messenger,
Whose welcome, I perceived, had poison’d mine,–
Being the very fellow that of late
Display’d so saucily against your highness,–
Having more man than wit about me, drew:
He raised the house with loud and coward cries.
Your son and daughter found this trespass worth
The shame which here it suffers.”
“These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us: though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects: love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond cracked ‘twixt son and father. This villain of mine comes under the prediction; there’s son against father: the king falls from bias of nature; there’s father against child. We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing; do it carefully. And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished! his offence, honesty! ‘Tis strange.”