We are looking for five (5) actors for this production:
– 3 women (ages range from 18-50, all ethnicities and gender presentations)
– 2 men (ages range from 18-50, all ethnicities and gender presentations)
With the exception of the actor playing Constance Ledbelly, all other actors will be playing multiple roles.
CONSTANCE LEDBELLY – an Asst. Professor of Literature. Intelligent but very insecure. Her professional and personal lives are going nowhere. She has been reduced to ghostwriting academic articles for Claude Night while continuing to work on her long overdue thesis on Shakespeare missing comedies.
CLAUDE NIGHT – Constance’s boss. The kind of man that bullies and charms his way through life. He has been using Constance’s talents as a writer and scholar for years by preying on her insecurities and ambitions.
OTHELLO – The “shadow” comic aspect of Shakespeare’s tragic hero. A noted, but aging and superstitious warrior who tends to inflate his achievements to impress pretty young women.
JULIET’S NURSE – An elderly woman, practiced in managing Juliet’s foibles.
TYBALT – Just as hot-headed as the original.
IAGO – Just as envious, malicious and opportunistic as he is in the original. Even when Constance upends his original plot, he comes up with a new one.
ROMEO – Even in the original, Romeo tended to be on the erratic side – passionately in love with Rosaline, only to fall in love with Juliet at first sight. This Romeo is young, fickle, and plays both sides of the sexual fence.
CHORUS – A mysterious creature who pops up at odd moments to lead Constance in her topsy-turvy journey of academic and personal exploration. He has a sense of whimsy and mischief.
GHOST – Distributor of mysterious hints (It worked in Hamlet, didn’t it?)
JILL – a student of Constance’s. The kind who is always late with her work, and always has an excuse.
JULIET – Juliet always had a tendency towards the overly dramatic. Amorous, self-absorbed, and already bored with Romeo. On the lookout for something new.
SOLDIER – Yup, that plot device – dispenser of information on offstage actions and timely interventions
RAMONA – another student at the college. Assertive and bright. Also Claude Night’s new squeeze.
DESDEMONA – Shakespeare’s tragic victim turned on her head. Assertive, hot-tempered, blood-thirsty. Turns out she was enthralled by Othello’s stories of smiting enemies because she wanted to be that person. She is.
MERCUTIO – Romeo’s buddy and cousin, fortunately reprieved from the fate Shakespeare handed him.
SERVANT – dispenser of information on offstage actions and timely interventions
Morpheus Theatre encourages individuals of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities to audition. All performers should be at least 18 years old. Not a traditional actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer.