Auditions for Hedda & Midsummer

November 18, 2019

Austin Shakespeare welcomes professional actors (Equity/Non-Equity) for open auditions 7 pm pm Tues. Nov. 26 by appointment only from auditions@austinshakespeare.org  Actors of all ethnicities are welcome.  These auditions are primarily for actors who have not auditioned this season, focusing on Ibsen’s Hedda to be performed at the Long Center’s Rollins theater Feb. 2020 as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream for May 2020  in Zilker Park.

 

 

New auditioners should prepare a 1-minute piece of heightened language;  pieces from this season’s plays are welcome. Audition speeches should be memorized or read with familiarity. On occasion, Austin Shakespeare uses cross-gender casting. Also, age range noted in character descriptions is a matter of appearance. Auditioners should familiarize themselves with the plays they are auditioning for.  

 

Hedda dates: performances Feb. 21-March 8.  Rehearsals start Jan 21 evenings and weekends 

More details about Hedda and Austin Shakes:

Austin Shakespeare presents Ibsen’s acclaimed masterwork, Hedda in a new adaptation by Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella. Set in 1950, this new production is inspired by Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique.  Hedda explores the intriguing story of an extraordinary woman trapped in a conventional life of secrets and lies that ignite a personal explosion.  

 

The journey begins with Hedda and her congenial academic husband returning from their honeymoon to a home he believes is her dreamhouse. Hedda is visited by Lovborg, a man with whom she had a covert relationship with before he sank into the depths of alcoholism and dissolution.  Lovborg returns reformed thanks to the help of a classmate of Hedda’s, who follows him to town to protect him from falling into his old traps. Lovborg has published a best-seller but he reveals to Hedda that he has written an even more innovative manuscript.  She believes Lovborg’s book would eclipse Hedda’s husband’s prospects.

 

“In exploring Ibsen’s alluring Hedda Gabler, we discover that even today, many contemporary women live in circumstances not so far away as we had hoped from the trap in which Hedda finds herself,” explained director/playwright Ann Ciccolella.

 

The cast will feature Guest Artist: Raymond T. Schultz as the respected but secretly lascivious, Judge Brack.  This new production will include original music by Jeff Britting, who composed for Austin Shakespeare’s Othello, Cyrano, and who wrote the script and music Austin Shakespeare’s New York production of Ayn Rand’s Anthem.   Set designer Evonne Paik Griffin will join the company for the first time; she received an MFA the Yale School of Drama, and worked with the legendary scenic artist, Ming Cho Lee.

 

ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Audiences love the company for their surprising and entertaining productions at the intimate Rollins theater, as well as Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park each May.  The only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare stages performances that are imaginative, and thought-provoking. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays with heightened language The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre.  The company has staged full productions of master playwrights including Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Stoppard, Pinter Shaw, and Schiller.

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