Dec. 11Auditions for Pinter's Old Times & COMEDY OF ERRORS

November 28, 2016


Equity and Non-Equity auditions 2:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 by appointment only

Austin Playwrights’ Studio, 5555 North Lamar Suite K125

Austin Shakespeare welcomes professional actors (Equity/Non-Equity) for open auditions 2:30 pm Sunday, December 11, 2016 by appointment only at Austin Playwrights Studio 5555 N Lamar Bldg K, Suite 125. Auditions will be for three middle aged actors for Harold Pinter’s Old Times to run February 15 - March 5, 2017 for 13 performances at the Long Center’s Rollins Theater and Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to be performed at Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, for 17 performances May 3-29, 2017.  Actors of all ethnicities are welcome. By appt only:


Auditioners should prepare a 1 to 2-minute piece of heightened language; including pieces from this season’s plays. 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. 


All roles open for Pinter’s Old Times.

For The Comedy of Errors, the roles of Egeon, Courtesan, Dr. Pinch and Solinus the goldsmith, are already cast; all other roles are open.


Austin Shakespeare’s productions are professionally directed and designed; all actors are paid.

Pinter’s Old Times is directed by Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director, Ann Ciccolella and Shakespeare in Zilker Park,The Comedy of Errors, is directed by guest Robert Ramirez, head of acting at UT Austin.


Pinter’s OLD TIMES

Deeley - man 40s-50s

Kate - Deeley's wife 40s-50s

Anna - Kate's Old Friend 40s-50s



Duke of Ephesus

Egeon – A merchant of Syracuse - father of the Antipholus twins

Emilia – Egeon's lost wife, now Lady Abbess at Ephesus

Antipholus of Ephesus – twin master

Antipholus of Syracuse – twin master

Dromio of Ephesus - twin servant

Dromio of Syracuse – twin servant

Adriana – wife of Antipholus of Ephesus

Luciana – Adriana's sister

Nell/Luce – maid to Adriana

Balthazar – a merchant


Angelo - goldsmith


ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director, Director of Old Times. Ann Ciccolella joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country.  In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.


Robert Ramirez, Director of The Comedy of Errors. Robert has worked as Voice/Text/Dialect coach at a number of theaters including Illinois Shakes, American Players Theatre, and the Krannert Center for the Arts. This winter he will be Voice and Text Directing two productions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has performed as an actor with the New York, Utah, Illinois, Great River, Alabama, Baltimore and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals. Robert is the Head of the Acting Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas Austin.



Austin Shakespeare’s mission is to present professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Founded in 1984 Austin Shakespeare is the only professional classic theatre company in Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare also brings professional actors and directors directly into the classroom throughout Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare is a member of the Austin Creative Alliance, and is funded in part by the City of Austin through The Cultural Arts Division.

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