Pegasus Theatre announces non-Equity auditions for “Women Playing Hamlet” by William Missouri Downs. The auditions will be Sunday, June 18 from 2 – 6pm and Monday, June 19 from 7 – 10pm at the First United Lutheran Church (6202 E. Mockingbird Ln. in Dallas) in the Choir room. Chad Cline will direct the production which opens August 10 and runs through August 26 with performances Thursday through Saturday nights with a matinee on Saturdays as well. Rehearsals will begin July 17.
To sign-up for an audition: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F084FA4A62AA6FA7-auditions2
“Hamlet” is a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the title character in a New York production, it sends her into a comic and existential tailspin. It doesn’t help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she’s too young for the role. Or that somehow she’s managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. How can Jessica figure out “to be or not to be” when she can’t even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, “Women Playing Hamlet” is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.
JESSICA : late 20s-an actress, attractive, quirky, smart
Actress #1: plays GWEN, female, an acting coach * HUMANITIES PROFESSOR, male, overconfident * GHOST, male, Hamlet’s father
Actress #2: plays STARBUCKS ACTRESS, female, works at Starbucks * PRIEST, male, Catholic, celibate * BICYCLE MESSENGER, male, streetwise and hip * EMILY OSTERGAARD, female, Jessica’s computer-geek niece * BARFLY, female, alcoholic * HOME SHOPPING NETWORK MODEL, female, bubbly * ROSY, female, a young soap-opera starlet
Actress #3: plays LORD DERBY, male, English Shakespeare scholar * MINNESOTA MOTHER, female, Jessica’s mother * MALE PSYCHIATRIST, male, a Jewish Freudian psychiatrist * BARTENDER, male, rough, tough, and tattooed * HOME SHOPPING NETWORK HOSTESS, female, bubbly * GILDA, female, grande dame soap-opera star and stroke victim
Production Notes from the author:
Women must play all the male roles. Men played all the women’s roles in Shakespeare’s day-here is a chance for a little revenge.