Iowa City, IA
$370 weekly minimum (LOA ref LORT)
Adam Knight, Producing Artistic Director
Irena Saric, Managing Director
The Winter’s Tale
1st rehearsal: 6/19/21
The Comedy of Errors
1st rehearsal: 7/20/21
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Equity actors for roles of Shepherd and Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale and the roles of Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors in 2021 season (see breakdown).
THE WINTER'S TALE:
Antigonus: A lord at Leontes’s court. He is married to Paulina, and has three daughters. A grey- bearded old man, he is willing to stake almost all he has on Hermione’s innocence, believing that the king must have been convinced by some Iago-like figure of her disloyalty. He is also afraid of the ridicule Leontes’s madness will bring on the court. He attempts to rule his wife, but she is too forceful a personality, leading him to be considered henpecked. He stands up to Leontes, but obeys him when his allegiance is called on, and also when having sworn to obey before hearing the command he receives the order to abandon Hermione’s baby in deserted place. He receives a visitation from Hermione’s ghost, who tells him what to do with the child. Though he dislikes the oath, unlike Camillo he does not break it, though he does what he can for the baby before being eaten by a bear. While in the process of having his shoulder chewed on, he is still able to cry out his name and rank to a passerby.
Shepherd: A lowly shepherd in Bohemia who happens to find the abandoned Perdita (as well as a large quantity of gold), left by Antigonus. He raises Perdita as his daughter and finds himself in mortal danger when Polixenes threatens to kill him after Perdita’s secret relationship with Florizell is discovered. He shows Polixenes (and Leontes) the bundle in which he found Perdita, though, proving that she is not his real daughter (and thus he is not accountable for her), and also unintentionally revealing Perdita’s true identity as Leontes’ long-lost daughter. As a reward for this, the shepherd and his son are made noblemen.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS:
Antipholus of Syracuse: Egeon’s son. Separated from his twin at birth, at the age of eighteen he decided to travel the world to find him, and has been searching for him these last seven years. He is attended by Dromio of Syracuse. He is a cautious traveler, terrified of the possibility of magic, and weary of the inhabitants of Ephesus, since he has heard that they are all sorcerers. Though he allows his Dromio a fair bit of leeway in terms of mockery, and likes to play straight man to his wit, Antipholus of Syracuse has his limits, and is not restrained in the use of his fists when he thinks his slave has gone too far, particularly if it concerns money.
Antipholus of Ephesus: Twin brother to Antipholus of Syracuse, son to Egeon and Aemilia, and generally a man about the town in Ephesus. E. Antipholus is more of a set-piece and plot device than a character in this play – we hear of him early on through Egeon and S. Antipholus, but we don’t actually meet E. Antipholus until the third act of the play. What we do know about E. Antipholus is that he has an entirely established life in Ephesus – he lives with his wife Adriana, his sister-in-law Luciana, and he seems to know everybody there is to know in the city. Indeed, all of the comforts offered to S. Antipholus that he finds so enchanting (literally) stem from the reputation his brother has worked to build. E. Antipholus is mainly important as a contrast to S. Antipholus. E. Antipholus, unlike his brother, pays no attention to his lost family because he is absorbed entirely by the new life he’s built. Where S. Antipholus is discontent, E. Antipholus would be content. Where S. Antipholus is lonely, E. Antipholus is surrounded by people. S. Antipholus is quick to have faith that he’s in an enchanted place, while the more reasonable E. Antipholus is quick to grow angry and condemn all of the madness happening in this usually familiar place.
Please prepare a monologue for the character you are auditioning for.
LOA $370 weekly minimum (LOA ref LORT)