Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Staten Island, NY 10302
Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ariana Nicoletta
Assistant Directed by Carrie Ellman-LarsenMy bounty is as boundless as the sea,
Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2)
Synopsis: This play, the world's most famous love story, is a tragedy that speaks to every person of every era. This timeless masterpiece about civil and domestic strife, a divided community, and the doomed union of star-crossed lovers is a moving and relevant work of art. The director’s intent of this modernized production is to reflect the political and social tensions within our community today.
Auditions: Auditions will be held IN PERSON at Maker Park. Maker Park is in the space directly across the street from Maker Park Radio (450 Front Street, Unit A, Staten Island, NY). For more information on Maker Park, see the following site: https://www.makerspace.nyc/maker-park.
The auditions will be on the following dates:
Friday, June 4, 2021 (4pm-8pm)
Saturday, June 5, 2021 (2pm-6pm)
If necessary, callbacks will be Saturday evening.
Please email director Ariana Nicoletta at email@example.com for an audition appointment.
If you are interested, but cannot make the Audition Dates, send in a video to Director Ariana Nicoletta at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list any roles you are interested in and prepare a 2 minute monologue of your choice that best demonstrates your skills. Be knowledgeable of the play and be prepared to read sides cold.
Location: The show will be located at Maker Park.
August 14 & 15, 7pm
August 21 & 22, 7 p.m
A few actors will be cast in multiple roles, including the Chorus. Actors should be comfortable working in an ensemble. There is some dance/movement in the show; please indicate if you have any background in dance/movement. In addition, please indicate if you have any musical abilities (singing, guitar, keyboard, etc.)
Note: All roles are OPEN to any gender, race, age (18+). A small stipend will be provided to actors.
COVID-19 and Health Safety Regulations:
Due to changes in the CDC guidelines regarding outdoor gatherings as it pertains to Covid-19, Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company is enacting a rules change for all rehearsals effective immediately:
1) Covid tests will no longer be necessary for cast members who have been completely vaccinated and are willing to provide copies of their vaccination cards.
2) For cast members that have not been vaccinated a covid test will be required on a bi-weekly basis if they wish to forego the wearing of masks.
3) Any cast member, who has been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 will be required to take a fast Covid test before attending the next rehearsal. This applies to all cast members, regardless of vaccination status.
4) Cast members will be required to wear masks and socially distance inside the dressing area regardless of vaccination status.
DESCRIPTIONS OF CHARACTERS
Juliet: fiery, strong willed, and brave. Tough and headstrong. Falls deeply in love with Romeo, the son of her family’s enemy, and displays incredible courage in pursuing that love.
Lord Capulet: Juliet’s father; neglectful father, though one who loves his only daughter deeply. Though not involved in her day-to-day life, he has a deep desire for her to marry well. Seeking an actor capable of real fire and also real compassion.
Lady Capulet: Juliet’s mother. Though she has left the day to day raising of Juliet to the Nurse, she is nevertheless quite attached to her only child. A neglectful, but loving mother. In the end, one who prioritizes the will of her husband over her daughter’s.
The Nurse: Juliet's confidant. Distractible, big hearted and warm, unintentionally very funny. Requires an actress of great comedic AND dramatic depth, with an ability to shift quickly between both.
Tybalt: Tybalt is Juliet's cousin. Hot-tempered and aggressive, quick to seek revenge, has no desire to end the Montague/Capulet feud. Alpha male. Excellent fighter.
Sampson: A servant of the house of Capulet, who, like their master, hates the Montagues. At the beginning of the play, he provokes Montague men into a fight.
Gregory: A servant of the house of Capulet, who, like their master, hates the Montagues. At the beginning of the play, he provokes Montague men into a fight.
Peter: A Capulet servant who initiates guests to the Capulet’s feast and escorts the Nurse to meet with Romeo.
Romeo : idealistic, passionate, funny, tender, impulsive; masculine. Falls deeply in love with Juliet, the daughter of his family’s enemy. Torn between loyalties, Romeo is swept into violence and cannot escape his fate.
Lord Montague: Romeo’s father, the patriarch of the Montague family and bitter enemy of Capulet. Montague clearly loves Romeo deeply and at the beginning of the play, worries for him as he recounts to Benvolio his attempts to find out the source of his depression.
Lady Montague: Romeo’s mother, who is peace-loving and dislikes the violence of the feud. Like her husband, she is concerned by her son's withdrawn and secretive behavior. The news of Romeo's banishment breaks her heart, and she dies of grief.
Mercutio: Romeo’s best friend; a master of wit, imagination, and playfulness. Has a brilliant mind and volatile temper; extroverted, sexually charged. Charismatic. Excellent fighter.
Benvolio: nephew to Montague and friend to Romeo. He is a natural peacekeeper. Has strength and compassion. Is an old soul. A loyal and a thoughtful presence.
Balthasar: Romeo’s dedicated servant, who brings Romeo the news of Juliet’s death, unaware that her death is a ruse.
Abraham: Montague’s servant, who fights with Sampson and Gregory at the beginning of the play.
THE REST OF VERONA
Paris: the suitor to Juliet most preferred by Capulet. A good guy. Not a clown. Comes from a good family.
Prince Escalus: the Prince is the royal of the land and threatens deadly punishment in his frustrated desire to stop the long-running feud between the Capulets and Montagues. He is given the respect of his office from everyone and is both admired and feared.
Friar Lawrence: confidant to Romeo. A natural peace-maker, he has the best intentions to both help the young lovers and to maintain peace between the two families. A role for an actor with a strong facility with language.
Friar John: A Fanciscan friar charged by Friar Lawrence with taking the news of Juliet’s false death to Romeo in Mantua. Friar John is held up in a quarantined house, and the message never reaches Romeo.
The Apothecary: Apothecary is a druggist who grudgingly sells Romeo's poison.
We look forward to seeing you at the auditions!
For any questions, please email Ariana Nicoletta at email@example.com.
June 7, 2021 - August 22, 2021