THT Rep presents auditions for Julius Caesar

Perform Shakespeare on the Worcester Common

Production

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Directed by Livy Scanlon
Performed outdoors on the Worcester Common

***Please note: our ability to move forward with the production will remain dependent on how COVID-19 evolves.***


Production Dates

First Rehearsal: June 28, 2021

Tech Week:
Week of July 27, 2021

***Due to the show being outdoors, we will tech at night for a week, instead of over two long days.***

First Preview: August 3, 2021

Opening: August 6, 2021

Closing: August 22, 2021

***Please note: We are requesting the option to extend through the week of August 23, 2021.***


Audition Dates and Times

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6PM - 9PM

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6PM - 9PM

***Please note: These are NOT Equity Principal Auditions, which -- per union rules -- may be conducted by virtual means only. The auditions herein are being offered independently by THT Rep for union and non-union actors alike who feel comfortable auditioning in person, and wish the opportunity to do so.***

Auditions will be held in The Hanover Theatre's 2,300-seat main stage space at 2 Southbridge St. Worcester, MA 01608.

Callbacks :
Monday, March 1, 2021
6 PM - 9 PM


About the Audition and COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We will hold safe, socially-distant auditions in person at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Actors will enter through the box office, where they will check in for contact tracing. Actors will audition on stage in the 2,300 seat-theatre, with casting personnel seated well into the house, far apart from one another.

We will have thorough safety protocols in place to ensure your wellbeing from the moment you arrive at our door to the moment you leave. Protocols include, but are not limited to: taking information for contact training, maintaining a socially-distant waiting “room” in the theatre lobby, providing hand sanitizer and masks and wiping down high touch surfaces on an hourly basis. 


Available Roles

JULIUS CAESAR / CAESAR’S GHOST
Male identifying. 30’s – 50’s. Any ethnicity.
Complex.

CALPURNIA, Wife of JULIUS CAESAR
Female identifying. 30’s – 60’s. Any ethnicity.

MARK ANTONY, Ally of JULIUS CAESAR
Any gender. Late 20’s – Early 40’s. Any ethnicity.
Athletic. Smart, but not intellectual.

OCTAVIUS CAESAR, Nephew and Heir of JULIUS CAESAR
Male identifying. Late 20’s – Early 40’s. Any ethnicity.
Can be entitled and ornery.

MESSENGER OF OCTAVIUS CAESAR
Any gender. 20’s. Any ethnicity.

BRUTUS, A Roman Senator
Male identifying. 30’s – 50’s. Any ethnicity.
Still waters run deep. 

PORTIA / PORTIA’S GHOST, Wife of BRUTUS
Female identifying. 30’s – 50’s. Any ethnicity.

LUCIUS, Servant to BRUTUS and PORTIA
Any gender. 20’s. Any ethnicity.
Loyal.

CASSIUS / CASSIUS’S GHOST, A Roman Senator and Conspirator
Any gender. 30’s – 50’s.
Volatile.

CASCA, A Roman Senator and Conspirator
Any gender. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.

DECIUS, A Roman Senator and Conspirator
Any gender. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.

CINNA, a Roman Senator and Conspirator
Female identifying. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.

SOOTHSAYER
Any gender. Any age. Any ethnicity.
Must be a strong singer.

FIRST COMMONER, a Roman
Any gender. Any age 18+. Any ethnicity.

SECOND COMMONER, a Roman
Any gender. Any age 18+. Any ethnicity.

CINNA THE POET, a Roman
Female Identifying. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.

PINDARUS, a Soldier under BRUTUS and CASSIUS
Any gender. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.

TITINIUS, a Soldier under BRUTUS and CASSIUS
Any gender. 30’s+. Any ethnicity.


Preparation

The character breakdowns are broad by design. We are open to being surprised and to having actors challenge / shape our ideas of the characters. We are interested in seeing how actors manage language and create specific characterization.

To that end, please prepare any Shakespearean monologue, written in verse, from any play in the canon. You are welcome to choose a role you would “never” be cast in. Monologues should not exceed 60 seconds. We want time to give adjustments and get to know you.

Be prepared to share anything and everything listed under your special skills. 

Actors interested in the role of the SOOTHSAYER: Please also prepare 16 bars to be sung a cappella. Something ethereal. Not MT.

Please bring a headshot and resume, stapled. 


Casting Personnel

Troy Siebels
President and CEO, The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Livy Scanlon
Artistic Director, THT Rep
Director, Julius Caesar

Kathryn Moncrief
Associate Director and Dramaturg, Julius Caesar


Compensation

AEA. SPT Category 3, pending AEA approval
Non-AEA. $300/Week


A Note from the Director: Why this Play, at this Time, for this Audience

At its core, Julius Caesar chronicles the battle for the soul of a republic. It warns of what befalls when the democratic process is abandoned, and individuals take it upon themselves to ‘settle’ civic matters through violence. Our country stands precipitously on that same knife’s edge. Will we devolve into civil war and destroy our republic, or will we learn from Rome’s example?

In our production – and, I believe, in the play -- there are no heroes. Though each considers themselves to be in the right, Brutus is no more justified in leading the conspiracy than Mark Antony is in stirring rebellion. Meanwhile, Caesar himself is an ambiguous character: He may be a rising dictator, as his assassins believe, or a ‘faithful and just’ figure, as Mark Antony describes him.

With Julius Caesar, THT Rep will break outside the BrickBox and perform outdoors on the steps of Worcester City Hall and the immediately adjacent Worcester Common. There will be little to no scenic design: The civic environment does much of that work for us.

In what is an unusual decision for me, we’ll use period dress to create a certain distance: To see actors in contemporary clothes, rioting and storming the capital, is not only triggering, but also creates a misguided allegory in which Caesar is Trump, Mark Antony his sycophant, and the mob their MAGA followers. That said, casting will be at once modern and anachronistic. We’ll create an ancient Rome where its women serve as senators, and its citizens are as diverse as contemporary America’s.

- Livy Scanlon, Director


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If you have questions, please email auditions@thehanovertheatre.org.