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Auditions for "The Hamlet Experience"   - Project ID # 1627332
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   New Brunswick, NJ Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   09-07-21
Audition Date   09-11-21 Submission Deadline   09-10-21
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   New York City, NY>Philadelphia, PA

The Hamlet Experience is a 75-minute contortion, that conveys the essence of Shakespeare's play — its major characters, its basic plot points — while "updating" Hamlet's crisis through modern, experimental theatrical devices. The play not only conveys the story, but the almost five centuries' worth of critical comment, theatrical lore, and cultural associations attached to it. The Renaissance meets the modern world. Drag queens mingle with Elizabethan courtiers, little girls interrogate coroners, Polonius channels rockabilly crooners. Through it all the play's forebear haunts the foreground while a Mechanical Man keeps time in the background. So what's it all mean? The director has no idea, the actors have lost their place, the writer expects the plot to be clear. Or not to be. Dark fun!

Role # 1 - The Conductor Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Major role. Looming, brooding presence, a Shakespearean fool—with a dark side. They serve as an "Emcee" to the dramatic action, and outwit the audience at every turn. Otherworldly, austere, and mysterious. No singing required, but some simple movement and choreography.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Mechanical Man Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
/Shakespeare – Robot like guitar player, appears in two scenes to provide musical accompaniment. No lines, but a haunting, cyborg like presence. Basic guitar chords required. - Shakespeare - Genius, perhaps a smidge evil. He's Shakespeare, for God's sake! Resentful at what has become of his magnum opus, and out for revenge.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Polonius Submit yourself for this role
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/Barnardo/Audience Member #1/Passenger #1 – Featured role. Pompous, avuncular, but also a good dancer and singer. Loves Elvis Presley and does an imitation of him. Doting father.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 37 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Hamlet Submit yourself for this role
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/Audience Member #4 – Major role. Inquisitive, playful, but with a dark side. Comfortable with some Elizabethan poetry.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Claudius Submit yourself for this role
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/Francisco/Audience Member #2 – Regal, royal, though a bit of an ineffectual buffoon. Also has a dark side. Adept with voices and able to manipulate a puppet.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - The Director Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
/Tour Guide/Audience Member #3/Young boy - Beleaguered, frustrated, confused, and emotionally exhausted. Running on the energy equivalent to a new parent who has just taken home triplets. Simple stage combat skills required. Should also be able to play a young boy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 22 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Destiny Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
a Drag Queen - Drag artist. Major role, leading the Greek Chorus and taking the audience throughout the play. Sassy, self-assured, confident, and above all, earnest. Singing required, as well as some movement and simple choreography, as well as simple stage combat.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Ophelia Submit yourself for this role
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/Gloria/Waitress/Passenger #4 - Featured role. Self-assured, strong-willed, and a bit of a diva. Wide eyed sincerity with a touch of brashness, as well as a healthy dose of self-awareness. Some singing/dancing required. Characters range to snarky New York waitress.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Spectator Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
The Indignant Spectator/Coroner/Passenger #2 - Supporting character. Professorial, intellectually inflexible, passionate about Shakespeare, and not at all pleased at what is unfolding before him. Also must be able to play serious, bureaucratic.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 - Gertrude Submit yourself for this role
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/Melanie Thorndyke/Winnifred/Passenger #3 - Supporting Role(s). Strong comedic skills and comfortable playing characters from Elizabethan England as well as modern day. Improv and impressions (no matter how good they are) are a plus.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 - Stage Manager Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
/Felicity/Young Girl - Supporting role. Organized, fastidious, snarky, and witty. Strong comedic skills needed as well as vulnerability and authenticity. Also should be able to play a child.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 - Tourist #1 Submit yourself for this role
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/Noble #1/Ticket Vendor #1/Keesha - Sarcastic, Grouchy, but has a softer side. Featured role.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 - Tourist #2 Submit yourself for this role
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/Noble #2/Ticket Vendor #2 - Naïve, starry eyed, hopeful ingenue. Featured role.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 18 to 25
Ethnicity: Any -