AUDITIONS for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be held January 7 and January 8 at the Dartmouth Players theatre. The play is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy that expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: friends since childhood, caught up in the plot of Hamlet, without ever really knowing what’s going on or why. Guildenstern is analytical and prone to worrying; Rosencrantz is more literal and sanguine.
The Player: leader of a troupe of actors. Enigmatic and cunning: a puppet-master of sorts.
3-5 Tragedians: a ragged and bawdy group of travelling actors. These actors will need to have strong movement and physical comedy abilities. Will present The Murder of Gonzago and the final scene of Hamlet in dumb show, and will be part of the pirate battle.
The remaining 6 parts require actors who are comfortable with Shakespearian text. They will double as pirates. The characters are:
The audition will be a reading from the text.
A note on casting: actors of all genders, ethnicities, and body types are encouraged to audition for any part.
Audition Dates: Sunday, January 7, 1pm – 4pm, Monday, January 8, 6pm – 9pm
Rehearsals will begin around January 14th. The exact rehearsal scheduled will be determined once the show is cast, but rehearsals will be held on evenings and weekends.
The show runs from April 5-21.
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