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AUDITIONS Othello by William Shakespeare
AUDITIONS Othello by William Shakespeare

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Producer: Teatru Manoel
Admission Age: 18+
Venue: Teatru Manoel

Schedule

Sunday, 06 October 2019
from 10am
Sunday, 20 October 2019
from 10am

Description

AUDITION CALL

Othello by William Shakespeare

produced by Teatru Manoel
directed by Ian Moore

Performances: 3rd to 18th October 2020 (exact performance dates to be announced)

Rehearsals from 3rd August 2020 at Teatru Manoel

Actors must be 18+ years old from 3rd August 2020.

Chosen Malta-based actors must be VAT registered.
 
Chosen actors based overseas must be able to cover travel and accommodation costs for auditions and throughout the rehearsal and performance period.

Audition Dates:

Sunday 6th October 2019 for the roles of Othello / Desdemona / Iago (chosen auditionees need to be prepared to stay all day for joint auditions)

Sunday 20th October 2019 for all other roles
 
To apply for an audition slot please send a CV (max 2 pages) and full colour head shot to info@teatrumanoel.mt by 12 noon on Monday 16th September 2019

Please enter Othello Audition in the email subject field and specify which part/s you will be auditioning for.
Audition slots will be assigned to successful applicants on a first come first served basis.
 
Audition times will be sent out after Monday 16th September 2019.
 
 
Role description and audition pieces to prepare (from memory):
              
OTHELLO (Male)    
Ethnicity: African American, North African, Caribbean, Afro-Latino or Arab.
The play’s protagonist and hero. A Christian Moor and general of the armies of Venice, Othello is an eloquent and physically powerful figure, respected by all those around him. Despite his elevated status, he is nevertheless easy prey to insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race.           

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Claudius
O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven…
Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe! All may be well.
- or –
Henry V
We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us…
Convey them with safe conduct. Fare you well.
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DESDEMONA (Female)
The daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. Desdemona and Othello are secretly married before the play begins. While in many ways stereotypically pure and meek, Desdemona is also determined and self-possessed. She is equally capable of defending her marriage, jesting bawdily with Iago, and responding with dignity to Othello’s incomprehensible jealousy.       

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Portia
The quality of mercy is not strained…
Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.
- or –
Juliet
Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds…
Now, nurse, what news? What hast thou there?
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IAGO (Male)    
Othello’s ensign (a job also known as an ancient or standard-bearer), and the villain of the play. While his ostensible reason for desiring Othello’s demise is that he has been passed over for promotion to lieutenant, Iago’s motivations are never very clearly expressed and seem to originate in an obsessive, almost aesthetic delight in manipulation and destruction.      

Audition speech/s to prepare:
 
Richard III
Now is the winter of our discontent…
Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here
Clarence comes.
- or –
Benedict
I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much
another man is a fool
…I will hide me in the arbour.
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MICHAEL CASSIO (Male)    
Othello’s lieutenant. Cassio is a young and inexperienced soldier; whose high position is much resented by Iago. Truly devoted to Othello, Cassio is extremely ashamed after being implicated in a drunken brawl on Cyprus and losing his place as lieutenant. Iago uses Cassio’s youth, good looks, and friendship with Desdemona to play on Othello’s insecurities about Desdemona’s fidelity.

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Romeo
'Tis torture, and not mercy: heaven is here…
…To mangle me with that word 'banished'?
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EMILIA (Female)
Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant. A cynical, worldly woman, she is deeply attached to her mistress and distrustful of her husband.          

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Nurse (Romeo & Juliet)
Even or odd, of all days in the year,…
And, pretty fool, it stinted and said 'Ay.'
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RODERIGO (Male)    
A jealous suitor of Desdemona. Young, rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand. Repeatedly frustrated as Othello marries Desdemona and then takes her to Cyprus, Roderigo is ultimately desperate enough to agree to help Iago kill Cassio after Iago points out that Cassio is another potential rival for Desdemona.

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Launcelot Gobbo (Merchant of Venice)
Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from this Jew my master…
… I will run, fiend; my heels are
at your command; I will run.
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BIANCA (Female)
A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Bianca’s favourite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage.               

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Rosalind (As You Like It)
And why I pray you? Who might be your mother…
…So take her to thee shepherd. Fare you well.
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BRABANTIO (Male)    
Desdemona’s father, a somewhat blustering and self-important Venetian senator. As a friend of Othello, Brabantio feels betrayed when the general marries his daughter in secret.

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Polonius (Hamlet)
Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame!...
My blessing season this in thee.
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DUKE OF VENICE (Male)    
The official authority in Venice, the Duke has great respect for Othello as a public and military servant. His primary role within the play is to reconcile Othello and Brabantio in Act I, scene iii, and then to send Othello to Cyprus.    

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Canterbury (Henry V)
Then hear me, gracious sovereign, and you peers,
That owe yourselves, your lives and services...
… Than amply to imbar their crooked titles
Usurp'd from you and your progenitors.
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MONTANO (Male)    
The governor of Cyprus before Othello. We see him first in Act II, as he recounts the status of the war and awaits the Venetian ships.

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Prince (Romeo & Juliet)
Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,…
… once more, on pain of death, all men depart.
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LODOVICO (Male)    
One of Brabantio’s kinsmen, Lodovico acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus. He arrives in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor.             

Audition speech/s to prepare:   Any of the above speeches
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GRATIANO (Male)    
Brabantio’s kinsman who accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus. Amidst the chaos of the final scene, Gratiano mentions that Desdemona’s father has died.          

Audition speech/s to prepare:   Any of the above speeches
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CLOWN (Male)    
Othello’s servant. Although the clown appears only in two short scenes, his appearances reflect and distort the action and words of the main plots.

Needs to be able to play guitar or similar and sing            

Audition speech/s to prepare:

Feste (Twelfth Night)
When that I was and a little tiny boy…
… And we'll strive to please you every day.
Needs to be sung; please create a tune
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ENSEMBLE (Male / Female)
An ensemble of around six or seven playing messengers, servants, musicians, dancers, soldiers etc.

Audition speech/s to prepare:  Any of the above speeches
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