RICHARD II (RATE: $300/day)

RICHARD II (RATE: $300/day)

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Audition Date(s): July 27 – 28, 2024
Rehearsal Date(s): August 16 – April 20, 2024
Opening Date(s): September 26, 2024
Closing Date(s): September 29, 2024
Location: Chicago, IL

The role of Richard II has been cast.

Casting Statement: We are actively seeking artists from communities traditionally underrepresented in Shakespeare. In reference to the characters – most we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns. But however limiting the original script is, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible. We want each artist to portray the roles in a way that feels truthful to them. Therefore, we encourage you to change the pronouns of a character in the sides to align with the truth you wish to explore, and will be doing so in rehearsal/production with each actor. We invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to read for the roles they most identify with. We will list disabilities when specific to a character but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles. (Language inspired by: Emily Tarquin, Kevin Kantor and Marilee Talkington)

Production Note: The production, co-directed by Em DeMaio & Sam Luis Massaro, aims to be bare-bones where actors will be playing multiple roles, sometimes in the same scene. This is a devised piece and collaboration will be encouraged/needed to build this ensemble.

[ BOLINGBROKE/SERVANT ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Strong, optimistic, resolute. Joel from Last of Us meets CJ from West Wing

[ GAUNT/HOTSPUR/CARLISLE ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Richest in the land, strong willed and loyal. Logan Roy from Succession meets Waymond from Everything Everywhere All at Once

[ DUKE OF YORK/MARSHALL ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Persistent, teacher’s pet, protective. Wayne Hays in True Detective meets Neal Sampat from The Newsroom

[ MOWBRAY/DUCHESS OF YORK/GARDNER ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Fierce, empathetic, restrained. Katherine G. Johnson in Hidden Figures meets Nigel in Devil Wears Prada.

[ NORTHUMBERLAND/GREEN ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Transient, analytical, restless. Felicity in The Menu meets Mildred Hayes from Three Billboards

[ AUMERLE/QUEEN/BARKLEY ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Loving, rebellious, driven. Jobu Tupaki from Everything Everywhere All at Once meets Rose from Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

[ DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER/BUSY/WILLOUBY ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Passionate, spiritual, mighty. LuLu from Shucked: The Musical meets Dewey Finn from School of Rock

[ EXTON/BAGGOT/ROSS ]
Any gender identity, any age, BIPOC. Sly, Quick-witted, sharp. Oberyn Martell from GOT meets Regina from Mean Girls.

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