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The Merchant of Venice AUDITIONS

Open Casting Calls

Please prepare a Shakespearean Monologue. Please bring a headshot and resume.  

August 12 and 14, 2019: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Storm Larsen Building, 240 Lombard St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

August 18 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and August 19 (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM) at the Elite Theatre Company.

Rehearsals are in Thousand Oaks 8/26/ 19 – 10/3/ 19

All 15 Performances 10/4/19- 11/3/19 at The Elite Theatre in Oxnard, CA


Antonio (Lead; Male, 40-50): Bassanio prompts him to sign Shylock’s contract and almost lose his life. Antonio is something of a mercurial figure, often inexplicably melancholy and, as Shylock points out, possessed of an incorrigible dislike of Jews. Nonetheless, Antonio is beloved of his friends and proves merciful to Shylock, albeit with conditions.

Brassanio (Lead; Males & Females, 25-35):  a gentleman of Venice, and a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio. Bassanio’s love for the wealthy Portia leads him to borrow money from Shylock with Antonio as his guarantor. An ineffectual businessman, Bassanio proves himself a worthy suitor, correctly identifying the casket that contains Portia’s portrait.

Portia (Lead; Female, 25-30):  a wealthy heiress from Belmont. Portia’s beauty is matched only by her intelligence. Bound by a clause in her father’s will that forces her to marry whichever suitor chooses correctly among three caskets, Portia is nonetheless able to marry her true love, Bassanio. Far and away the most clever of the play’s characters, it is Portia, in the disguise of a young law clerk, who saves Antonio from Shylock’s knife.

Shylock (Lead; Male, 45-55):  a Jewish moneylender in Venice. Angered by his mistreatment at the hands of Venice’s Christians, particularly Antonio, Shylock schemes to eke out his revenge by ruthlessly demanding as payment a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Although seen by the rest of the play’s characters as an inhuman monster, Shylock at times diverges from stereotype and reveals himself to be quite human. These contradictions, and his eloquent expressions of hatred, have earned Shylock a place as one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters.

Duke of Venice (Supporting; Male, 45-55):  the ruler of Venice, who presides over Antonio’s trial. Although a powerful man, the duke’s state is built on respect for the law, and he is unable to help Antonio.

Gratiano (Supporting; Male, 25-35):  a Moorish prince who seeks Portia’s hand in marriage. The prince of Morocco asks Portia to ignore his dark countenance and seeks to win her by picking one of the three caskets. Certain that the caskets reflect Portia’s beauty and stature, the prince of Morocco picks the gold chest, which proves to be incorrect.

Lorenzo (Supporting; Male, 25-30

Nerissa (Supporting; Female, 25-30)


Please stay tuned as we will be announcing auditions for our upcoming mainstage productions and any ETC stage productions. 


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