South Stage – Andronicus
In the summer of 2019, the Elite hosted a table-read of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, adapted by Bill Walthall, and presented as an (almost-)ALL-female show. After this successful table-read, we will now mount a full production.
The concept of the production:
A virus kills nearly half of the world’s population, indiscriminate of race and age, but ultimately wiping out eighty percent of the male populace. As female victims fall soon after contagion, male nationalists rise to power across the globe. Conflict embroils the world, becoming brutally tribal. Modern weaponry quickly destroys the power and communication infrastructures, plunging humanity literally into a new Dark Age within months. THEN the virus takes its toll on the male populace; its victims become symptomatic and succumb after a year of incubation.
Time passes and modern weaponry runs out, giving way to older, more brutal warfare. Tribes with the strongest warrior women and most procreative men expand into city-states. In a reborn Roman Empire, the aging male Emperor dies, leaving a power vacuum. The Emperor’s two sons vie for rule, as the Senate votes to place the mantle of power onto the shoulders of Rome’s greatest general. Newly victorious after a decade-long war with the Goths, she returns with both war’s spoils–including the enemy’s queen and her three children–and evidence of its destruction–the remains of four more of her own warrior children.
The Elite Theatre Company is looking for talent to augment its [almost] all-female cast for ANDRONICUS, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Director Bill Walthall is looking for at least EIGHT actresses to join its ensemble for the following roles:
LUCIA/IUS [sides] – Tita’s warrior child, and her second in command; has own child (Young Lucius); played FEMALE (though I would accept debate on this); older than 30 years old; open race
MARTIUS [sides] – one of Tita’s four surviving warrior children (gone after fifth scene); could be played ANY GENDER; older than 20 years old; open race [NOTE: actor may also play Goth 2, Messenger and Ensemble]
MARCUS [sides] – Tita’s older sibling, a non-combatant but a tribune and political power-broker; could be played ANY GENDER; older than 50 years old (must be believable as Tita’s older sibling); open race
THE OTHER ROMANS
SATURNINUS [sides] – the late Emperor’s elder son; played MALE; younger than 30 years old; open race
TAMORA [sides] – the captured Queen of the Goths (a combination of strength, regality, and sensuality); played FEMALE; 40-55 years old; open race;
DEMETRIUS [sides] – Tamora’s child; could be played ANY GENDER (though I’m leaning male); 20-25 years old; open race
CHIRON [sides] – Tamora’s other child; could be played ANY GENDER (though I’m leaning male); younger than 20 years old; open race
Here are the roles that are currently filled but may be in need of refilling soon:
QUINTUS – one of Tita’s four surviving warrior children (gone after fifth scene); could be played ANY GENDER; older than 20 years old; open race [NOTE: actor may also play Goth 1 and Ensemble]
THE OTHER ROMANS
BASSIANUS – the late Emperor’s younger son and betrothed to Lavinia (gone after the fourth scene); played MALE; younger than 30 years old; open race [NOTE: actor may also play Alarbus and Ensemble]
AEMILIUS – a Roman noble; could be played ANY GENDER; open age; open race [NOTE: actor may also play Nurse and Ensemble]
NURSE – could be played ANY GENDER; older than 25 years old; open race [NOTE: actor may also play Aemilius and Ensemble]
Plus, we’re also looking for the following:
One or two ensemble players – playing assorted Roman and Goth characters
Two “death dancer/stage crew” members – morph-suited stage crew that will not only do set changes but also provide specialized motion/hand-held lighting; these characters will also be the abstract representation of death onstage (so they’ll be busy).
NOTE: the roles of Tita (Sindy L McKay-Swerdlove), Aaron (Stan McConnell), Lavinia (Ashley Maimes), Young Lucius, Mutius, Ensemble (Cas Weisberg), Aemilius, Nurse, Ensemble (Theresa Secor), Quintus, Goth 1, Ensemble (Lauren Rachel), Bassianus, Alarbus, Ensemble (Genesis Perez) are already filled by those performers who were part of the earlier/delayed production.
IN-PERSON auditions will take place on Saturday, October 9 at NOON, and Sunday, October 10 at 6pm. Rehearsals will then begin on Monday, October 11. The run of the show–on the South Stage–will be from December 3 – 19, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons (NOTE: there will be a Thursday night performance on December 16, and NO PERFORMANCE on Saturday December 11).
NOTE: ALL ACTORS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AND MASKED WHILE WAITING. Please bring proof of vaccination along with your headshot and resume.
Download your audition sheet HERE…
If interested, please contact producer Laura Comstock at burkcom82 [at] gmail.com to schedule your audition!