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Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as the way to fulfill the ambition for power. In 1936, Orson Welles created a historic production of this play, casting a company of African-Americans and moving the setting from Scotland to one that evoked Haiti in the 19th Century, under the reign of the slave-turned-emporer Henri Christophe.
Ensemble Theatre, in partnership with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, is recreating and reimagining this landmark production using a multicultural cast, and working from the Federal Theater Project’s script.
We are seeking actors of all races, ages and gender. Actors will receive a stipend. AEA contracts will be considered for this production.
Auditions: Saturday, March 8 from 1:00 – 4:00pm, Monday, March 10 from 6:00-9:00pm.
Callbacks: Tuesday, March 11 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Avenue, Cleveland Heights, OH
No appointment necessary. Auditionees will be seen in the order of arrival.
Please bring a headshot and resume. Actors may choose to present a Shakespearean monologue not exceeding two minutes, or be provided a scene from the play to read.
Initial table readings will be held March 23-24, and full rehearsals begin Saturday, April 26th.
The production opens May 23 and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm through June 8th.
The production is co-directed by Celeste Cosentino, Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre and Tyson Douglas Rand, Artistic Director of Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
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The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre, is pleased to offer “Free Will Shakespeare,” a three-session workshop designed by Great Lakes Theatre actor Dougfred Miller, to free your delivery of Shakespearean verse from the bonds of ink & paper by furthering your ability to find and realize the tempestuous action from its various clues. We will cover such things as:
- Readiness & conditioning.
- Meter: why bother?
- Letting the imagery do the work for us.
- Where we all fit within the Great Chain of Being.
This workshop is ideally suited for anyone looking to expand their ability to (or assuage their fear of) speaking verse, or participate in Great Lakes Theater’s upcoming auditions in September.
Having a monologue in verse from Shakespeare (or a contemporary) is strongly recommended, though it does not have to be memorized for the first class. A hardcopy of the monologue is a good idea; wearing flip-flops is a bad one.
Dougfred Miller is an actor with more than 25 years professional experience in classical theatre, in a career that has spanned the continent and canon. As a company member of the Great Lakes Theater, he has played a variety of Shakespeare’s great roles, including Cassius, Jaques, Macbeth, and most recently Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. For many other theatres and Shakespeare Festivals, his work includes Richard III, Prince Hal, Benedick and Prospero. He can currently be seen as King Arthur in the Beck Center’s production of Spamalot. Doug is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s PTTP and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
When: 3 Monday evenings: August 19, August 26, and September 9 (no class on September 2nd Labor Day).
Where: Ensemble Theatre at the Coventry Commons (Old Coventry School) 2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
Questions: E-mail email@example.com
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