Richard II – NYC EPA (02.13.20)

New York Shakespeare Festival
New York, NY

Job Details

DESCRIPTION

Call Type: EPA

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep
LORT B contract ($969.00/week)

PERSONNEL
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Saheem Ali

Attended by Public Theater Casting Office (Jordan Thaler, Heidi Griffiths, Kate Murray, Chalin Tulyathan, and/or Danica Rodriguez)

OTHER DATES
1st Rehearsal: 4/13/20
1st Performance: 5/19/20
Opening: TBD
Closing: 6/21/20

OTHER
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will be provided.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

SEEKING
Equity actors.

We are committed to inclusive casting for all roles and as such we are seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and abilities.

All actors must have a STRONG command of classical text.

BREAKDOWN

We are committed to inclusive casting for all roles and as such we are seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and abilities. Please submit all suitable clients.

All actors must have a STRONG command of classical text.

The following role is CAST:

KING RICHARD II: Role CAST. Introspective. Eloquent. An instinct for self-dramatization. A “born actor”. Mercurial in that he is a youthful, thoughtless, extravagant and willfully unjust king, but also has a poetical nature which gives him a certain charm. [CAST]

SEEKING:

BOLINGBROKE: 30’s-40’s. Any gender, any ethnicity. The soldier who deposes Richard and becomes King Henry IV. Progeny of John of Gaunt. Somewhat aware of their ability to intimidate the King. Unjustly banished. Subtle, astute politician, able to seize opportunity. Devoted to their country and seeks to do good.

DUKE OF YORK: 50’s-60’s. Any gender, any ethnicity. Torn by conflicting loyalties to Richard and Bolingbroke. Cautious, thoughtful, slow to act. Follows their heart. Highly regarded by all. Warm and humorous. A decent person in difficult times.

JOHN OF GAUNT: 60’s-70’s. Any gender, any ethnicity. Despite age and illness, a powerful presence. Dies at the end of Act 1 but dominates a large part of the act. This role will mostly double with GARDENER: 60’s. Tends the castle grounds with two helpers. The “common person”. A deep soul, tender, warm and wise. Good humored. A role for a strong character actor who is in equal parts dramatic and comedic and can play across social class.

AUMERLE: 30’s. Any ethnicity. A young nobleman, son of York and favorite of Richard. Reckless, brash. He brazens his way out of tight spot once, but his loyalty to Richard and his headstrong ways put him in jeopardy again. A complicated mixture of sweetness and loyalty but perhaps also a charming liar and manipulator.

NORTHUMBERLAND: Late 30’s-40’s. Any ethnicity. Nobleman who strongly opposes Richard’s profligate government. An early supporter of Bolingbroke’s campaign, he becomes Bolingbroke’s right hand. Has great authority, which he does not always wield wisely. A man of action. Hot-tempered. Physically intimidating.

MOWBRAY: 30’s. Any ethnicity. Nobleman accused of treason by Bolingbroke. A smooth talker, a politician, but also a man of action. Willing to take his grievance to the battlefield. This role will likely double with SIR PIERCE OF EXTON: Nobleman who misguidedly kills Richard (spoiler alert).

THE QUEEN: Late 20’s-30’s. Any ethnicity. Richard’s wife, a sad young woman, intuitively aware of Richard’s imminent demise. Tries, too late, to spur him into action.

DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER: 50’s-60’s. Any ethnicity. Widow of Richard’s uncle. Makes a powerful, moving plea for Gaunt to revenge her husband’s murder. This role will double with DUCHESS OF YORK: Wife of York. She pleads with Bolingbroke and York to spare her son Aumerle’s life. The life and death circumstances she finds her son in force her into becoming a mother who is understandably larger than life. A role for a strong character actor who is in equal parts dramatic and comedic.

BUSHY, BAGOT AND GREEN: 30’s. Male, any ethnicity. Elegant couriers and favorites of Richard. Flatterers, but not fools. Well-placed in Richard’s government. Eventually executed for their part in corrupting Richard.

ACTOR TRACKS for Characters ages 40s-50s:

To play the following, amongst other roles. These roles will be double and triple cast. Any gender, any ethnicity.

– BISHOP OF CARLISLE: Clergyman who is Richard’s key supporter. An honorable man, he warns Bolingbroke of the dire consequences of his rebellion

– ROSS AND WILLOUGHBY: Noblemen who are Northumberland’s confederates in the campaign against Richard.

– ABBOT OF WESTMINSTER: Clergyman and supporter of Richard. Lays a plot to kill Bolingbroke.

ACTOR TRACKS for Characters ages Late 20’s-30’s:
To play the following, amongst other roles. These roles will be double and triple cast. Any gender, any ethnicity.

– HENRY PERCY: Also known as Hotspur. Child of Northumberland. Impetuous, but fiercely loyal young person, one of Bolingbroke’s strongest supporters

– SIR STEPHEN SCROOP: A supporter of Richard, who brings the bad news that Bolingbroke seeks to depose him

– FITZWATER AND SURREY: Nobles itching for a fight during Aumerle’s trial

– WELSH CAPTAIN: Believing Richard to be dead, this Welsh soldier withdraws the troops from Richard’s jurisdiction

– LORD MARSHALL: Master of Ceremonies at the tournament where Mowbray and Bolingbroke duel. Formal, authoritative

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Union

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Audition Information

Where

TWStudios: Chelsea
151 W 26th St
Fl 6
New York, NY 10001

WHEN
Thursday, February 13, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

WHAT TO PREPARE

Thursday, February 13, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

Minors must be accompanied by an adult