A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Non-Equity Call
First in-person rehearsal: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Opening: Friday, April 2, 2021
Closing: Sunday, April 11, 2021
This production will be performed for a limited in-person audience and synchronously online with a previously recorded performance.
2 of these actors will be from out of town; 2 will be local. All guest artists will be paid a stipend. The 2 out-of-towners will be housed while in residence and reimbursed for travel.
Theseus/Oberon (to be shared by same actor) (Age Range: 30-45/Actor of Color)
Theseus: the conquering warrior; the patriarch; the man who orders and controls the industrial world; but he is also harboring an organic energy like Oberon’s and has all of Oberon’s natural impulses; he truly loves Hippolyta; he wants to move from war to mirth and laughter; but he has to learn how to be a leader and lover who can be gentle and find forgiveness rather than to judge and control his dukedom.
Oberon: connected to the animal/spirit world; organic, connected to nature, animal energy; moves from uncompromising agent for change to gentle and playful partner; powerful organic attraction to Titania; physically attractive and powerful.
Hippolyta/Titania (to be shared by same actor) (Age Range: 30-45/Actor of Color)
Hippolyta: a warrior, she harbors an organic energy like Titania’s and has all of Titania’s natural impulses. Naturally drawn to and attracted to Theseus, she struggles to understand his choices and how she can find a way to accept him. They both must learn to compromise and find forgiveness and acceptance.
Titania: connected to the animal/spirit world; organic; connected to nature; desire to name things in order to understand them and to get Oberon to understand; moves from uncompromising protector to gentle and playful partner; powerful organic attraction to Oberon; physically attractive and powerful.
Egeus: (Age Range: 40-65/Any Ethnicity)
Egeus: the patriarch; needs to maintain his authority; unwilling to compromise or change; deeply passionate in his convictions and convinced he is right; loves Hermia; loves Lysander.
Bottom: (Age Range: 25-55/Any Ethnicity)
Bottom: Weaver: desperate to be the center of attention; to be admired; to be the best one; to be loved; will play Pyramus, “a lover that kills himself most gallant for love”.
Shakespeare Monologue (1-2 minutes)
Submit a video submission here. (Deadline for video submission: Thursday, October 22 @ 12:00 p.m.)
Callbacks will be held via Zoom on Saturday, October 24 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Call Back Sides:
Theseus: V.i.2-23 (“More strange than true. . . .”)
Titania: II.i.99-120 (“The fold stands empty . . .”)
Titania/Oberon: II.i.114-150 (Begin: Titania, mid-line “The spring, the summer, . . .”)
Egeus: I.i.23-46 (“Full of vexation . . .”)
Bottom, Quince: I.ii.1-39 (p. 25: “Quince: Is all our company here?”)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Climate in Chaos
A Play for Our Times
The Lovers, The Lunatics, The Poets, and The Dreamers
It is 2020. The world is in chaos. The climate is changing and the world is in peril. We can see it but we don’t have any idea how to cope with or manage what’s happening. We are overwhelmed. We are trying to manage and come to terms with our own hurts and grievances. We desperately want to love each other. But what does it mean to love someone? We feel as if we have no control. We know that both we and our planet are in trouble. But we are distracted and buffeted by change and turmoil and our own complicated hearts. How do we cope?
We are the lovers, the lunatics, the poets, and the dreamers:
Our physical world is entwined and connected to our psychic one. What we say and do to one another matters. We are the creators and parents of all the chaos that surrounds us. Our progeny is a climate in disarray and a world in pandemic distress. Unless we resolve our differences, it will be nearly impossible for us to recover:
This story is a battle between the lover/lunatics and the poet/dreamers. It is a battle to save the planet. It is a battle to save ourselves. It is the timeless struggle to fathom what it means to love.
Do we evolve? Do we grow from the human foibles and mistakes we make? Do we recognize the role we play in creating our world? Do we recognize the connection between the human and the natural world? Can our connection to the spirit world help us to manage our animal nature and restore balance and harmony to ourselves and to our planet?
Puck is there as our spirit guide, helping us to laugh at our foibles and follies. Perhaps Puck, by his example, can teach us how to embrace and accept the mistakes we will inevitably make and make amends with ourselves and with others.
Perhaps if we can lighten up and laugh at ourselves we might begin to restore balance and harmony to ourselves and our planet.