TEANECK NEW THEATRE CASTING
A Character Breakdown (well … you know … sort of):
It’s very difficult to do a traditional character breakdown for “Complete Works,” as the actors selected for this show will EACH play MANY parts – as they work together to bring the audience all thirty-seven of The Bard’s plays in about ninety minutes!
Generally speaking, the director is looking for male performers with high energy with a profound ability to kick down the “fourth wall” and bring their audience into the play. Unlike most modern productions, the actors will interact with the audience throughout the play. Still, these talented individuals must be able to transform from “performer” to “actor” on a dime. In essence, while each performance is presented as an “unprecedented” event and contains moments that appear to be pure improvisation, each actor is, in fact, well-rehearsed, tied to a script, and portraying a character within the arc of the story being told.
This is a very physical show, so stamina is a plus. A general knowledge of Shakespeare is also a plus, but not necessary. What is necessary is a true “a willing suspension of disbelief” while not taking Shakespeare, his characters, your fellow actors or yourself seriously.
We may choose to break up the traditional three roles of this show to make it a five person show. However, for audition purposes, we will concentrate on characters as written.