Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Crazy Man requires a racially diverse ensemble of ADULT male and female actors.
The age range is between the ages of 20s to 50s.
JOHN — African American male, 40s
REGINA — African American female, 40s
PETER — African American male, 40s
CRAZY MAN/ELAM — African American male, 40s
MS. LEWIS — African American female, 50s
SARA — white female, 40s
AKIL/SKILLS — African American male 20s
TWON — African American male, 20s
FREDRICK/BLACK BUSINESS MAN/COWLINGS — African American male, 50s
GUARD/WHITE BUSINESS MAN — white male, 50s
SPENCER — white male, 20s
Please prepare one memorized monologue — classic, contemporary or dramatic — that is approximately one to three minutes in length.
Additionally, you may be asked to do a "cold reading" from the script at the auditions.
Copies of the script are available for borrowing at the Weathervane Box Office during the following hours only:
• Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
HOW TO AUDITION
The auditions for Crazy Man will be conducted as an "open call."
This means that you do NOT have to schedule an appointment in advance.
Instead, pick one of the three audition dates — Nov. 9, 10 or 11 — and arrive at 7 p.m. on your preferred night.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S REHEARSALS
A complete schedule of rehearsals will be available at the auditions.
Please bring your calendar with you to the auditions in order to declare any "conflict dates" between Nov. 11, 2014, and Jan. 24, 2015. Conflict dates reported after the show has been cast may result in re-casting.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S PERFORMANCES
Crazy Man will play for 10 performances in Weathervane's John L. Dietz Theater — the Playhouse's intimate 48-seat "second stage" — between Jan. 14 and 24, 2015.
Please note: The performance schedule below includes one "double-show" day:
Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 15. at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 AND 8 p.m.
ABOUT THE PLAY
In this new play commissioned by Weathervane Playhouse, a homeless man camps out in front of a luxury apartment building and begins to impact its residents in strange and wonderful ways as he traces back the incidents that lead to his committing a horrible crime.
ABOUT THE SHOW'S DIRECTOR
Trained as a performance artist, JENNIFER KAY JETER will often collaborate with traditional artists or with non-traditional partners including social-service organizations to create curriculum, programming, and theatrical works in order to spotlight societal concerns such as homelessness, addiction and sexual abuse. This Ohio native is an advocate of the arts. Jeter works in educational, community and professional theater. Her thesis, entitled "The Rites of Being: An Analytical Review of Performance Art," was an attempt to legitimize the abstract art form of performance art. As a Social Artist, she continues to develop art constructions that address the changing needs of the community. Jeter creates commentary through her photography, writing, directing, painting and/or a combination of select media. Concentrating primarily on African American theatre, Jeter’s past directing credits include Black Girl, The Amen Corner, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, On Striver’s Row, Crowns and The Piano Lesson. At Weathervane Playhouse, she directed Race in 2014, Flyin’ West in 2013 and Yellowman in 2012. She serves on the Playhouse staff as its Community Engagement Coordinator.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
MICHAEL OATMAN — a Cleveland-born playwright, actor and director — held the honor of being only the second playwright in residence in Karamu House’s storied, nearly 100-year history in Cleveland. (The first was Langston Hughes.) In 2011, The Cleveland Arts Prize awarded Oatman the Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Oatman’s short play Warpaint was the 2009 Finalist for the Kennedy Center Best Short Play, and his play The Chittlin’ Thief was named Best Comedy of 2008 by The African American Playwrights Exchange. Northeast Ohio audiences have seen Oatman's work at Cleveland Play House FusionFest, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland State University and the Ingenuity Festival. Profiles of Oatman and his work — which includes Eclipse: The War Between Pac and B.I.G., My Africa, A Solitary Voice and Drowning the Flame — have been featured in both The New York Times and American Theatre. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Cleveland State University.
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 (by appointment only between 5 and 7 p.m.)
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 (by appointment only between 5 and 7 p.m.)
Hamlet requires a large ensemble of male and female actors.
Because Hamlet is a Young Actor Series production, the roles are restricted primarily to actors between the ages of 13 and 23.
However, actors ages 24 and older may audition for three roles only: Polonius, Queen Gertrude and Osric.
Please prepare one memorized classical monologue that is approximately one to two minutes in length.
What is a classical monologue?
Generally speaking, a classical monologue is one that comes from a play written by either one of the ancient Greeks (Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles) or Shakesspeare. However, other playwrights who composed classical monlogues include Moliere, Marlowe and Ben Jonson.
CLICK HERE for classical monologues for men.
CLICK HERE for clasical monologues for women.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT
The auditions for Hamlet are scheduled in advance by appointments. On each audition day, actors will be slotted into 10-minute intervals. However, you may be asked to stay longer than 10 minutes at the auditions.
The audition appointments for Hamlet are being scheduled online only. Please do NOT call the Box Office to schedule your audition appointment.
CLICK HERE to schedule your Hamlet audition appointment.
ABOUT THE PLAY'S REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will begin Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, and will then be held five days a week: Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
Please bring your calendar with you to the auditions in order to declare any "conflict dates" between Dec. 28, 2014, and March 8, 2015. Conflict dates reported after the show has been cast may result in re-casting.
The show's “tech” rehearsals are listed below. Please be aware that attendance at all technical rehearsals is mandatory. Conflicts of any kind cannot be accepted for these rehearsals.
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014: Noon to 8 p.m. (“double dress” rehearsal)
Monday, Feb. 23, 2014: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (technical rehearsal No. 2)
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014: 5 to 9 p.m. (technical rehearsal No. 3)
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2014: 5 to 9 p.m. (the final technical rehearsal)
ABOUT THE PLAY'S PERFORMANCES
Hamlet will play for nine performances on Weathervane Playhouse's Founders Theater stage between Feb. 26 and March 8, 2015.
Please note: The performance schedule below includes three weekday-morning, school-day matinees:
Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m. (followed by the attendance-is-mandatory strike of the show's set and props)
ABOUT THE PLAY
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!” When the King of Denmark is murdered, young Prince Hamlet seeks revenge against his Uncle Claudius for the untimely death of his father!
More About the Play
From Wikipedia: "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother — Hamlet's father King Hamlet — and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother's widow, Hamlet's mother Gertrude.
"Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella.
"The play's structure and depth of characterization have inspired much critical scrutiny. One such example is the centuries-old debate about Hamlet's hesitation to kill his uncle, which some see as merely a plot device to prolong the action, but which others argue is a dramatization of the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold-blooded murder, calculated revenge, and thwarted desire. More recently, psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet's unconscious desires, and feminist critics have re-evaluated and rehabilitated the often maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude."
ABOUT THE SHOW'S DIRECTOR
JOHN DAVIS previously for Weathervane Playhouse directed Our Town in 2013, The Taming of the Shrew in 2012 and the world-premiere production of Art of Deduction: Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes in 2011. A professional actor, director and fight choreographer for nearly 30 years, he is best know for his comic sword-fighting show, Hack and Slash, which has been seen in 16 countries with more than 4,000 performances (including more than 100 performances for the allied forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan).
He has received certification from five major stage-combat organizations worldwide and is a recognized instructor with the International Order of the Sword and Pen. Locally, he has taught courses for the theater department at Oberlin College and he directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.
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