The 73rd. Avenue Theatre Company
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Adapted & Directed by J Murray d’Armand
@ The 73rd Avenue Playhouse 7287 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, CO
January 14th & 15th- 10AM-1PM
Dealing in grief, incest, intrigue, and madness both sincere and feigned, Hamlet has been called Shakespeare’s masterpiece. In this particular adaptation, a few major changes have been made: Several roles traditionally played by male actors have been re-envisioned as female, there is some doubling (most notably the actor playing Claudius will also carry the role of King’s Ghost), and the addition of an extra character that interacts directly with the audience as a narrator (the characters maintain Shakespeare’s original iambic pentameter, the narrator speaks in poetically plain English). As for the “look” of the show, it is best described as “hyper-stylized period”, as if William Shakespeare met Frank Herbert. The goal is to build a production that engages the audience on as many sensory levels as possible, weaving them within the world that is Hamlet’s mind and providing no “escape” from the downward spiral.
Performances will be Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 March 2-25.
Rehearsals will begin January 16th.
Actors needed (All ethnicities and looks will be considered):
CLAUDIUS/ GHOST: M 40+; King of Denmark
HAMLET: M 20’s-30’s; son to the late, and nephew to the present king
POLONIUS: M 40+; Lord Chamberlain
HORATIA: F 20’s-30’s; friend to Hamlet
LAERTES: M 20’-30’s; son to Polonius
GERTRUDE: F 20-40+; Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet
OPHELIA: F 16-20; daughter to Polonius-
ROSENCRANTZ: F 20’s-30’s; friend to Hamlet
GUILDENSTERN: F 20’s-30’s; friend to Hamlet
FORTINBRAS: M 20- 40+; Prince of Norway
PLAYERS: M/F; “chorus”
Please bring a headshot and resume, auditions will consist of a memorized Shakespearean monologue (please refrain from pieces longer than two minutes), and cold readings from the script. Scripts are available per email request.
To schedule an audition, please email: PITheater@hotmail.com
**Please note all actors and crew are volunteers, no stipend is provided