Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare directed by Elina De Santos
All Roles Open.
Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at the OJP Studio Theater in Upland- 2009 Porterfield Way Suite H, Upland Audition dates: April 8 10am-2pm, April 10, 4pm-9pm, April 11 3pm-9pm Callbacks by invitation only– April 12 7pm-10pm
Rehearsals for Measure for Measure will generally run Tues, Thurs, 7-10:30pm, Saturdays from 10-5, and Sundays 4-10pm from May 20-July 11.
Performances July 13, 15, 21, 23 at 8pm All performances will be at the Sontag Greek Theater at Pomona College in Claremont
Show Description: When the power of the state is twisted to serve false righteousness one woman stands up to a corrupt politician to save her brother’s life and bring down the petty tyrant. Measure for Measure is about the nature of corruption. The play explores gender and class disparities. Most actors will play more than one role and often of different genders and class.
DUKE VINCENTIO 40-50 Ruler of Vienna. He wants justice and peace in a city that is fraught with corruption and disease. It’s out of control and he has neglected the problems that threaten to destroy the city. He embarks upon an unusual path to bring about change and merciful order.
ANGELO: 30-40 A seemingly just man who believes in the law. He is most naïve about his own desires and limitations. ESCALUS: 50-100 He is an “ancient” Lord, a man of wisdom and patience. Trusted and loved by many. Finding his faults will be fun.
CLAUDIO: 18-28 a young gentleman who impregnates Juliet whom he professes to love. He is sentenced to death for this “crime”. Under this sentence much of his true nature is revealed. He is sensitive and bright.
LUCIO: 25-35 a “fantastic,” a flamboyant bachelor who provides much of the play’s comedic content. He is a friend of Claudio’s and tries to help him. He is deeply cynical, believing in nothing except perhaps his own entitlement.
ISABELLA: 18-28 is a virtuous and chaste young woman who faces a difficult decision when her brother is sentenced to death for fornication. Her dedication to truth, loyalty and faith guide her. Her character is the force that transforms corruption to merciful justice.
MARIANA: 25-35 supposed to marry Angelo, but he called the wedding off when she lost her dowry in a shipwreck that killed her brother. She’s kind and forgiving.
MISTRESS OVERDONE: 40-60 she runs a brothel in Vienna with a sense of entitlement that is more than overdone. Funny.
POMPEY: is a clown who also works for Mistress Overdone.
PROVOST: runs the prison and is responsible for carrying out all of Angelo’s orders.
ELBOW: is a dim-witted constable who arrests people for misconduct, particularly of the sexual variety. He speaks in malapropisms and provides comic-relief throughout the play.
BERNADINE: A long-term prisoner in the jail, is sentenced to be executed together with Claudio.
JULIET: Claudio’s lover, she is pregnant with his baby
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