Flavio Betrayed—A Commedia
By Scott Ford, based on a scenario published by Flaminio Scala in 1611.
Directed by Scott Ford
Actors of all races and ethnicity are encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the casting and therefore encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups to audition.
Runs October 13–29, 2017 (11 performances)
First read-through scheduled for Tuesday, August 22
Full performance schedule and show description found here.
Open Call Auditions
Sunday, May 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
To schedule your audition, click here
Wednesday, May 31 2017
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This high-spirited comedy, written and directed by Resident Director Scott Ford, is filled with disguise, deceit, insults, romance, friendship, comic sword fights, gaudy hats, and stinky cheese. It follows the delightfully convoluted story of our hero Flavio, whose best friend is trying to steal the hand of his beloved Isabella, while her father attempts to marry her off to another suitor who is considerably past his prime. It is up to Isabella’s faithful and clever servant Pedrolino to dodge danger and keep them together.
This show will be performed using traditional commedia conventions filtered through a contemporary lens. The style is robustly physical and the dialogue requires sharp comic timing. We are looking for actors who are physically and verbally adroit. Experience in clowning, movement, mask work, and/or stage combat is a plus.
Actors of all racial and social backgrounds are strongly encouraged to audition.
Please prepare a high-energy comedic monologue of two minutes or less and a short section (less than 30 seconds) of a silly song to sing a cappella. You are also invited, though not required, to prepare a short bit of physical comedy (less than a minute) using an uncooperative prop and no language. We will likely do some physical improvisation during the audition as well.
Character Descriptions – This play contains the following stock commedia characters:
The Masters or Old Men (These characters are masked and may be played by M or F):
PANTALONE: a miser, a father, a gossip-monger, easily angered
DOCTORE GRATIANO: “wise” beyond comprehension, loves to hear himself talk, a father
CAPTAIN SPAVENTO: a swordsman and poet well past his prime, a pompous coward
The Lovers (These characters are not masked. All four pursue romance with hilarious passion)
FLAMINIA: daughter of Pantalone
ISABELLA: daughter of Gratiano, love of Flavio
FLAVIO: love of Isabella, friend of Oratio
ORATIO: friend of Flavio
COLUMBINA: servant in the home of Gratiano, sly but clueless, unassuming but resourceful, sometimes a flirt
ARLECCHINO: servant to Captain Spavento, of dubious intelligence, bit of a drinker, masked
BURRATINO: a likable innkeeper, prone to bursting into song
PEDROLINO: servant in the home of Gratiano, confidant of Isabella, sweet, industrious, masked, noble, faithful, always well-intentioned