Auditions for King Lear at Theatre in the Round

An ominous storm rolling in. Text: Shakespeare's King Lear: Tyranny, Loyalty, Madness, Love
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100.00

King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Directed by George Roesler

DESCRIPTION: 

Declaring “I am going to divide my kingdom,” an aging king of Britain puts his daughters to the test – how much do they love him? This irresistible beginning starts a classic story about fathers and children, property, power, and possession. Seduced by the flattery of his eldest daughters, King Lear banishes his youngest, Cordelia, and unknowingly sets in motion a plot of treachery and murder. Shakespeare’s tragedy about the fall and decay of the world, tells a tale of madness, tyranny, loyalty, and love.

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Runs weekends September 13 to October 6, with a Monday Pay-What-You-Can performance on September 23.

REHEARSALS:

Rehearsals begin at the end of July. They'll be scheduled Sundays through Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm. Whenever possible Actors will be scheduled on an as needed basis.  

AUDITION DATES: 

June 24 & 25, 7-9pm. Callbacks as needed on June 27.

AUDITION FORMAT:

Please prepare a short monologue of your choosing, classical encouraged. Memorization is preferred. If you aren't sure what to choose, Monologues are available on our website.  Advance sign up is strongly encouraged.

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As of the 2024-2025 season all actors will offered a $100 stipend to offset travel costs & be provided a new professional headshot, with rights to use digitally or print. 


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

All roles are open to actors of all identities – racial, ethnic, sexual, gender – and no roles assume the presence or absence of disability. 

LEAR, King of Britain                                                

GONERIL, his eldest daughter                                                  

REGAN, his second daughter                                         

CORDELIA, his youngest daughter                                                         

DUKE OF ALBANY, married to Goneril                     

DUKE OF CORNWALL, married to Regan                 

KING OF FRANCE:                                                

DUKE OF BURGUNDY                                          

EARL of GLOUCESTER                                         

EDGAR, his eldest son                                      

EDMUND, his younger bastard son                    

EARL of KENT                                                        

FOOL, attendant on Lear                                                                                  

OSWALD, Goneril’s steward

[Characters below will be doubled with other characters:]                                 

CURAN, a follower of Gloucester

2 KNIGHTS

A CAPTAIN

A SOLDIER

A MESSENGER

2 SERVANTS