Seeking Actors & Lighting Designer for "The Skriker" - Date Added!

Fortune's Fool Theatre is holding Auditions for The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, Directed by Ben Layne.

The Skriker blends English folk tales with the gritty realities of modern urban life. It follows the Skriker, a shape-shifting fairy and death portent from the underworld, in its search for love and revenge as it pursues two young women in London --- Josie, who has murdered her young child, and Lily, who is pregnant --- changing its shape at every new encounter.

Along with the Skriker come Rawheadandbloodybones, the Kelpie, the Green Lady, Black Dog and more, until their world is swarming with enticing and angry creatures that have burst from the Underworld.

With original, live music by Keith Hovis and dance/movement choreographed by Josiah Thompson, we’re looking for a company of actors to bring these characters to life. While described as silently appearing here or there within the original script, we have a bit more fun in mind, as the creatures will gain voice as choral speakers, echoes, and more (to be developed in the process).

For the creatures, we ask that you be comfortable moving in your body (crawling, ‘flocking’, etc) and following some basic choreography. Also welcome are folks with more dance experience and/or circus skills: contortion, acrobatics, juggling, etc. We are interested in ALL types, from the very tall to the very small, from young to old, from those with a lot of physical experience, to those who feel ready to try.

Rehearsals will be held weeknights (M-Th) and Saturday afternoons, Feb 26-April 2nd. Tech week is April 2-6

Performance dates: April 7-22nd. Performances will be at the Crane Theater in NE Minneapolis.

Stipend: $175 

Roles Available:

Lily (F 18-25)
Josie (F 18-25)


Any Gender, Age, Ethnicity:
Black Dog/Businessperson
Green person/Jennie Greenteeth/Person with Kelpie
Person with telescope/depressed/lost person (must be comfortable with some singing)
Spriggan/Blue person
Person with a Bucket (any age, ethnicity)
Bogle/Rawheadandbloodybones/Dark Fairy

Female Presenting Roles:
Great Granddaughter/Dead Child (Age 9-12. Must be comfortable with some singing.)
Granddaughter/Black Annis/Nellie Longarms

Male Presenting Roles, Any age and ethnicity:
Kelpie/Fair Faerie  
Johnny Squarefoot/Brownie/Radiant Boy

The roles of Passerby, Yallery Brown and Skriker have been cast.

Auditions will be held at the Phoenix Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 5-9pm, and Nov 28th from 6-10pm
Callbacks will be Dec 2nd at the Phoenix Theatre from 2pm-6pm

Please email Fortune's fool at [email protected] for a 5 minute time slot. If you need a specific time we can do our best to accommodate. Otherwise will will just give you the next slot available, likely on Sunday. Please also direct any questions regarding the production to that same email address. 

Please prepare part of a short song or lullaby to be sung acapella. Think “Summertime, Hush little baby, happy birthday” etc. You do not need to be a trained singer, simply carry a tune.

For those wishing to audition for Lily and/or Josie, please prepare a 2 minute contemporary monologue with a british dialect.

For those wishing to audition for the creatures please prepare a short folktale or poem of your choosing, no dialect required.

For those wishing to audition for both, please prepare both.

Can't make the audition but are interested? Shoot us an email and we will see if we can set up an alternative time.

We are interested in those who love color, shadow, and extremes. Dance lighting experience welcome.

Would need to be available for 3-4 production meetings from the end of Feb - April 1s and be available for load-in on April 2nd, tech 3-6 and strike on April 22nd.

Stipend: $400. Send email of interest and resume to [email protected]


Contact information

Fortune's Fool Theatre
Ariel Leaf
Web site

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Tuesday, November 28
Posted November 8