Audition Update: ISC and Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Independent Shakespeare Co. is holding open call auditions for the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival March 30 and 31 from 10:00 – 6:00 in their Atwater Village Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave. #168, Los Angeles, CA 90039. AEA members will be seen first but they will also see as many non-union actors as possible. Please prepare one short (less than two minutes) classical speech and bring a copy of your resume & photo. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are unable to attend this call you may submit your headshot and resume to: Melissa Chalsma, 3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 168, Los Angeles, CA 90039. They do not accept video submissions.

Breakdown: Much Ado About Nothing – All roles available except Beatrice and Benedict. Romeo and Juliet – All roles available except Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and the Nurse

The festival is outdoors so they are looking for actors with strong voices, good speech and a background in classical theater.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will hold Equity Principal auditions in North Hollywood March 30 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm for Midsummer Night, composed by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes). Midsummer Night is a rollicking rethinking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in a rock festival. Rock stars Titania and Oberon quarrel, rock assistant Puck creates havoc, and roadie Bottom gets a chance to shine. This audition is for a six-day developmental workshop with one reading in Memphis, TN. It is being presented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide in partnership with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the University of Memphis. Director: Janet Roston. Music Director: Ryan O’Connell.

They are looking for singers who can read music and harmonize quickly. Performers must also be comfortable with a contemporary portrayal of Shakespeare text. Please prepare 32 bars from an up-tempo rock song and 32 bars from a rock ballad. Bring a photo and resume. Non-Equity performers will be seen only once all Equity performers have been scheduled and seen.

Location: Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, N. Hollywood, CA 91601. Callbacks: April 3, 2015. Midsummer Night: June 22-27, 2015. Performers will be provided with round-trip flight to Memphis, plus housing. For more information and a complete breakdown of roles, visit For more about the company, go to

Celebrate with Independent Shakespeare Co. at their SPRING FROLIC!

ISC Spring Frolic

Tickets are on sale now for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s annual Spring fundraiser Spring Frolic! on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Proceeds support the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, which provides free, professional theater to tens of thousands of Angelenos each summer. The show will feature your favorite ISC performers in scenes and songs along with appearances by special guests. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will also make introductory remarks and the company honors Tom LaBonge as part of the festivities. Come celebrate Spring with your friends at ISC!

Independent Shakespeare Co.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2:00 Cocktails and music on the Barnsdall Art Park Plaza (outdoors)
3:00 Performance in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (indoors)
Tickets are $75 and include the performance and pre-show party.
Tickets: (818) 710-6306 or

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Announces Americana Summer Season

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is gearing up for another summer of performances under the California oaks and summer skies of Topanga. This season, the company sets out to explore who we are as Americans with the theme ‘Americana’ which will include a mix of American plays, Shakespeare performed with an American twist, toe-tapping Americana roots and folk music, buffet dinners in the gardens and more – making Theatricum a unique destination spot for locals and visitors alike.

Shakespeare offerings will include As You Like It, re-set in the Reconstruction-era South with live music of the period, and Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, back by popular demand for the ninth year. Also on the season are To Kill A Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ biting portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest, and absolute worst; and Green Grow the Lilacs, by Lynn Riggs, the play that inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma

Dream_Titania_2 croppedThe season kicks off on Saturday, June 6 with a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Melora Marshall (pictured left as Titania in the 2014 production of Midsummer) and Willow Geer. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest, inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature.  More

An Interview with Luke Kernaghan: DUNSINANE Continues Macbeth Story

What if Shakespeare’s Macbeth wasn’t the end of the story? It’s intriguing, isn’t it; to consider a world in which Lady Macbeth might have survived, for she would most certainly not have gone quietly into the night. Playwright David Greig thought so too and, beginning March 27th, LA Shakespeare lovers will have a chance to see his modern day sequel to the Scottish Play when the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company bring Dunsinane to The Wallis in Beverly Hills.

Greig has said the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad was among the impulses behind this play, although it also speaks to the recent referendum on Scottish independence. The thrilling production presents uncanny parallels between medieval and present-day politics, power, and sex in a sophisticated tale that is fierce one minute and bitingly funny the next.

Today, Associate Director Luke Kernaghan gives us an idea what to expect in the world of DunsinaneMore

Review: Henry IV, Part One by the Rogues of Antaeus

Henry IV Part1 - Antaeus

Gregory Itzin and Ramón de Ocampo. Photo by Karianne Flaathen

A striking image hovers above the action in Henry IV, Part One at The Antaeus Company. It is a partial rendering of the planets orbiting the sun, which serves as an ever-present reminder that this is the journey of a king-in-the-making. As Prince Hal, also known as Harry, slowly transitions from party boy to royal warrior, its glow becomes more and more noticeable until it finally overtakes the stage. It is simple, but incredibly effective, and shows how powerful the relationship between designers’ work – in this case François-Pierre Couture (scenic) and Michael Gend (lighting) – and the play itself can be. Visuals like these reap great rewards in an intimate theater.

Henry IV, Part One is the second in a series of four works that are among Shakespeare’s History plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V). Collectively, they follow the line of succession from the deposition of Richard II and King Henry’s ascent to the throne, through the rise to power of Henry’s son, Prince Harry, who will become Henry V.  More

Need a Little Inspiration? Imagination Over Limitation is Hugo Martin’s Credo

I thought you’d all enjoy the result of one LA actor/filmmaker’s journey making independent Shakespearean short films. He’s proof that, with an idea and a little experimentation, anything is possible. Hugo Martin is a one-man production company, of sorts, who wears all the different hats needed to put together his short films. And his efforts have paid off. Two of his films were accepted to the 2nd annual Shakespeare on Film Festival in Stratford upon Avon in 2014. Congratulations Hugo, and keep up the good work. For more information, visit his website, O4A Films.

Now, the rest of you…get busy creating!

Complete Web Series, A Midsemester Night’s Dream Now Available

Third Start Productions has announced that all episodes of A Midsemester Night’s Dream are now available on YouTube. The course of college never did run smooth, especially for the characters in this modern web series adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Check out the trailer above and Click Here to watch all ten episodes. For more about the cast and crew visit

Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Davis Shakespeare Festival

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is taking AEA submissions for the role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, for its summer Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III directed by Ryan Lee. This is an eight week contract and rehearsals begin June 2 in Thousand Oaks. Please submit electronically on Actors Access by Friday, March 6. You must be a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to be considered. Richard (Male, 35-45) is a master manipulator who uses his wit, charm, and charisma to deceive everyone into believing that he is not a villain as he viciously carves his way to the throne. Bitter, ambitious, and utterly ruthless, he nonetheless manages to fool those closest to him. Born with a physical deformity that leads some to call him a “bottled spider,” “poisonous bunchedbacked toad,” and other insults.

Davis Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco will hold auditions for Twelfth Night and The Mystery of Edwin Drood on March 22 & 23. Guest Artist AEA contracts & non-AEA stipends are available. Please prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue, a one minute contemporary monologue, and 16-bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Audition locations: Sunday, March 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco and
Monday, March 23, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis. Rehearsals begin May 9 (Tues-Fri evenings & weekend afternoons) and the shows run Thurs-Sunday, June 25 to August 2, 2015. Click Here for more information and to select a time slot preference for your audition. For more info contact Carissa Lowe, Casting at

Review: The Porters Present a Prohibition Era OTHELLO

Othello - The Porters

Matt Calloway and Charles Pasternak. Photos by Zachary Andrews

Why does Iago hate the Moor? That has always been the great question in Othello and one for which Shakespeare provides no definitive answer. Yes, he feels slighted when Othello promotes Cassio over him but is that enough reason to plot the general’s demise? Is it because he believes that Othello has slept with his wife, or because of the color of his skin? Or are Iago’s actions fueled by something deeper like self-loathing?

Shakespeare purposely doesn’t answer the question because he is more interested in prompting the audience to draw its own conclusions. The ambiguity is essential to the play although productions will at times highlight one line of reasoning over another in an attempt to give Iago clearer motivation. But that decision robs the play of its mystery and limits the unsettling horror of what happens on stage.  More

Photo Flash: Off The Rails, Shakespeare Wild West Style

Off the Rails

L-R: Román Zaragoza (Alexie), Ted Barton (General Gatt), Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Momaday), Duane Minard (Grandfather), Robert Vestal (Pryor) and the cast of Native Voices at the Autry’s Off The Rails. All photos by Craig Schwartz © 2015

Off the Rails

Elizabeth Frances (Isabel) and Michael Matthys (Angelo)

Off the Rails

Ted Barton (B’stard) and Robert Vestal (Pryor)


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