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December 8, 2017

Hamlet - EPA - Actors
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Claudius: Male, 18+, the King of Demark, having murdered his elder brother and usurped his nephew Hamlet for the throne. In addition, he has married the late king’s widow, Gertrude; he is decisive, commanding, charming, socially adept, politically savvy, and pleasure-loving. He truly loves and enjoys Gertrude, and relishes the pomp, power, and responsibility of being king; he never outwardly plays “the villain”, and yet he is a usurper, a liar, and a murderer; these character traits, in combination with his charismatic and accomplished qualities, make the role complicated and magnetic; is a handsome 55; not a warrior, yet robust and “alive"; a classical vocal approach to the language and text is a must. He sounds magnificent, kingly, and trustworthy, though he is duplicitous and self-seeking. Fortinbras (Hamlet Cover): Male, 18+, a prince, and nephew to the King of Norway; Fortinbras is ambitious, spirited, and is a man of action. Hamlet: Male, 30-39, a royal prince and university-educated; he is brilliant and verbally dexterous; sometimes tremendously impulsive and at other times hesitant and indecisive; he is moody, temperamental and theatrical, but often introspective, and riddled with doubts; his moods swing from scene to scene, from person to person; he had a deep attachment to and respect for his late father, King Hamlet. He has always been close to his mother, Queen Gertrude, and is repulsed by her hasty re-marriage to his uncle, the current King Claudius, whom he considers a usurper of his father’s throne, and most importantly his father’s bed; he is in love with Ophelia, and has written her tender and beautiful letters and poems; but he is crushed and angered by what he considers her duplicity and dishonesty to him; is popular and beloved by the citizens of Denmark. He has school chums and friends, but two of them, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, appear to have sided with his uncle, making Hamlet feel even more isolated and watchful; his only true friend is Horatio, and Hamlet leans on him and confides in him throughout the play; he confides, as well, with the audience in a series of spectacular arias and soliloquies, in which he reflects on what it means to be a son, to be alive and hopeful in a corrupt world, on whether, how, and when to avenge his father’s murder, and even the power of the theater; the voice-over to Laurence Olivier’s film of Hamlet states: “This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.” But these are Olivier’s words, not Shakespeare’s; he first seeks the truth about the Ghost; is it truly the ghost of his father? Then he sets a trap for his uncle using a theatrical troupe as bait; he impulsively and accidentally kills Polonius, thinking he has killed Claudius; he decides against stabbing Claudius while the King is at prayers, lest he send the villain straight to heaven; and he even dispatches Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths. Hamlet should be around 30 yrs.


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Seeking:Collins (Lead): African-American, male, mid-20s to mid-30s. Low baritone, bluesy, gravelly voice. Philosopher, teacher, anarchist, AIDS activist. Sing a huge emotional gospel-style ballad.


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