MACBET by William Shakespeare
October 13 - October 29
On Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 from 6.30pm to 9pm, Counterweight Theatre Lab will be holding auditions for MACBET, an unprecedented adaptation of Shakespeare's classic.
Picture a group of traveling storytellers arriving in town, staging the classics by lamplight, and leaving for another town to repeat the process the next night. Every night of our performance, a handful of actors will create an intimate playing area amongst the audience and explain the rules: every actor has memorized the entire text, no actor will play the same character two scenes in a row, at certain points the audience could be pulled into a scene, and roles will be traded, taken, or given at the drop of a hat, sometimes literally. The audience will choose who starts the rotation, so it is impossible to see the same show more than once, and the nature of the performance creates a sense of danger and energy.
For this production, the text has been edited to ensure a brisk and approachable performance. Actors memorize the whole thing so that they can play every role, but the first month of rehearsals will be dedicated largely to committing the text to memory. This preparation will make possible the impromptu cast changes and action.
***Because every actor will play all of the roles, gender, age, or ethnicity are not a consideration in casting.***
Auditions will consist of a 1-3 minute classical piece (monologue or sonnet). Memorization is encouraged but not a requirement, so if you don't have a piece in your head, don't let that stop you. Be prepared to perform your piece multiple times in different ways.
To schedule an audition or ask questions, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to counterweighttheatre.com/contact and fill out the form.
The 2018 season will be announced soon.