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Website Drunk Shakespeare Chicago

Pay Rate: $90/show, $20/rehearsals
Audition Date and Time: OPEN CALL on Tuesday, June 11th 2024 from 12-4 pm.
Audition Location: 182 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, 60601 (near E Lake St)
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Contact Person Name: Ashlie Whitworth

The hit Off-Broadway comedy, Drunk Shakespeare is holding an OPEN CALL on June 11th for our Chicago cast! We are seeking versatile performers for the roles listed below.

Each night, five performers of “The Drunk Shakespeare Society” gather to put on a play. One of them actually drinks several shots of liquor at the start of the play. This show is a bit of a ‘play within a play’… an immersive party combining Shakespeare, pop culture, comedy, and audience connection!


Material to Prepare:

MONOLOGUE - Shakespeare, 1 minute in length. We would like to meet YOU through this text, so approach it in a contemporary way that allows your personality to shine while honoring Shakespeare's intention.

SKILLS SHOWCASE - Prepare to showcase your special skills. Examples could include dialects, impressions, dance, acrobatics, musical abilities, speaking multiple languages, etc. Let your imagination run wild! You can incorporate your skills into a speech or use a more freestyle approach.

Time Commitment:

Holiday availability and a flexible schedule are a must! Weekend availability is required. Initial rehearsals may be held during both day and night.

Actors will begin with an initial 4-week trial contract, followed by an extension with the opportunity for an open-ended run.

Character Type/Restrictions:


Meet the Master of Ceremonies and impressions extraordinaire. They welcome the audience into the society and wrangle the drunk actor while keeping the show in motion. We are seeking a magnetic performer with the ability to listen and connect to an audience and a love for hosting a party. Picture wielding a vast repertoire of impressions, effortlessly slipping into diverse dialects and characters, all while ensuring the show pulses with excitement and laughter.

*Note: This track is NOT required to drink on stage.


Our leading man thru-which the audience experiences the arc of the narrative. Macbeth is a valiant soldier returning home from war who is enticed by compelling allure of ambition (and a very convincing wife). Seeking commanding performers with excellent Shakespeare chops and the ability to drive the play. Macbeth often ends up shirtless at the end of the play. (Dependent on the comfort of the actor).

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.


Lady M, a captivating force wielding every tool to sway her husband, seduce the audience, and propel their joint ascent (and inevitable descent) into power. You also get to play a pretty gnarly witch. Seeking a bold and enchanting actress with a strong command of Shakespeare’s text, ready to mesmerize audiences with every compelling twist of the tale.

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.

Get ready for a rollercoaster of roles! This track is a whirlwind—shifting from the confidant best friend to the hilariously hungover, flirtatious porter; a puppet, a witch, and more. Seeking performers with a broad character range and a love for the outrageous. Improvisation and puppetry skills are a major plus!

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.


Macduff is the pivotal force behind the play's climactic crescendo. We’re in search of performers with physical dynamism and electric energy. You should be a compelling mover and must have an impressive musical talent. This track also gets to play a fun witch and indulge in a little puppetry. Whether you're a singer or a wizard with a guitar, this role promises an exhilarating fusion of movement, music, and mystique.

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.

Drinking on Stage 

Every night, one of our performers becomes 'The Drunk Actor,' orchestrating controlled chaos by issuing challenges, performing their own curated 'Drunk Challenges,' and becoming the audience's champion. This role allows you to bring an elevated version of yourself beyond Shakespeare's boundaries, fostering a fresh and engaging show every time.

There is one drunk actor per show and the schedule is organized to ensure no performer drinks more than twice a week. There are numerous internal systems in place to ensure the well-being of performers and audience. The “Drunk Actor” receives free safe transportation home.

Finally, we acknowledge that everybody has a different relationship to alcohol. We are seeking to celebrate joy, laughter and libations as people have done through time but only you know if this is the right environment for you. Performers begin with an initial 4-week trial period so that both the performer and production can decide if this is a great fit. Brass Jar Productions does not promote irresponsible drinking, and strict drinking guidelines will be adhered to. By submitting for this casting you are acknowledging that you are over 21 years of age, and that you want to drink and perform Shakespeare on stage approximately once a week. We do not condone alcoholism. If you believe you may have a problem, please do not apply.

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