Overview

Pay Rate: CAT CONTRACT, Tier 4
Audition Date and Time: Pre-screens: Monday, March 9, 2020; Auditions Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Audition Location: Chicago Shakespeare Theater

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS OTHELLO: THE REMIX (dates approximate)

Chicago Shakespeare theater

Directed by GQ and JQ

All roles and understudies open.

Material to Prepare:

Sides will be provided.
PLEASE SUBMIT BY 5 PM ON THURSDAY, 3/5/2020.

Time Commitment:

First rehearsal – as early as June 22, 2020
First performances on Navy Pier – July 17-19
Closing-- August 23, 2020
Daytime rehearsals--early evening/late afternoon performances.

Character Type/Restrictions:

SEEKING: (ALL ACTORS PART OF AN ENSEMBLE THAT INCLUDE THESE TRACKS)

M.C. OTHELLO. All ethnicities but Caucasian. 20s-30s. Othello is a guy from the hood who became a world-famous rap mogul. Charismatic. Honorable. A leader of his crew. As in Shakespeare, susceptible to the insinuations of “honest” Iago, a member of his crew, about the faithfulness of Desdemona.
Requires an actor with dynamic dramatic skills as well as excellent rap skills. Some movement. Baritone range as singer a plus.

IAGO/BRABANTIO.  20s to 40s. All gender identities and diversities. IAGO is an underground artist and hard-core hip-hop purist. Othello’s height man. When the glitzy Cassio is given precedence over him in his rapping career, Iago jealousy and vengeance seeks to destroy them all. Requires an actor with dynamic rap and acting skills. Must possess a darkness to his soul. BRABANTIO is Desdemona’s wealthy old father, furious at his daughter’s betrayal by marrying Othello.

CASSIO/EMILIA TRACK-. 20s-30s.  Male. All ethnicities except black. CASSIO is a send-up to a leader of a boy band. He's exuberant, a little cheesy, pop-music commercial, the opposite of a hardcore rapper like Iago. Think early Justin Bieber.
Must be a very skilled rapper and comedian. It is also important to be able to sing (or at least carry a tune). There is choreographed dancing in the show that requires a good mover.
EMILIA is a comic take on Iago's long suffering wife. Desperate for attention, always horny, in Iago's eyes a bit grotesque, but sympathetic to the audience. Has a musical number.

RODERIGO/LOCO VITO/BIANCA. 20s to 30s. All gender identities and ethnicities. RODERIGO is a gaming geek and total nerd.  Socially inept and awkward to the nth degree. In desperate love with Desdemona, which Iago takes advantage of. LOCO VITO ID Othello’s music producer, OBSESSED with tennis, which he finds a way to bring into every conversation. BIANCA is Cassio’s spitfire girlfriend, enraged and sulky over Cassio’s ignoring of her. Her emotions run high. This track requires an incredibly versatile comic rapper. A chameleon.

To apply for this job email your details to castingoffice@chicagoshakes.comwithsubjectOTHELLO