COVID AUDITION PROTOCOL: At this time, ALL ACTORS AND CREW MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED. PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION WHEN YOU ARRIVE TO AUDITIONS. The stage manager will provide the audition form (or you may download it from this page, print, fill it out, and bring it with you to the audition.)
SCHEDULE: Be prepared to list all possible conflicts. Rehearsal schedule will be respectful of performers’ time and conflicts. Please note, due to Covid restrictions, fully vaccinated actors planning to audition are asked to carefully consider travel out of state during rehearsals or performances. County Players will follow current CDC guidelines for domestic and international travel restrictions for Fully Vaccinated individuals. https://www.cdc.
Once inside the theatre, you may be unmasked (if fully vaccinated) and/or to read for the audition.
THE BOOK OF WILL
By LAUREN GUNDERSON
Directed by ANDREW KARL
SUN JUN 26 | 7pm
MON JUN 27 | 7pm
SEPTEMBER 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
William Shakespeare’s been dead for three years. His friends and fellow actors miss him and his beautiful plays. When a pirated, badly botched Hamlet (“To be or not to be, there’s the point…”), they realize Shakespeare’s lines are disappearing into the forgetful memory of time. They need a book—a definitive copy of his original plays, but to make one, they have to battle an unscrupulous publisher, a boozy poet, and their own mortality. Lauren Gunderson’s look at Shakespeare’s First Folio is a lively, funny, poignant love letter to theatre and the printed word.
Shakespeare never saved his work. Meet the folks who did.
From the Director: Hey there! Thanks for your consideration to join us in crafting an ode to the Bard, the theatre, and the power of the written word! We are looking for a diversity of artists to portray one or more characters in this (mostly) historical tale about the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio. All folks, regardless of age, race, gender or experience are invited to audition for the roles they are interested in portraying.
Style of the play: Though firmly set in the early 17th century, this play should NOT be thought of as a period piece. This is a CONTEMPORARY play that happens to be set in Jacobaean England. Gunderson’s text is colloquial and therefore, there is no need for grand recreations of Elizabethan/Jacobean performances (except for the brief, actual stage performances in the script). Bring yourselves to the audition and the text. Who are you today? How do you relate to the desire to ensure a legacy?
Note about the audition: The audition will be conducted in two segments:
Movement and Devising: Laura Gunderson asks the ensemble to convey the physical process of “building the Folio” within the play’s transitions. In our production, this will be done with pedestrian movement sequences that we will craft together. The first portion of the audition will consist of a guided movement exploration. All bodies and abilities will be capable. Please bring clothes you are comfortable moving in.
Reading: Sides (scenes) will be provided at a later date. Not all roles will have sides so please pick the side closest to the characters you wish to portray (again, casting may assign you to a “track” with multiple roles). Feel free to read for as many roles as you like. You may be asked to cold-read material on the audition day. Please stay at the audition until you have been dismissed.
Henry Condell: Feisty and hopeful, Henry is forty years old, Shakespeare’s friend, and actor in the King’s Men.
John Heminges (pronounced “Hemmings”): Reasonable and serious, John is fifty years old, Shakespeare’s friend, and financial manager of the King’s Men. He is a good man, a gentleman, and the owner of the Globe Tap House.
Richard Burbage: A seasoned lion of the stage, loud and proud, Richard is in his fifties and famous across England.
Elizabeth Condell: Savvy and fun, Elizabeth is Condell’s wife.
Alice Heminges: John’s daughter and alewife, Alice is thirty-five years old, knows everyone, and hangs with the boys.
Rebecca Heminges: John’s wife, Rebecca is strong, busy with their grocery business, and a woman who has weathered much but loves her husband, her sons, and God. She is a good wife.
Ben Jonson: Poet laureate of England and friend/rival of Shakespeare, Ben is an amazing drunk, a bear of a man, and surprisingly weepy.
Ed Knight: “Stage manager” for the King’s Men, Ed is self-serious and particular.
Ralph Crane: Humble scrivener of the King’s Men, Ralph is quick, sure, and quiet.
William Jaggard: Successful and shady publisher of books, plays, and playbills, William is confident in his ability to get what he wants. He is very experienced, very connected, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, but an ass.
Isaac Jaggard: William’s son, Isaac will inherit the business. He is sensitive, an artist at heart.
Marcus: Printer’s apprentice at the Jaggard print shop, twenty-year-old Marcus is nosy but honest.
Compositor: Works for Jaggard, young.
Emilia Bassano Lanier: A fiery Italian feminist and poet, Emilia is fifty years old, an independent woman, and a lover of life (and of Shakespeare).
Sir Edward Dering: A book and theatre lover, Edward is sixty years old and the first customer of The First Folio.
Anne Hathaway Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s now ailing sixty-year-old wife, Anne is strong-willed, a classy lady, a survivor.
Susannah Shakespeare: A good girl and daughter of Shakespeare, Susannah is thirty years old.
Boy Hamlet: A young actor.
Two Barmen: Drunk ruffians.
Crier: A newsboy.
Bernardo, Francisco, Horatio, Marcellus: Actors playing these roles
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
By EDWARD ALBEE
Directed by ANNA MARIE PAOLERCIO
SUN AUG 14 | 7pm
MON AUG 15 | 7pm
NOVEMBER 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19
Edward Albee’s award-winning Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is considered a masterwork of American drama, with dazzling language and unforgettable characters. There is no dysfunctional stage couple quite like George and Martha. The funny and darkly unsettling duo welcomes you into their living room, along with the young couple Honey and Nick. Lean in to the titillating shock and awe of this masterpiece of modern American Theatre, whose characters were just as radical, hilarious, and unforgettable then as they are today.
Virginia Woolf Cast Description
MARTHA* – early 50s; a boisterous woman; looking somewhat younger; sexy. She is the daughter of the president of the college, unhappy and domineering wife of George. She taunts him in public but loves him dearly.
GEORGE – mid to late 40s/early 50s; Martha’s husband; studious. Professor of history at the college. He is frustrated with his life and the delusions he and his wife have created. Generally subdued and henpecked. Protagonist of the play.
HONEY – mid to late 20s/early 30s; rather plain. Nick’s immature wife.
NICK* – mid to late 20s/early 30s; Honey’s husband; well put together; preppy. He is a new biology professor at the college and is quite ambitious.
Virginia Woolf Audition Scenes
Martha and George – pages 7-13, 67-69, 85-86
All characters – pages 13-17, 29-33, 54-58
Nick and George – pages 42-47
Nick and Martha – pages 77-80
Martha – page 76 (monologue)
IT’S ONLY A PLAY
By TERRENCE MCNALLY
Directed by KIT COLBOURN
SUN NOV 6 | 7pm
MON NOV 7 | 7pm
FEBRUARY 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18
The producers, the playwrights, the reviewers, and the stars. A Broadway opening night party in a stylish NYC apartment brings together a cacophony of characters, with an armload of wit, warmth, and winter coats! It’s Only A Play is a laugh-out- loud love letter to the resilience of live theatre, and an homage to the people that — even when things seem impossible — believe that the marquee will be lit again, and the show must go on.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Book by BURT SHEVELOVE and LARRY GELBART
Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Directed by DAVID RINGWOOD
SUN FEB 5 | 7pm
MON FEB 6 | 7pm
MAY 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a story with shenanigans, hijinks, and tomfoolery as a lowly servant endeavors to scheme his way to freedom in this antic romp through Rome with desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and scandalous secrets behind every toga. The plot twists with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This joyous romp of a musical will have you dancing in the aisles with the infectious energy of slapstick and vaudeville!