HAMLET: Open Community Auditions pt 2

(Image by Sara Rene)
(Image by Sara Rene)

Open Community Auditions Part II
HAMLET: The Whole Bloody Affair
A Redshade Productions film

Redshade Production is pleased to announce another Open Community Casting Call with AUDITIONS to be held Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6pm to 8pm at the American Indian Center, 1630 W. WILSON AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60640.

“HAMLET: The Whole Bloody Affair” will be shooting at various locations in Chicago, IL, November 2015 through September 2016.

We are looking for Native American community members (18+ Yrs) to fill various acting roles in this very unique production. No acting experience is necessary but it is recommended as this is a Community Volunteer Project design to ingrain a sense of shared community art making. All people considering auditioning must be open to shooting at locations across Chicago with a day’s notice.

We are looking to cast immediately seven roles:

HORATIO – Native American Male, 25 – 40 years, tall, athletic, martial arts/close combat experience wanted, but not required. – HAMLET’s Second and friend from the “Old Days” when he helped Hamlet expand the business in Wittenberg. Think of Horatio as the JOHN WICK of this world.

OPHELIA: Native American Woman (30’s), tall-ish, any body type. Polonius’ daughter, HAMLET’s lover, played older and smarter than she has been. Is in on the plans of Hamlet and hopes to escape with him to England.

CLAUDIUS – Older Native American male (40 – 60 yrs.), not tall, not short, played as the Usurper, evil, conniving, unrepentant, and plotting. Should be charismatic enough to sway people despite their knowledge of his true motives.

POLONIUS – Older Native American male (40 – 60 yrs.), tall, when he shouldn’t be, talkative, yet not as clever as he thinks he is. Covets any connection to Claudius’ regime. Is a Public Relations Manage for DENMARK CORP and Claudius’ Assistant, thinking he is like Horatio to Prince Hamlet or the Captain to Fortinbras, but he is not.

GUILDENSTERN – 30’s-40’s Native man or female: College Buddy of HAMLET, who sees the call to Elsinore as a step up in standing.

ROSENCRANTZ – 30’s Native female, any body type: College Buddy of HAMLET who sees a chance to advance in this society.

CAPTAIN (Norwegian Army) – Native female, any age, type: A captain in Fortinbras’ army, her confidant. Leads a daring incursion into the heart of Elsinore to bring about the films climactic finale.

There are other parts that we are looking to cast as well for future shoots:

OSRIC: Young Native American man (25 – 35 yrs), athletic. Actually, an Assassin in the employ of Claudius who plays snooty to distract people

LAERTES: Young Native American man (25 – 35 yrs), athletic. Polonius’ son, needs to be a contemporary of Hamlet, uncertain until faced with his father’s death.

We are looking for an all Native American cast because a film adaptation like this has never been done before in such a way, as a community volunteer project, (the first of its kind) and hopefully, will change the way Native communities make films and change the way Native actors are looked on. It really changes the face of literature’s most famous play and turns cultural appropriation in the reverse direction. Creating a new voice for Native Americans in media.

There are several other roles to fill both speaking and non-speaking. Please visit our CAST LIST for vacancies. Interested?

What you need to bring:
A passion for the project
A head shot or photograph/Acting Reel is optional
An idea of which role you want to audition for
A monologue to perform, if asked

What to expect:
To be videotaped
To sign an image release form
To discuss at length what you will bring to the production/role
To improvise storytelling…

Ernest M. Whiteman III
Director – HAMLET



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