Points North Theatre Company
Points North is holding auditions for its annual, one-performance production for The Woodlands Arts in the Park – Shakespeare in the Park Festival.
This year’s production is OTHELLO. Open auditions will take place Monday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 28 at the Rob Fleming Rec Center, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr, 6-8pm both evenings.
Rehearsals are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons through August and September. The performance will occur the evening of Sept 25 at The Lodge at Rob Fleming Park.
Auditioners can expect to cold-read sides from the play. If desired, an auditioner may also present a short SHAKESPEAREAN monologue, or present any other relevant skills.
OTHELLO is directed by Shawn Havranek and produced by Sean K. Thompson in partnership with The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and The Woodlands Township.
PLEASE NOTE: This production will be performed at an outdoor public venue and all involved will NOT be wearing masks. All cast and crew members are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the performance date of September 25 (until that point, the cast or crew member(s) in question will be expected to be masked during rehearsals). There will be no exceptions to this condition – unvaccinated cast and crew will be replaced on the date of the performance.
Points North prides itself on its mission of quality theatre and inclusivity, and encourages people of all colors, genders, and abilities to audition.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Othello – The play’s protagonist and tragic hero. A Christian Moor and general of the armies of Venice, Othello is an eloquent and physically powerful figure, respected by all those around him. In spite of his elevated status, he is nevertheless easy prey to insecurities because of his age, his life as a soldier, and his race. He possesses a “free and open nature,” which his ensign Iago uses to twist his love for his wife, Desdemona, into a powerful and destructive jealousy.
Desdemona – The daughter of the Venetian senator Brabanzio. Desdemona and Othello are secretly married before the play begins. While in many ways stereotypically pure and meek, Desdemona is also determined and self-possessed. She is equally capable of defending her marriage, jesting bawdily with Iago, and responding with dignity to Othello’s incomprehensible jealousy.
Iago – Othello’s ensign and the villain of the play. While his ostensible reason for desiring Othello’s demise is that he has been passed over for promotion to lieutenant, Iago’s motivations are never very clearly expressed and seem to originate in an obsessive, almost aesthetic delight in manipulation and destruction.
Michael Cassio – Othello’s lieutenant. Cassio is a young and inexperienced soldier, whose high position is much resented by Iago. Truly devoted to Othello. Iago uses Cassio’s youth, good looks, and friendship with Desdemona to play on Othello’s insecurities about Desdemona’s fidelity.
Emilia – Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant. A cynical, worldly woman, she is deeply attached to her mistress and distrustful of her husband.
Roderigo – A jealous suitor of Desdemona. Young, rich, and foolish, Roderigo is convinced that if he gives Iago all of his money, Iago will help him win Desdemona’s hand.
Bianca – A courtesan, or prostitute, in Cyprus. Bianca’s favorite customer is Cassio, who teases her with promises of marriage.
Brabanzio – Desdemona’s father, a somewhat blustering and self-important Venetian senator. As a friend of Othello, Brabanzio feels betrayed when the general marries his daughter in secret.
Duke of Venice – The official authority in Venice, the duke has great respect for Othello as a public and military servant.
Montano – The governor of Cyprus before Othello. He recounts the status of the war and awaits the Venetian ships.
Lodovico – One of Brabanzio’s kinsmen, Lodovico acts as a messenger from Venice to Cyprus. He arrives in Cyprus in Act IV with letters announcing that Othello has been replaced by Cassio as governor.
Graziano – Brabanzio’s kinsman who accompanies Lodovico to Cyprus. Amidst the chaos of the final scene, Graziano mentions that Desdemona’s father has died.
Clown – Othello’s servant. Although the clown appears only in two short scenes, his appearances reflect and distort the action and words of the main plots.