South Bay Musical Theatre
South Bay Musical Theatre is currently accepting audition submissions for The Book of Will, by Lauren Gunderson, as part of SBMT’s eStudio Zoom Readers Theatre production. Produced with permission of Dramatists Play Service.
Director: Sara Dean
Casting Consultant: Vinh Nguyen
Rehearsals: July 7 – 16. We anticipate 3-4 rehearsals (7pm-10pm)
Performance: July 17 (7pm call, 8pm performance)
Technical note: Rehearsals and performance will be conducted via Zoom. Please make sure that you have access to stable internet connection if cast.
The program will be free to the theater community. All roles are voluntary and unpaid. SBMT is committed to inclusivity and actively practices non-traditional casting in all our productions. We are seeking and encouraging all actors regardless of race/ethnicity, disability, body type, age, or gender/gender identity to submit.
Three years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays are constantly pirated and performed in inaccurate versions that tarnish the bard’s legacy. Henry Condell and John Heminges, Shakespeare’s friends and actors in the King’s Men, are determined to make sure true versions of the plays survive by compiling the First Folio, recapturing the words that shaped their lives. Guided by a sense of genuine loyalty, admiration, and what really matters in life, this determined lot will beg, borrow, and steal to make sure Shakespeare’s Folio survives. The play is in modern language.
Narrator: an actor to read stage directions when needed to further the plot.
Henry Condell: Feisty and hopeful, Shakespeare’s friend, and actor in the King’s Men. Married to Elizabeth.
John Heminges: Reasonable and serious, Shakespeare’s friend, and financial manager of the King’s Men. A kind and sensitive soul, owner of the Globe Tap House. Married to Rebecca.
Richard Burbage: A seasoned lion of the stage, loud and proud.
Elizabeth Condell: vivacious, savvy and fun. Married to Henry.
Alice Heminges: Daughter of Rebecca and John. Confident and outgoing.
Rebecca Heminges: Rebecca is strong, busy with their grocery business, and has weathered much. Married to John.
Ben Jonson: Poet laureate of England and friend/rival of Shakespeare, Ben is an amazing drunk, a bear of a human, 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: Very experienced, very connected, 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.
Smaller roles (may be double cast & played by any gender)
Marcus (Printer’s apprentice), Compositor, Emilia Bassano Lanier (former lover of Shakespeare), Sir Edward Dering, Anne Hathaway Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s wife), Susannah Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s daughter), Boy Hamlet, Barmen, Crier, Bernardo, Francisco, Horatio, Marcellus, Fruit Seller.