Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Artistic Director, Brad Norris
WHEN: Sunday, June 2, from 2-5 PM; Monday, June 3, from 7-9 PM; or by Appointment; Callbacks Wednesday, June 5, 7-9 PM, JEA Room, if needed
WHERE: JEA Room, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.,
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. Winner of the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play.
The show itself will run for 5 performances at the Strauss Auditorium of the Park Heights JCC: Thursday, August 8, at 7 PM; Sunday, August 11, at 2 PM; Tuesday, August 13, at 7 PM; Thursday, August 15, at 7 PM; Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM; Possible additional Sunday evening performances
- 2-minute monologue memorized—comedic or Shakespearian or comedic Shakespearian
- Prepare to read from sides
Rehearsals: Start Week of June 24: Weeknights and Sunday Afternoons. No rehearsals on Fridays or Saturdays.
- Guildenstern - Male 20s-30s
Rosencrantz's best friend. He is the more pessimistic of the titular duo; he attempts to keep a level head, and to reason through their existential crisis.
- Rosencrantz - Male 20s-30s
Guildenstern's best friend. He is optimistic, simple-minded, and easily distracted, and often takes his emotional and intellectual cues form Guildenstern.
- Player - Female 20s-40s
The head of a starving group of traveling tragedians.
- Tragedians - Females 20s-40s
The group of actors hired by Hamlet to perform in Elsinore, led by the Player.
- Hamlet - Male 20s-30s
The prince of Denmark and an old schoolmate of Ros and Guil. His sanity has fallen into question as a result of his uncle having married his mother after killing his father, the former king.
- Ophelia - Female 20s-30s
The daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes. Once a prospective bride of Hamlet's, she is driven to despair by his treatment of her.
- Claudius - Male 40s-60s
The king of Denmark, and Hamlet's uncle and stepfather. He has killed his brother, the former king, and has married his brother's wife, claiming the throne in Hamlet's absence.
- Gertrude - Female 40s-60s
The queen of Denmark and Hamlet's mother. She is distressed by Hamlet's odd behavior, but remains unaware of her husband's evil motives.
- Polonius - Male 40-60s
An old and bumbling but good-intentioned advisor to the king.
For more inquiries or to schedule an appointment for an audition, contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the JTW hotline at 410.709.8589