"Coriolanus" Needs Actors
Location: Rochester, NY
Gender: Male and Female
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
The Company invites actors to audition for the Shakespeare Players' production of William Shakespeare's "CORIOLANUS", running April 9 through 20, 2017.
(Please note that there will be a matinee performance Easter Sunday.)
Potential callbacks will be held Thursday, December 15 from 7-9:30.
Actors may be asked to deliver a brief (20-40 lines) Shakespearean monologue and to cold read from the script.
About the Play:
Set in the days of the early Roman Republic, Coriolanus tells the story of war hero Caius Martius, nicknamed Coriolanus, as he becomes embroiled in Roman politics and later turns against the state he once defended.
This play also contains many unnamed but important speaking roles for Citizens, Senators, and Soldiers, as well as action sequences for Soldiers.
Menenius tries to calm a mutiny among the Roman citizens over the way they have been treated by the nobles. His friend, Caius Martius treats them with contempt, and the citizens disperse. Martius' attitude arouses the anger of the tribunes Sicinius and Brutus.
"Coriolanus" returns to Rome, where he meets his family and finds himself nominated for a consulship. For the nomination to be valid, he needs to present himself humbly to the people and obtain their votes, a task which he carries out grudgingly. The people do give him their votes, but Brutus and Sicinius then portray him as the people's enemy, and they change their minds. When this is reported to Coriolanus, he cannot contain his anger; he speaks out against the people, and is accused of being a traitor. A violent confrontation forces him to leave. After being advised by his family and friends, he returns to meet the people, intending to speak mildly, but is unable to control himself at their taunts, and is banished. Volumnia delivers some harsh words to the tribunes.
The Volscians meanwhile have taken up arms again. Coriolanus goes to offer his services to Aufidius, and he is made welcome. When the news of this alliance reaches Rome, there is panic, and the people begin to regret what they have done. They send supplicants to ask Coriolanus to spare Rome. He rejects the approaches of Cominius and Menenius, but eventually yields to Volumnia, Virgilia, Valeria, and Young Martius, who are received back in Rome with great joy.
Meanwhile, the popularity of Coriolanus grows among the Volscians, much to Aufidius' dismay. He meets with a group of conspirators, and when Coriolanus returns he is once again called a traitor, and killed. Aufidius immediately regrets his actions, and the Volscians prepare to give him a noble funeral.