Open Auditions in Virginia for Shakespearean Character Mystery “Great Stage of Fools”


Open Theatre Auditions for “Great Stage of Fools” With Sterling Playmakers

Location: Sterling, VA

Type: Theater

In a world where Shakespearean characters are being picked off one by one, Marc Antony holds a secret meeting in hopes of discovering who has been writing them off. But the characters get more than they bargained for as the murderer suddenly strikes their secret gathering. They are forced to race against the clock (and their growing suspicions of one another) to save not only themselves, but… well, mostly themselves. Will they solve the mystery and live another day, or will they discover that for some, murder is never out of character?

Inspired by the classic works of William Shakespeare, Great Stage of Fools calls forth many of his most notable characters in an unforgettable lampoon of the murder mystery genre. The cast, featuring infamous characters such as Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Marc Antony (Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), casts an irreverent look at the stories we place on pedestals, and how those stories can change when adapted for the modern audience.


– Actors should be prepared to recite one of the monologues provided on our website. A physical copy of the monologue sheet will also be provided at the location but it is recommended to rehearse beforehand.

– Actors should be prepared to perform a cold reading selected by the director following the performance of the monologue.

Sterling Playmakers is a nonprofit, volunteer organization. All parts are volunteer (unpaid) and there has been no pre-casting.


Open Casting for 12 roles: 6 Male, 4 Female, and 2 Non-specified

PUCK (M/F, 16+) Originally from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck is a timelessly playful sprite who is more interested in trickery and fun than the amount of people who are dying.

OTHELLO (M, 30+) Originally from Othello. Othello is the classic leading man in every sense. He is strong and willing to do whatever necessary for the greater good.

CORDELIA (F, 20+) Originally from King Lear. Cordelia is honest and always does what she believes is right even when the group stands opposite her.

LADY MACBETH (F, 30+) Originally from Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is the definition of power hungry, as she has grown obsessed with a continuous growth of it since becoming Queen.

MARC ANTONY (M, 35+) Originally from Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Marc Antony is not only strong and a leader but also very emotional. Namely at the idea of Caesar and Rome.

CASSIUS (M, 35+) Originally from Julius Caesar. Cassius is a power hungry mad man who will constantly put himself before all others. He is constantly at odds with Antony and, well, everybody honestly.

OPHELIA (F, 18+) Originally from Hamlet. Ophelia is a very emotionally fragile and obsessed person, as she only desires to hurry back to be with her beloved Hamlet.

MESSENGER (M, 22+) Originally from every Shakespearean show. Messenger is a very simple man who has never seen himself as important or necessary and now partially responsible for the fate of the world.

ROMEO (M, 16+) Originally from Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is every love struck teen boy.

JULIET (F, 16+) Originally from Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is every love struck teen girl.

ROSENCRANTZ (M, 25+) Originally from Hamlet. Rosencrantz is a man of higher class in Denmark but this is constantly ignored, as no one knows if it’s actually him or his best friend.

SHAKESPEARE (M, 30+) The famous Bard who is now creating a new adventure with his old favorites.

Great Stage of Fools

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Sterling Playmakers is holding open auditions for “Great Stage of Fools,” a modern satirical murder mystery featuring many of Shakespeare’s famous characters by K. Crowe and E.M. Paquette.


– Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 6:30-8:30

– Friday, August 26th, 2016, 6:30-8:30

– Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 1:00-3:00

Sterling Middle School
201 W Holly Ave.
Sterling, VA 20164

Performances on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with two private performances on the 28th and 29th.

Rehearsals will primarily be Monday through Thursday.

Payment: Non Paid

City or Location of call: Sterling, VA
Please submit to: See the casting call flyer, submit by 2016-08-27

This casting notice was posted by: Sterling Playmakers

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