Theater: Plays

'Love's Labour's Lost'

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Company

Downtown Los Angeles Shakespeare Project
Les Rorick, casting dir.

Production Description

Casting "Love's Labour's Lost," by William Shakespeare, in which the text will be slightly edited and the aesthetic and location(s) will be urban. Company states: "Please trust that you will only enjoy this if you love acting/performing and do it with unwavering boldness, love Shakespearian language and speak it like you were born to, are not doing it for the money because there won't be any."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Auditions: Sat, June 29, 2 PM - 4 PM Sun, June 30, 2 PM - 4 PM Mon, July 1, 8 PM - 10 PM Location: Santee Village Courtyard 716 S Los Angeles St Parking - Santee Villiage: Joe's Parking (7th & Maple) Read-through: Thur, July 11 @ 7 PM - 10 PM Performance: Thur, Aug 8 @ 8PM - DTLA Art Walk

Compensation & Union Contract Details

No pay.

Auditions

Seeking submissions from: Los Angeles, CA Sign up or Log In to apply.

Pre-audition Notice

Hello Shakespeare Enthusiast. Thank you for submitting.

Before auditioning, there's a few things you should know about the Project. See this as a proverbial throwing down of the gauntlet. If you still want to participate after reading, it's because you are filled with fear and courage. If you are not afraid or not up to the risk, please trust this project is not for you.

The Downtown Los Angeles Shakespeare Project was founded on the premise that Shakespeare was not written for a museum. Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, histories and romances were originally performed to a rowdy play-going crowd that bears little resemblance to the more respectable theatre audiences of today. The play-goers of the 1500s did not come to listen, but to participate in the story with boos and hoorahs, peanut crunching and beer guzzling. Actors didn't play to a fourth wall, they played to people. Theatres were not equipped with elaborate lighting systems that hid the audience from the actors. If anyone was bored, anyone, the players could see it in their eyes. In short, Shakespeare was the original standing-room-only rock concert.

DTLA Shakespeare Project strives to set things right. Players come together to perform a classic play in Shakespearian fashion: 1 Rehearsal, No Director, an Urban Party Scene.

ONE (1) REHEARSAL. As an actor, it will be your duty to come to the rehearsal completely off-book. This is, after all, what the actors of Shakespeare's plays were expected to do. If you don't have self-discipline, you're gonna be hurting. If you go up on a line, you fake it until you make it or unabashedly and unapologetically call for help and hope that the rest of the cast has done their homework. During rehearsal, fight scenes or choreography will be decided upon and everyone else will get their first taste of experimenting with their fellow cast-members within the full-length play.

NO (0) DIRECTOR.
No "direction" will be given. Direction is up to the ingenuity and common sense of the actors to make the play work. Again, a throwback to Shakespeare's day. Because there is no subtext in Shakespeare it is not difficult to decipher what or who is in focus. It is up to each player to commit 100% to their desires and back-down only when defeated by another character. Which means that as a player, you better have chops or else the audience will expose you as a phony. Actors that trust their gut, respond to what is happening in the room and can keep playing when the world is crumbling down around them will thrive under the 'no director' scenario.

A URBAN PARTY SCENE.
Urbanites are driven, smart and know how to party. That is why the project is based in Downtown LA. Urban audiences respond to risky choices, hold artists to a high standard and participate in a good show with laughter and drink. Each project is scheduled to perform only ONE (1) time at a place there urban party dwellers are not afraid to go. You have to love what you do if you are going to prepare for a month to have but one chance to give it all away in the backroom of a bar or on a city street. The risk is great, but the payoff is remarkable. Be brave. Act.

If you are up for the challenge, please reply. The audition, read-through, rehearsal and performance dates will be furnished in the next email.

Thank you.

DTLA Shakespare Project
dtlashakespeare@gmail.com