Henry V-Photo/Resume Submissions

General Information: Two River Theater Company. Red Bank, NJ LORT $566/week minimum (Theatre states that it will pay $675/week). Housing provided for rehearsals and performances.

 

Artistic Dir: John Dias
Author: William Shakespeare
Dir: Michael Sexton

Casting Information: Cindy Tolan & Adam Caldwell

1st reh: 9/18/12. Runs 10/20-11/11. May extend to 11/18.

Plot Summary: Having inherited the throne, Henry must live down his wild adolescent past and unite his people in Shakespeare’s epic tale of leadership and ambition. Youthful and vigorous, Henry commits his troops to war—and must then examine the cost of glory as he moves among friends and enemies, noblemen and ordinary soldiers alike.

Production will feature a 14-actor ensemble. Seeking the following only. Please submit only if you are “right” for one or more roles/tracks, and only if you are free to work during the contract dates.

BREAKDOWN:

King Henry V:
Man, 20s – early 30s, any ethnicity. A new king, not yet a man. Perceived as the fallen golden boy who preferred a wild life of drinking in taverns over his familial duties as heir to the throne, he has a lot to prove. Though insecure and doubtful of himself, he is a natural leader, appealing, incredibly charismatic, and capable of inspiring an entire nation. A playboy with unrecognized depth, who struggles with the gravity of his inherent status and the cost of leading a war. Role requires incredible facility with language and text.

Bardolph / Alice / French Soldier / Burgundy / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 40s-50s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (English and French). Fluency in French is desired. Requires strong language skills and comedy chops.
— Bardolph: Commoner from London who serves in Henry’s army, and friend of Pistol and Nym. He’s also a former friend of Henry’s from his wild youth. Sick, slow and a cowardly thief. Hanged in France for looting from the conquered towns in violation of the king’s order.
— Alice: Katherine’s FEMALE maid. Has spent some time in England, and tries to teach Katherine English (though not very well). Scenes are in French.
— The French Soldier (Monseier Le Fer): Captured by the English. Speaks very little English and cannot communicate with his captor.
— The Duke Of Burgundy: French nobleman and military leader who helps with the peace negotiations between France and England. There is warmth to him.

Katherine / Boy / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a female actor who appears late teens – early 20s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents. Fluency in French is desired. Requires strong language skills.
— Katherine: Lovely and innocent princess of France. Speaks very little English. Intelligent, witty, strong-willed, and smarter than she lets on. Her marriage to Henry restores peace between France and England.
— Boy: Sir Falstaff’s former page. Travels to France with Henry’s army. Although a commoner himself, he is embarrassed at the cowardice and lewd behavior of his companions Pistol, Nym and Bardolph.

Bishop of Ely / Nym / Bourbon / Montjoy / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 30s-40s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (English and French). Role requires strong language skills.
— Bishop of Ely: Powerful and wealthy English clergyman who, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, urges Henry to invade France at the start of the play.
— Nym: Commoner from London in Henry’s army; friend to Pistol and Bardolph. Like his friends, he’s also a rascal and a thief. Must have great comic ability.
— Bourbon: French nobleman and military leader.
— Montjoy: Impressive French aristocratic soldier.

Duke of Exeter/Gloucester / As Cast:
Named roles will be combined into one male character (any ethnicity, 40s-50s) and played by one actor. The Duke of Exeter, Henry’s uncle, is an elder statesman and a loyal soldier from Henry’s father’s generation. A trusted advisor and father figure to Henry. He’s stalwart, but has a sense of humor. Role requires strong language skills.

Captain Gower/Westmoreland/Warwick/Salisbury / As Cast:
Named roles will be combined into one male character (any ethnicity, 30s-40s) and played by one actor. Gower is Henry’s trusted advisor and military leader. Close friend of Captain Fluellen. A good soldier who goes by the book but is also generous and has a sense of humor. Role requires strong language skills.

French Ambassador / Constable / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 30s-40s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and voices. Both roles require a French accent and strong language skills.
— French Ambassador: Delivers the Dauphin’s mocking message to Henry.
— Constable: Strong, noble French warrior.

Pistol:
Man, 30s-50s, any ethnicity. Commoner from London and soldier in Henry’s army. Friend of Nym and Bardolph. Melodramatic and boisterous braggart; speaks with bluster and idiosyncratic speech. He’s a liar and needs to be punished – but also a good friend. Requires strong language skills and comic ability.

Earl Of Scroop / French King / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 40s-60s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (English and French). Requires strong language skills.
— Earl Of Scroop: Henry’s good friend. Accepts a bribe from the French and plots to kill Henry before they sail for France.
— French King (King Charles): Warns his son the Dauphin not to underestimate Henry. Capable leader who is worried about his son and the French’s ability to withstand the smaller English army.

Earl of Grey / Dauphin / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 20s-30s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (English and French). Requires strong language skills.
— Earl Of Grey: English nobleman who plots to kill Henry before they sail to France. Henry executes him and his cohorts as an example of what will happen to traitors.
— Dauphin: Heir to the French throne. Confident and headstrong, he severely underestimates Henry’s ability to rule despite his father’s advice. An aristocratic blowhard who is inclined to mock the English. Mildly comic but not ridiculous.

Earl of Cambridge / Captain Fluellen / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 30s-40s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (Welsh and English). Requires excellent comic chops and strong language skills.
— Earl of Cambridge: English nobleman who plots to kill Henry before they sail to France. Henry executes him and his cohorts as an example of what will happen to traitors.
— Fluellen: Welsh, with a heavy accent. Wise captain in Henry’s army. Working man whose wordiness provides comic relief. Likable and intelligent leader.

Macmorris / Harfleur / Orleans / As Cast:
Multi-character track (characters are any ethnicity) to be played by a male actor who appears 30s-40s. Must be able to differentiate these characters with specific physicalities and accents (Irish and French). Requires strong language skills.
— Macmorris: Irish, with a heavy accent. Captain in Henry’s army.
— Governor of Harfleur / Duke Of Orleans: French noblemen and military leaders. They joke about the English rather than taking them seriously. Although full of humor, they may also reflect on the possibility that the French are credible threats to the English army.

Williams / As Cast:
Man, 30s-50s, any ethnicity. A commoner in Henry’s army, he challenges a disguised Henry to a duel. He is not a fancy thinker, but is intelligent, courageous, and passionate. A bit of a brawler who is ready to fight over a perceived slight. Physically strong, but not cruel. Requires strong language skills.

Audition Information: NYC appointment auditions will be held shortly.
To be considered, send photo/resume to: tworivercasting@gmail.com
**Important: Please attach pictures and resumes and also imbed them into the body of the e-mail.

FOR THESE AUDITIONS, SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FROM AEA MEMBERS ONLY.



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