Women Playing Hamlet

Audition dates:

Monday, June 11, 2018 7:00-10:00

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00-10:00 pm

Invited Call backs:

Saturday, June 16, 2017 1:00-5:00 pm

Tentative First Read-Through:

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 7:00-10:00 pm

Rehearsal Dates:

March 21, 2018 to May 12, 2018.

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00-10:00,
  • Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:00
  • June 25 – July 7th: Table and Character Work
    • SUMMER BREAK: July 8 – August 12 – Actors are expected to return to rehearsal off-book
  • August 13 – Sept 29: Rehearsal Period

Production Run:

Friday, October 5 to Saturday, October 13, 2018.
All cast members are required during “Tech Week”, September 29 to October 04, 2018. 

Email head-shot & resume to: bookings@scorpio.ca
Contact name: Daisy Pond
Contact email: dpond@scorpio.ca
Contact phone: 403-615-5016
Engager Website: www.scorpio.ca

Scorpio Theatre is an Equal opportunity employer. Artists of all backgrounds regardless of race, orientation, or personal beliefs are encouraged to apply.

Casting persons in attendance:

Director: Jennifer Merio
Stage Manager: Daisy Pond & Charlie Lenz


“Who are you?”
“You are the roles you play”
*Hamlet’s a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn’t help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she’s too young for the role. Or that she’s somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she’s a woman. How can Jessica figure out “to be or not to be,” when she can’t even figure out herself? 
Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Scorpio presents “Women Playing Hamlet”, by William Missouri Downs, and directed by Jennifer Merio.

Roles Available:

  • Jessica: (Female, 20-30 years old):
    An actress, attractive, quirky, smart.
  • Gwen: (Female 40+ years old):
    A spirited, abusive acting coach, who once played Hamlet.
In Shakespeare’s day, men played all the roles, even the women – here is a chance for women to take the spotlight. Persons cast in Ensemble will play multiple roles, all distinctively different characters, a variety of ages, both male and female. Accents may be required. Listed below is an anticipated breakdown, but roles may be changed to suit the persons casts.
  • Actress #1: (Female, 30+)
    Humanities Professor, Ghost, Drunk Barfly, Lord Derby/Shakespeare Expert, Male Psychiatrist, Gilda/Aging Soap Opera Actress
  • Actress #2:  (Female, 18+)
    Starbucks Actress, Priest, Bike Messenger, Emily/Geeky Teenage Niece, Home Shopping Network Model, Rosy/Young Soap Opera Starlet
  • Actress #3:  (Female, 20+)
    Minnesota Mother, Bartender, Home Shopping Network Hostess, Gravedigger, Stage Manager

Audition Details:

Audition Requirements: Actors are asked to choose two contrasting characters from the dialogue sides posted here. A reader will be provided at the audition. Actors are not asked to memorize, but should be familiar with their pages. Choose characters that you identify with, showcase your talents – most importantly, bring your “self” to the roles.
Those actors seen at call backs will be provided sides for cold reading. A copy of the script is available upon request.
Send resume and headshot bookings@scorpio.ca with the subject line “Women Playing Hamlet AUDITIONS”, and indicate in the body of the email which character you want to audition for and your preference for a time.


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