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Auditions for William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

July 25th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm and July 27th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
North Raleigh Community Church (8032 Ray Road in Raleigh, NC)

Historic Interpretations proudly announces that Matt Schedler will direct William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead by John Heimbuch for hiSTORYstage.

A true and accurate account of the 1599 zombie plague in London, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead finds Shakespeare’s Henry V opening at the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside.  After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse.  As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?

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Audition Schedule:
Thursday, July 25: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 27: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, August 1: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (If called back, please plan to remain the entire time)

Audition Location:
North Raleigh Community Church, 8032 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613

You do not have to attend both audition dates. Please prepare a 60-90 second monologue. You will not be required to stay the entire time. Headshots / photographs and resumes are welcome, but not required.

Performance Schedule:
Common Ground Theatre, Durham
Thursday, October 10 – 8:00 pm
Friday, October 11 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 12 – 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, October 13 – 2:00pm

Burning Coal Theater, Raleigh
Thursday, October 24 – 8:00 pm
Friday, October 25 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 26 – 2:00 pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, October 27 – 2:00 pm

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – (yes THAT William Shakespeare) Player, playwright, company member
RICHARD BURBAGE – Player, company member and theatre manager
WILL KEMP – Player, clown, and former company member
JOHN RICE – An apprentice player
KATE BRAITHWAITE – The attiring woman
JOHN SINKLO – A hired player
FRANCIS BACON – Lawyer, courier, philosopher
SIR ROBERT CECIL – The Queen’s spymaster
QUEEN ELIZABETH – The Queen of England
DOCTOR JOHN DEE – An astrologer and mathematician
SOLDIER 1 – A recruiting officer
SOLDIER 2 – A soldier of the Queen’s guard

Additional Casting:
5-6 actors will be needed to play various supporting roles as soldiers, players, Queen Elizabeth’s attendants and additional “Afflicted” individuals (a.k.a. zombies!!)

For more information, please call 919-339-1558, or visit the hiSTORYstage website at