FIT FOR A QUEEN – Non-Equity Auditions
Classical Theatre of Harlem
New York, NY
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare one (1) contemporary comedic monologue not to exceed 2 minutes total. All should bring picture/resume.
Travel Stipend ($500 for run) + Equity EMC points
Author: Betty Shamieh; Director: Tamilla Woodard; Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director; David Roberts, Managing Director
DATES & OTHER INFO
First Rehearsal: September 6, 2016
First Public Performance: October 2, 2016
Scheduled Closing: October 30, 2016
Performance location: The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center
Max rehearsal hours: 36hrs/week
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Fit for a Queen is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a highborn woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. This tale of intrigue, farce, and sexual politics highlights a largely unknown story of an incredibly compelling African woman. Hatshepsut takes power and maintains control of the economic and cultural superpower of the ancient world. Her son in law, Thutmose III, battles her for the kingship, vowing to erase every trace of her rule from the historical record. Their epic struggle both influenced and has resonance with most hot-button issues about gender equality facing our world today.
Wanre: Early 30s. A scribe. Attractive and dignified, except when provoked. Capable of being incredibly both charming and dangerous.
Neferure: 20s. Hatshepsut’s daughter. A spoiled princess who is intent of her own way. Very headstrong and a match for a powerful mother.
Thutmose II: 60s+. Hatshepsut’s husband. A aging pharaoh who is unable to accept his own impending death, a buffoon still clinging to his remnants of power.
Tutu (Thutmose III): 20s or younger. Neferure’s husband. A childish, but entitled young man who is capable of great cruelty.
Meritre: 20s, a harem girl. Frightened and damaged woman who quickly learns how to manipulate others more powerful than herself.