AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Open call auditions for 
Sophocles' 

OEDIPUS REX
(or Oedipus the King)
translated by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald
directed by Josh Katawick

AUDITION DATES:
August 13 & 14 at 6:00pm.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
November 7-9, 14-16 at 8:00pm
November 10 at 3:00pm

IMPORTANT!

Please contact us via our Facebook page to schedule an audition slot. Each slot will be allotted ten minutes. If you are a walk-in, you will be seen when time permits. Everyone will be seen, regardless of an appointment or not! The second night of auditions will also serve as a workshop/callbacks. **Rehearsals will begin September 16** 

WHAT TO PREPARE: New faces to Stageworks are very strongly encouraged to prepare a one-minute monologue, preferably in the classical vein. If you have worked with Stageworks (or the director) before, a monologue is not needed--but still welcomed!

~CHARACTER BREAKDOWN~

Oedipus Rex (20s-30s): King of Thebes, married to Jocasta. He is unaware, at the start of the play, that he has murdered his father and slept with his mother. Soon he learns that it was he that put his kingdom at such terrible risk, and blinds himself using a brooch. He has a 'tell-tale limp', a piercing wound in his ankles, made as a child by the father who exposed him. This echoes his name, which roughly translates as 'swollen-feet'. In line with most tragic 'heroes,' Oedipus has a clear hamartia - or tragic flaw - which precipitates his woeful fate. in this case, it's his pride, which allows him to disbelieve the Gods and hunt the source of a plague instead of looking inside himself. That said, Oedipus' hamartia is not always so clear - since it appears that his prideful sins occurred long before the start of the play. Indeed, Oedipus' greatest sin appears to take place when he kills a man at a roadside in a fit of temper, suggesting that no deed goes unpunished. Ultimately, however, Oedipus must pay the price for dismissing Teiresias' judgment and the Oracle's prophecy, as yet another reminder that the Gods are infinitely more powerful than men.

Jocasta (40s-60): Wife and mother of Oedipus and Queen of Thebes. Before marrying Oedipus, she was married to Laius. She commits suicide at the end of the play, perhaps in guilt that she left Oedipus to die as a baby, thus precipitating his course towards a tragic end for their whole family.

Creon (30s-60s): Jocasta's brother, who shares one third of Thebes's riches with Oedipus and Jocasta. He is a devout follower of the oracle of Apollo, and as the play opens, he is returning from the oracle with the news that Laius's killer must be found. He is a loyal friend to Oedipus, and ultimately remains forgiving and kind to Oedipus even when Oedipus turns on him and suggests he is conspiring against him. He is to take over Thebes after Oedipus' exile.

Teiresias (18+/male or female): The blind prophet who knows the truth about Oedipus's parentage. Oedipus calls on him to find Laius's killer but becomes furious when Teiresias claims that Oedipus himself is the killer. Teiresias's words, however, prove true ultimately, suggesting that he/she is a mouthpiece for the Gods and an oracle to be trusted far more than the convictions and hopes of man. Teiresias is often represented as being part-male, part-female in classical literature.

Corinth (18+): Messenger who arrives to tell Oedipus that his father, Polybus, is dead, and that the people of Corinth wish Oedipus to be their new king. He also reveals to Oedipus, however, that Polybus and Meropé are not his real parents. He says that long ago a stranger from Thebes gave him a baby as a gift to the king and queen of Corinth. This baby was, of course, Oedipus who would grow up to be king himself.

Shephard of Laios (40+, male or female): A herdsman who gives Laius' and Jocasta's baby to the messenger upon their orders - and is also the same person who witnessed Laius's death. When he/she returns to Thebes and sees that the man who killed Laius is the new king, he/she asks leave to flee from the city. Oedipus sends for him/her when the messenger alludes to his intimate knowledge of the crime, in the hopes of discovering the identity of his true parents. He/she then reveals that the baby he/she gave to the messenger was Laius and Jocasta's son, adding one of the last pieces to the puzzle that will implicate Oedipus as the source of the kingdom's plague.

Priest (25+, male or female): The Priest's followers make sacrifices to the gods at the beginning of the play, hoping that the gods will lift the plague that has struck the city. At this point, the followers believe that the Gods have punished the city for some sin that must be rooted out. Oedipus, then, takes it upon himself to visit the Oracle to determine whose sin it is and for how it might be atoned. Doubles as second messenger at the end of play.

::All roles except OEDIPUS, JOCASTA, and CREON will also serve as the Chorus, speaking parts to be assigned when auditions begin. Depending on the talent and turnout, additional Chorus members may be added and assigned dialogue.::





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