Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Audition Announcement:

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Frank Williams
Assistant Director: Cara Liander

Auditions will be held in the Visitors Center at Fort Wadsworth, 255 New York Avenue, Staten Island NY 10305

Friday, July 6 from 6:00 to 10:00pm
Saturday, July 7 from 12:00 to 6:00pm
Monday, July 9 from 6:00 to 10:00pm

Some callbacks will follow at the close of each day/round, with a final callback from 8:30 to 10:00pm on Monday, July 9.

Audition appointments are not required, but encouraged. Email Cara Liander at with preferable date and time for a ten minute audition slot. Will accommodate as best as possible.

If you’re interested but cannot attend these audition dates, please also contact Cara Liander.

This is SIST’s popular free, outdoor show and will be performed in Fort Tompkins within Fort Wadsworth. Performances will take place on the following dates:

Saturday, September 15; Sunday, September 16
Saturday, September 22; Sunday, September 23

There is a possibility of adding Friday, September 14 and Friday, September 21 if the National Park Service agrees to night shows.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. There will be a stipend provided to actors

Please prepare a monologue from the play or other Shakespeare’s works. Memorized is preferred, but rather have you on book than not there if interested.

Set in the untamed frontier of the 1870s American southwest, Vienna is beset with saloons, brothels, and loose morality. The Duke (Sheriff) is unwilling to use his authority to clean up the town and departs, leaving his strict and self-righteous deputy, Angelo, in charge.

This production is interested in having a diverse cast, particularly those of Mexican and Latino/Latina descent for some leads.

Isabella – The main character, Isabella, is a very virtuous and chaste young woman who faces a difficult decision when her brother is sentenced to death for fornication. Isabella does not approve of her brother’s actions at all, but she pleads for his life out of loyalty and sisterly devotion. Isabella is a spiritual person who starts off wanting to become a nun.

The Duke – The other central figure is the Duke, who spends most of his time dressed as a friar in order to observe what is happening in his absence. The Duke is unfailingly virtuous, good, and kind-hearted. He tends to rule a little softly, which is why he enlists Angelo’s help.

Claudio – Isabella’s brother Claudio is a young man sentenced to death for impregnating an unmarried woman. He was engaged to her by a common-law agreement, but they had sexual intercourse before the legal marriage took place. Claudio depends less on the guidance of laws and religious practices than on his sister.

Angelo – Angelo is a man who rules strictly and without mercy. He has his own weaknesses, however, and he is loathsome more for his hypocrisy than for anything else. He presents Isabella with a difficult proposition and then does not even hold up his end of the bargain.

Escalus – Escalus is a wise lord who advises Angelo to be more merciful. He is loyal to the Duke and seeks to carry out his orders justly, but cannot go against Angelo’s will.

Lucio – Lucio, described by Shakespeare as a “fantastic,” is a flamboyant bachelor who provides much of the play’s comedic content. He is a friend of Claudio’s and tries to help him.

Mariana – Mariana was supposed to marry Angelo, but he called the wedding off when she lost her dowry in a shipwreck that killed her brother.

Mistress Overdone – Mistress Overdone runs a brothel in Vienna.

Pompey – Pompey is a saloon girl prostitute who also works for Mistress Overdone. This role is gender-reversed.

Provost – The provost runs the prison and is responsible for carrying out all of Angelo’s orders.

Elbow – Elbow is a dim-witted constable who arrests people for misconduct, particularly of the sexual variety. He speaks in malapropisms and provides comic-relief throughout the play.

Barnadine – A long-term prisoner in the jail, Barnadine is sentenced to be executed together with Claudio. The Duke originally considers him hopeless and therefore dispensable but later changes his mind.

Juliet – Claudio’s lover, she is pregnant with his baby.

Thomas and Peter – Two friars

Varrius – A gentleman attending the Duke

Froth – A foolish gentleman

Abhorson – An executioner

Francisca – A nun

Citizens of Vienna