Auditions for “Comedy of Errors” — 2022
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park produces free outdoor productions in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts each summer for audiences of all ages. The company is seeking around 10 strong non-Equity actors to play multiple roles each in its 2022 production of The Comedy of Errors, directed by Patrick Toole. Prior experience performing Shakespeare is not required. (Note: this year, we are only considering actors age 16 or older for this production.)
By online video submission only. Audition submission deadline is Saturday May 28th.
Please let us know if we can assist with any accessibility accommodations or questions to facilitate the casting process by emailing email@example.com or calling 413-281-9794.
Rehearsal Location & Dates:
Rehearsals will be held Monday–Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons starting July 3rd (Sundays off except for tech week August 1– 10).
At the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street, Pittsfield, MA
Performance Location & Dates
Performances run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7pm from August 11 through August 28 (total of 12 performances).
First Street Common – Performance Pavilion
100 First Street, Pittsfield, MA
Actors will receive an honorarium for their work. We are working to determine the final amount.
You have the choice to submit a video performance of
- either a monologue from Shakespeare that you have prepared OR
- use one of our audition materials specifically for the Comedy of Errors cast of characters available here.
If using our audition sides, note that we may consider you for characters other than the one you are reading for. Feel free to read for the character that excites you most.
Please submit the following material to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than May 28th:
- a headshot or recent photo
- an acting/performance resume, if you have one
- a link to your audition video online (YouTube or Vimeo or Dropbox, or Google attachment)
- your weekly availability for rehearsals
About the Show and Roles
Note – all roles can be played by actors of any gender, age, or ethnicity. Some actors will be cast for multiple roles.
Antipholus of Syracuse – a merchant from Syracuse who is in the unfamiliar town of Ephesus to find his long-lost brother and mother
Antipholus of Ephesus – his long-lost twin brother, a well-respected merchant in the town of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse – Antipholus of S’s witty servant, also moored in an unfamiliar place.
Dromio of Ephesus – Antipholus of E’s witty servant, Dromio’s twin brother, at home in the town of Ephesus
Adriana – Antipholus of E’s wife, from a wealthy family and concerned about her husband’s strange behavior
Luciana – her sister, an idealistic and articulate young woman
Aegeon – a merchant of Syracuse, sentenced to death, father of Antipholus twins
Solinus – duke of Ephesus
Aemilia – an abbess in Ephesus, mother of Antipholus twins and long-lost wife of Aegeon.
Angelo – a goldsmith
Balthazar – a senior merchant of Ephesus, friend of Antipholus of Ephesus
First Merchant – a merchant of Ephesus, helping Antipholus of Syracuse
Second Merchant – a powerful mob boss, seeking repayment for a loan from Angelo and Antipholus of E
Pinch – an exorcist
Luce – a gigantic kitchen wench
Courtezan – Antipholus of E’s mistress
Officer – an officer of Ephesus, attempting to arrest Antipholus for an unpaid debt