The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
Audition Dates: March 5 & 6
ICCT is very happy to announce auditions for a Zoom production of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus directed by William Asmus. Doctor Faustus is a delightfully weird combination, of horror comedy, morality play, and drama. It is primarily made up of series of vignettes, and has many opportunities for actors. This will be more or less a readers theatre, meaning no memorization will be necessary. That being said this production will be more than a simple reading. It is primarily written in Elizabethan verse, however, through-out the production we will will make changes to the script to better fit the zoom medium. Additionally due to the supernatural element of the show we hope to make use of different practical, and technical effects to bring the show to life. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, March 8. with performance dates on April 9, 10, 11.
Doctor Faustus (sometimes referred to with its original title, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus) follows the dark, twisted path of the restless scholar of the title. Yearning for infinite knowledge and questioning his faith, Doctor Faustus forsakes his scholarly studies for the dark world of magic and sorcery. He makes a pact with the devil. If the evil spirit, Mephistopheles, will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will bequeath the devil his soul after his death and spend eternity damned in hell. Despite warnings from colleagues, Faustus is blind to the terrifying extent of his actions until it is too late. Going on a journey with Mephistopheles and displaying his magic to a host of influential and important figures, Faustus finally realizes that he has come to the end of his allotted time on earth and learnt nothing. Regretting his deal–signed in his own blood–but unable to do anything about it, Faustus is hauled off down to hell by Mephistopheles and other evil spirits. Highly entertaining, energetic, and darkly funny, Doctor Faustus has a timeless quality, exploring mankind’s insatiable desire for knowledge and power.
There are 2 ways to audition:
- You can film a comedic monologue from a Shakespeare play, or similar, and send it to Williamasmus@gmail.com
- You can sign up for a time with the link below. You will be reading sides from the show.
ICCT Casting Statement
All performers are encouraged to audition for any production.
Almost all of our characters can be played by anybody.
Some roles require skills or attributes which are assessed through an audition process. In limited cases, the licensing contract may require that a character be played by a performer meeting a specific description; when this happens they will always be clearly marked.
Final casting decisions will depend on audition attendance, and the organization bears the responsibility of reaching out to bring a diverse representation of the community to audition. Each director will exercise his or her own discretion in choosing the performer who is the right fit for each role. Where licensing requirements permit, creative casting decisions can be made to allow performers who do not fit the character’s description to play the role. While this type of creative casting is encouraged where appropriate, ICCT commits to casting roles specifically written for members of underrepresented communities as accurately as possible. In situations where such a role cannot be cast from the audition pool, the show director will consult with the ICCT board to determine a solution, possibilities including, but not limited to, adding additional audition dates or selecting an appropriate performer without an audition. Such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
These decisions are not taken lightly, are the responsibility of the show’s production team in collaboration with the Board of Directors, and frequently are made specifically to highlight or contrast human elements of the show.