Smith College Department of Theatre Auditions for “The Penelopiad”

Smith College Department of Theatre AUDITIONS
The Penelopiad
by Margaret Atwood
directed by Tara Franklin

As portrayed in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Penelope – wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy – has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus’ epic adventures around the Mediterranean – slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer’s original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope’s twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

Auditions: Sunday, February 2, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Monday, February 3, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Callbacks on Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Performances: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College.

Casting Breakdown: 13 Actors

Audition Prep: Sides will be provided from the script. No monologues or appointments necessary.

Contact/Questions: Production Manager, Nikki Beck, ncbeck@smith.edu

Scripts: Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College

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