Desperate Housewives of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s leading ladies get revenge on the Bard in this farce performed April 9-11, 2021.


Written by Jim and Jane Jeffries
Directed by Brenda Goodenberger

Dates / Show Times:

Performed Apr. 9–11, 2021 both live and online:
Friday, Apr. 9 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 11 at 2 p.m.

Summary:

Okay, these housewives may not be real, but they are desperate. Shakespeare has been manipulating and twisting their lives for six plays now, and they desperately want to escape his evil machinations. But are they desperate enough to commit murder? Shakespeare has been found dead: stabbed, poisoned, starved, choked, bitten by an asp, and even turned into a baardvark. Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Kate, Rosalind, Cleopatra, and Titania all had the means and the motive to kill Shakespeare, but who really did it? This comic tragedy (or is that tragic comedy?) has all of the action of a Shakespearean play, but with none of those angsty monologues about the meaning of life. This play is a hysterically funny whodunnit, and will be a blast!

Audition Information:

Ages: 12-19

Audition Dates: 
Sunday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: March 9 at 5:30 p.m.
First rehearsal: March 12

Arrive prepared with:

  • One-minute, character-driven, comedic monologue of your choice
  • Headshot
  • Résumé
  • Complete list of possible schedule conflicts from March 12 through performance dates (to provide on audition form).
  • Video auditions will also be accepted. Email a video file as either an attachment or link, along with the required documents listed above, to kenny@sytaz.org by 6:00 p.m. March 8.

Characters:

  • Lady Macbeth: She thinks Machiavelli is such a babe in the woods.
  • Cleopatra: Very attracted to powerful men. The emperor of Rome was just a part of her Caesar salad days.
  • Titania: Queen of the fairies. It’s more formidable than it sounds.
  • Katherine: Bit of a shrew, which is what men call powerful women.
  • Juliet: Young, naïve and not as innocent as she seems.
  • Rosalind: Disguised as a man, she is looking for her true love. Yeah, we don’t get the logic either.
  • Inspector Tremblelance: William Shakespeare in disguise, wears a really bad wig. 
  • Lord Macbeth: Husband to Lady Macbeth. Okay he’s pretty hen-pecked. 
  • Duncan: Okay, he’s dead, but he can have a lot of fun with physical humor and, hey, no lines to learn.