South Dakota Shakespeare Festival 2022 Auditions

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Casting Breakdown

Othello, by William Shakespeare

adapted and directed by Tara Moses

May-June 2022

 

Seeking non-Equity and Equity performers for the following roles:

 

OTHELLO, a Black Native and/or Afro-Indigenous man in his 30s – 40s. He is an accomplished and honorable war hero who is the newly eloped husband to DESDEMONA.

 

DESDEMONA, a Non-Black Native, Indigenous, Alaska Native, and/or First Nations woman in her 20s-30s. She is the daughter of BRABANTIO and loving wife to OTHELLO.

 

IAGO, a 30s-50s person of color who fought alongside OTHELLO in the War of Restoration.

 

CASSIO, a 20s-30s man of any ethnicity who fought alongside OTHELLO in the War of Restoration.

 

RODERIGO, a Non-Black Native, Indigenous, Alaska Native, and/or First Nations man in his 20s – 30s who fought alongside OTHELLO in the War of Restoration.

 

BRABANTIO, a Non-Black Native, Indigenous, Alaska Native, and/or First Nations man in his 50s who is the father of DESDEMONA and one of the council members of the community. He also plays GRATIANO.

 

CHIEF VEN, a Black Native and/or Afro-Indigenous man in his 40s who is the highest authority in this part of Indian Territory. (formerly Duke of Venice) 

 

EMILIA, a 30s-40s white woman who is the wife of IAGO and attendant to DESDEMONA

 

BIANCA, a 20s-30s woman of color who is deeply in love with CASSIO. She also plays FIRST COUNCILWOMAN.

 

ENSEMBLE, any age/gender/ethnicity who plays a member of the community, OFFICER, SECOND COUNCILPERSON, MONTANO, and other ensemble roles.

 

ENSEMBLE, any age/gender/ethnicity who plays a member of the community, OFFICER, LODOVICO, and other ensemble roles.

 

3-4 UNDERSTUDIES/SWINGS, various ages/genders/ethnicities to understudy all of the roles.