I’m auditioning for Shakespeare Festival of Dallas in a few weeks and I don’t know what to do for my monologue. SFD is auditioning for their two summer shows (Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost), and an October show (Macbeth), and two staged readings at a local theatre festival in the spring (Titus Andronicus, The Rape of Lucrece).
It’s pretty much impossible to find a monologue that’s “appropriate” for all those shows. Should I do something funny or serious? I did my Two Gents monologue (the one that some of you saw this summer) for a SFD audition in 2005. I got called back, but not cast. Do I do it again? They’ll probably remember it, with all the physicality and taking off of shoes and everything. However, they do request the monologues are in verse, and that one is prose. That didn’t stop me two years ago, but still.
In addition to the Two Gents speech about the dog, I’m also considering one from 4.2 of Othello (“Had it pleased heaven…”), 4.1 of Shrew (“Thus have I politicly begun my reign…”), or anything else you guys suggest. I’d rather not do a monologue from one of the plays SFD is doing this year.
So, any ideas? If you were in my place would you do a comedy or a tragedy?