Department of Fine and Performing Arts Announces Auditions for New Play
Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Dan Friedman
Monday, February 10, 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
All auditions will be held at the Baruch College Arts Center Nagelberg Theater
(150 East 24 Street, Basement Level)
Monologues are not necessary.
Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the play.
Actors, musicians and production workers are needed for The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. This is a slapstick comedy in the tradition of commedia dell’ arte, the popular street theatre of Renaissance Italy. The play is set in early 18th century Venice. It will be presented at Baruch’s Nagelberg Theater from April 8 through April 12.
We are looking for eight men and five women, ethnicity irrelevant. No experience necessary. Must be willing to take risks, work hard and build an ensemble. (There will be three to four rehearsals per week for six weeks.) Many of the characters wear half-masks and wild, clown-like costumes. Gymnastic or dance skills are a plus, as is the ability to play a musical instrument.
In addition to actors, we are seeking musicians to play the original music being composed for this production by Baruch alumni Jeff Herles. (Musicians willing to act will be welcomed with open arms.)
If you don’t want to perform, we are also seeking people interested in building the set, making the costumes and running the show. As with the actors, no experience is necessary, just the willingness to learn and work hard.
Here are the characters in The Servant of Two Masters for which we are auditioning:
Truffaldino—goofy, wily servant who sometimes plays dumb but always winds up outsmarting the rich folks. He is the “servant of two masters.” He has taken two jobs in order to get two paychecks, unaware that one his “masters” is really Beatrice dressed as a man and that his other master is her lover Florindo.
Beatrice—a noblewoman disguised as a man in order to find her lover, who killed her brother in a duel. She is one of Truffaldino’s two “masters.” She winds up temporarily engaged to Clarice, the daughter of her brother’s business associate, Pantalone.
Florindo—a nobleman, Beatrice’s lover. He is fleeing the law after killing her brother who objected to their romance. He is unaware that Beatrice is in Venice disguised as a man looking for him. He is the other one of the two “masters” of the title.
Pantalone—a tightwad merchant scheming to get his daughter Clarice married to a rich man.
Clarice—Pantalone’s daughter, in love with Silvo, but being forced to marry a man she doesn’t know, who, unbeknownst to her, is actually a woman—Beatrice.
Dr. Lombardi—a pompous, verbose lawyer. His son Silvio’s engagement to Clarice is cancelled by Pantalone.
Silvo—A romantic hothead in love with Clarice. He is Dr. Lombardi’s son.
Brighella—a cynical, but friendly, innkeeper who will do pretty much anything for money. He is the only one who knows that Beatrice is a woman.
Smeraldina—Clarice’s maid. Earthy and flirtatious. She and Truffaldino fall for each other.
There are also small roles for two Waitresses (female) and two Porters (male).
Audition Scenes available at:
Office of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Newman Vertical Campus
7th Floor, Room 235
For more information about the auditions contact:
Charles Dietrich, 646-312-4052