UNC CHARLOTTE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
The Corona Caesar: A Digital Production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Imagine a time of political unrest, when a nation ravaged by disease and by the quarantine protocols enforced to contain it, teeters on the brink of collapse. Imagine the rise of a dictator who sees the discontent around him as an opportunity to extend his power, moving from politician to king…
This is the core idea of a radical and innovative approach to Shakespeare’s electrifying story of ambition, conspiracy and its tragic aftermath, a production constructed entirely online and edited into a film. Actors will rehearse and record from home (with real-time Zoom direction/acting coaching from Professors Andrew Hartley and Chris Berry). When the show is ready, actors will video their performances with the help of our faculty technicians and designers, and the performances will be edited into a unique version of Shakespeare’s political masterpiece. All members of The Corona Caesar company will be using exciting new technology to create the illusion of community, building a show which embraces the restrictions of the present to make an old play fresh, compelling and urgent.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge production experience and to learn the latest digital/camera techniques that all actors will need to know in the future. Auditions required. Students who are cast in the production may sign up for THEA 2402: Production Practicum: Julius Caesar (1 credit). As with any production, everyone involved will be expected to study the play as text, memorizing their lines, and making thorough use of additional materials brought to them by the director, dramaturg, voice coach and design team. There will be no papers or exams, but everyone involved (regardless of the size of their part) will be called upon to help facilitate the goals of the production through the available technology. Rehearsals (via Zoom) will be Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 PM.
When: September 8 or September 9 from 6 to 10pm (actors are asked to stay for the entire audition period or until dismissed by the director). The auditions will be conducted through an online Zoom meeting session.
How to Sign Up: More information coming soon on how to sign up for your audition time.
How to Prepare: Students will audition using a monologue from Shakespeare of their choosing (12-20 lines). Preferably you will be off book, but if you need a text in hand, that is acceptable. Study the passage you choose closely and be sure you understand it. Deliver the speech in your own voice (no dialect work, please). You may do a modern/contemporary monologue of roughly the same length IN ADDITION to the Shakespeare if you feel that better showcases your ability.
If you have questions about the process, the production or the play, please do not hesitate to email the director, Andrew Hartley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Sarah Kane
Directed by Robin Witt
I crave white on white and black, but my thoughts race in glorious technicolour,prodding me awake, whipping away the warm blanket of invisibility every time itsears to smother my mind in nothing.~Character “C” from Sarah Kane’s Crave
Come join the Crave company for 6-week online performance intensive in which we will explore this remarkable text that is known as a powerful and soulful cry-of-the-heart. Using both performance and critical analysis skills we will create dramatic pieces from the script that will be filmed (via Zoom) and made available to Department of Theatre students and faculty. Virtual guest artists will also be joining us to discuss Kane’s life and work. All students are welcome to register for THEA 2402: Production Practicum: Crave. NO AUDITION IS NECESSARY. However, we ask that you have taken, as a prerequisite, THEA 1265: Intro to Stage Performance or receive special permission from the instructor. Class size is limited. If you have questions, please reach out to Professor Robin Witt at email@example.com.
Crave playwright Sarah Kane is “one of the most radical and influential writers of the last twenty years” and she is considered to be the playwright who launched the “in-yer-face” movement of the mid 1990s. Kane’s other work include the critically acclaimed Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis (produced posthumously). Crave was Sarah Kane's fourth play. It premiered at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August 1998…. It has no plot in any conventional sense, nor any physical action; Kane's script denotes the characters by initial letters only, and includes no stage directions of any kind other than indicating where to leave a beat between what are almost invariably single, brief lines. The work resembles a spoken poem and the lines include quotation, oblique reference and occasional lines in other languages. The gender of each character is only identifiable from context within the play. Crave continues the theme of pain in love that Kane had explored with previous plays.
For more information about the play, please follow this link to a review of a 2015 production of Crave.
If you have questions about the process, the production or the play, please do not hesitate to email the director, Robin Witt (firstname.lastname@example.org)