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Theater auditions: Two plays at Orlando Shakes

Here’s an audition announcement for three really wonderful roles at Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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Dennis Neal to play Louis Armstrong in world-premiere play

Dennis Neal

Orlando actor Dennis Neal will star as legendary jazzman Louis Armstrong in the world-premiere production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, author and Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s play based on his biography Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

Rus Blackwell will direct the play, which will have its first production at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando Sept. 15-Oct. 2.

Neal, who has acted extensively around Central Florida (most recently as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Garden Theatre and in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Shotgun), also will play Joe Glaser, Armstrong’s controversial manager, in the play about Armstrong’s final performance before his death.

Here’s information about the folks involved, who also include designer William Elliot:

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Orlando Shakes announces ‘Earnest’ cast

Philip Nolen

Orlando actor Philip Nolen — known for such shows as Guys and Dolls, Amadeus and The Big Bang, as well as for his work at Disney — will play the larger-than-life Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced.

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Theater auditions: One male for Orlando Shakes rotating rep

Orlando Shakespeare Theater needs one non-Equity male for its rotating repertory of Romeo and Juliet and Cymbeline. Here’s the audition notice:

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PlayFest submission deadline is coming up

Just a reminder that the deadline is fast approaching for this fall’s PlayFest 2.0 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. It’s a new, shortened version of the new-play festival, and here, once again, are the submission guidelines:

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Orlando Shakes announces its season-opening gala

Oscar Wilde may be absent but he’ll still be the honoree at Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s opening gala this September, which will be known as the Wilde Party.

Here are the details for the gala, set for Sept. 11:

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Orlando Shakes looking for company manager

Here’s a job posting from Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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PlayFest 2.0 looking for submissions

A new, shortened version of Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest — scheduled for Nov. 3-6 of this year — is seeking submissions. Here are the guidelines:

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Orlando Shakes adds two hits to season lineup

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has added two recent Broadway hits,  Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage and John Logan’s Red, to its 2011-2012 season, artistic director Jim Helsinger has announced.

The theater company also will present Sleigh, the PB&J Theatre Factory Christmas show, as a special event.

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Orlando Shakes needs wardrobe personnel

Here’s a job announcement from George Hamrah at Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare’s intern program

Here’s an audition notice with a catch: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s intern program needs one young man:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare 2011-2012 season

Here’s an audition announcement for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 2011-2012 season:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare’s Young Company

Here’s an audition notice (and a bit of history) for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Young Company, a group of high-school students:

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Transitions: David Lee to NYC

David Lee

David Lee, who has spent the past half a dozen years as associate director of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and as an assistant professor of theater at UCF, is leaving those posts to return to New York, where he’ll teach and direct.

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Theater review: Orlando Shakespeare’s ‘Charm’

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Katherine Michelle Tanner (Margaret Fuller), Allison DeCaro (Lydian Emerson) and Brandon Roberts (Henry David Thoreau) in 'Charm.' Photo by Tony Firriolo/Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Kathleen Cahill’s Charm is a contradiction unto itself – a comedy with serious undertones, a history that keeps morphing into fantasy, a 19th-century story that leaps forward into the 21st.

Cahill’s heroine, Margaret Fuller, may have been one of the most formidable figures among a whole bunch of formidable types known as the Transcendentalists. But in Cahill’s hands – and in the exhilarating performance of actress Katherine Michelle Tanner – Orlando Shakespeare Theater shows Margaret Fuller forging new meanings for a simple word like charm.

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Orlando Shakes announces PlayFest schedule, Mark Brown talk

Mark Brown

Playwright Mark Brown, whose comedies Around the World in 80 Days and The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge have been Orlando Shakespeare Theater hits, will take part in PlayFest’s keynote event, a conversation between him and Orlando Shakes artistic director Jim Helsinger, on April 8.

The theater has announced the entire PlayFest schedule, and here it is, followed by some info on Mark and good PlayFest stuff:

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More about PlayFest’s plays

Patrick Flick, head of new-play development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, has sent over descriptions of the plays slated for April’s PlayFest. Here you go:

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Theater review: ‘Beowulf’ at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Charlie Bethel in 'Beowulf'

Forget Spider-Man; forget Indiana Jones. The most impressive action hero may have been Beowulf, the king of the Geats, who fought monsters and slew dragons across Scandinavia some 1,500 years ago.

Sure, Odysseus may have had him beat by a millennium or so. But it’s hard to best Beowulf for guts, or for gore – or for Charlie Bethel’s captivating retelling at Orlando Shakespeare Theater of the old, old tale.

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PlayFest titles announced

As auditions continue today for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest, I was curious about the names of the scripts we’ll be hearing. So here’s a rundown on what’s coming to PlayFest this April:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakes’ ‘Alexander Who Is Not … Going to Move’

Here’s an audition notice from Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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