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Cast of Characters
Due to the nature of this production, the script has been split into thirds which means there will be multiple casting for all major roles listed below.
When cast, you will receive a role and indication of which section of the play you will perform.
The only exception to this are the roles of Ensemble of the Dead/Guides of the Underworld.
ENSEMBLE OF THE DEAD/GUIDES OF THE UNDERWORLD: Souls who have been condemned to the lowest dregs of hell for committing crimes against others. In addition to sections of text, these actors are responsible for leading the audience through the world of Tartarus. This is a very physical and movement based role.
ACHILLES (1): Leader of Myrmidons, protects bones of his cousin Patroclus, lived for glory and honor.
AGAMEMNON (2): King of Mycenae and Argos, leader of the Greek Armies at Troy, husband of Clytemestra, “owner” of Cassandra, arrogant/self-assured.
CASSANDRA (2): Youngest sister of Hector and Paris, daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. Slightly insane from her ability to foresee the future. Murdered by Clytemnestra along with her children.
CERBERUS, THE DOG (1): Non-speaking. 3-headed dog who guards the gates of the underworld.
CHARON (3): Overly concerned rower of the dead across the River Styx. He is very concerned with order and upset with the life that Persephone brings to the Underworld. Busybody.
CLYTEMNESTRA (2): Wife of Agamemnon. Daughter was sacrificed by her husband for a “favorable wind.” Resentful, jaded, econtrolled in her emotion, despises her sister, Helen. Murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra.
HADES (3): God of the Underworld. Dark, not used to laughter. Undergoes a huge emotional journey and awakening.
HELEN OF TROY (2): Wife of Menelaus, lover of Paris, sister to Clytemnestra. “The face that launched a thousand ships.” Bitter and too aware of the reality of relationships.
HERMES (3): Messenger of the gods. He is the only god who has free passage between the realm of the living and the dead. Happy-go-lucky, bright, fearless, totally irreverent and meddling.
MENELAUS (2): Brother to Agamemnon, King of Sparta, madly in love with his wife Helen. V Jealous.
PERSEPHONE (3): Daughter of Demeter, goddess of nature. Bright, full of love for all things, naive, never been exposed to the truth of life, careless, and stubborn. Matures as play progresses.
HADES: A RETELLING OF THE PERSEPHONE MYTH
Please choose one the following pieces of text to work with for your audition.
Audition workshops are available on Thursday, September 10th from 4:00-5:00pm and Saturday, September 12th from 2:00-3:00pm.
1.) Charon: Sire, a blooming Hades is unacceptable! That girl is chaos! Marry her, bewitch her, or kill her, but you need to take her in hand. Everywhere she walks, these things bloom in her wake. Her presence here is upsetting the dead. When one passes over, the first things they should hear are the howls of Cerberus to put the fear of judgment in them. But what do they hear instead? Song! Yes, song! She sings incessantly...How can the mood of the underworld be somber with her caterwauling about life! My nerves are frazzled! Did you know I almost capsized a raft this morning with new souls -- quake to think at the ramifications that would have caused the underworld.
2.) Hermes: The abuse I put up with as Father Zeus’ errand boy is ridiculous. Greeting from Olympus! Oh, don’t act the ignorant god. You know why I'm here. Zeus is livid with rage. I have to hand it to you though; you certainly know how to create chaos in your wake. Your brazen kidnapping of Persephone has caused dire consequences on earth. Demeter has gone into mourning over the loss of her only daughter and has plunged the entire human world into unending cold. There are withered trees, barren fields -- in essence a wasteland. You know, one doesn’t carry off the daughter of Mother Nature and expect to get away with it.
3.) Clytemnestra: I made Agamemnon pay for my daughter’s betrayal. My poisons and my blade did my bidding. I do not regret my action. I danced and sang with joy when I saw the blood seep slowly from his wounds and tinge the water red. Even now, whenever I recall his life bursting out of him and the great sprays of blood showering me, I bless the gods for giving me vengeance. This place of darkness is a blessed relief from my mortality. Praise me, blame me as you choose. It’s all one to me.
4.) Agamemnon: My passion is war. War, the greatest gold-broker of corpses, stole many of our men. Home from the pyres of Troy I sent them the urns brimmed fill; the heroes returned in gold dust. When I returned, the cries of exultation turned to curses. People's voices were heavy with hatred, sobbing quietly over the loss of husbands, fathers, and brothers. Their recriminations tore at my soul but war demands that the conscience blur the lines between right and wrong. Only then can the objective be reached. My own daughter Iphigenia was sacrificed for the good of our case. I know what it means to lose that which you love. I tried to make amends...This darkness is my penance. That’s all I have to say.
5.) Menelaus: My passion is a woman. The “face that launched a thousand ships” led me to destroy anything and anyone that got in my way. I was consumed with getting Helen back and not interested in gaining new kingdoms. When we tore down the gates of Troy my whole being was consumed with claiming Helen. I sliced and hacked my way to her side. There she stood surrounded by blood and smoke - alluring, regal, every inch the queen. Beauty personified… my heart ceased to beat. Everyone expected me to raise my sword and destroy her beauty but as I approached her all I could think of was our past. Images of her laughing and running toward me swam in my vision. How can I continue to love someone who has caused so much pain?
6.) Cassandra: Troy smolders in ruins and is no more. The glory of my ancestors is torn to shreds and has come to nothing but embers blowing in the winds. Death should have brought relief to my soul. Why am I lost then? Where are Priam and Hecuba? Where are my brothers, Hector and Paris? Peace? There is no such thing. It is a dream for fools. There can be no peace until all the destroyers of Troy pay for their brutalities. Tell me truthfully, Hades, would the Trojans’ fate have been different if I would have accepted Apollo as a lover? Perhaps then, they would have believed that the wooden beast left at our gates was a harbinger of death.
7.) Helen: In the beginning, all I could do was weep with the humiliation of it all. I pleaded and prayed to the gods every night for my rescue, but there was none to be had. Paris never forced himself upon me. He simply waited. And one day, as I stood by his side, I unconsciously took his hand in mine, and he turned to me and simply smiled. That's all it took. I am not proud to have loved a man other than my husband. The path of love is never easy, nor is it always clear. Many play at love; few truly experience the depth of it.
8.) Hades: Persephone hear me. I don’t know how to say what’s in my heart... I have been alone for what seems longer than eternity, forging my home from solid rock and creating a life for me where there was none. And then I saw you...and...I am not an easy man to know, and for the first time in my unending life I am at a loss for words. When I saw you dancing in that meadow, I froze. I couldn’t breathe. Things rushed in at me at dizzying speed. Longing...lust...and as you made your way through my world, your strength, and purity turned that lust into love...there is nothing here but love.
Not interested in performing
and still want to be a part of the production?
Keep an eye out for information about Crew sign up
(Lights, Sound, Set, Costumes, Paint)
from Mr. Moffatt and get involved behind the scenes!
For questions about crew opportunities,
please contact Mr. Moffatt at email@example.com
Here is a link with more information about
Auditions, Rehearsal Dates, and Show Dates for 2020/21: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X8Drjov1ACmk-j0erZ0K2K8D6AleJAmykBhJGfbX_5g/edit
Questions? Contact Ms. Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Play Audition Workshops for
HADES: A RETELLING OF THE PERSEPHONE MYTH
Ms. Maria will offer a monologue and audition workshop for anyone looking for some inside tips and tricks when it comes to preparing a monologue. These workshops will also include more information about the character breakdown and how the show will work!
Audition workshops will be held on:
Thursday, September 10th from 4:00-5:00pm
Saturday, September 12th from 2:00-3:00pm.
The link to access those workshops can be found here:
Topic: HADES: AUDITION WORKSHOP #1
Time: Sep 10, 2020 04:00 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
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Meeting ID: 981 8218 1357
Topic: HADES: AUDITION WORKSHOP #2
Time: Sep 12, 2020 02:00 PM America/Indiana/Indianapolis
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Meeting ID: 916 4489 8261
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