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AUTHOR: William Shakespeare, Adapted by James Rice and Amanda Karr

DIRECTOR: James Rice

RUN:  April 5, 2024 – May 4, 2024

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.

This is a volunteer community theater production.  Non-Equity.  There is no pay. 


Open Call:

Dates: Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 & Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 

(Auditioners only need to come to one night of Open Call Auditions.)

Times: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Long Beach Playhouse  

Callbacks: By Invitation Only.

Date: Wednesday, Feb.14, 2024

Times: 7pm – 10pm


First Read-Through: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, Noon – 4 p.m.

Regular Rehearsal: Starting Monday, Feb. 19: Monday – Thursday, 7pm – 10:30pm; Saturdays Mar. 16 & Mar. 23, Noon – 4p.m. Other possible Saturday Rehearsals may be added at the same time if needed.

(Please see beginning rehearsal schedule BELOW for specific dates and times.)

Location: Long Beach Playhouse


Bring headshot and resume. 

Please Prepare a 1 min. Shakespearean monologue from the show.  Monologue Sides are provided BELOW.  Please Choose only one to prepare.


In the Shakespeare play, Hamlet copes with his mother’s treachery, his father’s death and the corrupt king and uncle, who marries his mother. In this adaptation, set in a 19th century asylum, we discover a young inmate struggling with their father’s death. To cope, they relive the Hamlet saga in their mind over and over. After a psychotic break, we enter their mind and see their four other personalities re-enact Shakespeare’s play.


NOTE: All ethnicities and gender identities will be considered for all roles.

HAMLET/CORE  (F or M, 25 – 30) Patient Zero and Nephew of Claudius, son of Gertrude. 

HAMLET/VENGEANCE (M, 25 – 30) Embodiment of key emotional trait of Hamlet’s vengeance.

HAMLET/JUSTICE (M or F, 25 – 30) Embodiment of key emotional trait of Hamlet’s justice.

HAMLET WISDOM (F, 20 – 75) Embodiment of key emotional trait of Hamlet’s wisdom.

HAMLET/INNOCENCE (F or M, 18 – 25 reads young) Embodiment of key emotional trait of Hamlet’s innocence.

CLAUDIUS (M, 55 – 65) Hamlet’s Uncle, King of Denmark. Chief Doctor in Prologue. Conniving and ambitious

GERTRUDE (F, 55 – 65) Hamlet’s Mother, Queen of Denmark. Matron in Prologue. Domineering, sexually manipulative.

POLONIUS (M, 45 – 65) Lord Chamberlain – Claudius’ court. Doctor in Prologue. Affable and voice of wisdom.

LAERTES (M, 25 – 30) Polonius’ son, Ophelia’s brother. Visitor in Prologue. Fiercely protective of Ophelia, rival of Hamlet.

OPHELIA (F, 20 – 25) Polonius’ daughter, Laertes’ sister. Patient in Prologue. Loves Hamlet.

HORATIO (M, 25 – 35) Hamlet’s close friend. Orderly in Prologue

MARCELLUS (M or F, 20 – 75) Soldier who sees ghost with Hamlet. Orderly in Prologue

CHORUS (F or M, 18 – 75) Looking for 4 ensemble members to play Ghost, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, Player King & Player Queen, Clown, Priest, Osric, and the patients in the prologue.



February 12 @ 7:00 pm February 14 @ 10:00 pm