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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre to hold auditions for 'Merchant of Venice'

October 31, 2012
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Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6387, traci.gaydos@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will hold auditions for the spring production of "Merchant of Venice," a comedy by William Shakespeare. Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Auditions are open to UNI students. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a two-minute verse monologue (not prose) from a Shakespeare play. The monologue can be either dramatic or comedic.

Actors who are cast must be available for select rehearsals, to be determined by the director, beginning Monday, Feb. 18. Performers must also be available for performances throughout the middle of April.

In this comedy, Shakespeare weaves together two ancient folk myths, one involving a vengeful, greedy Jewish creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh from a Christian over an unpaid debt, the other involving a marriage suitor's choice among three chests to win the hand of his beloved. How does one harmonize the Elizabethan anti-Semitic portrayal of Shylock with the fairy-tale romance of Portia and Bassanio, and then make this experience relevant and comedic to a contemporary audience?

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or traci.gaydos@uni.edu.