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AUDITIONS FOR ‘Macbeth: A Dinner Party’

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday JUNE 1st, 11am-2pm at the Teatro.
222 E Superior Street

Performers of all races, genders, sexual orientations, sizes, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

Macbeth: A Dinner Party
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Lee and assisted by John Pokrzywinski
Shakespeare’s bloodiest drama of fate, murder, and witches will be presented as a dinner party. Actors will be speaking this timeless language directly to an audience seated in close proximity and without a “fourth wall”. Food and drink will be served and witty banter spoken during act breaks. Performances will take place in the mezzanine level of the Zeitgeist Restaurant and Bar when the restaurant is closed for regular business.


The 10 member ensemble will receive a $500 stipend for participation in the production.

October 20, 21, 27, 28, November 3, and 4
All performances are on Sunday and Monday evenings AT 6PM
Extended performances TBD

Small rehearsals will be scheduled periodically throughout the summer 2024.
Full rehearsals will begin September 23.
Rehearsals will typically be evenings Monday-Friday, with some Sundays included.
Rehearsals will take place no more than 5 days a week.


Audition Date/Time:
Saturday, June 1st 11am-2pm. This will be a group audition
Auditioners will be asked to stay for the entire audition process. We will not go past 2pm
Callbacks – TBD

Email Robert Lee to reserve an audition spot (robert@zeitgeistarts.com)
If you cannot attend auditions but are still interested, please email Robert.

What to bring to auditions:
Your current resume
A current headshot
Any prepared Shakespearean monologue that you know well
The monologue will be performed in the round to the rest of the auditioners and some notes may be given during the process


Available Roles:
NOTE – All roles will be played by the 10 person ensemble.
The 3 Weird Sisters (Witches), Malcolm, Ross, Macduff, Lady Macduff, Fleance, Captain, Menteith, Son, Seyton, Lennox, Doctor, Donalbain, Siward, Young Siward, Porter, Old Man, Hecate, Gentlewoman, Murderers, Messengers, Apparitions, Soldiers, and Servants

NOTE – The following roles have been cast.
Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Duncan, Banquo
Returning cast: Robert Lee, Kate Horvath, Justin Peck, Christine Winkler Johnson, and John Pokrzywinski

Director Bio: Robert Lee has been living in Duluth, MN for the past 11 years and in that time he’s directed, acted, written, produced, and designed for The Underground Theatre, The Duluth Playhouse and their TYA and children’s Theatre, Renegade Theatre Company, Renegade Comedy, The Nor Shor Theatre, and several independent productions. Robert loves Duluth and its theatre scene and community.

Note from the Director:
This concept of Macbeth presented as a dinner party has been living and developing in my head for the past 15 years. Witches mixing cocktails just always sounded fun to me. But it was about 6 or 7 years when I was handed a copy of a book called My Life with the Shakespeare Cult about Chicago’s The Backroom Shakespeare Project, that this plan was put into motion. The idea of including the audience in the performance of Shakespeare’s plays the same way that they did at the time they were written was pivotal in me deciding to produce and perform in the play. The production was set in The Underground for May 2020, the lines were learned and fight choreography taught. So many things were canceled by the pandemic and this was one of them, well, I guess it was delayed. I’m excited to tackle this daunting project with some of Duluth’s bravest performers.

When auditioning please choose a Shakespearean text you know well, ideally memorized, but definitely one you know well. You will be speaking directly to the group that surrounds you. This production is going to be fun, so have fun with your audition and with the rest of the group. Speak in your own true voice to the group as if they are your friends. Be brave and own the space you are in.


June 1
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Zeitgeist Teatro
222 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802 United States
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