Audition Information for Equivocation

About the Play (from the publishers)

England, 1605: Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the plot to assassinate King James 1. But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

Content Warning: Please note that Equivocation includes moments of intense stage violence.


William Shagspeare
Judith, Shag’s daughter
Richard/Henry Garnet/Ensemble
Sharpe/Thomas Wintour/King James/Ensemble
Armin, the script keeper/Sir Edward Coke/Robert Catesby/Ensemble

Please note that the role of Nate/Cecil/Ensemble has already been cast.

Important Information about Auditions

* Auditions are by appointment on May 19th or 20th at The Richland Players (608 The Parkway Richland).

Please fill out the sign-up genius form linked HERE (click) for your audition time. 
Please also fill out this audition form linked HERE. There will also be paper copies available at the auditions.
* Auditions will consist of a dramatic monologue that is no longer than 2 minutes long. Please also be prepared to read this scene from the play, linked HERE. Memorization is not required.
*Our show dates are August 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, and 11 with tech rehearsals July 28-August 1. 
* Our first rehearsal is on June 3 in the evening and will continue Monday-Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30. 
* Casting decisions will be made by May 27th.
* If you need any assistance with this form or the process, please contact our Artistic Director, Cyndi Kimmel, at