Scenes from an Execution
By Howard Barker
Directed by Christopher William Wolter
‘Wonderful. Howard Barker’s play is a marvel – a philosophical, funny and wise tight-rope act. It blew me away.’ – The Times (U.K.)
Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself.
Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron’s demands and the artist’s autonomy.
Produced by Mercury Players at The MercLab, 930 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Madison, WI 53714 (Fair Oaks at East Washington, behind Broadway Tire)
Performances: July 17–25, 2015
Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th at 7:00pm
Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th at 7:00pm
Call 303-877-4328 for reservations or more information.
MercLab cannot process credit/debit cards; cash or check only, please!
Seeking 8 actors, 20s–60s, (3 Women, 5 Men) to play 18 roles with significant doubling.
Auditions will be held in the MercLab Theater on Sunday, May 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, with callbacks held Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm. If auditioners cannot be present for either the auditions or the callbacks they should contact Christopher William Wolter ASAP to set up an alternate audition time.
To audition, please sign up for a 5 minute time slot HERE
Please do what you can to arrive early for your slot.
Auditioners are strongly encouraged to prepare a short (1–2 minute) dramatic monologue as well as bring a resume and headshot. All actors will be considered regardless of preparation. Cold readings will be available.
About the Director: Christopher William Wolter is a playwright and director and a new member of the Madison theatre scene. Recently he directed Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman for Strollers Theatre at the Bartell. Previously his plays have been produced and he has worked in the theatre in Colorado, Wyoming and the United Kingdom.