ESCONDIDO ---- Patio Playhouse will hold auditions for "The Beard of Avon" from 10 am. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the theater, 201 E. Grand Ave, Suite 1D. The story is about a bumpkin known as Will Shakspere who longs to be an artist and flee from his filthy barn, his homebound wife and incessant chores. Parts include: Will Shakspere, in his 30s ---- simple, honest, an appealing fellow who possesses hidden gifts; Edward De Vere, 40s-60s ---- 17th Earl of Oxford, wicked, charming, sexy and gay; Queen Elizabeth, 50s-60s ---- a sacred monster who wants a boyfriend; Anne Hathaway, 30s ---- Will's lively, illiterate and promiscuous wife; Henry Wriothesley, 20s ---- young, beautiful and De Vere's lover; Old Colin, 60s-70s ---- shepherd who is Will's friend; John Heminge, 40s-60s ---- manager of an acting company; Henry Condel, 40s-60s ---- Heminge's partner; Geoffrey Dunderbread, 20s ---- actor; and Richard Burbage, 30s-40s --- actor. There are also numerous smaller roles for males; some roles may be doubled. Auditions will be cold readings. Head shots and resumes welcome but not required. Performance dates are Feb. 18-March 12. Call 760-489-6522 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .The production will be produced by Gretchen Pili and directed by Jim Clevenger.
Freed's Beard of Avon was performed by the Notre Dame de Namur University Department of Theatre and Dance to critical acclaim by Keith Kreitman in San Mateo's Daily Journal, "Shakespeare -- as you like it". The show will continue through October 24, 2010.