2015 Season Character Break-down

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. The show parodies the plays of William Shakespeare. Three actors perform (or at least refer to) all of Shakespeare’s plays in a fast-paced, comically shortened form. Actors often use their real names and play themselves, there is no fourth wall, and some scenes involve audience participation. Improv experience is strongly preferred.

Roles

“Adam,” “Daniel,” and “Jess,” (though actors will use their real names), each of whom plays a litany of Shakespearean roles in the show. Gender of two of the actors is irrelevant; “Adam” should be male.

Urinetown is a satirical comedy musical from 2001, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. (The book and score won Tony awards.) Envisioning a corporate future where you have to pay to pee, the show satirizes our legal system, capitalism, populism, corporate mismanagement, and a number of other realities of modern life. It also parodies other musicals, as well as the musical itself as an art form. The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope were included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Roles (several actors to play multiple roles):

Bobby Strong – The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise as the Assistant Custodian at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution, and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way. (Male, 20-30 yrs old, Range: A2 – C5)

Caldwell B. Cladwell – The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly moneygrubber who gleefully exploits the poor. (Male, 50-65 yrs old, Range: A2 – G4)

Hope Cladwell – Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she eventually joins Bobby as part of the Revolution. (Female, 20-30 yrs old, Range: A3 – A5)

Officer Lockstock – The principal narrator; a policeman in charge of finding guilty pee-ers. (Male, 45-60 yrs old, Range: A2 – F4)

Little Sally – A precocious, thoroughly irreverent and very intelligent street urchin; the co-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play’s logic. (Female, 20-40 yrs old, Range: A3 – E5)

Penelope Pennywise – The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms, but harbors a surprising secret. (Female, 30-45 yrs old, Range: A3 – C6)

Officer Barrel – Lockstock’s partner. He harbors a surprising secret. (Male, 30-50 yrs old, Range: G2 – F4)

Mr. McQueen – Cladwell’s assistant. A sneaky man who will do anything to save himself. Possible doubling as Tiny Tom, a confused man-boy, and/or Dr. Billeaux – A scientist for Urine Good Company. (Male, 30-50 yrs old, Range: D3 – A3)

Senator Fipp – A corrupt politician in Cladwell’s pocket. Possible doubling as Tiny Tom, a confused man-boy, and/or Dr. Billeaux – A scientist for Urine Good Company. (Male, 40-55 yrs old, Range: C#3 – F4)

Joseph “Old Man” Strong – Bobby’s rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown; doubling as Hot Blades Harry, a dangerous and unpredictable rebel. (Male, 45-60 yrs old, Range: A2 – F4)

Josephine “Ma” Strong – Bobby’s mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. (Female, 55-65 yrs old, Range: Bb3 – D5)

Little Becky Two-Shoes – A young, pregnant woman. Harry’s “Mate”; doubling as Mrs Millenium – Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell’s Head Secretary. (Female, 20-40 yrs old, Range: Bb3 – F5)

Soupy Sue – An affectionate member of the gang. (Female, 25-40 yrs old, Range: Bb3 – B4)