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Babes With Blades

The Duchess of Malfi

Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Stipend

Babes With Blades Theatre Company announces auditions for the spring production of a new adaptation of THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, adapted and directed by Artistic Director Hayley Rice.

Please note: All the characters listed are open to any ethnicity and genders listed are how the characters identify. BWBTC encourages and welcomes submissions from all ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities.

Character breakdowns:

THE DUCHESS OF MALFI - Female identifying, over 30. A widow who has gained additional status and wealth from her deceased husband. She is not afraid to make her own choices through love and life despite what is customary. Bold and independent, though perhaps slightly naive about how ugly the world can actually be.

BOSOLA - Open gender, open age; A former prisoner overseas, upon their liberation, they are hired to spy on the Duchess and take care of her brother's dirty work, until Bosolo is pushed beyond even their flexible morality.

FERDINAND (the duchess' twin brother) - Male identifying; Over 30. Corrupt and arrogant, takes pride in his position within the aristocracy, obsessed with his sister her money and her perceived purity.

CARDINAL (older brother of Duchess and Ferdinand) - Male identifying; Mid 30s/40s (older than Duchess/Ferdinand). Manipulative and seemingly devoid of emotion and morality. Dangerous.

ANTONIO BOLOGNA (steward of the Duchess' household and the duchess' eventual spouse) - Female, trans fem, GNC or non-binary; mid 20s/30s. Honest, hard working and respected within their socio-economic status.

DELIO - Open gender; mid 20s/30s. Antonio's best friend and loyal confidant. Also Julia's ex.

JULIA - Female identifying; mid to late 20s. Married, but also the mistress of the Cardinal; unafraid of her sexuality, working class (Actor must be comfortable also playing the male-identifying character of the Doctor)

Time Commitment:
Rehearsals will be Mon - Thurs evenings and Saturday afternoons, beginning in early March, with tech rehearsals April 10 - 15th. Performances (including previews) are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, April 16 - May 30th.

Contact Info:
Please submit H/R via email only to and have the title of the email as MALFI- Name of the role which you wish to be considered.

Please make sure your H/R are in PDF format and include any date or time restrictions you have for general auditions within your email. Audition specifics will be sent with audition confirmation.

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Audition Dates:

Oct 14 Evening
Oct 15 Evening
Oct 19 Callbacks
Posted Date: Sep 24, 2019