Richard II | Playbill

Richard II

CATEGORY: Performer

Smith Street Stage
Brooklyn, NY


Jessica Lane Weiss

Job Details


Smith Street Stage is seeking actors for our 2024 production of Richard II at the Mark O'Donnell Theater in downtown Brooklyn.

Director: Katie Willmorth
Producers: Jonathan Hopkins & Theodosia Arcidiacono
Casting Director: Jessica Lane Weiss

VALUES: Smith Street Stage is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment in which all people are treated with dignity and respect and where creativity can flourish. Such an environment is characterized by mutual trust, physical and emotional safety, and the absence of oppression. Smith Street Stage is dedicated to fostering an anti-racist workspace, free from harassment and discrimination of all kinds, where every member of our community can thrive. We do this by honoring the beliefs, cultures, identities, interpersonal styles and values of all individuals. You are welcome here.

DATES: In-person callbacks are scheduled for June 15 and 16. Rehearsals begin in early August and the show runs through September 29th.



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*Pronouns Reflective of Characters, open to actors of any gender for all actor tracks.
NOTE: Smith Street Stage aims to build companies representative of the city we serve. Performers of all races, ethnicities, and genders are encouraged to submit.

King Richard II — (he/him) King of England since he was 10 years old. A lover of art, culture, beauty, and pageantry. Loves to have a little outfit for every occasion. When his cousin takes the crown from him, he has to confront who he is without his title for the first time in his life. Sensitive, often petulant, subject to volatile and passionate moods, and ultimately capable of great depth of feeling.

Henry Bolingbroke — (he/him) King Richard’s cousin, and long time member of the court. Gaunt’s only son, and he takes great pride in his family. A pragmatist and a man of action more than words. Very well-liked by the English people. At times aloof.

Queen (she/her) / AS CAST — She knows something is very very wrong, but can’t quite put it into words. In great despair at the state of the world and her own position in it. Has genuine affection for her husband, King Richard II.

Gaunt (he/him) / Gardener (any pronouns) / AS CAST — Gaunt—A long time advisor and uncle to King Richard, and father to Henry Bolingbroke. Absolutely loves England and believes in what the country could be. An idealist at heart who has learned to prioritize playing politics throughout his long career. A truth teller when it really matters.

York (he/him or any pronouns) / AS CAST — A gruff elder statesman, but with a real soft spot for his family, and especially the Queen, his cousin’s wife. Is tasked by Richard with the impossible and overwhelming task of trying to manage the affairs of state just as the power structures around the throne start to crack. Conflicted personally, but politic above all to ensure the survival of his immediate family.

Duchess of Gloucester (she/her) / Northumberland (any pronouns) / AS CAST — Duchess—A noblewoman bent on vengeance for her murdered husband, the Duke of Gloucester. Everyone knows Richard is responsible, and the injustice enrages her. Northumberland--Not romantic about unseating one king for another, or squeamish about the violence that sometimes entails. No patience for nonsense. Knows their own value in the conflict for the crown.

Aumerle (any pronouns) / AS CAST — Cousin to both Richard and Bolingbroke, but feels compelled to remain loyal to Richard, even as it becomes politically dangerous to do so. Has a big heart and attends to Richard’s anxiety when no one else will.

Bagot (any pronouns) / AS CAST — One of Richard’s inner circle of friends and advisors. On the payroll. When the political tides start to shift, Bagot finds a way to stay in the game and survive in spite of it all.


Aug 1, 2024 - Sep 29, 2024


$1,200.00 – $1,200.00 per gig


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