Auditions Set for Appalachian Shakespeare Project


The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will hold auditions for the 2021 Appalachian Shakespeare Project’s production of The Gullywasher: An Appalachian Retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest in person May 5 and 8, as well as one virtual on May 7.


The Appalachian Shakespeare Project is a part of LMU’s Arts in the Gap summer programming. Under the guidance of LMU’s Assistant Professor of Theatre Joe Gill, students of LMU have adapted the Bard’s classic into Appalachian dialect, translating the dialog and changing the setting to East Tennessee. For the program’s fifth production, The Gullywasher brings Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy into the 20th century (1980s) East Tennessee region.


In person auditions will take place in the Sam and Sue Mars Performance Art Center of Duke Hall of Citizenship on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Participants will be asked to present a one-minute monologue, preferably from a Shakespeare play or from memory. All ages/experience levels welcomed. Monologues will be available for cold readings. Call for a spot or pick up a sample monologue outside of Avery Hall 112. Auditions will be held in person from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, and Saturday, May 8, as well as virtual auditions via Zoom on Friday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m.


For more information, the Zoom link for Friday’s audition or a copy of the monologues contact Gill at 423.869.6265 or by email at [email protected]


The performances will take place on the campus of LMU at the outdoor Amphitheatre (near the Spring House) June 18-19 at 6:30 p.mAdmission is free and audience members are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the production will be moved to the Sam and Sue Mars Performance Center in Duke Hall of Citizenship.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].

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