Elektra (working title)

Playwright or Screenwriter: Matthew Watkins
Director: Matthew Watkins
Compensation: Pay (TBD (up to $300 stipend))
Rehearsals Begin: July 5, 2021
Run/Shoot: August 13, 2021 – August 15, 2021
Ages: Adult
Nudity? No
Fees? No

Show Synopsis

Elektra is an original, modern adaptation of the Ancient Greek story of the Oresteia, remade from the original plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. “You gave birth to your own death.”

Elektra cannot stop grieving. Her mom killed her dad because her dad sacrificed her sister to the Gods. Everybody else has moved on but she just can’t (won’t?) let it go. Every night she dreams of revenge and every day she howls at anyone who will listen. A trail of blood. A curse on her family. Her brother Orestes wants nothing to do with it. He’s off in exile just trying to live his life.

All families are catastrophes. This one’s a nuclear bomb.

Even though it’s 2500 years old, this story is all about us. Here’s the crumbling of our collective sense of justice and truth. Here’s an awful suspicion that the sacrifices of our sisters (and brothers and children and parents) haven’t meant shit. Here is raw power and a terrifying longing to be loved.

What atrocities are we ready to commit to maintain our innocence? What kind of justice do we want? Would we even recognize it if we saw it?

This piece will be created by the ensemble, working from a pre-prepared devising plan and draft script. We want to wrestle with this ancient story together, finding its soul within ourselves and ours within it.

We’re looking for confident, generous actors who are eager to jump into challenging material in a highly collaborative environment.

Character Breakdown

We are casting an ensemble of approximately six actors ages ~20 to ~50 to play all roles.

The exact distribution of character roles will depend on the composition of the ensemble.

Clytemnestra (F): Queen of Mycenae. Wife of Agamemnon and lover of Aegisthus.
Aegisthus (M): Clytemnestra’s lover.
Agamemnon (M): King of Mycenae. Husband to Clytemnestra. Brother of Menelaus.
Menelaus (M): King of Sparta. Brother of Agamemnon.
Elektra (F): Adult daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
Orestes (M): Exiled adult son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
Iphigenia (F): Eldest daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.
Chrysothemis (F): Adult daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.
Cassandra (F): Prophetess. Agamemnon’s Trojan concubine.
Apollo (M): God of prophecy, healing, and truth.
Athena (F): Goddess of wisdom and warfare.
Furies (F): Ancient gods of vengeance.

What To Prepare

Please prepare a self-tape video of you performing a contemporary dramatic monologue, 45-90 seconds in length.

Submit your video, headshot, and resume at the link below by Saturday, 6/19 at midnight:


Additional Info

We aim to represent the diversity of our community in this ensemble and encourage actors of all genders, races, ethnicities, and abilities to audition. We will make reasonable accommodations to cast performers regardless of disability.

- Auditions/callbacks will take place virtually, but the production will rehearse and perform in person in shared physical space. This production will follow CDC guidelines for reducing the risk of COVID-19.

- PLEASE NOTE: All members of the acting ensemble and production team must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the first rehearsal.

- Performances will either take place with an in-person audience OR be recorded for a virtual audience, in accordance with public health guidelines and/or venue restrictions at that time.

Ghosteater is a new company based in Phoenix and NYC, founded by the core team behind Phoenix’s critically acclaimed Orange Theatre. We stage ambitious, radical new re-imaginations of plays, novels, and films from the US and around the world in order to unsettle our shared certainties and create opportunities for change.

PLEASE REVIEW DETAILED PRODUCTION INFO AT THIS LINK BEFORE SUBMITTING: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I_SQCbVwqgp4ksuTKsN-AdtTUq_sfwxchUt3-yGvR0I/edit

Headshot & Resume Required

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Auditions By Appointment

Audition Contact

Joya Scott

Audition Dates/Times

Self-tape submissions
due midnight 6/19/21

Callback Dates/Times

Wed. 6/23

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