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Rough Magic – More Audition Info from the Director


Transplanting characters from The Tempest to present-day New York, ROUGH MAGIC is a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe in which the evil sorcerer Prospero is willing to do anything to recover his stolen book of magic—even if it means Manhattan’s destruction. Lucky for us, New York’s defenders include a quartet of unlikely heroes: A plucky, raven-haired dramaturg named Melanie Porter, who has the ability to free characters from plays; Prospero’s hunky (though not-too-bright) son, Caliban; a revenge-seeking Fury from Ancient Greece named Tisiphone; and a seventeen-year-old lifeguard from Coney Island named Chet Baxter. May the forces of evil beware…


MELANIE PORTER, a dramaturg with the magical gift to free characters from classical plays

CHESTER “CHET” BAXTER, a lifeguard

PROSPERO, an evil sorcerer

CALIBAN, Prospero’s first born and rebellious son

ARIEL, Prospero’s son, an enslaved spirit

SASIA, Ariel’s twin sister, also enslaved

MIRANDA, his daughter

SHYLOCK, owner of the Alabaster bookstore on Twelfth Street, freed from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

CAIUS MARCIUS, a Roman General, Freed from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

TISIPHONE, first Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, a fabulous drag performer

MEGAGERA, second Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, one of Tisiphone’s back-up singers

ALECTO, third Fury, freed from Greek trilogy The Oresteia, also one of Tisiphone’s back-up singers

LINDA SUMMERS, a graduate student at Columbia University

DR. ROSEMARY RIDGEON, a doctor at Bellvue, Psychiatric Hospital

-From the Director, Michael Mufson-