CALL TO AUDITION: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Who's ready to join us in our first main stage production of our 40th anniversary season? I know YOU, yes YOU, are! So once you have settled yourself in on campus, come on over to Cabaret Theatre and audition for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, directed by Cody Beltis!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is an absurdist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard that develops two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The play follows the two courtiers on their farcical misadventures, while also including scenes directly from Hamlet in which R & G are included. But they express their confusion about the series of events- the ones that occur in Hamlet- in which they are not present. They meet a troupe of Players, are commissioned by the Danish Royalty, and end up on a boat to England in an attempt to have Hamlet murdered. The play is often described as the inverse of Hamlet. 

October 29th-November 1st

Director: Cody Beltis
Assistant Director: Kelly Lozo
Stage Manager: Dominick Scalera
Assistant Stage Manager: Thomas James Ellis

***There is an open call for a stage manager and assistant stage manager for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Any Rutgers undergraduate student interested in this opportunity should email our Artistic Director, Eddie Norgard, at as soon as possible!***

**Auditions and callbacks will be at Cabaret Theatre, located at the corner of Suydam St and Nichol Ave**

Monday, September 7th, 8:00pm-12:00pm
Tuesday, September 8th, 7:00pm-11:00pm

Callbacks will be on Wednesday, September 9th, at time TBD

Things to Bring/Prepare: 
-Your schedule/list of conflicts up until November 1st
-Your RUID number

Auditions are opened to part-time and full-time Rutgers undergraduate students

ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN: A pair of schoolmates who are childhood friends of Prince Hamlet. They frequently forget who they are. Rosencrantz is less of a thinker, and takes things at face value, while Guildenstern tends to think about the consequences of an action. 

THE PLAYER: A traveling actor with plenty of wit. He is the leader of a troupe of players. He likes melodramatic theatre containing love, sex, blood, and torture. He often looks for the player Alfred, with whom he may have a relationship behind the scenes. 

HAMLET: The Prince of Denmark. He displays a quirkiness and madness, as is evident in Hamlet. 

KING CLAUDIUS: The King of Denmark, uncle and stepfather to Hamlet. He sends for R &G to find out what afflicts Hamlet, and then sends the three to England, attempting to have R&G deliver a letter to the English royalty requesting Hamlet’s murder. 

GERTRUDE: The Queen of Denmark, Hamlet’s mother. Mixes up R&G here and there. She displays concern for Hamlet, but also affection for her newly wedded husband. 

POLONIUS: The King’s chief advisor. A man of high class and status. He sees through much of Hamlet’s lies, but doesn’t care enough to take action.

OPHELIA: Polonius’ daughter and Hamlet’s love interest. She drifts in and out of scenes, but her death is not mentioned. 

HORATIO: Hamlet’s best friend

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email our producer, Kayla Votapek, at

We hope to see everyone come out!

RUSA Allocations paid for by student fees