Aspiring Shakespearean actors make haste; time nears f’r thy chance to shine

go0815elm-002Pictured, actors James Andreassi and Paul Pryce in a scene from 2013’s Elm Shakespeare Company’s “Julius Caesar.” The company is calling on all aspiring actors to participate in a dramatic event on Friday.

You can do a whole lot in 15 minutes – find fame, make Jamie Oliver’s sausage gnocchi dish, run a load of laundry and make a small dent in your emails. As far as the Elm Shakespeare Company, those 15 minutes can be spent becoming a Shakespearean actor.

On Friday, as part of New Haven’s 9th Square street fair, the Create On9, actors from the company will be rehearsing and performing scenes from Shakespeare’s work. Audience volunteers will gladly be accepted, and they need not worry about auditions, registrations, prior experience or donning Elizabethan garb. Don’t worry about memorizing your lines, either.

Intrigued? Make sure to be at the Grove Studios on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. As you can see below, New Haven’s mayor has already paved the way.

Christina Hennessy