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Evan Rachel Wood to act in Theatre in the Park's Romeo and Juliet

Posted by on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:24 AM

click to enlarge Evan Rachel Wood in The Wrestler (Photo by Niko Tavernise/ Fox Searchlight)
  • Evan Rachel Wood in The Wrestler (Photo by Niko Tavernise/ Fox Searchlight)

Evan Rachel Wood stopped being a full-time Raleigh resident years ago, but her family remains central to the city's theater scene: Her father, Ira David Wood III, is longtime artistic director of Theatre in the Park, and recently finished a run in the title role of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Evan's brother Ira David Wood IV was also in that production.

Now she'll be reunited with her family in a production of Romeo and Juliet, the theater announced on its Web site. The show is advertised as a fundraiser, and is tentatively set to run in mid-May. Ira David Wood IV—who has acted in at least three movies with his sister (including Across the Universe and Pretty Persuasion)—will direct.

Auditions to fill out the production are scheduled for Feb. 24-25. The role of Romeo is not yet cast, but the announcement obliquely hints at a further casting coup: The role is "possibly open for a strong leading man."

Wood can currently be seen in Darren Aronofsky's sensational film The Wrestler, in which she gives an excoriating performance as the embittered, estranged daughter of Mickey Rourke's title character. The movie received two Oscar nominations, for the work of Wood's co-stars Rourke and Marisa Tomei.

We called Theatre in the Park to confirm details. Erin West, office manager, said that the part of Romeo is open. We asked her about an audition announcement that briefly appeared last week on Craigslist that suggested Jamie Bell as a possibility for the part, but West said "Jamie Bell is no longer a possibility" for the role. West also said the Craigslist posting was not made by the "staff of Theatre in the Park."

The details of the run, and ticket information, will likely be available next week, West said. She said it would probably be a one-weekend run in the 219-seat theater.

The text of the Web site announcement follows.

Theatre In The Park is in the process of putting together a special fundraiser - a production of Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET, starring Evan Rachel Wood as Juliet. The production will be directed by her brother, Ira David Wood IV. This limited run is currently scheduled for the Mid-May. More information will be posted on Theatre In The Park's website as details are confirmed.

If you are interested in working on this production in a technical capacity, you are invited to contact Theatre In The Park at 919-831-6936.

Audition information is as follows:

Auditions will be held on February 24 & 25 from 7pm-until at Theatre In The Park.

Please come prepared with a three-minute Shakespearean monologue. (Also, please bring your headshot and resume if available).

Contact Erin at Theatre In The Park (919-831-6936) to schedule your 5 minute time slot. Walk-ins will be taken only if time permits.

We will be casting adults (18 and up) for all roles, except Juliet. The role of Romeo is possibly open for a strong leading man. This is a non-equity show.

For more information, please contact Theatre In The Park's business office at 919 - 831 - 6936.

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