Auditions for "Macbeth," by William Shakespeare, are from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the River Theater, 230 W. Marine Drive.

It is also known as "The Scottish Play," and is one of theater's darkest, bloodiest and most enduring dramas. This story of a Scottish nobleman, his ambitious wife and their bloody quest for power is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.

Macbeth contains scenes of extreme bloodshed, the supernatural and battle violence, as well as the usual Shakespearean puns and entendres.

The play is suitable for all audiences, though younger children might find it frightening.

"Macbeth" will be directed by Susi Brown, M.F.A. and the performance dates are Feb. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, March 1, 7, 8 as well as a matinee March 1.

Scripts are available for two-hour check-out from Lucy's Books, 348 12th St., three weeks before auditions.

Actors can come with 10 to 14 lines of a memorized Shakespearean monologue. This would be about 100 to 150 syllables or about 30 seconds. There are roles for 10 to 16 men and women, and possibly two boys, ages 10 to 14.

For more information, call Nancy Montgomery at (503) 338-6435.

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