Auditions set for ‘Fuddy Meers’

Published 4:48 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Waterworks Players will hold auditions on Sunday at the Waterworks Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for its June production of “Fuddy Meers.” Written by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, “Fuddy Meers” was nominated for the 2000 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award and has been produced over 200 times throughout the United States. 

In her Waterworks Players debut, Lacy Klinger will direct “Fuddy Meers.” This is a dark comedy centered on Claire, who has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. Every morning she wakes up a blank slate. Her husband, Richard, comes in with coffee, explains her condition, and hands her a book filled with essential information related to her identity. One day a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her.

Subsequently, Claire is taken to the country house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets even more complicated when a dim-witted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window.

The Waterworks are seeking seven actors (four men and three women) for the following roles: Claire – a generally sunny woman with amnesia; Richard — a chatty, friendly, sometimes nervous man; Kenny — a troubled, pot-smoking teen; Limping Man — a lisping, limping, half-blind, half-deaf man with secrets; Gertie — a clear-headed lady who’s had a stroke and can’t speak properly; Millet – an odd man with a puppet; Heidi- a tough woman.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script. In addition, a number of stagehands to assist during technical week rehearsals and the four public performances are needed.

The show runs June 10-11 and June 17-18. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Waterworks Players at (434) 392-3452 or info@waterworksplayers.org.