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Auditions set for ‘Fuddy Meers’

The Waterworks Players are holding auditions on July 10 for its August 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 produce over 200 times throughout the United States. 

Lacy Klinger, in her Waterworks Players debut, will direct the play.

The play 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.

Waterworks is 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 has had a stroke and can’t speak properly; Millet, an odd man with a puppet; and Heidi, a tough woman.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. on July 10 at the Waterworks Theater. There will be cold readings from the script. In addition, Waterworks need a number of stage hands to assist during technical week rehearsals and the four public performances.

The first rehearsal begins on Monday, July 11. Rehearsals run Sunday-Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. The show runs August 5, 6, 12 and 13. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Waterworks Players at (434) 392-3452 or email info@waterworksplayers.org.