Auditions for “The Tell-Tale Farce”

EDIT #1 — March 12th, 2020 at 10:00pm

Due to today’s announcements from state and local governments, we are taking the step of postponing our “The Tell Tale Farce” auditions, currently scheduled for March 22nd and 23rd. At this time, no new date(s) have been selected.

Stay tuned for more details in the future as our board of directors make these unprecedented decisions.


Announcing the audition dates for The Village Players of Hatboro’s production of The Tell-Tale Farce, a comedy by Don Zolidis.

Director: James Kirkwood

Location: Village Players of Hatboro, 401 Jefferson Avenue., Hatboro, PA 19040

Audition Dates

  • Sunday, March 22nd at 7:00pm CANCELED
  • Monday, March 23rd at 7:00pm CANCELED

Audition forms will be provided for you upon arrival at the theater.

Cold readings from the script will be provided.

SHOW DATES are June (2020) 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20. All actors who are cast MUST be available for all show dates, as well as tech week (Sunday, May 31st through Wednesday, June 3rd)

REHEARSALS will be decided based upon actor availability. 

SYNOPSIS

(Farce) It’s 1848, and Edgar Allan Poe is just coming off the spectacular success of “The Raven.” Unfortunately, it’s only earned him a grand total of nine dollars. So when a wealthy dowager commissions him to write her a poem for the vast sum of one hundred dollars, he leaps at the chance. Only problem: the man who shows up to write the poem isn’t Poe, he’s Poe’s mailman, and he’s on a quest to woo the dowager’s spinster niece. Playing Poe is harder than it looks, though, especially when your mustache keeps falling off, the teenage grand-daughter of the house is lusting after you, and Poe’s arch-nemesis, Rufus Griswold, just happens to be dropping by to settle old scores. A freewheeling, door-slamming farce with a touch of the macabre.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

  • Edgar (Actually Richard Muffinbridge) – 30ish, a mail-man, fake mustache.
  • Poe (The real one) – late 30s, fresh off the success of “The Raven”. A rather mild-mannered fellow with a mustache.
  • Rufus Griswold – Late 30s, a poet. Something of a bastard. Has amazing facial hair with mustache.
  • Henry Whitford – 20, nervous and naive. No mustache.
  • Mary O’Donnell – 20s, the chambermaid. Irish accent.
  • Helena Dowling – 62, the matriarch, nearly deaf. Walks with a cane.
  • Sarah Dowling – 30ish, Helena’s niece. A spinster.
  • Abigail Dowling – 18, granddaughter of Helena.

CREW MEMBERS & NEWBIES

Audition nights are a perfect time to come out, meet the director, and express your interest in helping out backstage, be it in the role of a stage manager, lights & sound operator, concessions, or whatever else you might like to do. 

They’re also GREAT for first-timers to come out and observe how things are done, maybe express interest in being a helper, or read for a part! We almost always cast at least one person who’s never been on stage before. You never know what can happen!

Questions? Please contact Director James Kirkwood at jjkirkwood27@gmail.com.

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