Unnecessary Farce

directed by Eddie Page

April 21 – May 7, 2023


Monday February 13 and Tuesday February 14
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Callbacks by invitation only: Thursday, February 16
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Where: Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, Vienna, VA 22180
Click here to download an audition form.

All cast and crew will be required to show proof of Covid vaccination.

Unnecessary Farce, an award-winning comedy by Paul Slade Smith, combines all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary plot. Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! Set in an economy motel, an embezzling small-town mayor is to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two inept undercover cops aim to catch the mayor on camera doing the guilty deeds. When the camera catches a bit of unrehearsed hanky-panky and a kilt-wearing, bagpipe-wielding, hit-man stumbles into the fray, comic pandemonium ensues!
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No appointments necessary. Prior farce experience a plus.  Actors must be in good physical condition. All auditionees provide a complete list of conflicts and will be asked to have their picture taken.
VTC is actively committed to conscious diverse casting, if race is not integral to the script.

Cast of 7 – 3 Women and 4 Men
Character Descriptions:
Eric Sheridan (M) 30s to 40s – A bookish, even-keeled police officer who’s thrown into some difficult situations — while not wearing any pants.
Billie Dwyer (F) 20s to 30s – A police officer. Eric’s partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.
Karen Brown (F) 30s to 40s – An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today. Note: the actress cast would be on stage in her underwear and/or a half-slip.
Mayor Meekly (M) 50s to 70s – Sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)
Agent Frank (M) 20s to 50s. Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man.
Todd (M) 20s to 50s – Speaks with a progressive and pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man whose accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he’s completely indecipherable.
Mary Meekly (F) 50s to 70s – The mayor’s wife. Small statured, she SEEMS very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.
Performance Dates and Times:
8pm: Fridays and Saturdays – April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6
2pm: Sundays – April 30, May 7, 2023
Both auditions and performances to be held at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, Vienna, VA

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