Read about the play HERE.
LAUGHING STOCK is a hilarious backstage farce
and genuinely affectionate look into the world of
the theatre. When The Playhouse, a rustic New
England summer theatre, schedules a repertory
season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt,
comic mayhem ensues. We follow the well-
intentioned but over-matched company from
outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals
through opening nights gone disastrously awry to
the elation of a great play well told and the comic
and nostalgic season close.
"…a summer stock production of Dracula
disintegrates into chaos on opening night. Gothic
horror becomes high comedy amid misplaced
technical cues, forgotten lines, wrong entrances
and eccentric acting…the large audience howled
with glee as they watched the mayhem unfold…"
—Salt Lake Tribune.
"LAUGHING STOCK soars as farce…" —Salt Lake
"The delightful thing…is that Morey strikes a
balance between a depiction of everything that
can and usually does go wrong…and a genuinely
affectionate look at the magic that holds theatre
companies together…these are all type characters
but Morey adeptly deepens and individualizes each
one…The Dracula section and a rehearsal of
Charley's Aunt where the actors improvise being
animals at dusk around an African water hole are
comic high point…" —Event (Salt Lake City).
"LAUGHING STOCK will indeed have you laughing
in your seat if not rolling in the aisles…It's hard to
imagine anyone whose funny bone wouldn't be
tickled by this one…it's a hoot…it's a blast…"
—Monadnock Ledger (NH).
"Scene after scene, beat after beat, LAUGHING
STOCK piles on the laughs…every single piece
crackles with successful wit and abundant
humor…virtuoso farce…" —Keene Sentinel (NH).
"I cried, I choked, I fell into a coughing fit, I cried
some more…can't help but love this play."
—Nashua Telegraph (NH).
Character descriptions and stage ages:
* Gordon Page (M, 40s-50s): Artistic Director. The fearless leader of the intrepid group. He is also in most scenes.
* Jack Morris (M, 20s): Actor. Pondering his future: acting or law school?
* Susannah Huntsman (F, 30s): Director. Lots of education, not enough experience.
* Mary Pierre (F, 20s): Actor, the ingenue. Sweet, sincere and pretty.
* Tyler Taylor (M, 30s-40s): Actor. Leading roles are his natural right and the Method is the only path.
* Vernon Volker (M, 40s-50s): Actor. Doing summer stock to pay his bills.
* Richfield Hawksley (M, 70s): Actor. Done it all…he's pretty sure. His memory's not quite what it used to be.
* Daisy Coates (F, 60s-70s): Actor. Has been ready to play Ophelia for 40 years.
* Craig Conlin (M, 30s-50s): Business Manager. Keeps track of the pennies, the pencils, and the as-yet-unpaid bills.
* Sarah McKay (F, 40s-50s): Stage Manager. Efficient, acerbic, addicted to coffee (or whatever that is in her mug).
* Henry Mills (M, 30s-40s): Designer. An expert at creating “something out of nothing,” though this may be the summer he finally loses both his touch and his mind.
* Karma Schneider (F, teens-20s): inexperienced, overworked intern #1.
* Braun Oakes (M, teens-20s): inexperienced, overworked intern #2.
* Ian Milliken (M, teens-20s): inexperienced, overworked intern #3.