Read about the play HERE.

 

 

The story:

 

 

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

 

City Weekly.

 

"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.