The Portsmouth Little Theatre (PLT) is proud to announce the cast list of its March production, “Fuddy Meers.”
According to Dramatic Publishing Service, the show is about a lady named Claire, who has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. One morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and he disappears into the shower. As he is in the shower, 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.
Claire’s info book is quickly discarded, and she’s hustled off 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 dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they’ve kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller-coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.
The cast includes Rachel Hoople as Claire, Gregory Bauer as Richard, Samuel Perkins as Kenny, Earnest Drew Herman as Limping Man, Victoria Suarez as Millet, Chelsea Watkins as Heidi, and Leigh Anne Smith as Gertie.
“I’m really happy with the family of misfits we’ve put together for this show,” Director Amanda Gowin stated. “We’ve got PLT veterans, PLT newbies, and a couple of folks stepping into their first big roles, ever. It’s so exciting! Even auditions were hilarious.”
Gowin is a senior member of the PLT board of directors and has appeared in many productions. She is excited to be involved in another show, this time in the director’s chair.
“Nine years ago when I walked on the PLT stage in a bit part, I never would have imagined I was capable of helming an entire production,” Gowin said. “It’s a magical place, we all grow and learn together.”
Gowin Herself picked out this particular show, due to its humor and heart. She says that she believes the community will really enjoy it and knows her talented cast can pull it off.
“Communication is really the only thing that matters – it’s how we connect with each other and with reality,” Gowin explained. “This play is chock-full of people with conflicting information, conflicting realities, and endless obstacles to making themselves understood. Their frustration is entertaining.”
PLT is a 501©3 nonprofit theatre in a historically registered theatre. They depend on the community to survive and graciously accept patronage and donations to keep the lights on.
Fuddy Meers will open curtain Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14. All showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and $5 for Shawnee State University Students.