The Walpole Footlighters Playhouse at 2 Scout Road in East Walpole, MA is seeking directors for our upcoming 2018 – 2019 season. Our comedy, FLEMMING (An American Thriller), by Sam Bobrick, will open in October, 2018, followed by our drama/mystery, THE MYSTERY OF MIZ ARNETTE, by Alan Bailey & Ronnie Claire Edwards, which will open in February, 2019. Our musical comedy, ADRIFT IN MACAO, by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, will be our May production.
The following is a synopsis of each show, as found on the Samuel French website.
FLEMMING (An American Thriller): By Sam Bobrick, is a full length (90 minutes), dark comedy, mystery/thriller, spoof that takes place in present day. Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn’t be happier. Henry is convinced he’s found his life’s work and Westport Connecticut is safer for it. This play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940’s and 50’s.
THE MYSTERY OF MIZ ARNETTE: By Alan Bailey & Ronnie Claire Edwards, is a full length (90 minutes) dramatic comedy whose time period is the 1930’s in Oklahoma’s devastating Dust Bowl. The set is a farmhouse kitchen in Hardesty, Oklahoma. The time is 1934 when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertised and leased four months ago. With the family farm at stake and desperate for the additional income, young Floy Kate strikes a deal and takes in the intriguing stranger that would forever change her life.
ADRIFT IN MACAO: By Christopher Durang & Peter Melnick, is a full length (90 minutes) musical comedy, spoof that takes place in 1952 Macao, China. This is a loving parody of film noir movies. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out. The characters include your film noir standards, like Laureena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner her first night in town. She ends up getting a job singing in his night club – perhaps for no reason other than the fact that she looks great in a slinky dress. And don’t forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for the murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin.
If you are interested in directing for our 2018 – 2019 season, please send your resume to Christine Grudinskas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Play Reading Committee will be conducting interviews in January, 2018.