UW-Washington County will be holding auditions for the spring production of The Ladies Man on Thursday, January 27 at 7pm in the campus theatre. The cast for the witty comedy of misunderstandings includes four females (ages 18-60) and four males (ages 18-40). Brad Ford, UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor, will direct and design the performance. Area residents interested in acting are encouraged to audition. Ford is also in need of volunteers for building the set as well as with technical and behind-the-scenes work. College credit can be earned for performing or doing crew work for the show.
The Ladies Man revolves around the recently married Dr. Hercule Molineaux who tells “one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Other characters include Dr. Molineaux’s ditsy young wife (Yvonne); his gorgon of a mother-in-law (Madame Aigreville); an outrageously aggressive and mischievous female patient (Suzanne Aubin); her violently jealous Prussian husband (Gustav Auvin); a well-intentioned friend with a serious lisp (Bassinet); a valet with an attitude (Etienne); and his pragmatic yet saucy maid (Marie). The story includes more slamming doors than realistic architecture should ever accommodate, all adding up to a hilariously zany and infectiously charming farce.
Similar to American vaudeville, French farce was the most popular style of theatre in the 19th century. Written by George Feydeau in 1886 and freely translated and adapted from Tailleur pour dames by Charles Morey, the story takes place in Belle Epoque, Paris. The Ladies Man is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
The Ladies Man will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 4-5 and 11-12 at 7:30pm. All performances are scheduled in the campus theatre, Theatre on the Hill, located on the second floor of the campus. For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripts are available for perusal from the University library. For more information about the auditions or working behind the scenes, contact Professor Ford at (262) 335-5222 or email: email@example.com. For ticket sales, phone the main office at 262-335-5208 (Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm). Tickets are $12 adults and $9 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.