FUDDY MEERS is the story of Claire, whose rare form of amnesia erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Husband Richard bounces in with coffee, an explanation of her condition, and a handbook filled with essential information for every moment of her day. While he’s in the shower, a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask pops out from under her bed, claims
that he’s her long-lost brother and that Richard wants to kill her.
And so begins a sinister and zany comedic romp as Claire is whisked away to her mother’s house… or is she really her mother? No matter how desperately her mother tries to communicate, a recent stroke has reduced her speech to gibberish. Now add in the complications of a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet and her driven husband and stoned son showing up with a claustrophobic female cop they’ve kidnapped.
It’s a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement, hit over the head with a frying pan, or transported over the Canadian border. Claire’s journey is filled with twists and turns and a variety of bizarre characters. Sock puppets? Really? This black comedy will have the audience rooting for her to remember her past life and courageously confront a traumatic past. Playwright and future Pulitzer Prize winner Lindsay-Abaire found that he readily identified with the characters he was creating stating that “to me, the world is this insane, crazy place filled with insane, crazy people, and so to me it’s funny and a little unsettling, but not necessarily unrealistic – just amped up a bit.”
“…wicked fun…the evening explodes with laughter.” —NY MAGAZINE
“…heady fun…fresh, zingy dialogue, which revels in warping the language of self-help books…Like the resourceful chef who turns leftovers into haute cuisine, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire blends clichéd ingredients into something savory and distinctive…[a] dark, sweet and thoroughly engaging comedy.” —NEW YORK TIMES
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.
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Casting of Carlsbad Playreaders productions usually is done at the discretion of the director. Occasionally the director will hold limited, by-invitation-only auditions. Rarely does Playreaders hold open auditions for any one particular production. Information regarding future auditions will be posted on this website and our Facebook page.
All Carlsbad Playreaders events are held in the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.
There is no set charge for attendance at Carlsbad Playreaders performances.
$5 General Admission
No reservations necessary