By Michael Frayn
February 24 through March 12, 2023
Noises Off has been called “the funniest farce ever written.” This Westmoreland Players production will be directed by Jake Beckhard, a young visiting artist who has directed or assistant-directed numerous productions in New York and Washington, D.C.
Summary: In a provincial English town, a theatre troupe rehearses a touring production of a bawdy comedy, “Nothing On.” Unfortunately, almost nothing is going right – the cast can’t remember their lines, they mix up their blocking and misplace props, and they’ve lost sight of why they’re acting! Even the director is certain that the show will be a disaster.
Somehow, the cast pulls through, but by mid-tour, the drama has moved backstage, as cast and crews’ personal lives start to mirror the insanity in the play, with romantic dalliances, jealousies, and chaos reigning overall. By closing night, the play is in complete shambles both onstage and off, with cast members engaged in open warfare while simply trying to survive until the final curtain.
Dotty … Laurie Breakwell
Brooke … Rachel Beard
Belinda … Kelly Wright
Poppy … Katie Lucy
Lloyd … Dan Beckhard
Freddie … John Pitman
Garry … Matt Johnson
Selsdon … George Runkle
Tim … Jackson Rainey
“Noises Off” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com