AUDITIONS: The Tell-Tale Farce

A play by Don Zolidis
Directed by Richard Medernach

It’s 1848, and Edgar Allan Poe is just coming off the spectacular success of “The Raven.” Unfortunately, it’s only earned him a grand total of nine dollars. So when a wealthy dowager commissions him to write her a poem for the vast sum of one hundred dollars, he leaps at the chance. Only problem: the man who shows up to write the poem isn’t Poe, he’s Poe’s mailman, and he’s on a quest to woo the dowager’s spinster niece. Playing Poe is harder than it looks, though, especially when your mustache keeps falling off, the teenage grand-daughter of the house is lusting after you, and Poe’s arch-nemesis, Rufus Griswold, just happens to be dropping by to settle old scores. A freewheeling, door-slamming farce with a touch of the macabre.

Cast needed:

4W, 5M roles

Auditions Thursday September 14 6:30-8:00 PM in STM 140 (Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium)
Book an audition time in the STM Student Services Office (155 STM) or email

Prepare a short monologue (1-2 minutes). You may also be asked to read from the script.

  • Production dates: Nov. 16-18, 2023.
  • Must be available Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings for rehearsals.
  • Must be available Nov. 13, 14, 15 for tech and dress rehearsals.

Crew needed:

Stage manager (1)
Lighting (1)
Sound (2)
Costume sewing & alterations/Set construction/Set decoration/props team

Theatre experience is helpful but not required. Contact to express interest.