Casting ages 16 and up, cold readings from the script, come dressed for movement
Bring all conflicts between September 10 and October 15
Production dates are:
Saturday, October 27 and November 3 & 10
Sunday, October 27 and November 4 & 11
(Actors may be cast in multiple roles)
Aesop: Male/Female role. Storyteller role, troubles by stories in his/her head.
Hare: Female role. Insists on finding a great name for herself.
Lion: Male/Female role – Just wants to please Androcles.
Androcles: Male/Female role. Can’t shake his friend Lion!
Boy: Male role. One big liar.
Wolf: Male role. Not a sheep, really.
Goose: Male/Female role. Sees the lessons in stories.
Farmer: Male/Female role. Impatient; wants golden eggs.
Fox: Male/Female role. Oversensitive, lazy and doesn’t care. I mean it!
Tortoise: Male/Female role. Convinced he/she can win a footrace.
Mom: Female role. Aesop’s mom, spouts unconventional wisdom.
Dad: Male role. Aesop’s dad, tries to help his son.
Zeus: Male role. Immature god.
Hera: Female role. Wife of Zeus; keeps him in line.
Daphinity: Female role. Aesop’s muse.
Doctor: Male/Female role. Wants to cure Aesop.
Mentor: Male/Female role. Understanding teacher.
About the director:
Meg Miller (Director) has participated in numerous theater productions onstage and behind the scenes in Europe, Australia, and the U.S. This year marks her 13th (lucky, eh?) year at Elden Street Players. Her previous directorial works in the U.S. include; Once Upon a Clothesline, and Fairytales in Training at ESP’s TFYA, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, andSupercilious at LTC. Meg’s been seen on the TFYA stage in such deliciously funny plays as: Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Red vs. Wolf.
About AESOP’S FOIBLES
Aesop’s problem of constantly hearing annoying voices in his head, which come to life as hysterical characters onstage that only Aesop (and you!) can see and hear is making life unbearable. With the resentful Fox, the egomaniac Hare, the sluggish Tortoise, the Zen-like Grasshopper and many more, Aesop can hardly think straight, so his parents take him to the doctor, who’s bent on sending the young boy to the loony bin. Goddess Hera and her hen-pecked husband Zeus intervene by sending the muse Daphinitydown to help Aesop take control of the characters in his head. She convinces him that the only way to freedom is to let the characters out and share them with the world. Prompted by his mentor, Aesop’s stories come alive onstage, but the mentor remains unimpressed until Aesop can tell him what the tales mean. Jam-packed with clever dialogue, mad-cap action and modern, uproarious twists, Aesop’s Foibles retells the fables like you’ve never quite heard them before and offers a heart-warming surprise ending to wrap up the play the way Aesop would’ve like it... with a meaningful moral!
By special permission with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus