Auditions for The Tell-Tale Farce


By Don Zolidis
Production Dates: March 1 - 16, 2019
Approximate Running Time: 120 minutes

SYNOPSIS: The Tell-Tale Farce is a comedy of errors.  Richard Muffinbridge is madly in love with Sarah Dowling, the niece of a wealthy widow, and in his desperate attempt to be with her he pretends to be Edgar Allen Poe. Unfortunately, Abigail Dowling, the widow's granddaughter, is not happy with her fiance's lack of.... everything and has concluded that she is in love with the dark and desirable Edgar Allen Poe. The home is also frequented by Rufus Griswold a competing poet who also desires to marry Sarah. Chaos and confusion quickly builds as the Dowling home is filled with shenanigans.


EDGAR (AKA RICHARD MUFFINBRIDGE): Male, a 30-something mailman pretending to be Edgar Allan Poe wearing a fake mustache, in love with Sarah.

POE: Male, The Real Edgar Allan Poe, late 30s, fresh off the success of “The Raven”, mild-mannered with mustache.

RUFUS GRISWOLD: Male, late 30s, a poet, a rude and pompous jerk, engaged to Sarah, has a mustache.

HENRY WHITFORD: Male, 20s, very naive in the ways of love, engaged to Abigail, no mustache.

MARY O’DONNELL: Female, Any Age, the Irish chambermaid, intent on getting into the shenanigans.

HELENA DOWLING: Female, Early 60s, widowed, head of the family, hard of hearing.

SARAH DOWLING: Female, 30s, niece to Helena, considered a spinster, doesn’t love Rufus.

ABIGAIL DOWLING: Female, 18, grand-daughter of Helena, wants a wild romance as Henry is unexciting.

BRINSLEY: Male, Any Age, household butler, intent on upholding morality and propriety.


All auditions are from 7-9pm at Memorial Hall
5 Towers Rd. Essex Jct., VT 05452

Monday, December 3
Tuesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 5

Announcing 60th Anniversary Season

Essex Community Players Announces 60th Anniversary
2018/2019 Season


Essex Junction, VT – Essex Community Players announces a 2018-19 Season; a deck stacked with laughs and a dramatic conclusion. The 60th Anniversary Season opens with Barefoot in the Park, a tribute to both the recent passing of legendary playwright Neil Simon and a nostalgic nod to The Player’s 60 years. Barefoot in the Park is the timeless story of a young married couple, having just enjoyed a magical, six-day honeymoon at the Plaza hotel in New York, settling into their new home – a tiny, sparsely-appointed “fixer-upper” of a fifth-floor walk-up on Manhattan’s east side. Not only must they learn to adapt to the limitations and inconveniences of their surroundings, but they must also do the same with their relationship. Barefoot in the Park, first opened on Broadway just five years after ECP began producing community theater and has received multiple Essex productions through the years. This classic romantic comedy runs October 12 – 27.

Continuing its tradition of a show for the holidays, December brings The ReGifters by Robert Lynn. When a couple "regifts" a not-so-great Christmas present, then finds out it's worth a fortune, they will stop at nothing to get it back. But they're not the only ones who rewrapped it… In the mad pursuit to reclaim the gift, everyone who gave it away learns about friendship, real wealth, and the value of a gift truly given. The ReGifters will run at Memorial Hall from December November 30 - December 9.

March brings The Tell-Tale Farce by Don Zolidis, a freewheeling, door-slamming farce with a touch of the macabre. 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. The Tell-Tale Farce runs March 1 – 16.

Shifting from “a touch” of macabre to full on tragedy, The Players will close this anniversary season with an open-casting production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth May 2 - 10. Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Known by the superstitious as “The Scottish Play” this classic play dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

The Essex Community Players encourage the production of exceptional live theater in the Essex area and Chittenden County through development of theater skills and the advancement of talents in all areas of theater. Beginning as the Essex Players in 1958, the brainchild of Bess Cohen, Elinor Barr, Bill Devlin and their theater-minded friends. In 1965 they became the Essex Community Players and became the “Theater Family” for Essex. To learn more, visit

Barefoot in the Park
October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm
October 14 & 21 at 2:00 pm

The Re-Gifters
November 30, December 1, 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm
December 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 2:00 pm

The Tell-Tale Farce
March 2, 3, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm
March 3 & 10 at 2:00 pm

May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11 at 7:30 pm
May 5 & 12 at 2:00 pm

All Essex Community Players productions are located at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex Junction, VT.

Announcing the cast for our fall 2018 production of “Barefoot in the Park”

We are pleased to announce the cast of Essex Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Classic Comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Corie Bratter : Lauren Patterson
Paul Bratter : Andy Sebranek
Ethel Banks : Annie Mollo
Victor Velasco : Don MacKechnie
Telephone Man : Josh McDonald

Produced by Cindy MacKechnie
Directed by Adam Cunningham.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates:
October 12  at 7:30 PM (Friday)
October 13  at 7:30 PM
October 14  at 2:00 PM (Sunday)

October 19  at 7:30 PM (Friday)
October 20 at 7:30 PM (Saturday)
October 21  at 2:00 PM

October 26 at 7:30 PM (Friday)
October 27 at 7:30 PM (Saturday)

Tickets on Sale Soon!

Get Involved!
We're in need of crew members, board operators, ushers, and baked goods. If you're interested, please email Cindy MacKechnie