The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 3, 2014

Auditions set for HFT production

— Audition dates for Historic Fayette Theater production of “Manny and Moo Moo” are March 15 and 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. each day at theater, 115 South Court St. Fayetteville.

The performance dates for “Manny and Moo Moo,” directed by Jan Neal, are May 9, 10, 16, 17  and 18.

The cast needed for the production includes two young women, two middle-aged women, one young man and one man of any age.

Middle-aged misanthrope Manny Pridemore wins $34 million in a lottery and he obtains means to achieve his long term ambition in life: Dropping out of it. Once an idealist with dreams of being a successful painter, he now lives alone in a bungalow near the northern California coast, spending his days in indolent puttering, talking to his pet goldfish and darkly delighting in the notion that he no longer has to participate in what he believes to be a corrupt and hopeless world.

But, staying in a shell is turning out to be harder than Manny expected. People react to his acquisition of wealth in ways ranging from peculiar to life-threatening. His second ex-wife is suing him for half his winnings, his first is trying to muscle her way back into his life, and his perky next door neighbor tries to win his heart with a steady supply of home-cooked goodies. But Manny’s greatest challenge comes when his young niece, Emily, turns up unexpectedly at his door, on the run from a troubled romantic relationship and dealing with life issues of her own. Manny provides Emily with some much needed refuge and avuncular advice, but she also will help him gain a new perspective on himself, and a new reason to believe in life and the future again.                     

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