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City of Fairfax Theatre Company

The Actors Nightmare

All characters can be any age and any gender. Descriptions will include the gender of the character as written, but that's not super important.



This is a one-act play




Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner’s axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call. (source: Dramatist Play Service)

May twenty seven, twenty twenty

Created by:   Kirsten Boyd
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A young man and accountant who finds himself backstage under mysterious circumstances. He seems to be the understudy of a man named Edwin, although he can't actually remember attending any rehearsals or being a part of the production.

Tim Slattery


The stage manager. A capable worker. She tries to help George remember his lines in different ways.

Julia Rankin


A grand actress.

Sharon Caraballo


Another actress, slightly younger and less grand than Sarah.

Kylee Marquez-Downie


A grand actor.

Cedar Curran

The Executioner

A traditional medieval executioner who appears toward the end of the play.

Rana Omeish

The Announcer

A voice over the loudspeaker who announces the cast for the performances and instructs the audience not to use flash photography (a warning which is ignored)

Karen Skilling
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