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Back Alley Productions performs at the Mars Theatre in LaFayette.

Back Alley Productions is bringing to life our very own "The Mars Theatre on the Air."

Modeled after the Mercury Theatre of "War of the Worlds" fame, Back Alley Productions will produce radio shows to share with the local community while the theatre remains closed.

The first episode is "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell. The theatre seeks local community actors to bring this story to life.

Auditions will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m., or by video submission by Monday, May 4. Video submissions can be emailed to backalleyperformances@gmail.com with the subject line "Trifles Auditions."

PLOT: John Wright has been strangled to death with a rope in his mega-creepy Midwestern farmhouse. The main suspect of the grizzly crime? His wife. As the county attorney, Sheriff Peters and a neighboring farmer named Mr. Hale investigate the house for clues, the real sleuths turn out to be Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters.

Though the menfolk constantly make fun of the women for worrying about female things, like Mrs. Wright's unfinished quilt, it's the ladies' attention to "woman stuff" that allows them to crack the case.

Actors are sought for the following roles:

  • Mrs. Hale. This protagonist of Trifles is not to be trifled with. Mrs. Hale puts up with a daily onslaught of sexism. But unlike a lot of other women, this Midwestern farmwife doesn't take it lying down. Mrs. Hale isn't even afraid to go up against men with authority.
  • Mrs. Peters. Mrs. Hale's partner in crime, which might be kind of an unlikely role for a sheriff's wife. Of course, when the audience first meets Mrs. Peters, they would never guess she'd become Thelma to anyone's Louise. 
  • George Henderson. As the county attorney, he has been called to investigate the murder of John Wright and will probably serve as the attorney for the prosecution in the event of a trial.
  • Henry Peters. The local sheriff and husband of Mrs. Peters, he is at John Wright's house to examine the scene of the crime. Like Henderson, he gently teases the women about their interest in Mrs. Wright's quilt. 
  • Lewis Hale. A neighboring farmer, he had entered the Wright farmhouse to ask John about acquiring a telephone, only to find a strangled man and a wife acting very bizarrely.

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