When casting for Fuddy Meers, senior theater major Jacob Sanchez looked to give opportunities to the new students in the Theatre Department.
“ I really wanted people that would be real with it, not too crazy or comedic,” Sanchez said of what he was looking for during auditions. “In essence all comedies are based in truth. I really want these people to bring truthfulness to this crazy. “
Fuddy Meers is a comedy about a woman named Claire, played by Akira Owens, who has a rare case of amnesia that erases her memory every night that she goes to sleep.
The play, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, will be presented in the Thad Smotherman Theatre. The show will run from Nov.13 through Nov. 15 and Nov. 20 through Nov. 23.
Since Sanchez is a fellow thespian, the actors felt more comfortable trying new things and exploring with their characters.
This was especially helpful for Owens, a sophomore theater student. This is Owens’ first play on the Wesleyan stage.
“With this being my first play I was nervous, but Jacob met me feel comfortable and was able to come out of my shell,” Owens said.
Cameron Byerly, who plays Richard Fiffle, can attest to Owens coming out of her shell.
“She’s unsure of herself sometimes, but she has a lot of nature that she hasn’t taped into yet,” Byerly said. “ Whenever she starts feeling comfortable around us and she starts to shows it, it’s awesome.”
Byerly said he is ready to hear the audience’s laughter.
“I’m ready yesterday,” Byerly said. “I need an audience now. That’s the piece that we’re missing, that adrenaline rush from the audience to kick us into the fourth gear.”
Fuddy Meers runs Nov. 13- Nov. 15 and Nov. 20- Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Nov. 23 show begins at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for students with ID, faculty and staff are $5 and general admissions are $10. This production is rated PG-13 for strong adult language, drug reference, smoking, weapons and violence. To reserve tickets call the box office at 817-531-4211.