Dates & Times

7:30 pm: September 12, 13, 14, 20, 21,
2:00 pm: September 22,
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Ticket Box Location Info

The Octagon Shop 427 Douglas Ames, IA 50010

Unnecessary Farce

By Paul Slade Smith

Directed by Stacy Brothers

A modern American sex farce

Two likeable cops.  Three crooks.  Eight slamming doors.  This laugh-out-loud comedy has everything one can hope for in a modern-day farce.  You won't want to miss this fast, furious, and hilarious production
Unnecessary Farce is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing LLC, Serving Dramatist Play Service collection.

Auditions July 14 and 15 at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

This play is fast-paced and requires versatile, quick-thinking, physically capable actors who are comfortable with adult situations. Four men’s and three women’s roles available. Familiarity with the script will help. Perusal copies are available at the Ames Public Library or can be purchased from

ERIC SHERIDAN – 30’s. A seasoned police officer. A bookish, even-keeled guy. Romantically inept. Tries to be a good cop, but finds himself completely out of his element when he is required to lie to his boss, disguise himself as someone else, and stand up to an armed mobster – while not wearing any pants.

BILLIE DWYER – 20’s/30’s. A police officer and Eric’s partner. Excitable and entirely unthreatening, she seemingly lacks every skill necessary for police work but is extremely eager to succeed.

KAREN BROWN – 30’s. An accountant, who has always taken pride in her accountant-like, professional demeanor. Also romantically inept, although this day she finds herself filled with a sexual hunger, and unable to keep things under control. Must be comfortable with disrobing down to her undergarments.

MAYOR MEEKLY – 50’s to 70’s. Innocent, likeable, gentle man. Not too quick on the pick-up, but a sweet soul.

AGENT FRANK – 20’s to 50’s. The head of Security at Town Hall. He presents the confident, gruff exterior of a secret service agent, however he is frequently - and always at moments of crisis - a man frightened of his own shadow.

TODD – 20’s to 50’s. Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man. Cool, quiet, and perceptive when at his best, but more frequently he is an angry Scotsman – and the angrier her becomes, the thicker his accent gets, until he is entirely undecipherable. Actors auditioning for this role should be prepared to do the accent at auditions.

MARY MEEKLY – 50’s to 70’s. The Mayor’s wife. Small in stature and unfailingly sweet, she seems, in every way, the perfect match for her husband, or is she?