Auditions for David Moats’ Play

The Players will stage the premiere production of the play AN AFTERNOON IN FRANCE by David Moats at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury February 16-19, 2012.

Auditions for AN AFTERNOON IN FRANCE will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Theater. There are parts for 14 actors playing characters from age 20 to 85, with one role for a 10- to 12-year-old boy. Perusal scripts will be available at the Town Hall Theater Box Office and at the Ilsley Public Library. Rehearsals will start in January.

Click here for a synopsis and list of characters

It will be the fifth play by Moats performed by the Players since we produced THE AGE OF DINOSAURS in 1994. Moats, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2001, is an editor at the Rutland Herald and a resident of Salisbury. He is also a well-known voice on Vermont Public Radio where his commentaries have been heard frequently over the past 10 years.

AN AFTERNOON IN FRANCE tells the story of the Branch family — from World War I to the present. When Michael Branch, a restless middle-aged professor, takes his family on vacation, the secrets of four generations come to light, revealing startling patterns of yearning, love and betrayal. A small strip of newsreel footage is the catalyst that unlocks stories about the life of Michael’s grandfather (a soldier in World War I), his father (a World War II veteran), and about Michael and his family. It is a dream-like saga that moves swiftly from era to era and place to place, showing the human frailties and strengths that unite all four generations.

Moats, who directed three of the previous four productions of his plays, will direct AN AFTERNOON IN FRANCE. Ellie Friml is serving as set designer, Mark Evancho as lighting designer and Tia Anechiarico as costume designer. Terry Jenny will stage manage.

For more information, contact:
Producer Mary Longey, 388-7432 (
David Moats, 352-9839 (