The Riverfront Playhouse

Love, Lies and the Doctor's Dilema
by Michael Parker and Susan Parker
Monday, December 18 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 19 @ 7:00 pm

The Riverfront Playhouse will hold open auditions for Love, Lies and the Doctor's Dilemaby Michael Parker and Susan Parker on Monday & Tuesday, December 18 & 19 at 7:00 pm at the Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 S Water Street Mall, Aurora, Il 60505.
About the show:
Joan and Sandy lead a quiet life, but Joan is on edge because her actress sister-in-law is coming to visit. Her sister does not know that she is living with the love of her life.  Meanwhile, a mobster named Vinny has come to wait for Joan's son Chris to collect money he owes to a bookie. All of this is topped off with a new and extremely clumsy neighbor, Rachael, who keeps coming over. In an effort to hide their relationship Joan introduces Sandy as her psychiatrist. "The Doctor" is in. Has Joan created a monster? Everyone wants a session. One little white lie leads to another, identities are mixed doors are slammed, and laughter reaches a new high in this  farce.

Director Gene Scheffler is looking to cast a total of 3 women and 3 men for the show. 
JOAN SCHELLER: A middle-aged widow, she lives with her former gardener, Sandy. She is unconventional and free spirited. She doesn't seem to care what others think of her, except her sister-in-law Olivia who seems to dominate her in some strange way.  As Joan interacts with each of the characters, she is quick thinking and resourceful. Her seemingly innocent white lies create chaos and confusion throughout the play.
SANDY: An easy going, mild mannered guy who appears to be in love with Joan. He was in fact her gardener, when Olivia arrives unexpectedly and almost catches them. Joan, afraid of Olivia's disapproval, introduces Sandy, as Dr. Gardener her psychiatrist, and explains they were simply having a session. Joan has left him no choice but to go along with her deception. Little does he realize that he will be in great demand as a psychiatrist for the rest of the play.
VINNY "THE ENFORCER": The quintessential Italian mobster. He dresses like one, he talks like one. He is looking for Joan's son, Chris, who has accumulated considerable gambling debts and who is now on the run from the mob. Although he appears tough, we later learn this is all bluff and bluster as he turns out to be sensitive pussy-cat. He has a rough, "New Jersey" accent.
OLIVIA ST. CLAIRE: Joan's sister-in-law. A wealthy, aging movie star, who never enters a room, but always "makes an entrance." A well meaning, but overbearing woman, she asserts her authority upon everyone, especially Joan,  Joan, embarrassed to let Olivia know that her son is in debt to the mob, creates yet another deception, and introduces Vinny as her security guard. Olivia appears to be quite taken with the rough and street smart Vinny.
RACHAEL: Joan's new neighbor. She seems to live in her own world, constantly being nosey and taking liberties. She continually refers to disastrous incidents in her life and we soon see why they happened. With her flighty demeanor and malapropisms, you're left to wonder how she ever survives in life. She is, however, a sweet, thoughtful, and kind woman.
CHRIS: Joan's son is on the run from the mob. He is seemingly out of work, and living a care free life. He does not seem to take his situation very seriously. Joan, however, takes it extremely seriously and, fearful for his safety, persuades him to masquerade as her daughter, Christina. 
Performances will be Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, January 19 - February 24 2018. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Head shots are not required. Auditions are open to anyone interested, there are no appointments necessary. Questions may be directed to

Love, Lies and the Doctor's Dilema
is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French


Persons interested in assisting with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.

The Riverfront Playhouse is a 501C3 not for profit charitable organization that presents non-equity productions. Participants in productions are not compensated for their appearances nor do we charge our performers to become a member of the Riverfront playhouse.
The Riverfront Playhouse is a Non-Equity production house.


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13 South Water Street, Aurora, Illinois, 60505
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