Penn State Berks theatre department presents 'Fuddy Meers'

READING, Pa. -- The Penn State Berks Theatre Department will present "Fuddy Meers," a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 6–9, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for Penn State students, faculty and staff with ID and $10 for general admission.

"Fuddy Meers" is produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. A description of the play appears on

Claire has a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory when she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and disappears into the shower. Then a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire's info book is quickly discarded and she's hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire's journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop who they've kidnapped.

Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she'd forgotten. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman's attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

The production will be directed by Berks theatre alumnus Taylor Clark Housel. The assistant director is Vince Coughlin and stage manager is Dan Harper. Penn State Berks student actors include Ayomide Ogunleye, Charles Carr, Brandon Reimer, Tessa Eberlein, Justin Dorazio and Juliana Reed. They will be joined by Griffin Franklin Cook.

Once again, the college’s engineering students are lending a hand to the team with senior electro-mechanical engineering technology major Raymond “R.J.” Bonham on lighting design and first-year engineering major Heather Alexander on sound design.

For more information, contact James Brown, program coordinator for theater, at 610-396-6419 or [email protected].