VAN WERT — Off Stage Productions will hold auditions for “Farce of Habit” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten on Aug. 15 and 16. Auditions will be held at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert from 7-8 p.m. both evenings. Enter at door number 7. The best parking is straight in on the north driveway (the driveway farthest from Van Wert). Auditions are open to adults of all ages; no prior acting experience is required to try out.

THE STORY: Comic fireworks explode in “Farce of Habit”, an absurdly funny Southern-fried romp that takes us back to the Reel ’Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. The proprietor, D. Gene Wilburn, is looking forward to a peaceful weekend on the lake. But there are only two chances of that happening: slim and none. Why, for example, has his wife, Wanelle, picked these three days to white-knuckle her way through caffeine withdrawal? Why is his son Ty’s marriage to Jenna falling apart so fast? Could it have something to do with the French can-can costume Ty is wearing? How on earth would D. Gene’s feisty sister, Maxie, allow herself to get caught up in such a bizarre undercover police assignment? And that’s just his family.

If this isn’t enough to thwart D. Gene’s weekend plans, he’s got a gaggle of nuns who’ve converged on the Inn, hell-bent on experiencing a nature retreat—which might be tolerable if D. Gene didn’t have a chronic fear of anything in a habit. Add to this the presence of Jock McNair, a nationally known relationship guru whose colossal ego threatens everyone’s sanity; a shy retiree anxious to cut loose and embrace his “inner caveman” and a couple of wild women who may or may not be who they claim to be. Throw in the storm of the century that’s fast bearing down on Mayhew, Arkansas, and D. Gene has no prayer of baiting a hook any time soon.

Oh, and did we mention there’s an axe murderer on the loose? If you enjoy gloriously preposterous hilarity, then laughing your way through the take-no-prisoners lunacy of a Jones Hope Wooten comedy is one habit you’ll never want to break!

Matt Kroll will be directing this comedy, looking to cast four men and five women of various ages.

Performance dates will be Oct 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 (also at Vantage).

Scripts are available to check out prior to auditions. Call or text 773-793-4456 if interested or for additional information.