Visalia Players plans a world premiere of ‘The Norma Conquests’

Visalia Players

The premiere of an original play is always happy news. Hugh Munro Neely (great middle name!) writes to let me know he’s going to be directing the world premiere of a comic play for the Visalia Players titled “The Norma Conquests” by Los Angeles playwright Rom Watson. It will run Sept. 15 through Oct. 1 at the Ice House Theatre.

Neely is holding auditions for 18 different roles (some double or triple cast) on Sunday, July 16, and Monday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m at the Ice House Theater, 410 Race Ave. in Visalia. Details on the roles offered can be found at

He describes “The Norma Conquest” as a “parody-sequel to the classic film ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ set 16 years after Norma Desmond was sent to prison for the murder of her lover, Joe Gillis. Norma is given the chance to participate in a work-release program; if she can keep a job she can get out of prison … at least during the days.”

Watson is the author of such full-length plays as “Lying Beneath the Surface,” “Image and Likeness and Pinocchio in the Bronx.” Eleven of his 22 short plays have been produced, including in June at the Hollywood Fringe.

“I’m very excited about the chance to premiere this very clever and funny three act play,” Neely writes.

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