The Cemetery Club Auditions

Auditions for The Cemetery Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday & Tuesday August 20 & 21 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin (501 W. Main St.).

Roles are available for 4 women (age 50-65) and 1 man (age 50-65). A synopsis of the show and characters is below. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

For more information contact JK Gregg at or 615-509-6688.


Ivan Menchell’s bittersweet comedy, The Cemetery Club, is the story of three widows in Queens. They are the surviving half of three sets of long time best friends, each of whom is in a different stage of healing and moving on with her life. Once a month the three women meet to pay their respects to their husbands, who are all buried in the same cemetery. The women are bound together by their hurt, their healing and the discovery that they are more alike than they believed.


Doris is content to have loved her husband well and seeks nothing more than simply to go on remembering him. She no doubt would visit the cemetery every day.

Lucille appears to quickly have dismissed the loss of her late husband and hungrily searches for a new man. She flaunts the men on her arm with hopes that her philandering late husband sees that she has moved on without him.

Ida is in the middle of these two opposites. She recounts how her husband always loved coming home to her home-cooked meals and how she spent the first few months after his death numbly cooking elaborate meals for the husband that would never come home to her again.

Sam is a widower who meets Ida during one of the cemetery visits and the two find a connection that is soon torn asunder by Ida’s meddling friends who decide she is not ready for this budding relationship.

When Mildred, a glamorous and slightly younger widow, accompanies Sam to the wedding of a mutual friend of Ida’s, sparks fly. Ida is hurt, and Lucille and Doris confess their interference. After a mild cat fight, complete with drinks thrown in faces, Ida, Lucille and Doris each more intently view their journey as single women.