A Crooked French Affair

A Crooked French Affair

Wisconsin Premiere and first ever in-person performance!

March 23–26, 2023
Goodrich Little Theatre, Fond du Lac, WI

Tickets: $20 premium, $16 regular, $12 economy

Tickets will be available on hometowntickets.com and at the door ($3 more at the door.) Typically, tickets will go on sale about six weeks prior to opening night.

A Crooked French Affair is presented as part of World Premiere Wisconsin, a state-wide festival celebrating new plays and musicals from March 1 – June 30, 2023. To learn more visit www.worldpremierewisconsin.com.


Perry, a wannabe playwright/director, has written his first play, A Crooked French Affair, ostensibly a dramatic romance set in the royal court of Louis the 15th. When he pitches his play to the dysfunctional Board of Directors of the Pity Falls Community Playhouse, it throws them into a conniption fit. Against all odds, Perry’s play is selected, and now the real work begins with the cast of amateur, inept actors, who work on a set and in costumes designed by recruits from the local junior high school. Complicating everything is an undercurrent due to the affair between Perry’s wife and the husband of Avis, a board member who is recruited to play a part in Perry’s play. On opening night, the production loses its way yet creates a stunning audience reaction and a fortuitous discovery for Perry.

About the Playwright: Kim Ruyle

“My stories come from a unique background and are driven by my passion for the theatre. I’m a US Army veteran with a blue-collar background who went on to earn three master’s degrees and a PhD. A kid from rural America who grew up to have a business career that took him to 49 states and 45 countries. A student of the theatre who has spent the last 25 years attending and reflecting on more than 100 Broadway productions and many more regional and community theatre productions. An active member of Dramatist Guild, Playwrights’ Center, and Chicago Dramatists. An alumnus of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive and of the Theatre Resources Unlimited Producer Development and Mentorship Program Master Level. I am committed to my craft.

“Writing plays is my second career. I worked as a human resource executive and leadership development consultant before focusing on writing for the stage. In those roles, I was a frequent conference speaker (more than 100 national and international conferences) and writer (dozens of articles and book chapters). I’ve served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards and authored or co-authored five books on talent management and leadership development.”

Learn more: https://www.kimruyle.com/


Audition information will be posted soon.

PERRY (PERICLES): Male. An aspiring playwright and director. He lacks confidence but is enthusiastic about his writing. Perry directs his own play in which he also plays the role of François de la Peyronie.

AVIS: Female. Board member. Self-righteous, heavy-handed, and obsessed with the thought of getting revenge on her cheating husband. Agrees to play the part of Madame de Pompadour in the play-within-the-play.

FAWN: Female. Chair of the Board. Overly sensitive, sentimental. JAZMIN Female. Board member. Daring, outrageously so.

RUBY: Female. Board member. Practical, conservative, and competent.

SERGIO: Male. Board member. A player.

WILLY: Male. Board member. Highly insecure.

CHLOE: Female. Stage manager. Theatre expert, competent, confident.

CHEYENNE: Female. A serious but struggling method actor. Plays Queen Marie. Narcissistic and entitled.

LOUIE: Male. Ironically, plays King Louis XV. Initially, void of emotion on the stage. Can’t remember his lines to save his life.