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Episode 11: Rent-a-Stiff – Fred Tacon
Episode 11: Rent-a-Stiff – Fred Tacon

Episode 11: Rent-a-Stiff – Fred Tacon


About This Episode

In this special Halloween edition of Stories Found, we’re chatting with the multi-talented playwright, composer, director, and performer, Fred Tacon and then listening to his hilarious and spooky ten-minute play, Rent-a-Stiff.

Rent-a-Stiff – Mr. Ut, the proprietor of a human taxidermy rental company, is at risk of losing his livelihood due to aging inventory and new competition. But, he makes shocking discovery that just might save his business. This macabre comedy is well-suited for themed evenings of short plays for Halloween, horror, or simply the strange and unusual.

About the Playwright – Fred Tacon

Fred Tacon, playwright, on Stories Found

Fred Tacon is a playwright, composer, director, and performer from Hebron, Kentucky (just over the river from Cincinnati, Ohio). He recently starred as Nick Bottom in a sold-out run of ‘Something Rotten!’ at The Footlighters Inc. in Newport, Kentucky. Fred’s writing usually focuses on theatre for young audiences, and his musical, ‘The Jester Prince’, and plays, ‘Clara and the Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Pond’, have been enjoyed by audiences in Kentucky and Ohio.

He has also written several short plays, musicals, and monologues that have been seen and streamed in a variety of ways and places. His 10-minute musical, ‘Puddle Jumpers’, will be a part of The Drama Workshop’s Homebrew Theatre, January 2023, in Cincinnati.

Fred serves as Vice President of the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of new works for the stage by Kentucky playwright

Read more of Fred’s plays on NPX, The New Play Exchange.

About the Cast

Rent-a-Stiff was performed for us by:

Joe Llorens as Mr. Ut

Joe Llorens has been a performer for over twenty years. In that time, he’s done things. Some of those things he’s liked, even. Joe will keep trying to do things he likes and not be as judgy about the things he doesn’t like because he really should cut himself a bit of a break. He loves his wife, children, and pets, though. A lot.

Liz Bernstein as Ivan

Liz Bernstein

Liz Bernstein (she/her/hers) is a training facilitator and career coach in Central Florida. Her first loves, however, are acting, singing, performing, and creative writing. In the Central Florida area, she has performed with the Gemini Blvd collegiate a cappella group, Orlando Cringe, Phoenix Tears Productions, Central Florida Community Arts, and Playwrights Roundtable. She has also worked virtually with the Fragmented Festival and is excited to continue working virtually with Stories Found. Liz is a core collective member of Whiskey Theatre Factory, a group dedicated to producing  meaningful theatrical productions that uplift, develop, and celebrate emerging and untapped voices. With Whiskey Theatre Factory, she has helped with new play development and production, including new works in the Orlando Fringe Festival. Most recently, Liz was honored to perform the role of “Amy” in Ava Love Hanna’s piece, There Will Be Bears for PRT’s production of Launch.

Kate O’Claire as Fran Kinstein

Kate O'Claire on Stories Found

Kate O’Claire (she/her/hers) is a performer, producer, public speaker, and social justice mage who has been seen on stages throughout Central Florida, Paris, and her home state of Wisconsin. She is passionate about telling unique stories, amplifying historically excluded voices, fighting the patriarchy, riding Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios, eating Taco Bell, and reducing shame around difficult topics.

Danielle Muething as The Grisly Sisters

Danielle Muething on Stories Found

Danielle Muething has twenty plus years of experience in professional acting and singing for the stage, voice over work for local commercials and businesses, and multiple audiobook projects.

She has been seen on stages around her hometown of Cincinnati, as well as a five-year stint in Orlando, FL. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her husband, who built her custom in home studio, and her two dogs, Wally and Willow.


Featured Organization: Kentucky Playwrights Workshop

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop

Our featured organization this week is the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, encouragement, and support of playwrights who live in the state of Kentucky.

Visit them at kyplays.org

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