Jacques de Vaucanson, 35, the famous maker of automatons.
Maurice, 18, a handsome new apprentice.
Marguerite du Mont, a greedy landlady. (Who would never tell anyone her age.)
Marie, 17, Madame du Mont’s very pretty daughter.
Grouchy (Grew-SHEE) and la Harpe (La-ARP), two workmen in the shop. (But in those roles we only see their hands. They also mime two of the automatons as well as work puppets for the others.)
La Comtesse Duchien, 60, who laments her late Alphonse.
Le Marquis de Chagrin, 55, who is most unlucky in matters of love.
La Baroness Aperçue (Ah-per-SUE), 30, who lives by foretelling futures.
l’Abbé d’Ailleurs (Ay-YEAR), 45, who is ungodly tired of hearing confessions.
Merde de Canard won the second place award in the 2006 Arkansas Rep. Kaufman and Hart New Comedy Competition
Approx 1 hour 45 minutes – not including interval
Preview available here