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Auditions: Rumors by Neil Simon

Sunday, August 10, 2pm-4pm Monday, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Rumors premiered at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California) on September 22, 1988.

About Auditions: Roles are available for five men and five women (ages 18+), to portray characters aged 20-something through 50-something. Come prepared with a comic monologue and plan to cold read with other actors. A headshot and resume are preferred, but not required. Please bring a list of conflicts from August 17 through the end of October.

Cautions: Alcohol, gun shots, strong language


Auditions for Rumors will be held at South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road, Rock Hill



What People Are Saying About Rumors:

"Light, frothy and fun." - New York Post

"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." - The New York Times

"Neil Simon makes people laugh-a lot!" - USA Today

"Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting." - NBC-TV

Characters

KEN GORMAN
(age 40)
A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his temporary deafness.
CHRIS GORMAN
(mid-30's)
Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered. Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which drives her to drink a bit more.
LENNY GANZ
(Late 30's, early 40's)
A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent destruction over his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in.
CLAIRE GANZ
(Late 30's)
Lenny's wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and others'). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
ERNIE CUSACK
(Early 50's)
A psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening's dinner.
COOKIE CUSACK
(40's)
Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms. Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
GLENN COOPER
(30-40)
A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair (which he may or may not be).
CASSIE COOPER
(Late 20's, early 30's)
Glenn's beautiful wife. Obsesses over her husbands' relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to calm herself down.
OFFICER WELCH
(M – age 30-50)
A city police officer having a rough night. Does not tolerate lying. Sees through the "classy" façade that these high-society types put up.
OFFICER PUDNEY
(F – age 20-30)
Welch's partner. A strong but silent type.

Rumors is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Samuel French, Inc.
235 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 206-8990 Fax: (212) 206-1429 www.samuelfrench.com/

The Rock Hill Community Theatre receives annual funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition, various projects are supported by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program which receives funding form the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rock Hill Accommodation Tax and Tourism Commission and by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

Metrolina Theatre
American Association of Community Theatre
Arts Council of York County
Rock Hill Economic Development
SC Theatre Association
Southeastern Theatre Conference