Theatre Huntsville (TH) will hold auditions for their July production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29, 2016, in the Von Braun Center (VBC) Playhouse, starting at 6:30 pm.
There are roles for 5 women and 5 men (see plot summary and character breakdown, below). These are ‘open auditions,’ and ALL local, adult actors are welcome to audition. Auditions will consist of reading from sides (mini scenes) from the script. Casting will be announced within a couple of weeks of auditions, and rehearsals will begin in mid-May.
Rehearsals will be held at the TH rehearsal building on Plummer Road, three times per week, for about three hours each; scheduled around actor and director availabilities, to the greatest extent possible. The production will move into the VBC Playhouse on July 9, and Tech Week rehearsals will be held every evening, July 10-14. The show dates are July 15-17 and 21-23.
Asst. Director – Tara Ferguson
Producer – Nora Hickman
At a large, tastefully appointed 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 an upstairs bedroom and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris—first to arrive—must get “the story” straight before the other guests show up. Lenny and Claire are next on the scene, having just had a car accident. Ernie and Cookie appear next, and suspect something is amiss pretty quickly. Finally, Glenn and Cassie arrive, fighting between themselves. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
CHARACTERS – (indicated ages are ‘portrayed ages,’ are relative and are somewhat flexible)
KEN GORMAN – (Late 30s, early 40s) – 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
CHRIS GORMAN – (Mid 30s, early 40s) – 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 30s, early 40s) – 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 30s, early 40s) – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and
others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
ERNIE CUSACK – (Early 50s) – 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 – (Late 40s) – Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms.
Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
GLENN COOPER – (30s) – 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 20s, early 30s) – 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) – (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) – (20-30) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.