At the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Ziff Campus
18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL · 305.932.4200 ext. 130
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.
"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
Rumors premiered at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California) on September 22, 1988.
[Age requirements are flexible]
KEN GORMAN – (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
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) – (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.
When are the auditions?
Auditions are scheduled on June 16[T], 17[W] & 18[TH]
You must select and register a time for your audition [See Below]
Callbacks are TBA
If you’re new to J-CAT, please bring a resume.
Here’s HOW to schedule a time:
2. Select a time for your audition.
3. Please choose the NEXT AVAILABLE TIME-SLOT so we don't have a lot of down-time between auditions.
4. After you have chosen a time, scroll FAR to the right (the end of the line), and hit SAVE
Michael: 305-798-5088 ... Lillian: 305-308-8055
Here is a link for the script:
Read the whole play… yes, even if you’ve read it before. After the title page, choose a monologue (or a scene) for the character you’re most passionate about, memorize it (if possible), and prepare it. Choose a monologue/scene that goes beyond simple exposition so that you have something ‘meaty’ to play. Also, be prepared for reading any dialogue with your character in it.
Should you choose a scene or a monologue? Doing a scene will allow for both ‘acting AND reacting’, and might be a better choice. A monologue is OK too… but you’ll probably be asked to read a scene as well. The style of acting I’m looking for in this production involves your ability to listen actively, as well as deliver your lines. An actor will be there to read the other part in the dialogue, if you choose a scene.
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