ACT Audition Notice
RUMORS by Neil Simon
Directed by Kevin Shaver
Performances April 11 – 20, 2019
Open auditions will be held at the VCC, 22 Sherwood Rd. West, Ajax
Tues. June 26 and Wed. June 27, 7:30 pm
Callbacks (if necessary) Tues. July 3 at 7:30pm
Auditions will be cold readings from the script.
Rehearsals will take place on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, but due to the director’s work schedule, rehearsals may be on the occasional Monday and Wednesday.
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 Comedy. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic comedic hilarity.
Ken Gorman – 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 – 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 – A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent
destruction of 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 – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and
others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
Ernie Cusack – A psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very
much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.
Cookie Cusak – Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms.
Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
Glenn Cooper – 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 – Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her
husband’s relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to
calm herself down.
Officer Welch (M) – 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) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.