Male Actors Wanted For Play
Location: Carmel, IN
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
Auditions Neil Simon's "Rumors".
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.
First Rehearsal: January 2, 2017*
Performances: February 3- February 18, 2017
*Due to production requirements and staff schedules, a small number of early rehearsals may be held in the weeks prior to the official beginning of rehearsal.
Audition Prep Session: October 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm
RUMORS, by Neil Simon, is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home located just outside of New York in the year 1988. The characters are arriving as guests at a 10th Anniversary Dinner. The first couple to arrive discovers that one of their hosts (Charley) has apparently attempted suicide...unsuccessfully. Charley's wife, Myra, is nowhere to be found and neither are the servants. Through the course of the show, the audience never meets Charley or Myra. As more guests arrive, there are cover-ups, deceptions, mistaken identities, and a lot of huge laughs.
The primary characters are the four couples that arrive as guests at the dinner. The only other characters are a male and female police officer who arrive on page 94 and stay for about 18 pages. Character age is somewhat flexible. The primary concern is that couples look like they "go together". The ages listed below are from the script but do not necessarily need to be adhered to. General age range for the entire cast, ideally, would be from early 30s to early 50s. At the outside, mid 20s to 60 if you can play older or younger.
"Prep pages" indicate those pages that will definitely be auditioned for these characters. You should also be prepared to cold read other passages. The characters to be cast are as follows:
Ken Gorman (M) - Ken is Chris' husband. He is in his 40s and is Charley's attorney and friend. Ken is pompous, serious, a know-it-all...when he can hear. About midway through the first act, Ken has a slight accident with the gun. It goes off next to his head and leaves him virtually deaf for a good part of the center section of the show. Ken has to be shouted at, shouts in return and constantly mishears what is being said to him. (Prep pages 10-14)
Leonard "Lenny" Ganz (M) - Lenny is Claire's husband and is also in his late 30s to early 40s. He is Charley's accountant. Lenny is by far the most foul-mouthed, outspoken member of the cast. He is also HILARIOUS. IMPORTANT NOTE: Lenny has a bizarre three page monologue at the end of the show where he is posing as "Charley" and tells his version of just what's been going on around there. Lenny and Claire have also had a car wreck on the way over and Lenny's neck keeps locking up on him. (Prep pages 22-25)
Ernie Cusack (M) - Ernie is Cookie's husband and Charley's analyst. He is in his late 40s/early 50s. He is a somewhat quiet and calming presence in the midst of the storm of confusion. Although he does lose it a couple of times. He helps Cookie prepare the meal for the evening and is mistaken for the butler at one point. (Prep pages 51; 53-55)
Glenn Cooper (M) - Glenn is a candidate for the State Senate. He is in his late 30s/early 40s and obviously quite handsome. The TV cameras love him. He is constantly worried about his image and how involvement in the possible crimes being committed all around him might impact his candidacy. (Prep pages 56-58)
Officer Ben Welch (M) - No nonsense cop in his 40s-50s. Has a couple of smaller monologues. (Prep pages 98-99; 106)