January 17, 2017

AUDITIONS for the Barn production of RUMORS coming in April!



by Neil Simon
Directed by Bill Pelletier

Saturday, April 8, 2017 1pm – 5pm &
Sunday, April 9, 2017 1pm – 5pm
(No callback is planned at this time)
At St. Pius School
55th and Woodson, Mission, KS.

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing
(Palisades) 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 confusion
and mis-communication mounts, the evening spins off
into classic farcical hilarity.

Prepare: Auditions will consist of cold readings from the
script. Prior to auditions, please read and familiarize
yourself with the play and the role/s that interest you.
Bring: Please bring a current resume and headshot. Also
bring all known conflicts from April 30 through the June
production dates listed below.
Rehearsal: Rehearsals will begin Sunday, April 30 and run
Sunday-Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to
approximately 10 p.m. Rehearsal will be at St. Pius School
until the production moves to the Barn Players stage on
Monday, May 8.

Additional Notes: Cast members are required to assist
with strike following the final performance on June 18.
Cast members may also be asked to assist with costume

June 2 – 18, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Monday, June 12 (Industry night performance) at 7:30
All performances take place at The Barn Players Theatre,
6219 Martway, Mission, KS

5M – 5F
NOTE : Age ranges listed for characters are suggested
ages only. These may be flexible depending on the

KEN GORMAN – (M - 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 – (F - mid-30s) 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 – (M - Late 30s, early 40s) – 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 – (F - Late 30s) – Lenny's wife. Very
concerned with appearances (hers and others'). Likes to

ERNIE CUSACK – (M - Early 50s – 60s) – A psychiatrist.
Affable, loves his wife very much. Tries to be as helpful as
possible cooking the evening's dinner.

COOKIE CUSACK – (F - 40s – 50s) – Has her own cooking
show. Suffers from extreme back spasms. Loves her
husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.

GLENN COOPER – (M - 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 – (F - late 20s, early 30s) Glenn's
beautiful wife. Obsesses over her husband's relationships
with other women. Quick to anger. Obsessively rubs 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 on.

OFFICER PUDNEY - (F – 20-40) – Welch's partner. A
strong but silent type.

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus,
Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our
organization.  Non-traditional and equal-opportunity
casting is encouraged.

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