Auditons set for Neil Simon play

PORT ANGELES — Auditions for the Port Angeles Community Players’ spring offering, “Rumors” by Neil Simon, will be conducted Feb. 17-18 .

The auditions will be from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. Feb. 17 and noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd. on the Playhouse stage.

There are roles for five men and five women. No experience necessary.

Rehearsals will generally be weeknights, starting at 6:30 p.m. Not everyone will be called each night in the early rehearsals. There will be a read -through by the selected cast from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 and the regular rehearsal schedule will start March 12.

The show will run May 3 – May 19 with 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.

Neil Simon wrote some of the most beloved shows in American history, including “The Odd Couple” (performed by the Players in 2016), “Barefoot In The Park” (performed by the Players in 2019), and “The Out-Of-Towners.”

“Rumors”, was among Simon’s later works, written in 1988, and was his first farce. The Deputy Mayor of New York, Charlie Brock, has just shot himself. Though it’s only a flesh wound, the self-inflicted injury sets off a series of events causing four couples to experience a severe attack of farce. When their 10th wedding anniversary party commences, Charlie lies bleeding in another room, and his wife Myra is nowhere in sight. The first guests, lawyer Ken Gorman and his wife Chris, scramble to get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusion and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Timothy Thorn, who has directed “The Dresser,” “Savannah Sipping Society,” and “Fortinbras” at the Playhouse, will be back in the directors seat.

Those who wish to audition but cannot make the scheduled audition dates, or who have additional questions about the play or roles, can contact board member Ken Winters at kenpacp@gmail.com. Perusal copies of the script are available at the Sequim and Port Angeles public libraries.

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