by Neil Simon

May 15–26, 2012
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorJason Poorman
Scenic DesignJon Vickers-Jones
Costume DesignAnn Denner
Lighting DesignJake Van Bramer
Sound DesignMatthew Eissler
Stage ManagerDan Landers-Nolan
ProducersRick Gilmore
Bruce Fleischer
Assistant ProducerMarilyn Knoffsinger

About the Show

Some plays are dramatic. Some plays are important. Some plays are pure, unadulterated fun. Neil Simon’s Rumors quite blissfully falls into the last category. Rumors is -above all else- an entertainment, and it has been consistently delighting audiences since its Broadway debut in November of 1988.

Neil Simon has been one of our preeminent comic playwrights since he burst onto the Broadway scene in the 1960s with hits such as Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, and The Odd Couple. The 1980s found Simon exploring his own history with a trilogy of semi-autobiographical plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound. After these successes, Mr. Simon went through difficult times in his personal life, and it is from these struggles and his desire to work on something purely comic that Rumors sprang. Written in the grand tradition of classic door farces, Rumors reminds us of the great importance of laughter and cautions us to not take life quite so seriously all the time.

Because Rumors debuted in 1988, almost 24 years ago, we have set our production in that very year. I hope that you’ll enjoy taking a trip back to the glamorous 80s with us tonight, and I hope that you’ll have as much fun watching tonight’s performance as we’ve had working on it together.


The Cast

Chris GormanSunam Ellis
Ken GormanBen Whitesell
Claire GanzEllysa Stern Cahoy
Lenny GanzNick Downs
Ernie CusackLyn J. Frymiller
Cookie CusackLisa Wiedemer
Glen CooperEdgar Martinez
Cassie CooperLois Abdelmalek
Officer WelchRob Arnold
Officer PudneyJackie Elliot