Auditions for Rumors

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Rumors“, written by Neil Simon and directed by Kathy Gnazzo. Mayhem and confusion abound in this hilarious Simon farce about four couples gathered to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their friends, Charley and Myra Brock.

AUDITIONS: Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

CALLBACKS: Thursday December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday March 15, 2019 thru Saturday April 6, 2019 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

The party’s about to begin but Charley, the Deputy Mayor of New York, has accidentally shot himself and his wife is missing. Their friends have good reason to keep this quiet. Ken is Charley’s lawyer, Lenny his accountant, Ernie his analyst, and Glenn is running for NYS Senator.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (4 Males, 4 Females, 2 smaller roles – one male, one female or male)
Please note that these age ranges are flexible. The two officer roles are smaller and they appear only at the end of Act 2. Please be familiar with the play.

Ken Gorman – 40’s, high strung, tightly wound type and Charley’s personal lawyer, desperate to cover up the situation

Chris Gorman – 40’s, a contract lawyer and Ken’s wife, finds herself an unwilling accomplice to her husband

Lenny Ganz – 40’s – 50’s, Charley’s tax and investment accountant, has a nervous energy and a knack for quick retorts

Claire Ganz – 40’s, Lenny’s wife, a real country club type with a sarcastic wit

Ernie Cusack – 50’s, Charley’s psychoanalyst, has a calm demeanor

Cookie Cusack – 40’s, has a cooking show on TV, very poor taste in evening gowns and a back problem

Glenn Cooper – 40’s – 50’s, running for State Senator from Poughkeepsie, very concerned about appearances

Cassie Cooper– 40’s, Glenn’s wife, the Bohemian type, she carries crystals for spiritual calm

Officer Welch – 50’s, officer in charge, who comes to investigate

Officer Pudney – 20’s – 30’s Welch’s partner, a rookie (could be male or female)

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit

You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.

Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.