Auditions for Carte Blanche Studios Neil Simon’s farce Rumors, will be held on Monday September 17th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at 1024 S. 5th Street 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

Callbacks, if necessary, will be on September 21 by request.

If you have any questions send an email to John Baiocchi at or to James Dragolovich at

Rumors performs November 23 thru December 9.

Please prepare a short contemporary monologue. If you do not have one, we will provide a side for you to read.

Rumors will be directed by John Baiocchi, who recently directed The Zoo Story at Carte Blanche, and A Day in the Life and A Two Part Intervention in last January’s New Plays Festival. John is a recent transplant from California, and he has directed over 50 productions.

Synopsis Of Rumors:

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 later in the play for about 18 pages.

Chris Gorman (F) – Chris is an attractive woman in her mid 30s. She is nervous and neurotic. She recently quit smoking but quickly falls off the wagon. She will be smoking prop cigarettes through most of the second act. Chris also has a few too many vodka martinis and plays slightly drunk starting about midway through the show. Chris does some physical comedy and will have to trip over a phone cord and fall on her face.

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 shotgun. 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 mis-hears what is being said to him.

Claire Ganz (F) – Claire is late 30s to early 40s. She is an unimpressed smart- mouth who is seemingly amused by everything that is going on. Not surprising considering her husband.

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.

Cookie Cusack (F) – Cookie is a flamboyant host of her own cooking show. She is in her mid to late 40s, garish, a bit ditzy and will be expected to deliver quite a bit of physical comedy. Cookie has a bad back…so bad that she carries a special pillow with her everywhere. Her back is regularly going out with much screaming and gyration. A couple of times Cookie is actually forced to crawl on and off the stage due to her back ailments.

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.

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.

Cassie Cooper (F) – Cassie is Glenn’s wife. She is younger, probably early 30s, very good looking and totally nuts. She and Glenn hate each other. She doesn’t want to be there, she is constantly fighting with Glenn and she is constantly threatening divorce. Cassie is a believer in the power of crystals. She also hides in the bathroom a lot. At one point, to punish Glenn, Cassie tousles her hair and flirts outrageously with some of the other male guests. She also attacks Glenn with a cell phone (a 1988 cell phone) off stage in a fit of rage.

Officer Ben Welch (M) – No nonsense cop in his 40s-50s. Has a couple of smaller monologues.

Officer Connie Pudney (F) – Late 20s cop. Welch’s partner. Minimal lines.

Auditions will also be held at the same time for Carte Blanche’s New Plays Festival.

The Festival is an annual event at Carte Blanche, which gives original works by aspiring playwrights an opportunity to be seen by live audiences. Past festivals have featured works from around the country. This season there will be a bill of six original short plays that will perform over two weekends November 2-11.