Open Auditions for Neil Simon’s RUMORS announced!

The Castle Craig Players will hold auditions for their upcoming production of Neil Simon’s RUMORS on Sunday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Please come to auditions prepared to list any and all scheduling conflicts.
Auditions will be held at 59 West Main Street, Meriden, CT.


Director – Melanie Del Sole, Assistant Director – Mark Laucella, Stage Manager – Meg Ryan


At a large, tastefully decorated 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 the tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer Ken, and Ken’s wife Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. One of Neil Simon’s best!


Cold read from script. No monologue required. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.


4 Women – 4 Men and 2 with flexible casting

  • If possible, please familiarize yourself with the script and the character (s) you will be auditioning for.
  • PLEASE RSVP to with the date you plan on auditioning and the role(s) you are interested in.
  • Please plan to come at the start of auditions, and stay until the end if possible.
  • Please bring a calendar with any and all conflicts you may have (this helps us to plan rehearsals)
  • Please bring a resume and current head shot, if possible
  • If possible, please bring a completed audition form found at Additional forms will be available at auditions.


June 1-10, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Special Performance on Thursday June 7 at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm)


Begins Monday April 16th and will be held on Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and two (2) weeknights TBD based on cast schedules. These rehearsals will run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


(Please note that the ages listed in brackets are the “playing” age – not necessarily the age of the actor. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the show, as much as possible, prior to the auditions.)

All of the characters in this play are funny. Each actor has to have strong comedic timing.

KEN GORMAN – (Male, 30 – 50’s) 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 – (Female, 30 – 50’s) 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 – (Male, 30 – 50’s) – A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent destruction over 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 – (Female, 25 – 40’s) – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.

ERNIE CUSACK – (Male, Early 50’s) – a psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.

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

GLENN COOPER – (Male, 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 – (Female late 20’s, early 30’s) – Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her husbands’ relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to
calm herself down.

OFFICER WELCH – (Male or Female, 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 up.

OFFICER PUDNEY – (Male or Female, 20-50) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.

Please email with any questions.