Another in a series of farces I have directed, Neil Simon's play served as
senior research projects for three theatre arts majors. In addition to the
two who acted roles, the set was designed by Patrick Pieri, who also played
the role of Lenny in the show.
Rumors revolves around a dinner party thrown by Charley Brock, the Deputy
Mayor of New York City, for some of his friends and business associates. The
play begins with the first couple, Ken and Chris Gorman, having arrived to
find their host bleeding in the upstairs bathtub, and Charley’s wife Myra
missing. As they seek to find out what happened, they also try and hide the
situation from the three other couples who arrive, each of whom in turn are enlisted
in "operation coverup." Gossip, scandal, and all out hysteria drives the
play’s action, which is in full force when the police arrive to investigate.
That’s when things really fall apart as the doomed partygoers make one final
attempt to save themselves.