PAPA presents Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

The Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA) presents the Neil Simon comedy, Rumors, on November 14-17 at The Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton. The opening night is Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm. Rumors is certain to keep audiences laughing at how an elegant evening of celebration can turn into a side-splitting farce of entertainment.

The cast of Rumors on the unfinished set

From the first moment the curtain opens and the four unsuspecting couples descend upon the townhouse of a Deputy Mayor of New York for an anniversary party, chaos reigns. They find the host upstairs, injured, and his wife missing. What happened before they arrived and the ways these couples plot to hide these circumstances from public knowledge lead to a topsy-turvy, funny show.

Co-directors Scott Cowdrey and Sarah Daly Weir, no strangers to the PAPA stage, also bring past professional experiences both in stage and film. The two first met when Cowdrey auditioned for a role in Witness for the Prosecution which was performed at The Putnam County Courthouse in February of 2018. Audiences will remember Cowdrey in his role as Leonard Vole in this courthouse drama. Daly Weir co-directed and also performed alongside Cowdrey as Romaine who testified against Leonard. Daly Weir’s latest work with PAPA was Fall 2018 as director of The Dixie Swim Club.

Rumors is Cowdrey’s directorial debut for PAPA. One of the reasons he agreed to co-direct the play has to do with his love of storytelling. Cowdrey believes that we all have stories to tell and different ways to tell them. “One has a vision when directing and it comes down to interpreting and telling a story’” said Cowdrey. “That’s what we do every day. In our production, we are pulling your neighbor onto the stage to tell the story that we have constructed. It’s a collaborative effort and the result is remarkable.”

PAPA is pleased to bring to The Plaza and to the community a play by the Pulitzer-and-Tony Award winning playwright, Neil Simon. Rumors was his first farce and quite different from those plays written previously. “We looked at many scripts and decided on Simon’s Rumors because it follows a confusing yet funny situation that so many can relate to. All of the players are trying to figure out how to protect themselves. It’s a classic,” Cowdrey said.

“Every play is different,” said co-director Daly Weir, “and we’ve done two other Neil Simon plays and find them smart and quick, something that will delight an audience. In the past, taking our prospective audience into consideration, we have, in some instances, sanitized Mr. Simon’s words. We decided to go out on a limb this time and to do the play as Neil wrote it. We do not aim to offend anyone. We aim to do Neil Simon’s work as he wrote it.”

You can reserve Rumors tickets today here. Tickets prices are $15, $20, $25. Performance dates are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 14, 15, 16 at 7:00 pm with a matinee on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm. For more information call The Plaza at 706-923-1655. Rumors is presented through an arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.