Neil Simon’s “Rumors” To Take Players’ Stage

Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, opened Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy Rumors on August 13, and the play will continue for a three-week run through August 31.

In Rumors, everyone is invited to Charley and Myra Brock’s 10th anniversary party, but when the guests arrive, the high-speed shenanigans begin after Charley is found shot, Myra is missing and dinner is still thawing in the kitchen.

When the police arrive, the guests – all successful professionals including a lawyer, a senator-to-be, a cooking show host and a psychologist – take the party into their own hands. The couples put on the performances of their lives as they attempt to protect the privacy of their host, who happens to be the deputy mayor of New York. A wild night of unexpected and zany adventures awaits the sophisticated friends.

Peninsula Players veterans and newcomers to the Players stage portray the frazzled couples: Karen Janes Woditsch and Kevin McKillip as Chris and Ken Gorman; Tim Monsion and Maggie Carney as Ernie and Cookie Cusack; Carmen Roman and Bill Bannon as Claire and Lenny Ganz; Jay Whittaker and Erica Elam as Glenn and Cassie Cooper; with Joe Foust and Sarah Burnham as Officers Welch and Pudney. Bannon and Burnahm make their Players’ debut while the others have already taken the stage this season in other Players’ productions.

The cast is under the direction of Karen Sheridan, who is in her seventh season as a Player and has directed See How They Run, It Runs in the Family and Fools for the Players.

The Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance at 4 pm, Sunday August 31. Ticket prices are $32.25 and $29; there are no performances on Mondays. For more information call 920.868.3287 or visit