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Neil Simon

Rumors

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First Slovenian Production

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Neil Simon (born in 1927) ranks as one of the most prolific and distinguished comedy writers in the history of American theatre. He has written more than thirty plays and nearly as many screenplays, mostly adapted from his plays. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards and nominations (Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Drama Desk Award ...), and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced internationally to a great public and critical acclaim. During his five-decade career, he has created a unique, detailed and humorous insight into the lives of average American people and many witty depictions of their trials and tribulations.

His career took off in the 1950s when he joined the staff of Your Show of Shows, a landmark television comedy series. By the 1960s Simon had begun to concentrate on writing plays for Broadway. His first hit came with Come Blow Your Horn which opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 21, 1961 and closed on October 6, 1962 after 678 performances. It was followed by successful productions of Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1966), A Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971), Chapter Two (1977), They're Playing Our Song (1978), and many others.

Simon's farcical play Rumors premiered at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California) on September 22, 1988. On Broadway it opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 17, 1988. It transferred to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where it closed after no less than 535 performances.

Rumors is Simon's first farce. The entire play takes place at the 10th wedding anniversary of Charlie Brock and his wife Myra. Four well-to-do couples have been invited to attend the party at the Brocks’ lavish house in one of New York's residential suburbs. But nothing is going quite to plan. After their arrival, the first couple finds that all the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charlie, who is the Deputy Mayor of New York, has shot himself in the head, but the bullet only went through his ear lobe. It appears that he took some valium, and was falling asleep as he fired the gun, managing to miss his head. Was it an accident or an attempted suicide?

Things get even more convoluted when other guest arrive. In their desperate attempts to cover up the situation, they all start to tell lies to each other and keep making up ridiculous versions of the events. As they are all respectable and wealthy people, it is of great importance that the ill-fated events of the evening are kept secret. Dreading a police investigation and media exposure these respectable members of the American upper-class are prepared to go to any lengths to cover the facts. None of them knows what really happened, but they nonetheless lie and make up stories. After a while nobody knows who is telling the truth and who is lying. It is all just rumours.

Rumors is a brilliant farcical comedy of errors, misunderstandings and suspicion generated by respectable individuals in order to save their faces at all costs. Things get more serious when two police officers ring the doorbell. To be on the safe side, the guests decide to lie yet again. All that is revealed to the police interrogation is – rumours.

In this clever comedy, packed with brilliant repartees, errors and fabrications the protagonists play a game of seek and hide to save their reputation and leave their social status intact. They would do anything to stop spreading rumours about themselves.

Translator Tina Mahkota
Director Jaka Andrej Vojevec
Dramaturg Tatjana Doma
Set Designers Branko Hojnik, Urša Vidic
Costume Designer Alan Hranitelj
Composer Boštjan Gombač
Language Consultant Alida Bevk

Cast
Chris Manca Ogorevc
Ken Damjan M. Trbovc
Claire Lučka Počkaj
Lenny Bojan Umek
Ernie Igor Žužek
Cookie Barbara Medvešček
Glenn Andrej Murenc
Cassie Ana Ruter (guest appearance)
Officer Welch David Čeh
Officer Pudney Mario Šelih

Opening 20 September 2013
Performance duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes. No interval.

Gallery Rumors

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  • Manca Ogorevc, Bojan Umek, Lučka Počkaj

  • Lučka Počkaj, Manca Ogorevc

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  • Lučka Počkaj, Barbara Medvešček, Bojan Umek, Manca Ogorevc

  • Lučka Počkaj, Barbara Medvešček, Manca Ogorevc, Igor Žužek, Bojan Umek

  • Lučka Počkaj, Barbara Medvešček, Igor Žužek, Manca Ogorevc

  • Lučka Počkaj, Barbara Medvešček, Manca Ogorevc, Igor Žužek, Bojan Umek

  • Bojan Umek, Manca Ogorevc, Barbara Medvešček, Lučka Počkaj

  • Barbara Medvešček, Lučka Počkaj, Bojan Umek, Manca Ogorevc

  • Blaž Setnikar, Ana Ruter

  • Ana Ruter, Blaž Setnikar

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  • Blaž Setnikar, Ana Ruter, Damjan M Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc

  • Blaž Setnikar, Ana Ruter, Damjan M. Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc

  • Igor Žužek, Barbara Medvešček, Ana Ruter, Damjan M. Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc

  • Igor Žužek, Barbara Medvešček, Ana Ruter, Damjan M. Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc

  • Manca Ogorevc, Barbara Medvešček, Lučka Počkaj, Igor Žužek, Bojan Umek, Blaž Setnikar

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Blaž Setnikar

  • Ana Ruter, Manca Ogorevc, Damjan M. Trbovc, Blaž Setnikar, Barbara Medvešček

  • D. M. Trbovc, B. Setnikar, B. Medvešček, I. Žužek, M. Ogorevc, L. Počkaj, B. Umek

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc, Barbara Medvešček

  • Barbara Medvešček, Manca Ogorevc, Lučka Počkaj, Bojan Umek, Damjan M. Trbovc, Igor Žužek

  • B. Medvešček, M. Ogorevc, L. Počkaj, B. Umek, B.Setnikar, D. M. Trbovc, I. Žužek

  • Ana Ruter, Manca Ogorevc, Damjan M. Trbovc, Blaž Setnikar, Barbara Medvešček

  • Manca Ogorevc, Lučka Počkaj, Igor Žužek, Damjan M. Trbovc

  • M. Ogorevc, B. Medvešček, I. Žužek, D. M. Trbovc, B. Umek, B. Setnikar, L. Počkaj

  • Manca Ogorevc, Damjan M. Trbovc, David Čeh, Mario Šelih, Blaž Setnikar, Lučka Počkaj

  • B. Medvešček, D. M. Trbovc, D. Čeh, M. Šelih, B. Setnikar, L. Počkaj

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Manca Ogorevc, Mario Šelih, Blaž Setnikar, David Čeh

  • Igor Žužek, Barbara Medvešček, Manca Ogorevc, Lučka Počkaj, Blaž Setnikar

  • Mario Šelih, Blaž Setnikar, David Čeh

  • Manca Ogorevc, Damjan M. Trbovc, David Čeh, Mario Šelih

  • Damjan M. Trbovc, Lučka Počkaj, David Čeh, Manca Ogorevc, Blaž Setnikar

  • Igor Žužek, Mario Šelih, Damjan M. Trbovc, David Čeh, Lučka Počkaj

  • Barbara Medvešček, Igor Žužek, David Čeh, Blaž Setnikar

  • Barbara Medvešček, Igor Žužek, David Čeh, Mario Šelih, Blaž Setnikar

  • Lučka Počkaj, Barbara Medvešček, Igor Žužek, David Čeh, Mario Šelih, Blaž Setnikar

  • David Čeh, Damjan M. Trbovc, Blaž Setnikar

  • David Čeh, Mario Šelih, Ana Ruter, Damjan M. Trbovc, Blaž Setnikar

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  • B. Umek, D. M. Trbovc, B. Medvešček, L. Počkaj, B. Setnikar, M. Ogorevc, A. Ruter, I. Žužek

  • B. Umek, D. M. Trbovc, B. Medvešček, A. Ruter, L. Počkaj, B. Setnikar, M. Ogorevc

  • D. M. Trbovc, B. Medvešček, B. Setnikar, L. Počkaj, B. Umek, M. Ogorevc, A. Ruter, I. Žužek

  • B. Medvešček, L. Počkaj, B. Setnikar, M. Ogorevc, B. Umek, A. Ruter, I. Žužek

  • D. Čeh, B. Umek, M. Šelih, B. Setnikar, A. Ruter, L. Počkaj, B. Medvešček, I. Žužek

  • D.M.Trbovc, M.Ogorevc, D.Čeh, B.Umek, M.Šelih, B.Setnikar, A.Ruter, L.Počkaj, B.Medvešček, I.Žužek

  • D. M. Trbovc, M. Ogorevc, B. Umek, B. Setnikar, A. Ruter, L. Počkaj, B. Medvešček, I. Žužek

  • B. Setnikar, L. Počkaj, B. Medvešček, A. Ruter, I. Žužek, B. Umek, M. Ogorevc, D. M. Trbovc

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