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Rumors, a Comedy by Neil Simon, Opens Tonight at Hayes Auditorium in Lees-McRae Broyhill Theatre

PrintFeb. 28, 2013. Are you looking for a night of fun and laughter? Join the Lees-McRae Performing Arts Department as they present Rumors, a comedy by Neil Simon. The play will run from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3.

Rumors is very silly and entertaining,” said Dr. Michael Hannah, program coordinator, BFA in Musical Theatre. “It’s perfect for someone looking to just leave their troubles at the door and laugh and enjoy a great production.”

Rumors is a farce centered on a group of affluent couples attending a dinner party in New York City. Upon arrival, the first guests discover the hostess is missing, the servants have vanished and the host has shot himself through the ear. With the arrival of each new couple, more and more comic complications arise as the guests try to conceal the truth of the events from each other, the local police and the media.

“We chose this play because it provides great experience for our students and we wanted to do something a little different than the other productions so far this year,” said Dr. Hannah. “We performed this play once before, back in the 2000s, and it was very well received. Rumors allows our students to create a fully realized interior set, get a lot of one-on-one attention because it’s a small 10-person cast, and also perform a contemporary comedy which is great experience.”

This production is open to the public. Show dates and times are as follows: February 28 at 7:30 p.m., March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. Due to language, Rumors is for mature audiences. All performances are in Hayes Auditorium, in the Broyhill Theatre. Tickets are only sold at the door. The box office opens one hour prior to show time. Ticket prices are: $12 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information on purchasing tickets, please call the box office at 828-898-8709.