by Neil Simon
directed by Zach Mazouat
Sides will be provided, please be prepared to stay.
CDC Theatre, 78 Winans Ave, Cranford
Begin August 11th and will be Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and Ken’s wife, Chris, must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
KEN GORMAN - A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his temporary deafness.
CHRIS GORMAN - Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered.
Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which
drives her to drink a bit more.
LENNY GANZ - A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent destruction of his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in.
CLAIRE GANZ - Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and others'). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
ERNIE CUSACK - A psychiatrist. Affable, loves his wife very much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.
CDC Theatre is committed to diversity and encourages non-traditional casting designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, CDC Theatre encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities to audition.
COOKIE CUSACK - Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms.
Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
GLENN COOPER - A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his
own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair
(which he may or may not be).
CASSIE COOPER - Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her husband's relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to calm herself down.
OFFICER WELCH - A city police officer having a rough night. Does not
tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” façade that these high-society types put up.
OFFICER PUDNEY - Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.