Neil Simon’s Rumors
February 3- 18, 2017
Written by Neil Simon

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 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.

NEIL SIMON’S RUMORS contains mature language.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday @ 7pm
Sunday @ 2pm
Final Saturday @ 5pm

Creative Team
Directed by Charles Goad
Stage Managed by Katie Stark



Plays with John & Wendy

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Jay Harvey Upstage







Neil Simon’s Rumors CAST BIOS

Kim Ruse (Chris Gorman)– Kim is thrilled to be involved in this production of RUMORS with a dream cast, director, and production team! This is one of her favorite plays and she has been reading it with her Muncie Central Theatre Students for the past 15 years. Kim has been seen on stage here at Booth Tarkington Civic in LEND ME A TENOR and at Theatre on the Square in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED. Kim would like to thank her wonderful family and her best friend Bre for supporting her through this production!

Clay Mabbitt (Ken Gorman)– Clay is pleased to be working with this cast and production team. And to return to the Civic stage after a long hiatus since appearing in 2011’s AMADEUS. He’s recently appeared in Indianapolis on the TOTS stage as the house in CRUMBLE: LAY ME DOWN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and Bill in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL. Other favorite roles include Yvan in ART and Peter in BUG. You can also see him in SHE KILLS MONSTERS at TOTS this July. You can hear his voice on the Sold Out Run podcast. Clay thanks Katy and Libby for letting him come out and play.

Carrie Schlatter (Claire Ganz)– Carrie is thrilled to return to the civic stage. She was last seen as the inspector in The Game’s Afoot. Some favorite past roles include Blanche Dubois in a Streetcar Named Desire, Lottie Wilton in Enchanted April, Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, and Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor. You will find her next in Motherf**cker with the Hat in April at Theatre on the Square. She sends all her love to this fabulous cast and crew and to Josh for keeping things afloat while she’s away.

Parrish Williams (Leonard Ganz)– Parrish has been active in community and professional theatre in the city of Indianapolis for over 20 years. Parrish has worked with virtually every theatre company in the area including: The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Buck Creek Players, and The Edyvean Repertory Theatre, to name just a few. Indianapolis audiences may remember Parrish from his roles in GODSPELL, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, ROMEO AND JULIET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Edyvean, as well as his roles in SWEET CHARITY, ANYTHING GOES, THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR, BUS STOP, LEND ME A TENOR, THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, SPAMALOT, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN with Civic. In addition to acting, Parrish is an accomplished writer and director. Parrish was co-author of the performance piece LITTLE HANDS which was performed as part of the inaugural Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in 2005, and is also the author of the experimental play THE ADVENTURES OF DIVA AND THE GIRL. Parrish directed Buck Creek players Encore award winning productions of Paula Vogel’s HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and Jane Martin’s FLAMING GUNS OF THE PURPLE SAGE. By day, Parrish is the Instructional Coach at Raymond Park Intermediate Academy, and has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 23 years.

Marni Lemons (Cookie Cusack)– Civic is “all in the family” for Marni! In addition to being in the third generation of her family to perform on Civic stages, she has been married to Civic’s Executive Artistic Director, Michael Lasley, for 23 years. Audiences may remember her as Golde in last spring’s production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the ridiculous Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES or for her four appearances as the Narrator in past productions of JOSEPH… Other favorite Civic roles include Rose in ENCHANTED APRIL, Rhetta in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, Maggie and “Anytime Annie” in 42ND STREET and many, many others.

Trevor Fanning (Ernie Cusack)– Trevor is thrilled to be back on Civic’s stage after appearing as Fr. Brendan Flynn in last season’s production of DOUBT. Making this production more memorable is the incredibly talented cast, crew, and production team he gets to work with. “How’d I get so lucky?!?!”

When not on stage, Trevor can usually be found *under* the stage as the conductor for Civic’s musical productions. This season he has conducted YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and will be back on the podium for the season closer THE MUSIC MAN.  As always, a huge thank you to Mr. Brent Marty, and the incredible musicians he works with, for that opportunity.

During the day, Trevor works with the talented students who make up the Cathedral High School Choirs in Indianapolis, and is also on the education staff here with Jr. Civic.

Steve Kruze (Glenn Cooper)– Steve is very grateful to the Booth Tarkington Civic theatre for the opportunity to participate in this production.  “Rumors” marks a big highlight for Steve as he is working along side his spouse, Christine (Cassie) on stage for the first time since 1991. Steve played Frederick in the recent Civic production of Young Frankenstein. Steve is exceedingly proud of his 3 sons Joshua, Matthew, and Daniel and knows you would be too, if you knew them.

Christine Kruze (Cassie Cooper)– Christine is excited to be back on stage at the Booth Tarkington.  Having acted in theatre for years, some of her favorite roles were: Olivia from Twelfth Night, Luciana from Comedy of Errors, Karen from Speed the Plow, Nikki from Musical Comedy Murders, Elvira from Blithe Spirit, Raymonde from Flea in Her Ear and Daria from The Game’s Afoot.  Sincere thanks to Michael and Chuck for a chance to join the fun.  Thanks to her three amazing boys: Joshua, Matthew and Daniel for their patience with the craziness. Mom, so many thanks!  And Steve, we make a pretty good team.

Joanne Kehoe (Officer Jen Welch)– New Jersey native, mother of four – Anthony, Maria, Veronica and Felicity.  IU Graduate, Theater Degree.  Favorite roles: Maria, LEND ME A TENOR, (Civic and Theatre on the Square), Dora Strange, EQUUS (Theater on the Square), Janie Blumberg, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC (Theater on the Square) and the original cast of the HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GAME SHOW at the Phoenix Theater.  Thrilled to be reunited with one of her favorite directors, Chuck Goad, from one of another favorite roles, Audrey, CHRISTMAS ON MARS (Phoenix Theater).

After ten years as a Stay at Home Mother, in second year as a Technology Teacher for K-8 students at Nativity Catholic School on the Southeast side of town, also employed as a part time server at Delicia restaurant.  Hobbies include reading, movies, plays and new restaurants with her husband of 13 years, Mike.

Joe Aiello (Officer Pudney)– Joe is pleased to be appearing on the Booth Tarkington stage for the second time having previously been seen in Civic’s most recent production of GUYS AND DOLLS. He studied acting in central New York where he also appeared in many productions. Among his favorite productions are A FEW GOOD MEN, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and OF MICE AND MEN. Joe has appeared in commercials, industrial film and even some print material and he has received several awards for acting. Joe would like to thank his beautiful wife Pam and the rest of his family for all of their encouragement and support.


Neil Simon’s Rumors CREW BIOS

Charles Goad (Director)- Chuck is pleased to make his directing debut at Civic with this talented cast and crew! His past directing credits include: BUYER AND CELLAR, NEXT FALL, SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, SOPHIE TUCKER: AMERICAN LEGEND, CHRISTMAS ON MARS, and POINTS OF DEVIATION at The Phoenix Theatre; DRIVING MISS DAISY, SARA SPOOK & OTHER LURES and STEEL MAGNOLIAS for the Red Barn Playhouse; and 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE and BONNIE & CLYDE for Summer Stock Stage where he will return this summer to direct their production of PIPPIN.

Katie Stark (Stage Manager)– I am so excited to have this opportunity to Stage Manage this HILARIOUS show! I have been involved with Civic for over 16 years! The past couple of years I have taken a break from preforming onstage while I was in grad school getting my MBA. My favorites here at Civic include LES MIS, MARY POPPINS, RENT, MISS SAIGON, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and RAGTIME. When I am not at work, singing, the theater or school, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. To my people (you know who you are), “As always, without you, I would be completely lost!”

Ryan Koharchik (Scenic & Lighting Designer)- Ryan Koharchik is the Resident Scene and Lighting Designer for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and, from 1996 to the present, has served as the Resident Lighting Designer for the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Some of his most notable productions for Civic Theatre include: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, PIPPIN, EVITA, AIDA, INTO THE WOODS, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, OKLAHOMA!, and CITY OF ANGELS. Other credits include: DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, CYRANO, PAINTING CHURCHES, and many other productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, ANGELS IN AMERICA parts 1 & 2 and COMPANY for the Phoenix Theatre, LA CASA AZUL for the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO, and associate designer for Mary Zimmerman’s ARABIAN NIGHTS for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, MO. Ryan holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Boston University, and a BS in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University. Ryan would like to thank his beautiful and talented wife Mikayla and his two beautiful sons Reed and Rowan for their love and support.

Michael J. Lasley (Sound Designer)- Michael has been with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre since 1990. His tenure at Civic began with Sound Design and Carpentry and has included all facets of operations from behind the scenes to administrative duties and as a performer. In addition to serving as House Sound Designer for every production since 1997 and Associate Director since 2000, he has served as Producing Director since 2002, overseeing budgets and production timelines as well as staff for more than 120 shows. Michael has supervised moving Civic twice – in 2004 to Marian University and to the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel in 2011. As part of the move to Carmel he was a key member of the design and construction team for the Tarkington, Studio Theater and the support space – acting as the owner rep in all key decisions. As an Associate Director, Michael has directed more than 25 productions at Civic since 2000, including WAIT UNTIL DARK, 1940S RADIO HOUR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013) 1776, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, SWING! and most recently LITTLE WOMEN, THE GAME’S AFOOT and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He has designed sound, lights, or scenery for most theatres in Indianapolis and has received awards for his sound designs from The Indianapolis Star and the League of Indianapolis Theatres. Michael also directed the critically acclaimed production of I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! at Theatre on the Square. Michael has occasionally been seen on stage in such roles as Larry in COMPANY, Arthur in LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and Czolgosz in ASSASSINS, all at the Phoenix Theatre, Zach in A CHORUS LINE at Civic and recently returned to the stage after 17 years in the Bobdirex production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Caiaphas. Michael was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. He attended Avon High School, IUPUI and Ball State University. He lives in a century-old house in downtown Indianapolis with his lovely wife of 22 years, actress Marni Lemons – a third generation Civic performer.

Adrienne Conces (Costumer Designer) Adrienne is a graduate of Ball State University where she received her B.S. and M.A. in Apparel Design. During her time there, she focused her master’s studies on historical costume by working with the Beeman Historic Costume Collection. She began working with Civic Theatre as an intern and volunteer for her friend and mentor, Jean Engstrom. Adrienne’s career then took her to Fort Lauderdale, FL, as the Costume Designer at American Heritage Center for the Arts. Some of her favorite productions include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Civic’s production of LES MISERABLES. She would like to thank her family, friends and shop volunteers for all of their help and support!