Have you heard? Carroll-based theater company Players On Air Inc. will bring “Rumors” by the late, widely lauded Neil Simon to the Carroll stage.
There will be three shows — one Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. and two on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.
Set in the 1990s in the upper echelons of New York society, the show happens over the night of an anniversary dinner party hosted by the deputy mayor of New York and his wife. Things get complicated as guests arrive to find the husband unconscious and the wife missing. And that’s just the set-up for the rest of the evening.
Though this may seem like the beginning of a suspense-filled drama, the show is a farce full of near-constant antics. A car accident, a deafening by shooting and possibly a ghost all make mischief on the eccentric gaggle of party guests.
Laura Wonsola, a producer and actor in the show, said, “It’s pretty far out there. For a lot of us, we’re like this is the craziest thing we’ve ever done. … All you can do is laugh."
Christine Mercer-Vernon is a regional artist participating in the current show at Carroll Community College titled Phantom Narrative. The show is being held at the Scott Gallery through Nov. 2 and was organized by Art Department Chair Jessi Hardesty,
“I’m having a ball playing her,” Wonsola said. After acting “stupid, silly, so vain,” she said with a laugh, “I hope people would say that’s not like me in real life.”
The 10-person cast is made up of all Carroll actors.
“I appreciate being given this opportunity,” said Yastrzemsky, who is directing for the first time out of academia. “I hope people recognize how important the arts are in communities. They give people an opportunity to do the things that they otherwise wouldn’t, call to mind things that they wouldn’t otherwise consider and bring people together.”
Players On Air is a relatively new theater company based in the southern part of the county. This is their third year and seventh show.
The show’s run time is between 2 and 2.5 hours with an intermission.
“I would love for people to feel like they’ve experienced a night of laughter,” Yastrzemsky said. “That’s really what it’s about. ...There’s something in live theater that can’t be achieved by any other means.”