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'Rumors' begins run for Brainerd Community Theatre

"Rumors," an adult farce written by American comedic playwright Neil Simon will open Brainerd Community Theatre's summer season Thursday, June 14. The show will run through Saturday, June 16, and again Wednesday-Friday, June 20-22, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

The show includes a "liberal sprinkling of language" that director Patrick Spradlin said gives it a PG-13 rating.

Set in a chic New York home, "Rumors" takes place over one evening when a cascade of events rains down upon the heads of its hapless characters. Ken and Chris Gorman arrive early for a dinner party at the home of Charlie and Myra Brock, only to find Charlie unconscious, bleeding from a bullet wound, Myra and the household servants totally MIA, and no clear answers as to who/what/why.

Because of Charlie's standing in the community and his political office as deputy mayor of New York, Ken and Chris concoct a plan to keep the events a secret until they can figure out what's happened. Three more couples arrive, adding to the chaos of the evening.

When the police show up to investigate reports of gunshots fired in the neighborhood, all four couples must improvise like mad to keep the real facts from becoming known.

The cast includes Travis Chaput and Karla Johnson as Ken and Chris; Michael Sander and Rhonda Schmidt as Lenny and Claire; Marc Oliphant and Wendy Vandeputte as Ernie and Cookie; Emili Lane and Erik Sanbek as Cassie and Glenn; and Dan Maertens and Michelle Waldoch as police officers.

Crew includes Tim Leagjeld, set design; Nicole Rothleutner, costuming; Ben Kent, sound and lighting; and George Marsolek, technical director.

Tickets for "Rumors" can be purchased through the CLC Theatre box office at 218-855-8199 or at