Southeastern opens season with ‘Rumors’ _lowres

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University --Larry Heard of Abita Springs, left, playing the role of "Ken," confronts M.J. Ricks ("Lenny") of Lacombe, while Angela Griffitt ("Claire") of Mandeville, adds her two cents during rehearsals for the Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre production of Neil Simon's comedic farce "Rumors." The play will be performed at the university's Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 7-10.

— Neil Simon’s comedic play “Rumors” will open the theater season at Southeastern Louisiana University with a four-night performance at Vonnie Borden Theatre scheduled Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 7-10.

The play, which Simon called a “comedic farce,” is part of Southeastern’s 29th Fanfare season, a fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with ID.

“Rumors” follows a group of New York socialites attending a 10th anniversary party as they hilariously try to conceal a scandal from the police and the media. Guest director Alicia Hanley, a 2009 Southeastern graduate, says audiences are in for a laugh and describes the project as “great fun to work on” and “fast-paced, slapstick style comedy.”

The student cast includes Blake Tabor as Chris, Angele Griffitt as Claire, and Mary Simmons as Cassie, all of Mandeville; Larry Heard, of Abita Springs, as Ken; MJ Ricks, of LaCombe, as Lenny; Felicity Prosperie, of Houma, as Cookie; and Austin Cradic, of Covington, as Ernie. Seth Walker, of Denham Springs, plays Glenn. Justin Davis and Keisha Davis, both of New Orleans, play Officer Welch and Officer Pudney respectively.

For more information, contact Southeastern Theater at (985) 549-2115.