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Sorin College to sponsor Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

| Friday, April 25, 2008

Sorin College will sponsor its first theatrical event this weekend with a performance of Neil Simon’s farce “Rumors.”

The show will be performed on Sunday and Tuesday nights at 8 in the LAB theater on the third floor of Washington Hall.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Saint Jude’s Primary School in Jinja, Uganda, through Sorin’s established fund, said Sorin sophomore John Maltese, co-director of the show. Sophomore Chelsea Moore directed the show alongside Maltese.

Although this is Sorin’s first fundraising theatrical event of its kind, Maltese hopes such shows continue in the future and to perhaps initiate a “theatre for charity” on campus.

“The event will hopefully be produced once every year on a much larger scale for a longer run time,” Maltese said.

The cast, which features freshmen through senior actors, has been in rehearsal for three weeks for the two and a half hour performance, Maltese said.

Maltese and fellow senior Michael McConnell are the only two Sorin residents acting in the show, but 10 other actors also perform in the comedy.

Sorin sophomore Will Staruk will operate the show’s sound system.

According to Maltese, the play features four couples at the dinner party of their friends’ 10th wedding anniversary.

“The play is filled with hilarious slapstick comedy, misunderstandings, mistaken identity, drunkenness, marital disputes, various, injuries, a car accident and a surprise ending,” Maltese said.

The set for the show is the largest ever to be used in the LAB theater, featuring five doors and a second story, Maltese said.

The event is open to the Notre Dame community and tickets are available for $5 at the door.