JUST A RUMOR by Gary Lyons and Doug DeVita

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Rosalynne (Ross) Buchanan and Graham (Gray) Harris are two Hollywood legends whose dynamic on-screen chemistry sparked an off-screen affair lasting 25 years. (Think Hepburn and Tracy) In 1968, a few weeks after completing their latest film together, Gray Harris dies in the early hours of the morning in the house they both share. Ross has no choice but to inform Gray’s wife Lesley of his death. What happens when Ross and Lesley meet for the first time is the premise of Just A Rumor, a play that explores the nature of love, celebrity, gossip, truth, and how to get a dead movie star out of the kitchen.

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CHARACTERS

Rosalynne Buchanan – A movie star from the Golden Age 58/78

Alice Watson – Ross’s British, no-nonsense companion 63/83

Lesley Harding Harris – Gray Harris’ widow, a former actress 58/78

Frank Bonnar – A film director from the Golden Age 60/80

Jamie/Bunny/Male Star – Various roles played by the same actor 30s

 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

READING: Abingdon Theatre Company, New York. Directed by Mr Lyons 2007

CAST;

ROSS BUCHANAN – TOVAH FELDSHUH

ALICE WATSON – JENNY GALLOWAY

LESLEY HARDING HARRIS – JOY FRANZ

FRANK BONNAR – STEVEN HAUCK

JAMIE, ET AL – DARRIN BAKER

 

READING; Menier Chocolate Factory, London, UK. Produced by Gerald Armin. Directed by Mr Lyons 2008

CAST:

ROSS BUCHANAN – PATRICIA HODGE

ALICE WATSON – STEPHANIE COLE

LESLEY HARDING HARRIS – JENNY LOGAN

FRANK BONNAR – CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS

JAMIE, ET AL – RICHARD CUNNINGHAM

 

AWARDS

Semi-Finalist, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference

 

 

REVIEWS

“Just A Rumor” is filled with deliciously intelligent humor and thoughtful reflection. Doug DeVita and Gary Lyons explain at play’s end that the story models itself after the long relationship between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, but “Just A Rumor” stands apart from the Hepburn/Tracy story by going inside the personal space of the characters where their intimate lives through the years play such an important role. Development of supporting characters gives the play a depth that takes it out of the fantasy world of film and into a world of real people. – Jean Hartley Sidden

Foreshadowing what “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” would do for film, “Just a Rumor” successfully spins historical fact with fictional speculation that results in a rich, theatrical script that combines farcical action and laugh-out loud dialogue that has a deeper purpose. The play ultimately reveals affairs of the heart and how a death affects the survivors, who individually must confront the reality of what has been lost and what may be gained on the other side. – Mike Solomonson

 

PREVIEW

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