EPCC showcases Neil Simon's "Rumors" this fall

October 24, 2017


This fall the EPCC theater community will be showcasing “Rumors,” a play written by Neil Simon and directed by drama professor, Matthew Smith. 

The play will be at the El Paso Community College Forum Theater on Oct. 27, 28, Nov. 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. as well as Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Rumors is a farce. They’re goofy and relateble.


You have these types of comedies that really identify with what’s going on today.


The textbook definition of a farce is ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

The money earned from admission goes directly to the scholarship fund for the theater students of the college. 

The ticket prices for EPCC students, staff and seniors is $7. For non-EPCC students and military, the admission is $10 while general admission is $15.

“I definitely look forward to seeing some of my previous relationships in the play,” local El Pasoan, Jorge Rodriguez said. 

The box office opens two hours before each performance and tickets may be purchased at the door.

Smith has given 4 years to El Paso Community College, and thought Rumors would be fitting this semester. 

“The very first show I did here was a Neil Simon show and going into my fourth year is kind of a big year for me in terms of getting tenure next year,” Smith said. 

“I thought it was symbolic to pick another Neil Simon play. I enjoy him. He’s a great writer and writes comedy very well.”

EPCC students and the community are equally excited for the play debut. 

“It seems funny and relatable. I’m going to check it out,” student Edmundo Rubio said. 

If you would like to take part in the EPCC theater program, they will host auditions for their next play sometime in January. 

“I have a friend who was in the first Rock of Ages National Tour and he’s coming here to direct the next play.


It’s a really good show and was a movie a couple of years back,” Smith said. Everyone is welcome to audition, student or not.

“It’s a fun night, and a really fun play!


The actors have done an amazing job.


They’ve found the comedy and the characters too.


I want people to come see it because it’s fun, because it’s funny and I’m proud of it,” Smith said. 

For any questions contact the theater professor and director, Matthew Smith, via email at msmit150@epcc.edu.


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