The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
FOR THE LOVE OF A CLASSIC
The brilliant Neil Simon once said, “Never underestimate the stimulation of eccentricity.”
Oscar is a slob. Felix is neat. Oscar loves his bachelorhood, and Felix is newly divorced. When the two decide to live together in the same apartment, how will they reconcile their differences?
This Neil Simon comedy explores the relationship between two men who, despite their many differences, must find a way to live together. Hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all time, “The Odd Couple” won the Tony Award for Best Play. The New York Times said, “There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious.” Since its premiere, the play has received two Broadway revivals, been adapted to a movie, inspired two sitcoms and has been staged by theatres around the world. Now, American Stage brings to life a contemporary fresh interpretation of this beloved American classic with a modern, multicultural cast.
“Fresh, richly hilarious and remarkably original. Wildly, irresistibly, incredibly and continuously funny.” – The New York Post
“His [Neil Simon] skill is not only great but constantly growing…There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious.” – The New York Times
- Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm
- Friday & Saturday Evenings @ 8pm
- Saturday and Sun Matinees @ 2pm
- Wednesday Preview, October 27, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $32 in advance
- Thursday Preview, October 28, $32
- Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday Matinees, $47
- Sunday Matinees, $53
- Friday/Saturday Evenings, $53/57
- Opening Night, October 29, $75
Adam Mace (Director) (he/they) is a Director and Playwright from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Select Off Broadway/New York Credits include: BETWEEN (World Premiere by Tony Winner John Guare), WHEN YOU COME FOR ONE OF US…THIS IS AMERICA (Best Director Award – 2019 Riant Theatre Festival), LITTLE ROCK (Asst. Director/Sheen Center), MB (Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre), CHARLOTTESVILLE (Rebel Theater/WeFest), RUMORS (Mount Carmel Theatre Co.), R+J: AN UNCIVIL TALE (Rebel Theater), THE AUSTRALIA CURE (Theatre Row), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mount Carmel Theatre Co.), THE LARAMIE CYCLE (Mount Carmel Theatre Co.). Regional: EXIT: AN ILLUSION (New Freedom Theatre). As a playwright, Adam co-authored MOTHER EMANUEL (NY Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence – Musical) and SWEET LORRAINE (Rave Theater Festival). Other writing: R+J: AN UNCIVIL TALE (Rebel Theater), STARBUCKS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Rebel Theater/WeFest), THE BALLAD OF KIKI, JOE, AND THE SPACE GODS (Grex Group). Adam served as the Associate Producing Artistic Director of Rebel Theater as well as the Artistic Associate at New Freedom Theatre. He was the founding Producing Artistic Director of Mount Carmel Theatre Company. Adam is the host of three acclaimed podcasts: “The Talkback with Adam Mace,” “The New York Mystery Machine,” and “Turnbuckle Podcast.” He is an Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph’s College in the Communication Studies and English Departments. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and is a proud Associate Member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and a Member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.AdamMace.com
Michael Burgess (Felix Unger) is the son of Maxie Burgess. His theater credits include as Albert/Kevin in Coastal Stage’s production of CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris; as Simon in THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez and as Capt. Lee King in DEFIANCE by John Patrick Shanley, both at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, Charleston, SC. As Biff in DEATH OF A SALESMAN and As Boy Willie in THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson, both at New Stage Theater in Jackson, MS. As Charlie in SPLIT SECOND by Dennis McIntyre and as Cory in FENCES by August Wilson at Trustus Theater in Columbia, SC. On film, Michael Burgess has appeared in Forrest Gump, My Cousin Vinny, Days of Thunder, and others. His television work includes: Cobra Kai, Dynasty, Stargirl, Drop Dead Diva, House of Payne, Army Wives, American Gothic, In the Heat of the Night, and more.
Damon Dennin* (Oscar Madison) Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and now a ten year resident of Cape Canaveral, FL, Damon relishes in the enduring methodology of becoming a riveting character for the masses. Notable highlights from his career include: Ensemble for ANNIE, ANNIE 2, HELLO DOLLY and LA VIE EN BLEU (Walnut Street Theatre), the ever-so villainous Warden Snyder (Orlando Repertory Theatre), to entertaining guests at Walt Disney World as a Sergeant for the Green Army Patrol. Other roles/shows: Brick/CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Ross Gardiner/VISITING MR. GREEN, Hal Carter/PICNIC, Darryl Van Horne/THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, Dom Claude Frollo/Disney’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and Petruchio/THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. An abundance of gratitude to the staff of American Stage for this tremendous opportunity and of course, to my lovely parents, Jan and Larry, for their incredible support. www.damondennin.com
Massiel Evans (Cecily Pigeon) is a passionate island girl from Nassau, The Bahamas. She recently received her M.F.A in Acting and Directing from Eastern Connecticut State University along with a film studies minor. While in The Bahamas, Massiel has starred in two local plays and one local bahamian movie. Her first year she received the leading role in the main stage production, “Chitra.” Since then she has starred in four other shows as an actress, two shows as an assistant director for Eastern and for a professional theater company, Spectrum Theater. Her last semester she was the primary director of a main stage production called “Blood at the Root.” She has also written, directed and filmed two small pieces under her film studies minor. Massiel has been heavily involved throughout her time at Eastern and she’s now ready to bring those experiences and learn more with American Stage.
Xavier Harris (Speed) was most recently seen as King Hedley II in KING HEDLEY II at the Louisville Belknap Playhouse. Other credits include : Martin Luther King Jr in THE MOUNTAINTOP, Jimmy and Randy in ALMOST MAINE and Orpheus in EURYDICE (Thrust Theatre). He was also seen as Brotha in BORN BAD (Hanesbrands Theatre/ Triad Stage). Xavier appeared in a limited series THE PACT as Micah and an independent film ERACEING as Edwin which was recently selected for The Louisville International Film Festival. He was the runner-up in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition for Region Four in 2020. He was an acting apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He received his M.F.A and African American Theatre Certificate from The University of Louisville.
Nicholas Perez-Hoop (Roy) recent credits include HAND TO GOD at Jobsite Theater (Best of The Bay Award); I AND YOU, STUPID F***ING BIRD, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, THE ICEMAN COMETH (Tampa Repertory Theatre); THE FANTASTICKS (freefall theatre); POPCORN FALLS (Walnut Street Theatre); TWELFTH NIGHT, SPEECH AND DEBATE, SILENCE THE MUSICAL (Jobsite Theatre) amongst others. When not a summer teaching artist for American Stage or managing the box office at freefall theatre, Hoop works as Literary Manager for Tampa Rep and has served as dramaturg for several companies in Florida, Georgia, and the Philadelphia area. Next up: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the David A. Straz Center of the Performing Arts. Training includes Point Park University and the University of South Florida.
Nicole Masterson* (Gwendolyn Pigeon) is an American actress most recently seen as Vivianna in “Little Sicily.” The film premiered at the Salento International Film Festival in Tricase, Italy. Other film and television credits include: “Off Season” (2021); “Abbie Stonehenge” (2018); and “Soccer & Drinks” (2016). She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and Stonestreet Studios Film Conservatory. She is trained in long-form improvisation and sketch comedy writing from Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings School. She received her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Special thanks to her family for their endless love and support.
Casey Worthington* (Murray) is a performer on stage and camera. Casey is a core collaborator with Means of Productions with whom he recently completed “High Life,” a sketch comedy show. New York theater: BLACK PROTAGONIST with The Associates; NATURALISTIC COMMERCIALS in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival; ALGORITHM with Exquisite Corpse Company; TRANSFORMATIQUE at Dixon Place. Regional theater: 4000 MILES at American Stage; JULIUS CAESAR at Sacramento Theatre Company; THE TOTALITARIANS at Capital Stage; Remix 38, OUR TOWN, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL and DRACULA at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other theater: AS YOU LIKE IT, HENRY V with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Casey is a proud alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company and studied theater at San Francisco State University.
Vickie Daignault* (Vinnie) is thrilled to return to live, in-person performance and especially to American Stage where she has appeared in SILENT SKY, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY and GOOD PEOPLE. Other regional theatre credits include: HATS!, THE MUSICAL with Melissa Manchester (The Royal George), WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD (Urbanite Theatre), the solo show THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (Stageworks Theatre, Tampa Bay Theatre award winner), THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB with Morgan Fairchild (Alhambra Theatre), SPIRIT OF THE YULE (Key City Public Theatre), TIME STEP, ON THE BRINK, DAUGHTER OF BEIJING (The Theatre Building), BIG RIVER, KINDERTRANSPORT, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Apple Tree Theatre), among others. Additionally, she can be seen in the films “Epiphany”, “Last of the Dog Days”, “Alien Hand”, and “The Serious Student”. Many thanks to Adam, Rajendra, Rachel, Tiffany, Patrick, this wonderful cast, and all the American Stage staff for letting me join the fun.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union
October 17, 2021 at 1pm
Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by American Stage staff. They provide insight into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.
Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members
Guest Panel includes:
Conversation with Producing Artistic Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj & director Adam Mace about directing and re-envisioning this play with a modern lens.
And a technical presentation by designers Paul Wilt (Sound Designer) and Shelby Smotherman (Props Master).
Beyond The Footlights: TALKBACK
October 31, November 4, 11 and 18, 2021 (Directly following select performances)
After experiencing the performance, join Producing Artistic Director, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, for a conversation exploring and reflecting on the themes, connections, and ideas that ignite us. Guest panelists include relevant voices from the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay community and beyond.
October 31st- Reverend Kenny Irby from Men and Women in the Making
Free for THE ODD COUPLE ticket holders.
Before the Show: PROLOGUE
Fridays, Saturday Matinees and Sundays (30 minutes prior to select performances)
October 30, 31, November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21
Arrive early to explore fascinating details about the play and the artists who brought it to life in this brief pre-show presentation. Learn what to look for as you head into the theatre to experience the world of the play.
Free for THE ODD COUPLE ticket holders.