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THE ODD COUPLE
by Neil Simon

May 2 - 27, 2018
Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

Matinee show added
Saturday May 19th at 2pm.

This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men. The slovenly Oscar Madison, and the neat freak Felix Unger. The action takes place in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born. Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.


"A classic American work of comic art" – NY Times


This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:

DRAMATURGICAL GUIDE:

About The Play - list of characters, extended synopsis of the play, and production history. Click HERE to read.

About The Playwright - a profile of Neil Simon. Click HERE to read.

Writing The Play - about the creation of THE ODD COUPLE. Click HERE to read.


DIRECTOR:

Stephen MuterspaughStephen MuterspaughStephen Muterspaugh (Director) is delighted to be making his directorial debut at Jewel Theatre, where he has been seen as an actor in Three Days of Rain, Harper Regan, Saint Joan, The Bookclub Play, and Dance of Death. As a director he helmed four seasons of Shakespeare on Tour productions for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, as well as co-directing the 2014 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew and directing Hamlet in 2017. Regional acting credits include: Cyrano and The Country House (TheatreWorks), Last Night of Ballyhoo and Servant of Two Masters (PCPA), Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Charley's Aunt (Creede Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol and Meet Me Incognito (Geva Theatre Center), Lend Me a Tenor (Livermore Shakespeare), King John and The Liar (Marin Shakespeare Company), and The Winter's Tale and Macbeth (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). When not directing or acting, he serves as the Deputy Artistic Director for Jewel Theatre Company. He is a graduate of PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actors' Equity.



THE PLAYERS:

Jesse CaldwellJesse Caldwell (Roy) is very pleased to be returning to Jewel Theatre where he last appeared as Burleigh in Mary Stuart with Julie James. Jesse is also pleased to be returning to the role of Roy, which was the first role he played in summer stock after graduating from college in 1971. Most recently he played Danforth in Lucky Penny Productions' The Crucible, and last summer he played Claudius in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's Hamlet. Jesse has worked with many Bay Area Theatres including A.C.T., TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, Center REPertory Company, 42nd Street Moon, Shotgun Players, TheatreFirst, Woodminster, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Playground, Crowded Fire, and Hillbarn Theatre. Jesse has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.F.A. from Stanford University, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia. Jesse is proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Shaun CarrollShaun Carroll (Felix) last appeared onstage with Jewel in All My Sons, Sylvia, Fallen Angels, Woman in Mind, and Guys and Dolls. Previously, he has appeared around the greater Bay Area; as MacDuff in Macbeth for Capital Stage, Howie in Rabbit Hole for Benicia Old Town Theatre Group, and Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical and Amos in Chicago for the Willows Theatre Company. Shaun is also the prop master for Jewel Theatre.

 

 

Scott CoopwoodScott Coopwood (Speed) Regional favorites include: The title roles in Hamlet, MacBeth, Cymbeline, King John, and Cyrano De Bergerac, Iago in Othello, Edmund in King Lear, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Carl in Lonely Planet, Charlie in The Scene, Kippy in Take Me Out, Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice, Jacques in As You Like It, Trigorin in The Seagull, Benedick, Don John, and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, Brutus in Dirty Story, Brennan in Frost/Nixon, Edward in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, and Johan in Groundswell. Regional Theatres include: Arkansas Rep., Artists Rep., Capital Rep., San Jose Rep., Center Rep., Berkeley Rep., Capital Stage, The Utah, Orlando and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals, The Arizona Theatre Co. The Marin Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage, The Seattle and Marin Shakespeare Companies, Profile Theatre Project, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse and Borderlands Theatre, as well as work with the Toronto, Windsor, and Oregon Symphony Orchestra's.

Andrew DavidsAndrew Davids (Vinnie) Andrew is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has performed in many off-Broadway productions in New York City, including Heat and The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the avant garde theater troupe Elephant Off Main in Hollywood. There, he performed in many acclaimed productions, such as ZZYZX and Gecko Chestnut Super Genius. Since arriving in Santa Cruz, he has performed in several Jewel Theatre productions: Mary Stuart, The Lover, Arcadia, Saint Joan, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Other local credits include The Nether, The Mystery Plays, and most recently, the role of Cassius in MCT's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

 

Geoff (Jeffrey) FioritoGeoff (Jeffrey) Fiorito (Murray) Member of Screen Actor's Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Actors. Stage: A View From a Bridge (Eddie, Best Production nominee, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle) and A King's Legacy (King James) at Pear Theatre, The Book Club Play (Will) at Jewel Theatre, Doubt (Father Flynn), Breaking the Code (Alan Turing, "Actor To Watch" Artsopolis/Wave Magazine), The Laramie Project (Doc/Moises/Matt,etc.), Neville's Island (Angus), The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Van Daan), and The Odd Couple (Murray) at Bus Barn Stage Co., Anna Christie (Chris Christopherson) at Dragon Theatre, Specter (Norris) at SF Fringe Festival, Say Something (Gene the Troll) at Above Brainwash, Loverguys (Ken) at Theater Rhino, A Few Good Men (Kaffee) and Talk Radio (Dan) at Lafayette Town Hall Theatre, The Night Hank Williams Died (Sherriff Landon), Anastasia (Serensky), Amadeus (Venticello), A Christmas Carol (Fred/Ghost of Christmas Future), The Star Spangled Girl (Norman), and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Eddie, Shellie Award Nominee, Best Actor) at Center Repertory of Walnut Creek, Close Ties (Ira, Shellie Award Winner, Best Supporting Actor) at Moraga Playhouse, The Widow's Best Friend (Tommy) at Willows Theater. Film/TV: PATCH ADAMS (Universal), TRAUMA (NBC), NASH BRIDGES (CBS). Commercials: Taco Bell, Marriott Hotels, Shell Oil, Cost Plus, Pepperidge Farm, Sargento Foods, TGI Friday's, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Oracle, California State Fair, KCBS, onsale.com, Debt-Free. Corporate films: Levi Strauss, Apple, Intel, Cisco, Sun Micro, Hewlett Packard, Autodesk, 3 COM, Seagate, AMD, Lucent, Compaq, Trend Micro, Synopsys, Cuna, Brience, PG&E, Visa, Toastmasters. When not acting, Jeff is designing and renovating homes; see his portfolio at www.jefffioritointeriordesign.com.

April GreenApril Green (Gwendolyn) is thrilled to return to Jewel Theatre Company! April has a BA in Theater and has trained in San Francisco, New York and Berlin in devised and physical theater. Some of the Bay Area companies she has worked for include Central Works (Totem & Taboo), City Lights (Merchant of Venice, Stupid F'cking Bird, M. Butterfly), Tides Theater (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Un-Scripted Theater Company (Beloved Strangers), Pear Theater (Fool for Love), Rapid Descent (Macbeth), Stanford Theater (Exception and the Rule). More info on April at castaprilgreen.com.

 

David LedinghamDavid Ledingham (Oscar) is thrilled to return to Jewel Theatre where he played Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and the title role in Enter the Guardsman. His Credits include starring in the Broadway National Tour of Lincoln Center's Tony winning The Light in the Piazza as Signor Nacarelli. Bay Area credits include 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre directed by Frank Galati (whom he worked with previously in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production of The Grapes of Wrath at the Royal National Theatre in London and La Jolla Playhouse), Chinglish at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Enter the Guardsman at San Jose Rep. Off-Broadway credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Trojan Women and Quartet (Brooklyn Academy of Music). He has performed at The Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Asolo Theatre and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He starred in the film Final Judgement, and on TV in Law & Order, One Life to Live, Bold and the Beautiful etc. He lives part of the year in Aspen Colorado where he is the Artistic Director of the Aspen Fringe Festival and performs and directs for Theatre Aspen. Thanks to my wife & son!

Erika SchindeleErika Schindele (Cecily) is thrilled to be returning to Jewel Theatre where she was last seen as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. She is also excited to return to The Odd Couple to reprise her role as Cecily Pigeon (Laguna Playhouse, 2014). Erika originated the role of Helen for South Coast Repertory's World Premiere of An Italian Straw Hat. She has played Belle in South Coast Repertory's annual production of A Christmas Carol for the past 7 years, as well as performing in many of their Theater For Young Audience productions. Other theater credits include: I'm Still Getting My Act Together… (West Coast Premiere, performing and assistant directing along side Ms. Gretchen Cryer) and Love, Loss and What I Wore at The Laguna Playhouse, Collected Stories (Desert Theater League nominee best actress) at Coachella Valley Repertory; Merrily We Roll Along and 1776 at The Actors Co-op. Hello Dolly! at Welk Resort Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Sierra Madre Playhouse and Glendale Center Theatre; The Sound of Music with Limon/Carr Productions; Out of this World with Musical Theatre Guild and The Wild Party (LA premiere); and Carousel, Mame and Camelot at Cabrillo Music Theatre. Film/Television appearances include "Criminal Minds" and "American Dreams." Thank you to my "True Companion" Brent for all your love and support, "Not a Day Goes By…"


*Member, Actors' Equity Association.