Season Mainstage Productions The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
By Neil Simon
Directed by Andrew Barnicle
Previews: April 10 – 12, 2013
April 13 – May 12, 2013
- "There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - The New York Times
- "Richly hilarious and remarkably original. Wildly, irresistibly, incredibly
- New York Daily News
In this Tony Award-winning comic masterpiece, Neil Simon created two of the most memorable characters in the history of Broadway and broadcast television: Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. Discover (or rediscover) the genius of the original play that has become a high water mark that is strived for by comedy writers to this day. North Coast Rep's first production of a Neil Simon play since 1999.
Neil Simon (Playwright) has been represented on Broadway by Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; The Star-Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God’s Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They’re Playing Our Song; I Oughta Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues (1985 Tony Award); the female version of The Odd Couple; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers (1991 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award); Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Proposals; The Dinner Party; and 45 Seconds From Broadway. Off-Broadway: London Suite. Films include “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Out-of-Towners,” “Plaza Suite,” “The Heartbreak Kid,” “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” “Murder by Death,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Cheap Detective,” “California Suite,” “Chapter Two,” “Seems Like Old Times, “Only When I Laugh,” “I Oughta Be in Pictures,” “Max Dugan Returns,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues,” and “Lost in Yonkers.”
Matt Thompson* (Oscar)
Select San Diego acting credits: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Moxie Theatre); THIS, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Over the Tavern, Dracula, Leading Ladies, A Thousand Clowns (North Coast Rep), Terra Nova (Compass Theatre); Cold Comfort Farm (Lamb’s Players), Shear Madness (The Theatre in Old Town). TV credits: C.S.I, Veronica Mars, Fashion House, Cover Me, Dharma and Greg, Watch Over Me, 18 Wheels of Justice, The Invisible Man, and Baywatch. Select directing credits include: The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); A Christmas Carol, Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem!, King ‘O the Moon (North Coast Rep); Moonlight & Magnolias (Scripps Ranch Theatre); A Roman Holiday, If the Shoe Fits (Coronado Playhouse). Matt is a published playwright with over twenty titles in print through Dramatic, Heuer, and Norman Maine Publishing. His play David & Goliath was commissioned by The San Diego Rep and was presented during the Lipinsky Jewish Arts Festival in 2009. He was also commissioned to co-write Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem! which ran at NCRT during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. Partially underwritten by The San Diego Hall of Champions Museum, North Coast Rep commissioned Matt to write the one person show Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap which received a sold-out workshop production run in 2011. Matt currently serves as the New Play Development Director at ion Theatre.
Louis Lotorto* (Felix)
A native of Seattle and proud member of Actors' Equity, has worked in regional theatre primarily along the I-5 corridor for 25 years. He is thrilled to be working at North Coast Rep for the first time and is grateful to David Ellenstein remembering him from 20 years ago where they met in Portland, Oregon doing shows at the now defunct Portland Repertory Theatre. This is also Louis' third show with one of his favorite directors, Andy Barnicle, having been directed by him as Charlie in The Foreigner at San Jose Repertory Theatre and as Jim Foley in Blame it on Beckett at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Regional credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington, D.C.(Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Ariel in The Tempest), 2 years with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 4 years with the California Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Artists' Repertory Theatre (Drama Critic's Circle Award for Ned in The Normal Heart/ Destiny of Me), A.C.T. in Seattle, Contemporary American Theatre Festival and Sierra Repertory Theatre. In and around L.A. where Louis resides, credits include many plays at A Noise Within (L.A. Ovation Award Nomination for Camille in A Flea in her Ear), Ensemble Theatre Company, The Odyssey, Rubicon, Colony, International City and Norris Theatres and The Ahmanson Theatre in An Enemy of the People (with Sir Ian McKellen). Louis has also done extensive voice-over work for various books-on-tape, video games and narration and can be heard as Jesus in the recently released TNIV audio Bible produced by Zondervan. www.louislotorto.com
Bernard X. Kopsho* (Murray)
Bernie returns to North Coast Rep following his performances in last season's Lend Me a Tenor (Tito) and Henry IV, Part 1 (Sir John Falstaff.) A San Diego native, Bernie has been appearing on local stages for over thirty years. All gratitude to David, Andy, Actors' Equity and his darling Samantha.
John Nutten (Speed)
This is John’s third production with North Coast Repertory Theatre. Most recently John played Richard in NCRT’s critically acclaimed production of Time Stands Still by Donald Marguiles. John also appeared at NCRT in Breaking Legs in 2004. John’s local theatre credits include, A Prayer for My Daughter at 6th & Penn Theatre, 1776 at Lamb’s Player’s Theatre, Twelfth Night with New Village Arts, Rounding Third at Scripps Ranch Theatre, and most recently Zoot Suit with SDRT. John received his bachelor’s degree at UCLA’s school of Film, Television and Theatre. John has various Film & Television credits as well as local theatre. Most recently John was seen on Showtime’s The Big C. John would like to thank Andy Barnacle & David Ellenstein for this opportunity, and is eternally grateful to his wonderful wife Charlene for her unwavering support!
Cris O'Bryon (Vinnie)
Regional: Chasing the Song, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bonnie & Clyde, Farnsworth Invention (La Jolla Playhouse); Constant Wife, Grinch, Odyssey (Old Globe); Storyville, Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea (San Diego REP); Brooklyn Boy (SRT); The Rat Pack (BroadwaySD); Forever Plaid, Beehive (Old Town); Footloose, Dreamgirls! (SDMT); Altar Boyz, Full Monty (Welk); Susan;&God, Festival of Christmas (Lamb’s Players); Legally Blonde, Beau Jest, Phantom, I Love a Piano! (Moonlight). TOUR: Song on the Wind (New Life Fine Arts), Forbidden Broadway (across the US). He teaches a voice/piano/acting studio for all levels, and daily improv with his 3-year old girl, Avery.
Albert Park (Roy)
Albert is thrilled to be back at North Coast Repertory Theatre after playing one of his all-time favorite roles as Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor. Other recent roles include Jonathan in a staged reading of A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves) (La Jolla Playhouse), Lionel in Pho Donut (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Gabe in A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (MOXIE Theatre), Cuong in The Car Plays (Moving Arts/La Jolla Playhouse), Tieng-Bin in Golden Child (Chinese Pirate Productions), Steve in GAM3RS: the Play (GAM3RS), Chi-Yang in Flower Drum Song, HYH in Yellow Face (Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company) and Lefty in BFE (SDAART). In June, Albert will be playing Sopoan in Extraordinary Chambers at Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company. He lives with his wonderful and talented wife, Jenny, in San Diego. Mr. Park wishes to thank David Ellenstein, Andrew Barnicle, and The Odd Couple cast and crew, for another unforgettable experience.
Callie Prendiville (Cecily Pigeon)
Callie is thrilled to be making her debut at North Coast Rep. Other San Diego credits include Abigail in The Crucible (a MOXIE-Intrepid Shakespeare co-production), Pirates of Penzance with the Lyric Opera San Diego, and the world premier of Re-Drowning Ophelia with the Playwright’s Project at the Lyceum. Los Angeles area credits include Mayella in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Long Beach Playhouse, u/s Georgiana Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at South Coast Repertory, and Kurogo in Madame Butterfly at the Los Angeles Opera. Callie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and has since trained at South Coast Repertory, the American Conservatory Theater, and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Many thanks to NCR for the opportunity and much love to Brian.
Amanda Schaar (Gwendolyn Pigeon)
Ms. Schaar is proud and delighted to be making her NCRT debut. Based in Chicago, Ms. Schaar was most recently seen in the US premiere of The Pitmen Painters (Jeff Award Best Play, Jeff Nominated Best Ensemble), and The Front Page (Jeff Nominated Best Ensemble) at Timeline Theatre; as well as the East Coast tour of the improvisational group Child’s Play. Other regional work includes Measure for Measure, and Richard II (Poor Players); Tartuffe, Othello, Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Cyrano de Bergerac - directed by David Ellenstien - (Southwest Shakespeare Co.); Alice in Wonderland (Phoenix Theatre); Tale of Two Cities (Childsplay); as well as work with Remy Bumppo, Northwestern University, Stray Cat Theatre, Shakespeare Sedona, and the experimental Teatro Caliente Festival. Ms. Schaar holds a BFA in Theatre, Acting, from Arizona State University (also the first producer of her absurdist comedy Rummy Starker Love Fest). For Darling, always.
Andrew Barnicle (Director)
Andrew served as artistic director of The Laguna Play¬house from 1991 through 2010. In that time he produced over 100 Playhouse shows and directed over 40 of them, including many World, U.S., West Coast and Southern California premieres. Recent directing projects include Shirley Valentine at the Falcon Theatre, Chapter Two at the Laguna Playhouse, The Irish Curse at the Odyssey Theatre, Blame It On Beckett at the Colony Theatre, Noel Coward’s Private Lives at the Rubicon Theatre Company, Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Colony, and The Lion In Winter at North Coast Rep in San Diego, He has also directed at San Diego’s Theatre at Old Town, Michigan’s Meadow Brook Theatre, and San Jose Repertory Theatre.
Marty Burnett (Scenic Designer)
Marty has designed for North Coast Rep for the last 144 shows. Mr. Burnett has designed sets for the Union Plaza, Sahara, and Hacienda Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas; Harrah’s Lake Tahoe; The Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ; The Grand Hotel in Anaheim; and The Drury Lane in Chicago. Mr. Burnett is the resident designer and technical director at North Coast Rep.
Matthew Novotny (Lighting Designer)
Matthew recently designed the lighting for Time Stands Still, Educating Rita, The Underpants, Dames at Sea, Two by Pinter: The Lover and The Dumb Waiter, THIS, Visiting Mister Green, Lend Me A Tenor, Five Course Love, My Name is Asher Lev, King O’ the Moon, Ghosts, Glorious, I Love You Because, Old Wicked Songs, Rabbit Hole, Shipwrecked!, The Dresser, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Mornings at Seven, Baby and Rashomon at North Coast Rep. He’s currently the Director of Production for Lyric Opera San Diego. Lighting designs include: Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, The King and I, Countess Maritza, and The Mikado. San Diego: Das Barbecu, The Wiz, West Side Story and Rumors. Regional: Yankee Doodle Dandy (Seattle), Noises Off! (Boston), The Game (Washington DC) and Primal Twang, a guitar concert featuring six Grammy-winning artists. Matthew holds a BA in Technical Theatre from San Diego State University, and an MFA from Boston University.
Sonia Lerner (Costume Design)
As an L.A. based Costume Designer, Sonia comes back to San Diego for her fourth show here at NCR! Her other shows here at NCR were Time Stands Still, Lend Me a Tenor (nominated for Best Costume Design at the San Diego Critics Choice Awards 2011), and Becky’s New Car. Recently, she designed costumes for Caesars Entertainment’s new observation wheel, The High Roller, set to open in Las Vegas late 2013 at The Linq. Sonia also takes on many independent films both in L.A. and San Diego, and looks forward to further mixing her career with different outlets of costume design! www.SoniaElizabethDesign.com
Chris Luessmann (Sound Design)
Chris’ favorite NCR designs include: Dracula and A Christmas Carol, for which he won Patté Awards, King O’ the Moon, Gee’s Bend, Over the Tavern, Jaques Brel..., The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Baby, and Voice of the Prairie. Off-Broadway: The Third Story. Miracle Theatre Productions: Das Barbecu, Too Old for the Chorus, and Forbidden Broadway SVU. Moonlight Stage Productions: Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Magic Fire, Moon Over Buffalo. La Jolla Playhouse: Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. Scripps Ranch Theatre: Red Herring. UCSD: Angels in America, Full Circle, Eurydice, Labyrinth of Desire, Cabaret, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and The Skin of Our Teeth. Chris holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA, and an MFA in Theatre from UC San Diego.
Annie Bornhurst (Props & Set Dressing)
Coast Repertory Theatre: Time Stands Still, Educating Rita, Words By ..., The Underpants, Dames at Sea, Two by Pinter: The
Lover and The Dumb Waiter, THIS, Visiting Mister Green, The Lion
in Winter, Heroes, Lend Me a Tenor, My Name is Asher Lev, King
O’ the Moon, The Drawer Boy, Gee’s Bend, Becky’s New Car, The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Voice of the Prairie, Ghosts,
Little Women, Glorious!, A Christmas Carol, Talley’s Folly, I
Love You Because, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Over the Tavern, Old
Wicked Songs, Rabbit Hole. Actors Circle Theatre: The
View from Here. The Sanford
Meisner Center: Frankie and Johnny, Babes and Brides.