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Oct 27 - Nov 21, 2021

The Odd Couple

"FOR THE LOVE OF A CLASSIC"

by Neil Simon


TIMES:

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm
  • Friday & Saturday Evenings @ 8pm
  • Saturday and Sun Matinees @ 2pm

PRICES:

  • 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

Gala Under The Stars

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

TIMES:

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7pm
  • Friday & Saturday Evenings @ 8pm
  • Saturday and Sun Matinees @ 2pm

PRICES:

  • 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
  • Sandee & Al Steinberg
  • Diana & Mohan Rao
    Opening Night Hosts
  • American Stage Board of Trustees

Meet The Team

Adam Mace
Director

Adam 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

The Band

Meet The Cast

Michael Burgess
Felix Unger

Michael 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

Massiel 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

Xavier 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

Nicole 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 suppo

Casey Worthington*
Murray

Casey 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

Vickie 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.

* Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity”), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers, Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an International organization of performing arts unions. www.actorsequity.org

What happens if it rains?

A little rain certainly won’t stop us, but should weather conditions look serious enough to cancel or abruptly discontinue a performance, ticket-holders will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance. If a call to cancel a performance is made prior to the show starting we will make the announcement on our facebook page.  If you have any questions you can call the Box Office at 727.823.7529 or email boxoffice@americanstage.org

Will there be food & drink available for purchase?

This year American Stage will not be providing full picnic spreads at Park. There will be light snacks available to purchase. *No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park, by City Ordinance.

Where can I park?

Demens Landing Park is located on the waterfront right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Below are the two closest parking options: Southcore Garage 101 1st Avenue South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $1.00 per hour (max $7.00) Al Lang parking Lot # 1 230 1st Street South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $5.00 per day until 3:00am. For more downtown St. Pete parking visit DiscoverDowntown.

What kind of chairs are allowed in the General and Premium Blanket Seating Area?

Only chairs without legs are allowed in the blanket seating areas. Here is an example of a ‘Stadium Seat’ which is acceptable for the seating section:

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES

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).

GET TICKETS FOR THE ODD COUPLE BEHIND-THE-SCENES

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.

Guests Include:

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.

For each production American Stage is spotlighting a local nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering people, communities, and life in Tampa Bay.

For our production of The Odd Couple we will be highlighting Men and Women in the Making. A progressive initiative focusing on role modeling and life skills to increase minority male and female success from cradle to college.

Read more about the work that Men and Women in the Making here.

Donations for Men and Women in the Making will be collected at all performances of The Odd Couple.

A diverse update on ‘The Odd Couple’ in St. Petersburg

November 3, 2021

Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is practically the blueprint for mismatched personality comedies. For its first production of the season and return to in-theater performance, American Stage is presenting the classic with a fresh eye.

American Stage updates “The Odd Couple” for the 21st Century

November 2, 2021

Artistic Producer Rajendra Ramoon previews American Stage’s updated version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”

RAJENDRA RAMOON MAHARAJ APPOINTED PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT, OPENS SEASON WITH THE ODD COUPLE at American Stage

October 25, 2021

Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj has been appointed Producing Artistic Director and Resident Playwright at American Stage. His vision is to provide a space for people of all walks of life to be awakened and enlightened, challenged and inspired, and tell stories rooted deeply in the experience of America.

St. Petersburg theatre is first in Florida to be led by person of color

October 24, 2021

The American Stage Theatre Company has named Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj as its new producing artistic director, making him the first person of color to ever lead a regional theatre company in Florida.

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