The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple is a play by Neil Simon, followed by a successful movie and television show. Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak news writer is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a messy sportswriter. The Pigeon sisters and several others round out this misfit cast.
SETTING: An apartment on Riverside Drive, New York City
Scene 1: A hot summer night
Scene 2: Two weeks later. About 11pm
Scene 1: A few days later. About 8pm
Scene 2: The next evening. About 7:30pm
Jeremy Littlejohn………………………….Oscar Madison
Steven Freitas………………………Felix Ungar
Erin Whitcomb...……………………Cecily Pigeon
Jennifer Myor…...…………...Gwendolyn Pigeon
Executive Producer- Richard Pletcher
Production Manager- Philip B. Richard II
Director- Jeremy Littlejohn
Production Stage Manager- Philip B. Richard II
Stage Manager- Spencer Holdman
Assistant Stage Managers- Richard Vollmar
Technical Director- Ted Lantz
Set Design- Richard Pletcher
Costumes- Richard Vollmer
Wardrobe- Richard Vollmer
Props- Richard Vollmer
Lighting Design- Philip B. Richard II
Box Office Manager- Jennifer Scheffer
House Manager- Philip B. Richard II
Jeremy Littlejohn- No man is a failure who has friends…
It is amazing that in just two short months I have worked on two such vastly different commentaries on the power of friendship. While Alfred Uhry tells a tender and delicate tale with Driving Miss Daisy, Neil Simon chooses to get his hands dirty with the less attractive side of the unbreakable bond that exists between close friends. Both are compelling and necessary to convey what it truly means to have a best friend. I have shared apartments with all of my close friends at one time or another and all were met with varying degrees of success and failure. It is definitely a fine line to walk with people who you know will ultimately pull back the curtain, expose your inadequacies and still be gracious enough to call you friend. This show is dedicated to my “Felix,” Sam Brown. Despite our eccentricities and the vastly different manner in which we go about our lives, I would not be the man I am today without his influence. He has always been near to my thoughts as I prepared over the years for my first production of The Odd Couple. Cheers!
THE ODD COUPLE BIOS
John Detty (Roy) returns to the Joseph Stein stage for his fourth production this season! You may have seen him as Rudolph in Hello, Dolly!, Ezra in Plain & Fancy, or Dennis in Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming. A native of Dayton, Ohio, John received his BFA in musical theatre from Ball State University, where he also had the opportunity to study/teach in Pretoria, South Africa. Some of John's favorite past credits include Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as Captain Hammer, Plaid Tidings as Sparky, Seussical as The Cat in the Hat, West Side Story as A-Rab, Picnic, Company, Hair,and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Outside of his life on the stage, John is an avid superhero enthusiast, plays an unhealthy amount of online Scrabble, and has recently taken up playing the ukulele and guitar (better at the former). Love and thanks go to my friends and family for always keeping him on his feet. Phil. 1:3
Steven Freitas (Felix) is thrilled to be part of this show! A native of New England and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Steven has performed throughout the east coast working in both theatre and television. Past credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner with the late James Whitmore, The Laramie Project as Jedadiah Schultz, A Little Night Music as Henrik Egerman, and Titanic as Fred Barrett to name a few. Steven can also be seen as a recurring character on PBS' The Electric Company currently in its third season! Special thank you to my family, friends, and my girlfriend for the constant love and support.
Evan Jackson (Speed) is a native of Lafayette, IN and a graduate of Purdue University with majors in acting and mass communications. This summer he appeared in the outdoor drama Tecumseh! in Chillicothe, OH. After this production, Evan will be playing Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Thanks for coming and enjoy the show!
Timothy Leonard (Vinnie) is jubilant to be performing on the Joseph Stein stage in his third consecutive production at the Round Barn Theatre. An avid musician, Timothy is excited to be performing a show in which he does not play an instrument. Like most men his age, Timothy is 24 years old (again). Timothy is very curious as to whether or not you are reading this before the show. Do you see Timothy on stage right now? Perchance he is saying something humorous that you are missing! I would like to thank Gina Gadd, for her continuous patience, love and support. For more information about Timothy Leonard, visit www.Timleo.com
Jeremy Littlejohn (Director / Oscar) is originally from Indiana and is now in his fourteenth year as a theatre professional. He has worn many hats over the years and has been involved in over 100 different productions across the country including four productions of Guys and Dolls, three productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, two productions of eleven other shows and he has performed in Plain and Fancy over 700 times. Some of his directing projects include Nunsense, The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss Me Kate and his favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel! Onstage credits include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Homer in Floyd Collins, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Yvan in Art, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Bill Sykes in Oliver, Froggy in The Foreigner, Caleb in The Spitfire Grill and John Adams in 1776. Visit www.jeremylittlejohn.com
Jennifer Myor (Gwendolyn Pigeon) is excited to be performing this fall for the first time at The Round Barn Theatre. She has worked the past four summers with Mercury Summer Stock in Cleveland. Some of Jen’s past credits include Showboat as Magnolia, The Scarlet Pimpernel as Marguerite, Me and My Girl as Sally, The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy, Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnstone, Suessical the Musical as Gertrude and Let Freedom Swing. She is a Graduate of AMDA in New York where she resides and works with her vocal coach, composer Zina Goldrich. Much thanks to my super-supportive family.
Rory Dunn (Murray) ) is ecstatic to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre stage after performing as Dan King in Plain and Fancy. He recently finished wowing audiences in Charlotte, NC with his turns as Jeffrey in [title of show] and as both Eddie and Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Before that, some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jud Fry in Oklahoma, Amos in Chicago, the title role in Sweeney Todd and as many different parts as he could in The 39 Steps. Recently he finished filming a Finnish film titled 30HA, or The Zone, which was shot entirely in Russian. Thank you to my friends and family for all of their constant support. You can find me online at www.RoryDunn.com.
Erin Whitcomb (Cecily Pigeon) is proud to be performing on The Round Barn Theatre stage this season! Pursuing her love of theatre, she moved from her home in Mechanicsburg, PA to achieve a BA at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She has appeared in roles such as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Eponine in Les Miserables, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, and in many other memorable musicals. She has also dabbled in Shakespeare in the notorious Romeo and Juliet.Additionally, she has performed in several Cedar Point Amusement Park shows where she got to sing like a diva star, be a backwoods bounty hunter, and rock an audience like an 80’s hair band. Most recently, she was in a few shows at Dollywood in Tennessee. While there, she had the privilege of singing with Miss Dolly Parton on numerous occasions including her Nashville Flood Relief Effort. Erin feels blessed that every day she gets to do what she loves as her job! Special thanks to my Mom and brother for always encouraging me to persevere and follow my dreams.
PRODUCTION STAFF BIOS
Spencer Holdeman (Stage Manager / Sound Design) is thrilled to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre after working on his first theatrical productions, Ring of Fire and Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. He is a Nappanee native and has attended ITT Technical Institute in Fort Wayne, IN. Thanks Phil for giving me this incredible opportunity.
Ted Lantz (Technical Director) joined Amish Acres for the second time, having first worked in the summer of 1973, helping with building restoration. A graduate of Bremen High School, Ted was involved with drama, performing in the musicals Sound of Music and Oklahoma. He is a retired school teacher, residing with his wife Chris, in Wakarusa. His son, Jordan, and his daughter, Kelsey, are both college students,
Richard Pletcher (Producer) with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.
At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.
In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.
Philip B. Richard II (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer) is excited to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre family for his second season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA and has worked in theatres across the US including Florida, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, and Hawaii. Philip was an Entertainment Coordinator for 5 years at the Walt Disney World Resort and has previously worked for Austin Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater,Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional stage management credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and the World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. Regional lighting credits include productions of The Pillowman, Stripes and Stars, Nosferatu, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose, Scrooge, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip is a member of the Equity Membership Candidate program and the Stage Manager Association. Thank You to all of you for supporting the arts, without you, theatre would not be possible. Enjoy the show!
Richard Vollmer (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Round Barn Theatre. Previously he has worked for The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, The Cider Mill Playhouse and Johnson City Central School District in Upstate New York in their stage management departments. Richard is also a member of EMC program. This is the pre program to Equity of actors and stage managers. Richard graduated from Binghamton University in 2006 with a degree in Theatre Technology and Design with a concentration in Stage Management.
The Odd Couple
Theme Dinner Dates: November 4 and 11, 2011
Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.
Theme Dinner reservations required.
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Egg Drop Dead Soup
Warm Crab, Crab, Crab Dip
They’re Both Spiced Nuts
Iceberg Lettuce with Sweet and Sour Dressing
Bachelor Button Bread
Hot Cross Buns
Steak! Eggs! Potatoes!
Mac and Cheese
Beans and Franks
Red Faced Potatoes
Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase