ST. PETERSBURG – American Stage will kick off its 2021-2022 season with a new version of “The Odd Couple”, from October 27 to November 21, at the Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg.
âThe Strange Coupleâ is by Neil Simon. The show will be directed by Adam Mace, who is making his directorial debut on American Stage. Mace will bring a contemporary, fresh and multicultural interpretation to this beloved American classic.
âI have wanted to direct this piece for many years and I am so happy to have the honor of doing so now,â Mace said in a press release promoting the production. “For over a year and a half we have been dealing with this terrible global pandemic and there really is no more important time to come together safely and laugh than right now.”
The cast is made up of both veteran actors from the American scene and new faces. The iconic roles of Oscar and Felix feature Damon Dennin and Michael Burgess. Dennin is originally from South Florida and has performed in regional theaters such as the Walnut Street Theater and the Orlando Repertory Theater. Burgess has performed nationwide, including on Coastal Stage and Woolfe Street Playhouse in South Carolina.
To complete the cast, Xavier Harris (Speed), Nicholas Perez-Hoop (Roy), Nicole Masterson (Gwendolyn Pigeon), Vickie Daignault (Vinnie), Casey Worthington (Murry) and American apprentice Massiel Evans (Cecily Pigeon).
âThe odd couple isn’t just a messy roommate and a tidy roommate,â Mace said. âIt’s more complex than that – friendship itself is a strange thing. There is so much room for friendship to go wrong with all of its fuel elements, yet it is these components – all the differences, likes and dislikes, and commonalities – that create beautiful unions that last a lifetime. life.”
Mace has served as an Associate Artistic Director of the Rebel Theater production as well as an Artistic Associate at the New Freedom Theater. He was the founding artistic director and producer of the Mount Carmel Theater Company. He is the host of three acclaimed podcasts, including “The Talkback with Adam Mace”, “The New York Mystery Machine” and “Turnbuckle Podcast”.
Mace is also an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s College in the Departments of Communication Studies and English. He holds an MA in Educational Theater from New York University and is an Associate Fellow of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and a Fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America.
For those unfamiliar with Simon’s classic play, circumstances bring together Oscar – a redneck – and Felix – a neatnik. Oscar cherishes his carefree celibacy. Newly divorced Felix is ââdemanding, neurotic and depressed. The two end up sharing an apartment although their opposing personalities lead to one argument after another.
This comedy by Neil Simon 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, âThe Odd Coupleâ won the Tony Award for Best Play.
With a multicultural cast, the American scene seeks to present this show in a way audiences have never seen it before. Set in the summer of 2021 in New York City, this production will reflect the diversity seen in everyday America as it explores relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With “The Odd Couple”, American Stage launches its 2021-2022 season on the theme “For the love of the theater”. seeks to encourage all members of the community to join in the rewarding experience of live storytelling. With stories that are at the same time universal, diverse, theatrical and inspiring, âFor the love of the theaterâ will be a season that invites the public to come back to share a space with open hearts and open minds.
Ticket prices vary depending on performance. For more information, visit americanstage.org.