Coming to Mesabi Range College Theatre Fall 2013 The Odd Couple by Neil Simon Auditions 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday, July 25 Friday, July 26 Virginia Campus Theatre For play synopsis and cast of characters go to www.mesabirange.edu SYNOPSIS For Oscar Madison, life is just about perfect. He has a comfortable, if sloppy and disheveled, apartment, the best pokerplaying buddies on the planet, and only an occasional nag from his ex-wife. What happens, though, when Oscar, out of the goodness of his heart, takes in his best friend Felix Unger, newly banished from his home and formerly almost-perfect life? The result is exactly what anyone would expect when Type A and Type B collide and try to coexist. Can Oscar get Felix back up on his feet and out on his own before Felix drives him crazy? Can Felix disinfect and organize Oscar’s life before it self-combusts? Add to this toxic tangle, the outrageous and continuous intervention of the poker buddies and two damsels from England, and Oscar’s life becomes more than interesting! CHARACTERS Oscar Madison: “He is a pleasant, appealing man. He seems to enjoy life to the fullest. He enjoys his weekly poker game, his friends, his excessive drinking and his cigars. . . . His carefree attitude is evident in the sloppiness of his household but it seems to bother others more than it does Oscar.” Major Role Appears significantly in Acts I, II, and III Felix Unger: Careful and neat to a fault. His life philosophy seems to be neat is as neat does. Felix is obviously at a loss without the routine and stabilizing influence of his marriage. Even though he is aware of his ability to irritate the most patient of souls, he is helpless to do anything about it. Major Role Appears significantly in Acts I, II, and III Murray: Policeman—careful and plodding, whether he is playing poker or giving advice. Mid-size Role Appears with the other poker players Beginning of Act I (pages 5-30) Act II, Scene 1 (pages 41-47) Act III (pages 82-90) Speed: Testy. Always busting everyone’s chops. No mention of wife or kids. (Could be played by a woman) Mid-size Role Appears with the other poker players Beginning of Act I (pages 5-30) Act II, Scene 1 (pages 41-47) Act III (pages 82-90) Vinnie: Cheapskate. Packed with nervous energy, always tapping his foot, checking his watch. In Act I, Vinnie is anxious to get home. He and his wife are traveling to Florida for a vacation. In Act II, Vinnie is most appreciative of Felix’s alterations of the typical poker game night. Mid-size Role Appears with the other poker players Beginning of Act I (pages 5-30) Act II, Scene 1 (pages 41-47) Act III (pages 82-90) Roy: Oscar’s accountant. He complains about everything: the lack of air conditioning, the smell of Oscar’s apartment, Speed’s cigar smoke. . . . Mid-size Role Appears with the other poker players Beginning of Act I (pages 5-30) Act II, Scene 1 (pages 41-45) Act III (pages 82-90) Cecily: More often than not, more ditzy than her sister. Still, she’s paying attention to what is going on around her and does have some very clever lines. Minor Role Appears with her sister Gwendolyn Act II, Scene 2 (pages 60-71) Act III (pages 86-87) Gwendolyn: Genuine and sincere. Gwendolyn was in the process of divorcing her husband when he died suddenly. She becomes very emotional about it once Felix begins to talk about his children and his divorce. Minor Role Appears with her sister Cecily Act II, Scene 2 (pages 60-71) Act III (pages 86-87) Rehearsal will generally run Monday-Thursday from 5-8 pm. Performance Dates: FRIDAY, Oct. 1110:00 Matinee Performance 7:00 pm Performance SATURDAY, Oct. 12 2:00 Matinee Performance 7:00 pm Performance SUNDAY, Oct. 13 2:00 Matinee Performance For more information call or leave a message at 749-7759.