The Odd Couple
Produced by Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical Australia
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Anthony Brown
It’s a ‘marriage’ of inconvenience! Oscar, a slovenly sportswriter with a heart of gold meets Felix, a critical perfectionist who finds fault in everything. When two thoroughly mismatched men get thrown out by their wives and move in together, what could possibly go wrong?
This production is dedicated to the memory of Neil Simon who passed away in 2018.
(Please note - all roles are aged over 25 years)
Oscar Madison, a carefree, good-natured, divorced sportswriter who lives alone in a messy eight-room New York apartment. He is completely oblivious to dirt, clutter, and the overdue child-support payments about which his wife telephones weekly. He has his male cronies in for a weekly poker game with refreshments that invite food poisoning. Oscar’s lifestyle is abruptly turned around when he takes in one of the members of the group, Felix Ungar, whose wife has thrown him out. Everything is now antiseptically clean, the food served to the poker players is appetising, and there is money to pay his former wife, Blanche. Felix is so compulsive, however, that Oscar cannot live with him and forcefully requests that he leave.
Felix Ungar, a fussy man who knows that he is difficult to live with but cannot—or will not—make any concessions or compromises. His wife, unwilling to continue their marriage, asks him to leave the family despite his suicide threat, and he then moves in with Oscar. Made comical by his exaggerated behaviour, Felix is persuaded by the end of the play to live temporarily with the Pigeon sisters, who pity him, but it is probable that they too will find him exasperating.
Oscar and Felix's giggly upstairs neighbour, one of a pair of English sisters. She is a widow.
2 scenes, 66 lines.
Oscar and Felix's giggly upstairs neighbour, one of a pair of English sisters. She is a divorcée.
2 scenes, 57 lines.
One of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. Gruff and sarcastic, often picking on Vinnie and Murray.
3 scenes, 64 lines.
A NYPD policeman, one of Oscar and Felix's poker buddies. 3 scenes, 118 lines.
One of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. Oscar's accountant. Roy has a dry wit but is less acerbic than Speed.
3 scenes, 64 lines.
One of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies. Vinnie is mild-mannered and henpecked, making him an easy target for Speed's verbal barbs. 3 scenes, 66 lines.
May 4th, 11th at 7pm & May 18th 2019 at 2pm and 7pm
and will be staged at John Lees Centre,15 Evan Street, Penrith.
Sunday 20th January & Friday, 25th January 2019
at John Lees Centre, Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(by appointment only).
Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.
An audition piece will be given to every auditionee.
It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and
present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for high standard of performance for each of the roles.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.
It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair,
anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.
An audition piece will be sent out from Anthony once an audition time slot has been sorted.
To book your audition or to request information,
please email Anthony at: firstname.lastname@example.org