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The Odd Couple

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Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Jennifer King

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If the mess in his apartment is any indication, it’s no wonder that Oscar Madison’s wife has left him. Enter fastidious, depressed and none too tense Felix Unger, seemingly suicidal because his wife has kicked him out. But as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together. The Odd Couple is born, and the results are non-stop hilarity in Neil Simon’s Tony-winning classic comedy.

The Odd Couple runs two hours and fifteen minutes, including two intermissions.

Generously Underwritten by Producer's Circle Members Clyde & Kim Schultz, with Buffington Clay-Miller

Cast

Oscar Madison

Nathan Cummings

Felix Unger

Aaron Wilton*

Murray the Cop

Chad Yarish

Roy

Tim Kniffin*

Vinnie

Tim Setzer

Speed

Zachary Stockton

Gwendolin Pigeon

Samantha Dakin

Cecily Pigeon

Morgan Harrington

Crew

Director

Jennifer King

Stage Manager

Jennifer Ruygt

Scenic Designer

Joseph Elwick

Costume Designer

Skipper Skeoch

Lighting Designer

Wayne Hovey

Sound Designer

Albert Casselhoff

* Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States

THE CAST

CummingsNathan Cummings (Oscar Madison) has lived and performed all over the globe. Some of his favorite roles include Tom in The Sisters Rosensweig, Amos in Chicago, and both Tybalt and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. He recently directed Driving Miss Daisy and City of Angels at Cinnabar and performed in The Pavilion, 110 in the Shade, Crimes of the Heart, She Loves MeWe Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! and Arcadia. He also serves as Cinnabar’s education director and has directed numerous youth productions. Nathan is the proud papa of Dareia and Beatrix Cummings.

DakinSamantha Dakin (Gwendolyn Pigeon) grew up in Sonoma County and now lives in London, where she trained at the Drama Centre. Her UK theatre work includes Home Free! (Arts Theatre West End), The Screenwriter’s Daughter (Leicester Square Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Wyndham’s Theatre), A Kid Like Jake and The Rubber Room (Old Vic New Voices), The Trip to Bountiful (Courtyard Theatre), and The Emperor Self (Arcola). Her US theatre credits include Remembrance of Things Past (92Y, New York), The Night of the Iguana and A Christmas Carol (Sonoma County Rep). On screen, Samantha has appeared in Hyde Park on HudsonThe Chameleon, and the BBC TV series EastEnders and Doctors. She provides one of the lead voices in the BAFTA-nominated animated series Tree Fu TomFor BBC Radio Drama, she has performed in Little WomenThe Clintons, The Hot Kid, and many other plays. This is her Cinnabar debut.

Harrington copyAward-winning soprano and graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Morgan Harrington (Cecily Pigeon) is thrilled to return to Cinnabar, where she recently sang Pamina in The Magic Flute (2016). Other credits include: Sonoma City Opera, IU Opera Theater, Pocket Opera, Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company, Monterey County Pops!, Waffle Opera (Donna Elvira / Don Giovanni; Pamina / Die Zauberflöte), and Opera on Tap – San Francisco (Mimì / La Bohème). Harrington has also participated in the Opera Academy of California’s 2011 Summer Program (Elettra / Idomeneo), The Banff Centre’s 2012 Opera as Theatre Program (Donna Elvira) in Canada, the iSING! International Young Artists Festival in China (2014, 2015), which included the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s iSING Shanghai, and OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program (2016). For upcoming performances, visit: www.morganharrington.com.

KniffinTim Kniffin (Roy) is an award winning Bay Area actor, and is thrilled to be back home at Cinnabar.  Most recently, Tim portrayed Atticus Finch in Theater Napa Valley’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and garnered a leading role (Carl) in Ian Old’s feature film Burn Country, released by Orion/Samuel Goldwyn. Cinnabar audiences may remember Tim from his roles in A Couple of Blaguards, as the Rainmaker in 110 In The Shade, Slim in Of Mice and Men, and in The Creature.  Tim has performed on stage and screen throughout the United States, as well as Wroclaw, Poland.  Performance venues include The Kennedy Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Aurora, Shotgun Players, Knoxville’s Clarence Brown, the Drugie Studio, Spokane Interplayers, Theater Schmeater, Book-It Repertory, Berkeley Playhouse, San Francisco Shakespeare, Seattle Shakespeare, Shakespeare Napa Valley, 6th Street Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, Chicago Kids Company, as well as NBC’s Trauma and Netflix’s Chance…to name a few.  Tim is eternally grateful for his family’s love and support.

SetzerTim Setzer (Vinnie) is thrilled to make his Cinnabar debut in The Odd Couple. A familiar face around the North Bay theater community, he has appeared in many venues including Spreckels Theatre Company, 6th Street Playhouse, Narrow Way Stage, the White Barn, Napa Valley Playhouse, SonomaArts Live, Lucky Penny Productions, Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre and Shakespeare Napa Valley. Favorite shows include Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, SFBATCC nomination), Titanic, the Musical (Etches), Little Women (John Brooke), Kismet (Hajj), Scrooge, the Musical (Ebenezer Scrooge, SFBATCC nomination), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Oliver! (Fagin), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus), La Cage aux Folles (Albin/Zaza), ART (Yvan), Stones in his Pockets (Charlie) and The Book of Matthew (Vincent Alcedo, SFBATCC nomination). Thank you to Elly and Jennifer for the opportunity!

StocktonZachary Stockton (Speed) holds a BA in theater from UC Davis. He has performed everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, including Comedy of Errors, Equus, Twelfth Night, Company, Hello Dolly, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and some 50-odd other shows. He is thrilled to make his Cinnabar debut.

 

WiltonAaron Wilton (Felix Unger) is elated to be working with Cinnabar! Local Credits: San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, Theatre Rhinoceros, Capital Stage, Shakespeare Napa Valley and PlayGround. Regional: George Street Playhouse (w/ Oscar nom. Amy Irving & Emmy nom. Peter Scolari), Hudson Stage Company, Shakespeare in the Wild, The Beckmann Theater and Greenwich Street Theatre, where his co-created show Happy Mundanes performed at the New York City Fringe Festival. He has numerous Film, TV and video game credits and has done commercials with Blue Shield, Chase, Taco Bell and Xfinity. He has won a Shellie and been nominated for a Perry and two BroadwayWorld SF awards.

YarishChad Yarish (Murray the Cop) has been acting around the Bay Area for 17 years. Recent rolls include Bruce in Beyond Therapy with Lucky Penny Productions (2016 North Bay Arty Award Winner), both kings and a couple other jerks in Pericles at Napa Valley College, and himself in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Chad has workshopped the last four plays written by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and has performed with them across the country. Chad has been the Drosselmeyer for the Stapleton School of Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker since 2003, and Von Rothbart in their last three productions of Swan Lake, despite never once having taken a ballet lesson. Chad served four years in the U.S. Army, makes his own mead, and has no formal theatrical training to speak of – which is either impressive or obvious. This is his first time performing at Cinnabar. Find out more at http://chad-yarish.squarespace.com/


THE CREW

CasselhoffAlbert Casselhoff (Sound Designer) is a multi media artist working in Theater, Radio and Film. His theater work includes Sound Design and Original Compositions.  Albert has also created radio programs for national distribution through NPR, APM, PRI and has been heard internationally on CBC in Canada, ABC in Australia, and in New Zealand.  His film projects include documentaries, commercials, and experimental works for live performance. His first collaboration with Cinnabar was the multi-faceted production of the world premiere of One Stone (Einstein).

As a high school graduate, Joe Elwick (Scenic Designer) told himself he was done with the world of live theater. But it turns out theater was not done with him. It would come years later, in the form of a woman, whom he would later marry. One night she asked him if he would like to help her design a show for the theater she worked at. She was in a bind and needed the help. At the time he was studying to be become an architect, so a set design would be right up his alley. Tirelessly he worked, day and night around the clock to design a show he could be proud of. He was successful.  After that first design he was convinced this is something he would love to pursue, part-time.  A full-time career in theater was not something he was interested in. Now here we are, six years later, sitting in this theater looking at his latest design.  Is it his best?  Is it his worst?  Will there be others after this one?  No one knows, life holds many secrets.  Many different avenues that you will take, some leading back to now, and some leading to the different future. He hopes you enjoy this now, and this future. He is

HoveyWayne Hovey (Lighting Designer) has been working in the technical side of theater for more than 40 years, doing everything from backstage work to set, sound and lighting design and stage management. He has provided set design for Cinnabar’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, The Marriage of Figaro, Bad Dates, Mahalia Jackson, and this season’s opener, The Most Happy Fella. He’s provided light design for more than 15 shows at Cinnabar, including last June’s The Magic Flute and the world premiere of Trevor Allen’s One Stone (Einstein).

King copyJennifer King (Director) is a theater artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She divides her time between Europe and America, performing, directing and creating work in the UK, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, where she directs for the Prague Shakespeare Company. US acting, directing and teaching credits include work for the California Shakespeare Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Aurora Theatre Company, Shakespeare Napa Valley, SF PlayGround, Berkeley Playhouse, Sonoma County Repertory Theater, 6th Street Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater, Symmetry Theater, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Napa Valley College, Sonoma State University and UC Davis, among others.  Locally, she was the Executive/Artistic Director of Sonoma County Repertory Theater and is now a tenured Professor of Theater at Napa Valley College, where she founded and runs Shakespeare Napa Valley.  This is her third production at Cinnabar, starring in Bad Dates last season and directing I Am My Own Wife in 2015. This summer she will direct the Shakespeare Napa Valley production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

RuygtJennifer Ruygt (Stage Manager) has been a resident stage manager for Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Music Napa Valley for the past nine years and most recently toured with the Reduced Shakespeare Company (abridged) and has workshopped four productions with them. Jennifer has been working as a stage manager for over 15 years and her theater credits include the Naples Dinner Theater, Ashlawn Opera Festival, Berkeley Playhouse, Aurora, Cafeteria Kids Theater, and Spreckels Theater Company, as well as several local children’s theater companies. Many thanks for supporting local theater.

Skipper Skeoch (Costumes) is very excited to be designing at Cinnabar. Previous designs at Cinnabar were The Quality of Life, The Creature and Bad Dates. Skipper has been the resident costume designer and shop manager for Napa Valley College  Her design credit at the college include Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Lydia and Guys and Dolls In addition Skipper had the pleasure of designing the last three of Reduced Shakespeare’s premiere productions: Christmas Abridged, Comedy Abridged and most recently Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play Abridged. Other credits include work with the Magic Theater, South Coast Repertory, Sonoma County Repertory, Sacramento Theater Company, and Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa.

There’s a certain segment of the “thea-tuh” community that turns its collective nose up at the mere mention of a mainstream, commercially-successful playwright. One of my most vivid college memories is of a member of the Theatre Arts faculty nearly having a stroke at the mention of the possibility of scheduling a Neil Simon play in their season. These artists often measure success by how badly attended their productions are, revelling in the confirmation of how unique and right they are about what is art and how wrong everybody else is.
Director Jennifer King graciously admits to prescribing to some of these thoughts, particularly about Neil Simon, till an actor who she greatly respects prodded her into taking a look at Simon’s The Odd Couple. The next thing she knew she was directing a production of it, now running at Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater.
The Odd Couple may be the most post popular American play ever written. From its premiere on Broadway over fifty years ago to the classic Jack Lemmon – Walter Matthau film to its current third incarnation as a prime-time television sitcom, The Odd Couple, with slight modifications (including a Saturday morning cartoon with an anthropomorphized cat and dog as the leads,) endures. Why? Because it’s funny.
The premise is simple – mismatched roommates. There, I summed up the plot in two words. There’s a whole lot more than that, of course, but it’s with that now-classic premise to which most people can relate.  Who hasn’t roomed with a Felix and/or Oscar at some point in their life? Who hasn’t been driven up a wall by a compadre’s peccadilloes? Who hasn’t reached out to help a friend in one moment and then turn around and want to kill him in the next?
Friendship is at the heart of The Odd Couple, male friendship in particular (though Simon adapted the play himself in 1985 as The Female Odd Couple.) and King has cast the show with a group of guys who you can actually believe are friends. Nathan Cummings brings a gruff charm to Oscar and Aaron Wilton nails both the prissiness and heart of Felix. Both manage to avoid comparisons to Matthau/Lemmon/Klugman/Randall, with Wilton’s Felix wound a bit tighter than usual.  Wilton may come off as a tad young to be playing the middle-aged Felix, but his character choices get you past that. They’re both fun to watch.
A lot of the humor in the play comes from Felix and Oscar’s poker-playing buddies, and King has cast these supporting roles as well as her leads. Tim Kniffin is very dry as accountant Roy. Tim Setzer, usually seem locally in musicals, is amusing as henpecked Vinnie. Zachary Stockton as the cigar-chewing, wise-cracking Speed is a man after my own heart with his laser-like focus on the game. Chad Yarish’s Murray the cop is the heart and soul of the group, managing to be funny and kind of sweet when it comes to caring about his friend Felix. How the hell this disparate group of guys became friends is never addressed, but before you go challenging their believability take a look at your own.
Laughs also come via the Pigeon sisters (nicely played by Samantha Dakin and Morgan Harrington), a couple of British expatriates who are the source of the final conflict (and resolution) between Oscar and Felix.
In a pre-show presentation, director King addressed the personal challenge of putting on a straight forward production and resisting the temptation to add any avant-garde elements.  I can’t imagine this show done with a minimalist set instead of Joseph Elwick’s nicely designed NY apartment or everyone dressed in black instead of Skipper Skeoch’s nicely understated period dress.  King met the challenge by simply sticking to the script and trusting her actors.
While there are individual lines that date the show ($280 a month for an eight room, New York City apartment?!) the show itself does not come off that way. Rooted in real relationships, it’s a funny look at the American male psyche, still gloriously flawed after fifty years.
Cinnabar Theater’s The Odd Couple is an extremely enjoyable production of an American comedy classic.

–Harry Duke, For All Events


Now playing at Cinnabar Theater, [The Odd Couple] gets a delightfully spot-on, perfectly paced production, directed with genuine warmth and slapstick-savvy by Jennifer King.
Oscar (Nathan Cummings, superb in every way) is a messy, undisciplined sportswriter who impulsively offers a room to his freshly separated, compulsively tidy best friend Felix (Aaron Wilton, perhaps a bit young for the part, but every bit as excellent). It does not take long for the fragile Felix—constantly chasing around with ashtrays and coasters—to start driving the laidback Oscar nuts.
The supporting cast—Oscar’s Friday-night poker buddies and the neighborly twins, the Pigeon sisters (Samantha Dakin and Morgan Harrington)—are all extremely good, mining the text for laughs without losing sight of the characters’ inherent humanity. But ultimately, it’s the gracefully winning chemistry between Wilton and Cummings that makes this hilarious Odd Couple so fun and so emotionally satisfying.

–David Templeton, The Bohemian

The Odd Coupe

B: Zachary Stockton (Speed), Nathan Cummings (Oscar Madison), Chad Yarish (Murray the Cop)
F: Tim Setzer (Vinnie), Aaron Wilton (Felix Unger), Tim Kniffin (Roy the Accountant)

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Nathan Cummings as Oscar Madison and Aaron Wilton as Felix Unger

The Odd Coupe

Aaron Wilton as Felix Unger and Nathan Cummings as Oscar Madison

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Samantha Dakin and Morgan Harrington as the Pigeon Sisters

The Odd Coupe

Aaron Wilton as Felix Unger

The Odd Coupe

Nathan Cummings as Oscar Madison

The Odd Coupe

Nathan Cummings (Oscar Madison), with Chad Yarish (Murray the Cop) and Tim Kniffin (Roy the Accountant)

Banner photo photo by Victoria von Thal