Athenian Players Present “The Odd Couple” (Female Edition)

July 2, 2018

The Odd Couple - Female EditionUnger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers, but the hilarity remains the same.

The female version of The Odd Couple was first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg, Wayne M. Rogers, and The Shubert Organization at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 11, 1985. It was directed by Gene Saks.

The Athenian Players’ The Odd Couple (female version) will run July 26-28 at 7:30 pm. The play, directed by Dr. Hugh Long, boasts a talented cast including Jessica Carlton as Olive Madison, Meghan Swann as Florence Unger, Chelsey George as Sylvie, Jauwanna Johnson as Mickey, Ash Busick as Renee, Jilya Gossett as Vera, Edwin Arriaga as Manolo Costazuela, and Chris Clark as Jesus Costazuela. Behind the scenes, Cal Allen is the stage manager, Dr. Kimberly Jack is the costume designer, and Dr. Hugh Long and Melissa Irvin are the set designers.

Performances will take place at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur. Regular admission tickets are $15.00, and tickets for students, faculty, and staff are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Alabama Center for the Arts box office, online at www.athens.edu/athenianplayers/upcoming-productions/, or by phone at (256) 260-3007.

The Athenian Players are the resident theatre company at Athens State University. They make their home in the new Studio Theatre in the Alabama Center for the Arts, a black box theater that features state of the art lights and sound. The Athenian Players produce a play each semester, drawing the cast and crew from the diverse and talented Athens State University student body, students at other nearby schools, and the local Alabama community. Their goal is to continue the long tradition of quality dramatic productions from Athens State University’s illustrious history and to be a beacon for future theatre artists in the greater North Alabama region. For more information about the Athenian Players, please visit www.athens.edu/athenianplayers or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/athenianplayers. For information about the Drama program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/drama.

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