9315 State Ave. #J • Marysville, WA 98270 • (360) 322-7402
Red Curtain announces auditions for "The Odd Couple," directed by Liam Cole.
When New York City newswriter Felix is late for their weekly poker game, the gang (Murray, Roy, Speed and Vinnie) at sportswriter Oscar’s upper west side apartment grows concerned as he is usually obsessively punctual. When he finally does show up, it becomes apparent that Felix is suicidal over an impending divorce. Oscar offers Felix a place to stay while the dust settles, so Felix can regain his footing. But soon this arrangement, and their friendship, is tested by Felix’s obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his malaise by arranging a double date with two upstairs British neighbors, Cecily and Gwen. The planned dinner double date backfires and Felix grows even more despondent. Needless to say, the friendship between the two is strained further. Both men decide parting ways is the best course of action - but not without their adventure in cohabitation having unexpected results beneficial to both.
Prepared monologues are NOT required for this audition process. Male-identifying actors are invited to attend either session beginning at 7 p.m. and will be asked to read scenes with other actors throughout the evening. Female-identifying actors are welcome beginning at 8:30 either evening.
As scripted, the roles are for 6 men, 2 women. RCF promotes unconventional casting, including gender-blind and color conscious casting. (The role of Oscar has been precast. All other roles are open.)
Performances are Sept. 4-20, 2020 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave #J in Marysville. 360.322.7402.
Felix - A news copywriter for CBS TV. “The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.”
Oscar - A sportswriter. “A messy desk is the sign of a creative mind”
Vinnie - Nervous and eccentric. His mind is ‘elsewhere’.
Speed - Impatient poker player —sarcastic, complaining, and even a little mean.
Roy - Oscar’s accountant. An acute sense of smell complaining about “bad odors” in Oscar’s apartment. In the second act he storms from the game because Felix has put disinfectant on the playing cards.
Murray - a policeman. Methodical, perhaps slow, thinker. Also gentle and caring, and demonstrates the most concern for Felix. Unflappable, but also a bit simple and naive.
Cecily Pigeon - Sister to Gwendolyn. A bit uninhibited. A British “bird'. The younger of the two
Gwen Pigeon - Sister to Cecily. Simon describes Gwendolyn as the “mother hen.” Perhaps a bit ‘scatterbrained’