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Beloved TV Favorites AMANDA BEARSE and TERESA GANZEL headline Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

PINEHURST, N.C., Monday, January 20, 2020 –Judson Theatre Company (Daniel Haley, Artistic Director and Morgan Sills, Executive Producer) has announced that Amanda Bearse will play Olive Madsion and Teresa Ganzel will play Florence Unger in their March production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version). Performances begin Thursday, March 26 and run through Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Owens Auditorium at the newly renovated Bradshaw Performing Arts Center (3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374).

The Odd Couple (Female Version) is Neil Simon’s 1985 reworking of his theatre, film, and television perennial, The Odd Couple. Oscar Madison and Felix Unger are now Olive Madison and Florence Unger, the poker game is now Trivial Pursuit, and the Pidgeon Sisters are the Costazuela Brothers.  The Odd Couple (Female Version) is a riotously funny comedy classic centered around two wildly mismatched roommates living together in New York City. What happens to a friendship when a neat-freak and a slob try to co-exist?

 

AMANDA BEARSE (Olive Madison) played Marcy D’Arcy on over 250 episodes of Fox’s Married…With Children during its 11-season run, and co-starred in the cult horror film Fright Night opposite Chris Sarandon. After graduating the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, Bearse began her professional acting career in New York on All My Children. Directing episodes of Married…With Children launched her episodic tv directing career, and she went on to direct episodes of many other series including MADtv. Reba, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Lopez, The Jamie Foxx Show, Dharma & Greg, and Jessie (among others). After over three decades in entertainment, Amanda made her off-Broadway directing, as well as acting, debut in 2018 at New York City Center with Party Face starring Hayley Mills, coming full circle with her work in theater.

 

TERESA GANZEL (Florence Unger) is beloved by Judson Theatre Company audiences for her memorable portrayal of Truvy in 2014’s Steel Magnolias.  She is perhaps best known to audiences everywhere from her 32 appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, for playing Jackie Gleason’s wife in The Toy starring Richard Pryor, and for starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in Transylvania 6-5000. She also appeared opposite Bill Paxton in the comedy mini-series Fresno starring Carol Burnett. Teresa was a series regular on The Duck Factory with Jim Carrey, Roxie with Andrea Martin, and Teachers Only with Lynn Redgrave and Jean Smart. She has made dozens of memorable guest appearances on beloved shows including Three’s Company (as Greedy Gretchen), Coach, Mama’s Family, Alf, Newhart, Love Boat, Hotel, and Married…with Children. Game show fans may remember Teresa as a celebrity player on The $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid tournaments as well as Super Password and Hollywood Squares. Teresa’s distinctive voice can be heard in blockbuster films like Despicable Me 3, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Monsters Inc., Up, Wall-E, Horton Hears a Who!, and Cars. Her recent theatre credits include Harvey starring French Stewart at Laguna Beach Playhouse; Heartbreak Help with Melissa Peterman and Marisa Jaret Winokur; the national tour and Off-Broadway production of Viagara Falls; and Meet & Greet with Vicki Lewis.

Following a successful national tour, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) debuted on Broadway in 1985 starring Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno.  Simon’s original play, The Odd Couple, bowed on Broadway in 1965 starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney,  and was revived in 2006 with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. It was adapted for the screen in 1968 with Matthau and Jack Lemmon, with a sequel following in 1998. It has been the basis of four television series.

 

The performance schedule for The Odd Couple (Female Version)  is as follows:

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (early curtain, opening night)

Friday, March 27 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm (matinee)

Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 pm (matinee, closing performance)

 

To purchase tickets online now to The Odd Couple (Female Version) or request additional information, please visit https://judsontheatre.com/. Tickets will be available to purchase in person at local outlets beginning March 1.  Discounted Group Rates (10+) are available online, or email: JudsonTheatre@gmail.com; Discount Student and Military Rush tickets available at the door (ID required, limit 2 per ID).

“You’re guaranteed to laugh,” states Morgan Sills (Executive Producer). “I’ve worked with both of these stars before and it’s a major coup to have them appearing in a show together. This production is going to be fun all the way. And our early ticket sales have been strong, both with groups and individuals.”

“We wanted to do another Neil Simon show after the success of Eve Plumb and Rex Smith in Plaza Suite and Robert Wuhl and Don Most in The Sunshine Boys, and The Odd Couple (Female Version) is the perfect choice to open our ninth season.”  says JTC’s Artistic Director, Daniel Haley.

ABOUT JUDSON THEATRE COMPANY:

As Moore County’s only professional theatre, Judson Theatre Company has been bringing the stars to the Sandhills since 2012. JTC is the recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award for Excellence In Professional Theatre and multiple BroadwayWorld Raleigh Awards. Designated the Professional Theatre Company in Residence at Sandhills Community College, previous JTC productions include Love, Loss, and What I Wore starring Sally Struthers, Kim Coles, and Joyce Reehling; And Then There Were None starring Alison Arngrim;  Love Letters starring Hollywood icon Tab Hunter and TV favorite Joyce DeWitt; Driving Miss Daisy starring four-time Emmy winner Michael Learned; and Tuesdays With Morrie starring Jamie Farr. For more information, visit https://www.judsontheatre.com.

 

Rave review for WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

JTC’s bestselling show ever received a rave review on SandhillsSentinel.com!

 

Judson Theatre makes a winning case with Witness for the Prosecution

The Pilot and BroadwayWorld Raleigh feature WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Read THE PILOT feature here:

https://www.thepilot.com/news/features/crackling-agatha-christie-courtroom-classic-opens-thursday/article_eccbc9b0-0707-11ea-a247-677103066c51.html

 

and read the BroadwayWorld Raleigh interview with Alan Campbell here:

 

https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-Interview-Alan-Campbell-of-Judson-Theatre-Companys-WITNESS-FOR-THE-PROSECUTION-20191118

 

 

The Story of a Poster: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

We’re back for another installment of The Story of a Poster! Once again, we started by looking at several things:

  1. a) what other posters for the show looked like, especially recent productions; as well as jackets of editions of the book through the years.
  2. b) what the original art looked like; and
  3. c) what images from the script would make a strong poster.

In the answer to a): we decided to not do the most common images on other people’s posters: scales of justice, gavels, courtroom imagery of a woman on the witness stand.

 

We also took a look at book jackets (from the short story collection that contains Christie’s original story that she adapted for the stage). It was weird to see images on paperback book covers that have nothing to do with anything that happens in the story or the play!

And the art from the famous Billy Wilder 1957 film was no help—it shows a flashback scene and Tyrone Power in a clinch with Marlene Dietrich.

On, then, to b) what  the original Broadway art, and our first bolt of inspiration: the font! We found something similar, and that’s our nod to the original production. We made it our own by outlining it in blood red (alluding to the murder at the heart of the play), and using a different period font for the words “for the” in the title.

 

And then c): the peering female eyes through the torn page reinforce the “witness” in the title. The fingerprint is another reference back to the play but also gives the poster texture.

 

We went with an eye-catching saturated bright ultramarine as the principal color, and went for sharp contrast with a chartreuse that leans toward green for the secondary color, which makes the blue lettering against it clear and easy to read.

 

Put all these things together and that’s The Story of a Poster.

 

Click here to get your tickets now for Witness for the Prosecution!

OutreachNC feature on “Craft and Christie”

November’s OutreachNC has a fun feature by Eddie Carmichael on three Witness for the Prosecution actors, talking about “Craft and Christie.” CLICK HERE TO READ

 

Joyce Reehling in THE PILOT on “Witness for the Prosecution”

This column by Joyce Reehling in The Pilot on the front page of the Scene section of the October 13 issue has generated a lot of buzz for the show and JTC–read it now at the link below.

Thanks, Joyce!

https://www.thepilot.com/news/features/judson-theater-to-stage-witness-for-the-prosecution/article_99f0856e-e911-11e9-916a-d39e8bee9da7.html

New Meet-The-Cast Videos: Tim Garner & James Cella

We’re happy to have these two returnees in the cast of Witness for the Prosecution: Tim Garner (from JTC’s And Then There Were None and The Sunshine Boys) and James Cella (from JTC’s Twelve Angry Men).

Tim even did a video in front of the theatre where Witness… originally played on Broadway!

James is glad to be back as well: