Amanda Bearse & Teresa Ganzel Are THE ODD COUPLE At Judson Theatre Company
Judson Theatre Company (Daniel Haley, Artistic Director and Morgan Sills, Executive Producer) has announced that Amanda Bearse will play Olive Madison 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 reworking of his riotously funny theatre, film, and television comedy classic The Odd Couple, centered around two wildly mismatched roommates living together in New York City. Set in the crazy 1980s, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger are now Olive Madison and Florence Unger. At their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive's messy and ill-equipped Riverside Drive apartment, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in. Olive's messy habits and easy-going outlook on life soon clash with Florence's high-strung neurotic neat-freak tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers (who live upstairs), their differences come to a head and sparks fly.
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. 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) returns to Judson Theatre Company having memorably portrayed 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.
To purchase tickets online now to The Odd Couple (Female Version) or request additional information, please visit http://judsontheatre.com/. Tickets will be available to purchase in person at local outlets beginning March 1.