[The following is an excerpt from an article published in the About Town: Twin Ports Arts and Entertainment section of the Zenith News and was written by Phil Fitzpatrick. Read the full article here.]
Imagine a world in which you never laughed at the bawdy drinking scene from Twelfth Night. No chill up your spine when the trio of witches chants, “Double, double toil and trouble,” as they prophesy the ambitious king’s demise in Macbeth. Julius Casear might have uttered his iconic, “Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears!” but we wouldn’t know about it today.
First Folio will arrive in October and go on display for nearly a month in the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Meanwhile, you can get your fix when the world premier Rough Magic: a theatrical celebration of Shakespeare’s First Folio is performed at The Underground April 7-9 at 7:30pm.
Nathan Detroit (Jason Scorich) is between a rock and a hard place, having to find a new location to put on the oldest established floating crap game in New York, and finding yet another reason to put off marrying Adelaide (Louisa Scorich), his fiancée of 14 years. Meanwhile, at the local Salvation Army post, Sgt. Sarah Brown (Carolyn LePine) is in danger of losing her position as a missionary to sinners, when a bet puts her on a collision course with charming gambler supreme, Sky Masterson (Cal Metts).
Kyle McMillan (from left), Andy Roemhildt, and Matias Valero are gangsters and gamblers in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls” that opened Thursday. (Steve Kuchera / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, The Odd Couple opens on Thursday and we couldn’t be more excited to share this particular production with you! If you haven’t already heard, our actors are tackling the monumental task of reversing roles every-other performance. One night Jody and Jason will play Oscar and Felix, and the next night they’ll switch and play Felix and Oscar. Crazy, right? Crazy, but awesome. We briefly spoke with director Julie Ahasay and actors Jody Kujawa and Jason Scorich for some insider details of why they decided to do this and how the rehearsal process took shape. Enjoy!
PH: Julie, tell us about how you came to the decision to tackle the role reversal with The Odd Couple.
JULIE: When I was first working with the script I thought about how many people have both a Felix and an Oscar within them—a fastidious bundle of nerves and a relaxed slob. And that made me start thinking about how interesting it would be to see two actors find both those characters within themselves. I proposed the idea to Christine last summer when I ran into her at a coffee shop and she immediately embraced the idea. Then it was a matter of seeing if two actors capable of and interested in doing this switch would show up for auditions and demonstrate they could do this very challenging and tricky work.