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ICC Theatre Season Opens September 25 with Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple”

The classic award-winning comedy of Neil Simon kicks off an exciting Illinois Central College theatre season when The Odd Couple opens for six performances over two weekends in the ICC Performing Arts Center main stage theatre on September 25.

The Odd Couple is the first of four productions by the ICC Theatre Program offered throughout the academic year. This classic, Tony Award-winning comedy follows the story of a clean-freak and a slob who decide to room together…with hilarious results. The popular story was portrayed in film by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and on television by Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

Cast members, their hometowns and their roles for the ICC production include: Nathan Apodaca of Peoria as “Speed”; Asanta Cunningham of Chicago as “Roy”; Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont as “Gwendolyn Pigeon”; Victor Griffith of Washington as “Vinnie”; Malcolm Howard of Morton as “Murray”; Chris McHenry of Washington as “Felix”; Alek President of Rushville as “Oscar”; and Rebekah Waters of Minonk as “Cecily Pigeon”.

The show is directed by Robin Berkley with scenic design by Rob Fulton and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The Odd Couple takes place over two weekends from September 25 through October 4. Performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30 pm, and shows on Sundays start at 2:30 pm.

The Odd Couple is the first of four plays produced by the ICC Theatre Program throughout the academic year. Other shows in the 2015-2016 season include:

  • The Drunken City, written by Adam Bock
  • The Dead Guy, written by Eric Coble
  • Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, conceived by Brian Shnipper

Adam Bock’s The Drunken City is a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity. Three 20-something-year-old brides-to-be find their lives turning topsy-turvy when one of them begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a stranger. This show runs for nine performances in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre between November 13 and 22. Shows take place at 7:30 pm, except the Sunday performances, which start at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 16. The show is rated R for mature themes and language and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Dead Guy by Eric Coble looks at the public’s fascination with reality TV as contestants in a game show get a million dollars to spend during a week (while being broadcast on TV) before they die, and the audience votes on the method of death. This show examines the impact of money, fame, and the media’s sensationalism at the expense of morality and decency. This show runs for six performances over two weekends in the ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre between February 26 and March 6. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 7:30 pm, and Sunday performances start at 2:30 pm. This show is rated R for mature themes and language and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The final production, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, is a series of short plays looking at equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love. This show runs for nine performances in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre between April 15 and 24. Shows take place at 7:30 pm, except the Sunday performances, which start at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on April 18. This show is rated R for mature themes and language and is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Season tickets are available and cost $24 for the general public and $16 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets can be purchased by phone at (309) 694-5136, or in person during business hours at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets to each show cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens; in addition to purchasing in person or by phone, tickets to individual performances may be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com.