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Elgin Theatre Company will be holding audition for the following play: 


The Odd Couple    a play by Neil Simon    

The Elgin Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for its summer production The Odd Couple, a comedy by Neil Simon. The play will be produced by Richard Grieger and directed by Madeline Franklin. The Stage Manager/Assistant Director is Kaitlin Moser.

Audition location:            Auditions will be held at First United Methodist Church of Elgin, 216 Highland Ave., Elgin, IL.

Audition requirements:    Requirements include a one minute contemporary comedic monologue (No Accents), current headshot/snapshot/resume, list of all conflicts, as well as being prepared to do cold readings from script. The director may lead you in improv scenes and/or monologues. Should you not have a monologue or photo, we encourage you to audition. No appointment is needed. For additional information, please submit requests to Richard Grieger, Producer, email or phone (847) 338-0506.

Audition Dates/Times:    Auditions will be held on

• Monday, April 17, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 19, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

• Thursday, April 20, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., callbacks, if necessary

Please arrive early to complete the audition forms, review materials, etc.

Cast Needed:    The cast consists of 2 women and 6 men. There may be understudies for the parts of Oscar and Felix.
Ages: 30 and over are preferred.

The first cast/crew/staff read thru and organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, 7:00-9:30 p.m.


Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, 1-4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., dependent upon actor conflicts. Additional rehearsals will be held closer to tech week. Mandatory tech week is June 18 to 22, 2017, and strike on closing.

Production Location:     The play will be presented at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street – 8th Floor, Elgin, Il. 60120.

Synopsis:     The play is set in 1960's in an apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City, this classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born. Winner of the 1965 Tony Award, Best Author of a Play Nominee and 1965 Tony Award, Best Play.

Character Descriptions:    

• Oscar Madison: A slovenly, recently divorced sportswriter. (late-30s to mid-50s)

• Felix Unger: A fastidious, hypochondriac news writer for CBS whose marriage is ending. (late-30s to mid- 50s)

• Murray: An NYPD policeman, one of Oscar and Felix's poker buddies. (mid-30s to early 60s)

• Speed: One of the poker buddies. Gruff and sarcastic, often picking on Vinnie and Murray. (mid-30s to early 60s)

• Vinnie: One of the poker buddies. Vinnie is mild-mannered and henpecked, making him an easy target for Speed's verbal barbs. (mid-30s to early 60s)

• Roy: One of the poker buddies. Oscar's accountant. Roy has a dry wit but is less acerbic than Speed. ((mid- 30s to early 60s)

• Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon: Oscar and Felix's upstairs neighbors, a pair of giggly, dizzy British sisters. The former is a divorcée, the latter a widow. (30s-40s)

About the Show:     There's a reason The Odd Couple is a classic—not only is there scarcely a moment in the play that isn't hilarious, but in the usual Simon style there are also fresh and unexpected insights into human nature.

"The humor of The Odd Couple is rooted in watching ordinary guys, equipped with an extraordinary arsenal of zingers, turn each other into irreconcilable caricatures of themselves, the way people do in bad marriages." (from a New York Times review)

For additional information about the auditions, contact Madeline Franklin by e-mail at or phone (847) 431-1084.

Also Needed:    

• Props Designer, some prior theatre experience

• Stage Crew, at least 16 years of age, no prior theatre experience needed

• Set builders and painters, at least 16 years of age, no prior theatre experience needed

There is no pay for cast or crew; you will receive one complimentary ticket. Each cast, staff and crew member is asked to join the Elgin Theatre Company membership for $15. We will collect at our first meeting. Many advantages for joining.

Send either resume or e-mail letter of intent for these positions to Madeline Franklin at or phone (847) 431-1084.

Break legs and see you soon!

The Odd Couple is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

You can print the following:  

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Future Audition notices

The Elgin Theatre Company holds open auditions for every play. Information can be found:

  • On this web site.
  • In the Elgin Courier News. Look in the listings section of the weekly 'Go' section.
  • On WRMN AM 1410. Listen for the 'What's Happening' segment at 6:25 AM and 7:25 AM each week day morning.

Other means of publicity may be used. 


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