An Odd Couple arrives at Stage 9

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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Hutchinson, Kan. – Stage 9 announces the opening of its fourth production of the 2017 season, The Odd Couple [Female Version]. Performances will be June 22-24, 2017 and June 29 – July 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on June 25 and July 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  Stage 9 is located at 9 S. Main, Hutchinson, Kansas.

In The Odd Couple [Female Version], slovenly, easy-going Olive Madison is pitted against her roommate, the neat, uptight Florence Unger in this hilarious revival of Neil Simon’s comic classic. Simon reminds us of why he reigns as a comic genius in a twist on his classic Odd Couple. In the female version, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger have been replaced with Olive and Florence. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. And the hilarious Pigeon sisters are now the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.

Cast members include Peggy Livingston as Florence Unger, Paula Rothe as Olive Madison, Denny Vick as Manolo Costazuela, Steve Mills as Jesus Costazuela, Gaye Tibbets as Sylvie, Dell Marie Shanahan Swearer as Mickey, Alice Jane Hayes as Rene and Sally Russell as Vera.  The production team is led by director Joshua Hall.  Other members of the production team include Aubrey Hollinger (Stage Manager), Charles Johnston (Scenery, Lighting, Sound Design), Patty Wamsley (Costume Design), Jo Stropes (Properties Design) and Kelly Gauthier (Properties Assistant).

Performances for The Odd Couple [Female Version] will be June 22-24, 2017 and June 29 – July 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on June 25 and July 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices for this play are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for ages 8-14. Children under 8 are not permitted. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets are now available online and will be available for purchase at Apron Strings, 1 S. Main.  Tickets will also be sold at the Box Office one hour prior to each performance.  To check performance availability, please contact Stage 9 by email at or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).   

The Odd Couple [Female Version] is presented with special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

For more information about The Odd Couple [Female Version] or to schedule interviews with the director, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353 or

Stage 9’s mission is to excite minds, move hearts, and change lives through theatrical performance, arts education, and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County, and south central Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 2017 Season features Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rebecca Feldman, a musical comedy about an eclectic group of pubescent spellers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple (Female Version) pitting polar opposite roommates, a staged reading of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman that examines the tragedy of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the groundbreaking musical Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, a loose retelling of the Gospel story,  Stage 9’s haunting annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones, and the romantic tales of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.

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