two single men with distinctly different habits share an apartment
without killing each other? Neil Simon's classic comedy, "The
Odd Couple," comes to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre on June
17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The show is the third annual theater benefit
presented by The James Tolin Memorial Fund (JTMF). Kelsey Theatre
is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
tickets are available at two donation levels: Keller-Williams
Gold at $50 and Open Arms Silver at $25. Proceeds will benefit
The Open Arms Foundation, a program which provides counseling,
support and services to New Jersey residents living with HIV,
and Graffiti Productions, an educational program aimed at providing
disenfranchised New Jersey youth with creative outlets through
the performing arts. Additional proceeds will be used to establish
The James Tolin Memorial Scholarship at Mercer County Community
College. Over the last two years, the JTMF has raised nearly $20,000
for the Open Arms Foundation by presenting benefits which featured
Paul Rudnick’s "Jeffrey" (2003) and Harvey Fierstein’s
"Torch Song Trilogy" (2004).
Simon’s "The Odd Couple" is the oil-and-vinegar
tale of a divorced slob, Oscar Madison, and a recently-separated
neat-freak, Felix Ungar. When Felix is thrown out by his wife,
he moves in with poker buddy Oscar and the fun begins. This production
is directed by Brian A. Bara and features Dale Simon as Oscar,
Doug Edelson as Felix, Steve Pie as Murray, Eve Connelly as Speed,
Mark Violi as Roy, C. David Luckenbaugh as Vinnie, Jennifer Barron
as Gwendolyn, and Liz Moore as Cecily.
evening starts with a silent auction at 7 p.m. Some items have
been donated by celebrities; others come from local and national
merchants and organizations, including Royal Crest Farms, McCarter
Theatre, Cruise One, Miele USA, The Trenton Titans, The National
Hockey League, Broadway Cares and Comcast. A cocktail reception
will follow each performance, with live music provided by “New
Atlantis.” Corporate sponsorship of the event is generously
provided by Keller-Williams Real Estate of Pennington, NJ.
annual event is in memoriam of local actor and MCCC alumnus, James
Tolin, who was lost to HIV in 2002. For event tickets and information,
call the Kelsey Theatre box office at 609-584-9444 or email Tracy
Antozzeski at email@example.com.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the
Edelson (left) as Felix and Dale Simon as Oscar, rehearsing
a scene from "The Odd Couple."
to right: Cast members Liz Moore (Cecily), Doug Edelson (Felix)
and Mark Violi (Roy) in rehearsal.