VP 2017 The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple ran March 10 – 19, 2017
This show was selected by our audiences as a “Fan Favorite.” In honor of our 60th anniversary season, all tickets to this production will be at the Senior price of $16.
Performance dates and times are listed on our calendar.

There are some characters that have transcended the stage and made their way into the psyche of people everywhere. Two such are Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison. Before Tony Randall and Jack Klugman brought them to television in the 1970’s, Neil Simon brought them to Broadway in 1965, but their story and relationship are timeless. Felix is a fastidious neat-freak news writer who has been thrown out by his wife. He moves in with his friend Oscar, the sports writer, who is recently divorced and a consummate slob. The show begins at a friendly card game, and Simon’s unmatched humor takes over. The Odd Couple was voted, by Village audiences, as the “Fan Favorite” of our last 60 years. Since we’re turning 60, all tickets to this production will be “Senior Discounted!”

  • by Neil Simon
  • Directed by: John Henry
  • Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

You may view the full program by clicking here.

The Cast

Zac Gilley
Bob Welly
Eric Simpson
Andrew Wobser
Oscar Madison
Derek Hansen
Felix Ungar
Jake Gordy
Cecily Pigeon
Alison Koch
Gwendolyn Pigeon
Liane Golightly

The Crew

John Henry
Chris Jagodzinski
Stage Manager:
Laura Hansen
Assistant Stage Manager:
Chris Jagodzinski
Lighting Design:
Jake Gordy
Lighting Crew:
Evan James Copeland
Sound Designer:
Derek Hansen
Sound Crew:
Jordan Kotz & Judy Meeks
Props Gatherer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Costume Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Designer:
Chris Jagodzinski
Set Builder:
Jake Gordy, Chris Jagodzinski, & Jason Neymeiyer
Set Painters:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Set Dressers:
Chris Jagodzinski
House Managers:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski
Box Office Manager:
Jake Gordy
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Marie Adkins, Carol Ann Allen, Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Deb Brescol, Janet Butterfield, Evan James Copeland, Connie Darling, Nancy de la Garza, Richard & Lilianne Dockett, Pam Engle, Beth Harp, Darlene Hatfield, Helene Kilcourse, Marilyn Kline, Debbie Krieger, Garry & Marcia Kudlinski, Denise McHue, Jean Mills, Ruth Moeller, Jason Neymeiyer, Sam & Darlene Partin, Rick & Jane Bihn Perse, Gary Peters, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamara Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Lydia Schafer, Vickie Serr, Cheryl Shinover, Harry Shulman, Suzette Skowronski, Bob & Marian Smith, Paul Soska, Dr. Rick Szczygielski, Diana West, & Laura Zelenka
Chris Jagodzinski
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jake Gordy & Chris Jagodzinski

The Biographies

The Director

John Henry (Director) has been part of The Village Players for longer than he is willing to admit, or anyone is willing to confess. John’s affair with theatre has included many roles, both on-stage (Tuesdays With Morrie, Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Painting Churches), as well as behind the scenes as a Director (Love Letters, Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander, Out of Sight … Out of Murder, Mixed Emotions, Pvt. Wars), Producer, and Board Member.

The Stage Managers

Laura Hansen (Stage Manager) Her favorite spot in the theatre is the stage manager’s desk. Being an “SM” is a cross between air traffic controller, marriage counselor, den mother, and school nurse. She’s is delighted to be back at work with some of her favorite people, her wonderful husband, Derek “Oscar” Hansen and her best friend Jake “Felix” Gordy. The cherry on top is getting work with the amazing John Henry. John directed Laura in her last on-stage role as Nora Case in Wrong for Each Other. Other favorite roles were Bettina Barnes in Psycho Beach Party, Candy Starr in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Jane in Children. The stage is fun but Laura is very content to produce, stage manage, do scenic art, and generally help out. Especially if there is after show hanging out with friends.
Chris Jagodzinski (Assistant Stage Manager) is back at it behind the scenes producing his twentieth production for The Village Players Theatre. Chris has spent the past five years as The Village’s Vice President of Public Relations and has chaired numerous board committees. Chris would like to thank his husband Jake, for the years of support, happiness, and spending late nights at the theatre working on sets or projects. Vous rendre la vie digne d’être vécue. To Derek and Laura Hansen, thank you for a friendship that will last a lifetime and the memories that have come along with it, and finally to John Henry, thank you for the decisions that you made fifteen years ago. Little did you know that you were changing numerous lives for the better.

The Cast in Order of Appearance

Zac Gilley (Speed) is happy to be treading The Village boards once again! This is his fifteenth year of performing with some of the best talent that Toledo has to offer, and he’d like to thank everyone in the theater community for the chance to work and learn alongside them, be it past, present, or future. This is for Luna, for all of the unyielding love and support she offers, and Jerry and Sharon – the first to believe that I should be doing this in the first place.
Bob Welly (Murray) This production is a homecoming for Bob. He started his theater experience with the Children’s Theater Workshop and spent many Saturdays at The Village during the 1960’s. After a 12-year hiatus, Bob is repolishing his acting skills. He performed in the 9-11 tribute, 110 Stories, at The Toledo Rep. He was also seen as Judge Wargrave in The Rep’s production of And Then There Were None last season. Bob is happy to be working with such a talented and fun cast and crew in this classic comedy. Let’s hope it’s as fun for the audience as it is for the performers. Thanks to John Henry for a great experience.
Eric Simpson (Roy) has been involved in the Toledo theatre community for about the past 5 years. His last role was in Angel Street at The Village Players. He has also appeared at The Toledo Rep and The Valentine Theatre’s Studio A in such plays as The 39 Steps, Out of Sight … Out of Murder, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Taruffe. He also does different aspects of the technical side in Lighting Design, Set Design and Construction, and Directing. He would like to thank all of the incredible people he has met within the community as the result of his involvement in local theatre. He would like to thank the audience as well because without you, we couldn’t continue to do this.
Andrew Wobser (Vinnie) is thrilled to be continuing his participation in theatre by being a part of The Odd Couple. Andrew recently played Gaston in An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf at The Village and previously participated in theatre at Whitmer High School, with roles in fall plays, spring musicals, and student-run productions; his most proud of which was playing Fagin in Oliver! during his senior year. Outside of theatre, Andrew has been working as a case manager in an outpatient drug treatment facility while preparing to enter law school. Vinnie may not be the smartest guy but he knows that seeing The Odd Couple is as good a decision as eating Felix’s cream cheese and pimento on date nut bread.
Derek Hansen (Oscar Madison) For over 19 years Derek has acted, directed, and produced numerous shows around Northwest Ohio. At The Village, his favorite acting roles include Owen in The Melville Boys, Rudy in Wrong for Each Other, and Silvio in Pvt. Wars. His accomplishments include receiving three acting awards from the Ohio Community Theater Association, assistant directing the independent film In the Company of Strangers, being a member of Toledo’s Improv comedy troupe, the Around the Bend Players and receiving a BA in Theatre from the University of Toledo. Derek would like to thank his wife, Laura, for her love and support.
Jake Gordy (Felix Ungar) was last on our stage in Looking (Andy). Some of his favorite past roles include [title of show] (Jeff), The Secret Garden (Captain Albert Lennox), The Real Inspector Hound (Moon), A Little Night Music (Henrik Egerman), and Pvt. Wars (Woodruff Gately). He is the proud recipient of multiple regional and state OCTA awards. By day, Jake works in IT Security, serves as the President of The Village Players, and as Vice President of Glass City Academy. He would like to give a special “Thank You” to John for his guidance and trust, Derek & Laura for their friendship and patience, and his husband, Chris, for his constant faith and encouragement.
Alison Koch (Cecily Pigeon) is thrilled to perform in her 3rd production with The Village Players Theatre. At The Village, she portrayed Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Alais in The Lion in Winter. Other productions include Out of Sight…Out of Murder as Kay (Toledo Rep), The 39 Steps as Annabella/Margaret/Pamela (Valentine Studio A), and Tartuffe as Mariane (Toledo Rep). Originally from California, Alison has a B.A in Theatre Arts and is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. Alison works as an intern at Read for Literacy, Inc. Special thank you to her fiancé, Eric Starr, for his love and support.
Liane Golightly (Gwendolyn Pigeon) is excited to be returning to The Village Players stage. Liane made her debut in Toledo a year ago at The Village Players in The Lyons. Favorite past roles include Lizzie Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Celia in As You Like It, and Erzulie in Once on this Island. Liane is a former Philadelphia high school teacher and currently loves working with exchange students from Thailand, Germany, and Turkey. Go (as her former students call her) resides in Monroe, MI with her fabulous and bossy puggle, Bella.