Cast and Characters:
Melissa Malloy as Olive
Melissa is excited to be starring in The Odd Couple for American History Theater. She embarks on this challenge after directing Amelia Lives for the Women’s Theater Festival at the Women’s Museum. The festival was a wonderful collaboration between the Women’s Museum and AHT. Melissa is also the Production Manager for AHT and was a cast member of Waiting for MacArthur last year with the company. She has also worked with North Park Vaudeville Theatre for summer playwrites festival where she was in two of their original shows, Flight 180 and Stack. Before moving to San Diego, Melissa acted in San Antonio, Seattle, and the Western Slope of Colorado. Some of her favorite roles are in Trojan Women, The Vagina Monologues, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Help Desk. She would like to thank her family and close friends for supporting her in following her dreams.
Ronnell as Renee
Ronnell Morris is thrilled to be working with American History Theater after playing the lead in BACKSTAGE DRAMA at the SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL this past summer. Shortly after graduating high school from the SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS, she studied improv under Jacquie Lowell for two years and performed gigs throughout San Diego with OUTSIDE THE LINES improv troupe. She is a sketch writer/performer, having worked with TONIGHT IN SAN DIEGO and FINEST CITY IMPROV. You can also find her sketches and Disney/Broadway cover songs at youtube.com/itstheromo.
Amy as Vera
Amy Dell (Vera) is excited to be performing for the first time with American History Theatre. Other San Diego roles have included Scruple in The Heir Apparent at Scripps Ranch Theatre; Edith in Blithe Spirit and Mary Meekly in Unnecessary Farce at Onstage Playhouse; Miss Preen in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Patsy Price in Dearly Beloved, and Ismael in Bethlehem Road at Coronado Playhouse; Helen in Baby With the Bathwater at North Park Vaudeville; and multiple characters with Black Kat Theatre. Amy works as an attorney for a federal agency and also enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, Jim, and mutt, Laika.
Juan as Jesus
Juan is thrilled ed to be working on one of his dream shows by one of his favorite playwrights. Most recently he has graduated San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre with and emphasis in performance. He has appeared on stage in, A MidSummer Nights Dream (Demetrius), Alice in Wonderland (Carpenter/Jabberwock), Suessical the Musical (Vlad Vladikoff), Sideshow (Reptile Man), Peter Pan (Pirate). He would like to thank his friends and family for the constant support and reassurance.
The Odd Couple
Written by: Neil Simon
Directed by: Taberah Joy
An all female version - Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak newswriter (a photographer in the television series), is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sportswriter. Despite Oscar's problems - careless spending, excessive gambling, a poorly kept house filled with spoiled food - he seems to enjoy life. Felix, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and only finds purpose in pointing out his and other people's mistakes and foibles.
Even when he tried to do so in a gentle and constructive way, his corrections and suggestions prove extremely annoying to those around him. Oscar, his closest friend, feels compelled to throw him out after only a brief time together, though he quickly realizes that Felix has had a positive effect on him.
KATHRYN SHELLINGER AS FLORENCE
Kathryn Schellinger is happy to be a part of her second show with American History Theater. Last year she played Rosalie in Waiting for MacArthur. She also writes and performs sketch comedy and improv. She currently performs with her improv and clown teams.
Chris as Mickey
Chris is making her debut with the American History Theatre in the part of Mickey. As an Air Force veteran, being part of the AHT is very close to her heart.
Chris’s previous roles included Meg (Little Women), Wicked Stepmother (Cinderella) and most recently, dual roles (Godspell). She is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks and wishes to thank her friends and family who support and inspire her.
Lydia as Sylvie
Lydia Lea Real is thrilled to make her debut with American History Theater. She is a local actress, singer and teaching artists. Past roles include "Alice Ayres" in Closer, "Joanne Galloway" in A Few Good Men, "Sonia" in Godspell, "Inez" in No Exit and "Hattie" in Laundry & Bourbon.
In addition to being in stage, she has been a teaching artist for over 15 years, teaching theater, improv and playwriting all around the country. She is currently a teaching artist with Arts For Learning San Diego and San Diego Writer's Ink. Many thanks to my family for their continual support and love, my artistic tribe for the inspiration and AHT for this wonderful opportunity.
ED AS MANOLO
Ed has been in numerous musicals and plays and teaches acting on the side. Some favorite roles include Scarecrow in The Wiz, Shaggy Man in The Tik Tok Man of Oz' 100 Year Anniversary Performance, Tweedledum in Wonderland! Doody in Grease and as a co-host in San Diego's very own Asian Voices TV Show. He writes his own material and sings covers over on his Youtube Channel at www.youtube.com/edcaoartist