‘Prisoner of Second Avenue’ spring production

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Tom Mosley of Freeport, (front) a longtime veteran of the NWFSC stage, Sheila Johnson of Crestview, Danielle Valdez of Navarre and Naomi Campagne of Crestview are in the cast of “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”

One of Neil Simon’s best comedies comes to the Sprint Theater stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville at 7:30 p.m. March 12-15.

“The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” presented by the college’s Fine & Performing Arts Division, was first presented at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City on Nov. 11, 1971, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Peter Falk, Lee Grant and Vincent Gardenia.

In the play, main character Mel Edison is a well-paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm, which has suddenly hit the skids, and he gets the ax. His wife Edna takes a job to tide them over; then she too is sacked.

Compounded by the air-pollution killing his plants, and with the walls of the apartment being paper-thin, allowing him a constant earful of his neighbors private lives, things can’t seem to get any worse ... Then he’s robbed, and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money.

Mel does the only thing left for him to do: He has a nervous breakdown and it’s the best thing that ever happened to him.

Tickets are $15 adults and $10 for youth age 18 or younger. The 185-seat Sprint Theater is the smaller of two theater venues at the college’s performing arts center and advance ticket purchase is recommended.

The Box Office will open at 6 p.m. March 12 to 15 for any remaining tickets, subject to availability. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission seating.