Ozark Actor’s Theatre will be presenting their final show of the season benign next Thursday, August 3. “I Do, I Do” follows a married couple, tracking their relationship from the day they get married, 50 years into the future. The cast of the show consists solely of two people, who just happen to also be married in real life.

Ozark Actor’s Theatre will be presenting their final show of the season benign next Thursday, August 3. “I Do, I Do” follows a married couple, tracking their relationship from the day they get married, 50 years into the future. The cast of the show consists solely of two people, who just happen to also be married in real life.

Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger are returning to Rolla and the OAT stage after appearing in last Summer’s production of “Damn Yankees”. The couple said that when the opportunity came to return and work with each other, they had to jump at the opportunity. The couple is excited to not only perform in a place they love, but to share a story where everything their characters are feeling comes from a true source.

Dan and Larissa sat down to discuss what it’s like to perform in a such a unique show as a couple.


How does being married in real life affect your portrayal of a married couple while working together?

L: I feel like Dan and I have a very special relationship in that we met when we were working together. We formed a great working relationship right form the start. He was a great leading man, and as a leading lady you want to connect with the person you’re working with and get to know them. We had that respect that was built right away….that set up the foundation for something very special in our working relationship. It really is a joy to work with Dan, and I feel like we work well together.

D: It’s a different industry in that you don’t get to choose your path specifically. When we got the roles last year, I had to watch my wife kiss another man onstage, and she’s had to go see shows where I kiss men, women, all sorts of things. That can be a very odd and unique thing. But then you get these rare opportunities like this one where you get to bring your entire relationship on to the stage with you, and deepen it.  You can think 40 years into the future when we’re doing last scenes together, you see your parents, your grandparents, you see other married couples within the material. It’s a lot of work to get through the show, but it’s not a lot of hard work to imagine theses scenarios and create these feelings. I think that comes through, I think people are going to recognize a lot of their own lives and their families’ lives within the show.

L: I think if it were presented with two great actors it would still be a really lovely show, but the fact when people come to OAT and see these are not manufactured feelings, these two people onstage really love each other and knowing…they’re watching something that’s real onstage. I think it just ads to it, and it’s going to be the success of our run here.


What is it like being in a show where it’s just the two of you as the focus, rather than a full cast?

D: It’s exactly like doing a full blown musical, with every single musical number.

L: It’s not like you’re going to come see this little skit with two people. It is a fully realized show with really great production value, it’s just the two of us onstage.

D: We’ve never done a two person show before…there’s no time to look over anything…you just go right into the next scene. There’s one section in the end of Act 1 and one in the end of Act 2 when I can look at my script and see where I’m headed but it’s so late in the act is doesn’t even help. It’s a cannonball right from the start.

L: I think from an audience perspective that’s what’s going to make it so compelling. There’s no dead spots in the show, there’s no lulls. It’ s just constant action.


As actors and as a couple, what do you think you’ve taken away from this experience?

L: Even in the short time we’ve been working on this show, there has been a deepening of our relationship. It’s always inspiring to see the person you love most, your partner, do what they love most and excel at it.

D: There are several times in the show where I’ll cry or Larissa cries, and I’ll think oh, you’re not acting, this is just happening. It’s nice not to have to manufacture those feelings. It’s wonderful to be able to share this story not only with the audience, which is alway what we love, but to also share with the woman I hope to go on the rest of this journey side by side with. It’s great.


Dan and Larissa said the show has become one they would greatly enjoy performing again in the future, entering into the roles as they grow and mature in their own relationship. Audience members can see the couple’s first run of the show by purchasing tickets through OAT’s website, giving them an opportunity to see a show in a theatre the couple sees as unique and special.

“This theatre has become very special to us in the short time we’ve known it. I think it really is a gem for this community,” said Larissa. “We travel the country and we’ve worked all over the place. You know when you find something special. This town is so lucky. Everyone should run to take advantage of not only this show, but what this theatre is all about.”