October 6 - November 13, 2011
By Larry Shue
Directed by Chris Wilken
What does a shy Englishman in search of rest do when he visits a fishing lodge in Georgia? In Larry Shue’s hilarious farce, Charlie Baker, a proof reader by day and a boring husband by night, adopts the persona of a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. When others begin to speak freely around him, he not only becomes privy to secrets both dangerous and frivolous, he also discovers an adventurous extrovert within himself.
"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another."
- The New Yorker
"…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…"
- Village Voice
Enjoy a Post Show Opening Reception Saturday, October 8 and meet the cast!
Tickets range from $18 - $15.
There will be two preview performances, Thursday, October 6 & Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm - only $12.
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.
Call 327-4242 for reservations TODAY!
The author and psychotherapist Rollo May says that if the neurosis of Freud’s age was repressed sexuality, it’s hardly the neurosis of our age. He believes that the neurosis of our age is the fear of being all that we are, and because deep down we know we are pretending we’re less than we are, we’re afraid we’re going to be found out, and by being found out, we’re going to have to stand up and be who we are. In many ways this is Charlie’s dilemma. In many ways it’s ours as well. Thanks for coming tonight and yes, this is comedy.
Chris Wilken - Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Larry Shue was the author of THE NERD, which ran successfully on Broadway with a National Tour and many productions overseas. His play WENCESLAS SQUARE was performed Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival. WENCESLAS SQUARE is part of "Best Play of 1987-1988," published by Dodd, Mead and Company. He also wrote THE FOREIGNER, which, following a record-breaking run of seven hundred performances at New York’s Astor Place Theatre, was produced successfully internationally. New Orleans born, Kansas-raised, Larry Shue was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan U. and the Harlequin Dinner Theatre in Washington. He joined Milwaukee Rep in 1977, appearing in a wide variety of productions. He created roles in works by Amlin Gray, Andrew Johns, Tom Cole, himself, and David Mamet, who dedicated the published version of his LAKEBOAT to Mr. Shue and to the play’s first director, John Dillon. Mr. Shue was also the author of GRANDMA DUCK IS DEAD and, as an actor, he assumed the title role in THE FOREIGNER after Anthony Heald and originated the role of the Rev. Dr. Crisparkle in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at the Delacorte Theatre. All of Larry’s plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and Shuebiz, a compilation of Larry’s work, inaugurated the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Cabaret. He was killed in a plane accident in 1985.
PATRICK BURKE - Owen - has been absent from the stage for over ten years and is thrilled to be making his return to stage work at Live Theatre Workshop.
RYAN BUTLER - David - has appeared in productions of THE FOREIGNER (Ellard), WORDS, WORDS, WORDS (Milton), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Bob Cratchit), WEST SIDE STORY (Diesel) and most recently with Etcetera as Morse Code (ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS), Jack (SAY YOU LOVE SATAN), Ensemble (THE BOOK OF LIZ), Mark (JAILBAIT) and as himself in THE WIZARDS HAVE LANDED. Ryan’s directing credits include An American Millionaire and An Evening at Fleet Street: Highlights from Sweeney Todd. Ryan graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a M.A. in English Literature and from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a B.A. in Classics and Theatre. This is Ryan's first appearance on the mainstage at LTW in just over 10 years.
SAMANTHA CORMIER - Costumer - Since receiving her BFA in Theatre at the University of Arizona, Samantha has performed, choreographed, designed and directed over 40 productions all over Tucson. Previous directing credits include YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, HONK!, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, DEAD MAN WALKING, GODSPELL and KITTY KITTY KITTY. Samantha was nominated for a Best Actress in a musical MAC Award in the Arizona Daily Star for her portrayal of Columbia in Etcetera’s production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
ROXANNE HARLEY - Betty - began her performance career as a dancer and performed with Milton Berle’s comedy and musical revues in theaters along the shores of Lake Michigan. She returned to the theater 15 years ago and has performed comedy, drama and classical theater with Beowulf Alley, Borderlands, LTW and it’s late-night arm Etcetera, Nathalia, The Rogue Theater, Pima College and The Wilde Playhouse.
KRISTI LOERA - Production Stage Manager - is Live Theatre Workshop’s Executive Director. Kristi has been a part of theatre in Tucson for 17 years and proudly works both on stage and behind the scenes for the mainstage at LTW as well as with Etcetera (the late-night arm) and Family Theatre (the children’s theatre). Kristi most recently served as PSM for the mainstage productions of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, CLOUD 9 and MOON OVER BUFFALO. She was last seen performing in the mainstage production of HALF AND HALF.
PAUL MATLOCK - Ellard - has been with LTW since 2001, working both on stage and behind the scenes, regularly serving as Production Stage Manager for several recent mainstage productions, most recently including THREE VIEWINGS. Paul has appeared at LTW in ON GOLDEN POND (Billy), CACTUS FLOWER (Ensemble) and with Winding Road Theater Ensemble in FIFTH OF JULY (Wes) and THE LION IN WINTER (John). He can also currently be seen in the Family Theatre production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS.
CISIANY OLIVAR - Catherine - is excited once again to be back on the stage after taking a break to play the music scene with a fun group: The Technophobes; produce a local horror movie: Jessicka Rabid; and act in local movies, music videos, and a video game voice over such as: Trade In (a local movie directed by Jackie Lee James), a Lloyd Kaufman directed music video by “Not The Government”, and Postal III (a computer game developed by Running With Scissors). When she is not on stage her time is spent teaching art and theater.
RICK SHIPMAN - Charlie - has been acting for 14 years and has appeared in many local performances, most recently in LTW’s mainstage productions of HALF AND HALF, THE DINNER PARTY, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He has also been seen in Tucson with Arizona Repertory Theatre in RUM AND COKE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, with The Rogue Theatre in THE GOAT and RED NOSES, as Greg in Studio Connections’ SYLVIA and as Tom in Beowulf Alley’s DINNER WITH FRIENDS.
NICK TRICE - Froggy/Klansman/Production Assistant - has been acting on stage and film for 9 years and has been featured in numerous local theatre productions, including LTW’s production of PICNIC, Winding Road Theater Ensemble’s production of THE LION IN WINTER and most recently in The Now Theatre’s production of THE PILLOWMAN.
CHRIS WILKEN - Director - has directed over fifty productions in and around Tucson for many Theatre companies including Childsplay of Tempe and Arizona Repertory Theatre at the University of Arizona. He is a founding member of Borderlands Theatre Company, serving as Associate Artistic Director for many years. Chris served as a faculty instructor in the Theatre Arts Program at Pima Community College for almost two decades. Last season, Chris directed CLOUD 9 for LTW. Currently he is on staff at the Jewish Community Center in Sports and Fitness.
BRIANNA WILLIAMS - Assistant Stage Manager - is a theatre student at Pima Community College. She has been an aspiring actress since the age of 13, when she began participating in children’s theatre programs.