June 7 - July 14, 2012
By Mary Chase
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
Featuring Samantha Cormier, Lawrence Fuller, Annette Hillman, David Alexander Johnston, Cliff Madison, Lucille Petty, Jared Stokes, Renee Yancy, David Zinke and Emilio Zweig
ABOUT THE PLAY
Elwood P. Dowd is a good-natured, mild-mannered eccentric, known in all of the local eateries and saloons in his small town. Elwood is polite, cheerful and always friendly toward strangers. Elwood has just one problematic character trait: His best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, Harvey. A beloved classic comedy. One of the most popular plays ever written. Winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize, HARVEY ran for 1,775 performances on Broadway and became an Oscar-winning Film with Jimmy Stewart.
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
June 7 - July 14, 2012
Closing Performance: Saturday, July 14, 2012. No Saturday evening show.
Preview Performances: June 7 and 8 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Mary Coyle Chase was born on February 25, 1907 in Denver Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado, and worked for The Rocky Mountain News as a reporter and served as publicity director for the National Youth Administration. Chase was also a playwright and author, her most famous work being the play HARVEY. Harvey won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a movie starring James Stewart, and her book ‘The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden’ was nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award in 1969. She married Robert Lamont Chase (a newspaper reporter), on June 7, 1928. In addition to her career as a reporter, playwright and author she was a member of the Dramatists' Guild and had three sons.
Samantha Cormier - Nurse Kelly - received her B.F.A in Theatre at the University of Arizona. She has performed in, choreographed, designed and directed over 50 productions. She also is an instructor for Live Theatre Workshop, Studio Connections and was the resident choreographer for Redondo Music Theatre. Favorite acting credits include BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, A PIECE OF MY HEART, TICK, TICK...BOOM!, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (MAC Award nomination, Best Actress) and THE ODD COUPLE: FEMALE VERSION.
Stephen Frankenfield - Direction- has directed SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO and most recently for LTW, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for 10 years, include THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 3 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and once for direction. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Lawrence Fuller - Dr. Chumley- has previously appeared at Live Theatre Workshop in THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST, DEARLY DEPARTED, SPIDER’S WEB and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. He has been acting for 37 years, much of which has included film work.
Annette Hillman - Veta- received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue. She has appeared at Old Lyric Rep in Utah, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Organic Theatre and Cactus Theatre in Chicago as well as many theatres in Tucson including AKA, Borderlands Theatre, Bloodhut Productions, and Tucson Art Theatre. Favorite credits include AUNT DAN AND LEMON, THE SEAGULL, THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME, ORGASMO ADULTO ESCAPES FROM THE ZOO and COMPANY. Annette has directed JEWTOPIA and GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL! for Arizona Onstage Productions, and BEAST ON THE MOON for Borderlands Theatre (Tucson Weekly ‘Best Of’ Winner).
David Alexander Johnston - Elwood- has recently been seen on stage with Invisible Theatre in 2 ACROSS, AN EMPTY PLATE AT THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF, LEAVING IOWA and DON’T TALK TO THE ACTORS. He has performed with Arizona Theatre Company in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE FANTASTICKS and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and in a variety of roles in MY FAIR LADY. He performed with Arizona Opera in THREEPENNY OPERA, BARBER OF SEVILLE, CARMEN, and GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST. Tucson audiences may recognize David from his roles in WOMAN IN BLACK, PRELUDE TO A KISS, FALSETTOLAND, LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, BARNUM, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and most recently as Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS.
Cliff Madison - Dr. Sanderson- hails from Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Casa Grande before coming to Tucson to study theatre at Pima Community College. He was last seen on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THE DINNER PARTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, to name a few. Cliff also recently performed in the Winding Road Theater Ensemble production of TALLEY’S FOLLY and Borderlands’ 26 MILES.
Lucille Petty - Myrtle Mae - is glad to be back on the mainstage at LTW. She was last seen in Arizona Onstage’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS. You may have caught her in Etcetera's productions of JAILBAIT, THE BOOK OF LIZ, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, MR. MARMALADE and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Other acting credits include FIFTH OF JULY and ARMOR with Winding Road Theatrer Ensemble, PICNIC at LTW and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at Invisible Theatre.
Jared Stokes - Duane Wilson - is making his first appearance at Live Theatre Workshop. He has appeared in many local productions, including acting credits with Winding Road Theatre Ensemble (UNITED) where you can catch him next season in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY as well as with Beowulf Alley Theatre Company (SHINING CITY, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, A CACTUS CHRISTMAS and RADIUM GIRLS).
Renee Yancy - Betty Chumley / Mrs. Chauvenet - is happy to be making her LTW debut after a 6-year hiatus from the stage. Originally from Los Angeles, Renee has appeared in productions of GYPSY, GRANDMA SYLVIA’S FUNERAL and CRIMES OF THE HEART, to name a few.
David Zinke - Judge Gaffney- has performed at PCC in THE CRUCIBLE, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, BURIED CHILD, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, WONDERFUL TOWN and FOOTLOOSE. He appeared as an invited artist in Arizona Repetory Theatre’s CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and at Top Hat Theatre Club in HARVEY. He has worked with Studio Connections in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENIUM APPROACHES and THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN. This is his second appearance with LTW, having also appearing in RECKLESS.
Emilio Zweig - EJ Lofgren- has performed with Etcetera at LTW in KIMBERLY AKIMBO (MAC Award Nomination, Best Comedy), THE BOOK OF LIZ and can be seen in the current late-night production of PSYCHO BEACH PARTY. A recent graduate of Tucson High Magnet School for the Performing Arts, Emilio has previously appeared with Winding Road Theater Ensemble (ARMOR), Borderlands Theatre (THE PASTORELA) and LTW’s mainstage production of DEATH AND THE MAIDEN. He also frequently works on stage and behind the scenes with Family Theatre.