April 28 - June 3, 2012
The Cocktail Hour
By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Rhonda Hallquist
John is a playwright who has written a play about his family, and he feels duty bound to get his father’s blessing before the script is produced. The play, John explains while standing in his parents’ living room, is about a playwright returning to his parents’ house to ask his father’s permission to produce the play he’s written about the family. From the author of SYLVIA comes THE COCKTAIL HOUR -- winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy.
"It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness."
- New York Post
"…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears."
-New York Daily News
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
April 28 - June 3, 2012
Preview Performances:April 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, April 28 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
A.R. Gurney is the author of SCENES FROM AMERICAN LIFE, CHILDREN, THE DINING ROOM, THE MIDDLE AGES, RICHARD CORY, THE GOLDEN AGE, WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER, THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN, SWEET SUE, THE PERFECT PARTY, ANOTHER ANTIGONE, THE COCKTAIL HOUR, LOVE LETTERS, THE SNOW BALL (adapted from his novel), THE OLD BOY, THE FOURTH WALL, LATER LIFE, A CHEEVER EVENING, SYLVIA, OVERTIME, LET'S DO IT (A COLE PORTER MUSICAL), LABOR DAY, FAR EAST, DARLENE AND THE GUEST LECTURER and ANCESTRAL VOICES. He is the recipient of awards from Drama Desk, N.E.A., Rockefeller Foundation, New England Theatre Conference, Lucille Lortel, American Association of Community Theatres, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Honorary degrees: Williams College and Buffalo State University. Gurney was on the faculty of M.I.T. until 1996. He is the husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of six.
Shanna Brock - Nina - has previously appeared on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop as Elizabeth (TAKING STEPS), Yvonne (THE DINNER PARTY), Sandra (A THOUSAND CLOWNS) and Gertie (WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY). She was last seen locally performing with Arizona Onstage Productions in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and with Studio Connections in FAT PIG. Elsewhere, Shanna has performed with Pistarckle Theater, Gaslight Theatre and Arizona Repetory Theater.
Carlisle Ellis - Ann - is making her tenth appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2012), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, THE CLEAN HOUSE, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2009, AZ Daily Star MAC Award for Best Actress), MOON OVER BUFFALO, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and A PERFECT GANESH. Carlisle received a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Stanford University and has appeared with many other local theatre companies including Borderlands Theatre, The Invisible Theatre and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles outside of LTW include Melissa (LOVE LETTERS), Mary (ON THE VERGE), Marjorie (THE TALE OF THE ALLERGISTS WIFE), Lillian (THAT SLUT!) Susan (EL DESEO/DESIRE), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), Juba (HEATHEN VALLEY), Kate (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND), Grace (FAITH HEALER) and Titania (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM).
Rhonda Hallquist - Direction - is proud to be making her LTW directing debut with THE COCKTAIL HOUR. Previous directing credits include STREET THEATER, 8 X 10 GLOSSY, MEMBERS, TELL, and RAINCHECK at One In Ten Theatre Company. Through nine shows with BLOODHUT PRODUCTIONS she participated in democratic direction-by-consensus to produce numerous sketch comedy routines and monologue-driven ensemble performances. A regular performer with LTW, she has been seen on the mainstage in ALL MY SONS, RECKLESS and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, to name a few.
Chris Moseley - John- Chris is happy to be returning to Live Theater Workshop. He was last seen in the LTW mainstage productions of CLOUD 9, BEAU JEST, MURDER ON THE NILE and BELL BOOK AND CANDLE. Chris is currently the theater arts teacher at Cholla Magnet High School and is a member of the design team for TUSD’s arts integration program, Opening Minds through the Arts.
Michael Woodson - Bradley - has previously appeared with Live Theatre Workshop in TAKING STEPS, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, KILLER JOE, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, THE CLEAN HOUSE, THE HOUSEKEEPER, FUNNY MONEY, MOON OVER BUFFALO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE and MURDER ON THE NILE. Michael has also perfomed with Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he was seen in the television series ‘Legend and The Young Riders,’ as well as the television movie ‘Gunsmoke III,’ ‘To the Last Man,’ and ‘Geronimo.’ Commercial work includes Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. In 2008, Michael received the LTW Ovation Award for Best Actorfor his portrayal of George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO.