JUNE 20 - JULY 27, 2013
by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Rick Shipman
Carley Elizabeth Preston
and Nick Trice
ABOUT THE PLAY
Jeff the security guard tries to make the most of the graveyard shift, cajoling, joking and talking his way through the night. But when confronted with an epic ethical dilemma, Jeff has a mind-bending problem: he wants to do the right thing, but he can’t figure out what “the right thing” is.
"A masterpiece. The best drama, the best comedy and the best romance of the year, all rolled into one." - Time Out New York
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
June 20 - July 27, 2013
Preview Performances: June 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, June 22 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
Most of us like to think that when faced with a moral dilemma, we would choose to do the right thing. But in reality the lines between right and wrong are often quite blurry, and the choice is much more difficult than we can imagine. That's what playwright Kenneth Lonergan has chosen to show us in "Lobby Hero". He has written a wonderfully funny and dramatic play that shows the many ways those lines can be blurred, and the sometimes high cost that comes with making the right choice.
Set in the lobby of an apartment building in New York that has seen better days, we meet four fascinating people. Each is struggling in their own way to do the right thing, but when actually faced with a difficult dilemma, who will be the one to make the right choice?
I would like to thank this amazing group of actors, for taking this ride with me. Thanks also to Sabian for allowing me the opportunity to direct this show. I hope you will all enjoy the twists and turns, have some fun, and ultimately think about how you might react when faced with a difficult situation.
Rick Shipman - Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. His film You Can Count On Me, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle, Writers’ Guild of America and National Board of Review awards for Best Screenplay of 2001, and the AFI awards for Best Film and Best New Writer. He co-wrote the film Gangs Of New York which garnered a WGA and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. As a playwright he has been represented in New York by LOBBY HERO, (Playwrights Horizons, John Houseman Theatre, Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play and John Gassner Playwrighting nominee, included in the 2000-2001 Best Plays annual), The Waverly Gallery (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Promenade; 2001 Pulitzer Prize runner-up), and THIS IS OUR YOUTH (Drama Desk Best Play nominee). LOBBY HERO, (Olivier Award Nominee for Best Play) and THIS IS OUR YOUTH have also received productions on London's West End.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rick Shipman (Director) - is proud to be making his Tucson directorial debut with LTW. This marks Rick's 17th year in theatre. Since moving to Tucson 6 years ago, he has appeared in many local performances, most recently in LTW’s mainstage productions of THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, THE FOREIGNER, HALF & 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.
Cliff Madison (Jeff) - 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 LTW in THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, 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.
Nick Trice (William) - Has been acting on stage & in film for 9 years. He recently returned from The University of South Florida in Tampa Bay where he studied Musical Theatre at the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project under Artistic Directors Deb McWaters & Ben Vereen. He is immensely excited to be back on the mainstage at LTW where he was last seen as Froggy in THE FOREIGNER & Hal Carter in PICNIC. Amongst his most notable roles are King Philip in THE LION IN WINTER with Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, Honey Camden in MEMBER OF THE WEDDING with Arizona Theatre Company, & Detective Ariel in PILLOWMAN at The Now Theatre. He would like to thank his family, friends, and supporters along with the dedicated cast & crew involved with this production.
Carley Elizabeth Preston (Dawn) This is Carley’s second appearance on the LTW Mainstage. She was last seen performing at Live Theatre Workshop in MAURITIUS. She has been seen with Etcetera as Bettina (PSYCHO BEACH PARTY), Susie (WIT), Debra (KIMBERLY AKIMBO), Carol (OLEANNA), Magenta (Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW) and Mrs. Person (KITTY KITTY KITTY). Other Tucson credits include performances with Arizona Onstage (ASSASSINS, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING and 5 WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS) and Winding Road Theater Ensemble (UNITED). Carley graduated with a BFA in Theatre Production from the University of Arizona where you may have caught her in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, CAROUSEL and MIDWIVES.
Clark Ray (Bill) - Clark was last seen performing at Live Theatre Workshop in CLOUD 9. Other Credits Include Rick Roma at Beowulf Alley Theatre's Production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, and Brodin at The Rogue Theatre's Production of RED NOSES.