OCTOBER 10 - NOVEMBER 16, 2013
by Stephen Temperley
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
ABOUT THE PLAY
For more than half a century the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton hotel, where she resided, brought her extraordinary fame.
"A beguiling comic jewel with a heart." ~ Variety
"Tone-deaf but utterly pitch-perfect.…A kind of loony triumph." ~ NY Daily News
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
October 1o - November 16, 2013
Preview Performances: October 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Stephen Temperley Born in London, Stephen Temperley first came to the U.S. as a teenager. He acted in several plays for the Public Theater in New York before returning to London. There he performed in the West End, on TV, and in repertory. Since returning to the U.S., he has worked extensively in regional theaters and stock, on Broadway (the original company of CRAZY FOR YOU) and off (UP AGAINST IT at the Public). The first of his plays to be produced was BESIDE THE SEASIDE at the Hudson Guild. Plays that followed include MONEY/MERCY at the Chelsea Theatre Center (MERCY was later seen at the first HBO New Writers Workshop in Los Angeles) and DANCE WITH ME, first seen at the 18th Street Theatre and then at Centenary Stage. Workshops include THAT KIND OF WOMAN for Dodger Productions and IN THE COUNTRY OF THE FREE for the Mint Theatre. He made an appearance at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in AMADEUSIN 2006 and premiered his play, THE PILGRIM PAPERS, directed by Vivian Matalon in July at the same festival. SOUVENIR also debuted at the Berkshire Theatre Festival before it played Broadway.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Stephen Frankenfield (Director) was last seen on LTW’s Mainstage in TWO INTO ONE (Richard Wiley). He wrote and directed Family Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and he was a creative collaborator for Etcetera’s production of MIXTAPE. He directed SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and, for ATT, DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 10 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, 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 directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Carlisle Ellis (Florence Foster Jenkins) is making her eleventh appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in THE COCKTAIL HOUR, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2012), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, 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), Susan (WOMAN IN MIND), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), Juba (HEATHEN VALLEY), Kate (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND), Grace (FAITH HEALER) and Titania (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM). With love and appreciation for her mother and sister -- both fine musicians and accompanists!
Michael Martinez (Cosme McMoon) has been the Executive Director of Live Theatre Workshop for the past two years. Previously, he served as the Director of Education as well as a teaching artist and performer. He has been working with Live Theatre Workshop since 2001. Michael has created and composed music for several original musicals for young audiences including FRIDITA Y EL PRINCEL MAGICO, MI NANA Y QUETZALCOATAL LA SERPIENTE EMPLUMAD, THE SNOW MAIDEN, and OSO FUERTE. He has also been seen on the LTW Mainstage in I DO! I DO! He teaches musical theatre classes as well as creating and teaching musical theatre programming for Tucson-area schools. In spring 2013, Michael completed his Master of Public Administration degree at the U of A. His MPA degree focused on nonprofit management and program evaluation.