AUGUST 1 - 31, 2013
Visiting Mr. Green
by Jeff Baron
Directed by Rhonda Hallquist
David Alexander Johnston
and Steve Wood
ABOUT THE PLAY
Mr. Green, an 86-year-old cantankerous retiree, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a young corporate executive. This comedy about two men who don't want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping tale as the two form an unlikely friendship. Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, it has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.
"A cannily crafted comedy-melodrama about friendship, family, and forgiveness. Baron's play runs like a well-oiled express." —NY Newsday
"Baron tells his tale with a discerning freshness and originality. One of the best shows around." —Chicago Daily Herald
"It is doubtful you are likely to encounter a play more enjoyable, more honestly funny and in the end, more moving than this delightful two-hander by Jeff Baron." —Johannesburg Citizen
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
August 1 - 31, 2013
THURSDAY SHOW ADDED
August 29 at 7:30pm
Preview Performances: August 1 and 2 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, August 3 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
Obligation “makes strange bedfellows” in the recently widowed Mr. Green and the young Mr. Gardiner. Having been thrown into a place they ordinarily would never choose to be – in each other's company – they must first at least tolerate each other. Where they go from that point is what you get to watch tonight.
The few characteristics shared by these two are far outweighed by their differences. But is “different” something we are, or just something we let others call us? Do we set ourselves apart as different, or are we defined by a larger and more mysterious process that is the social order? Once defined, are we pinned forever in place, unable to step forward to show what we could truly be made of?
To take that step forward, out of the labeled spot into which our definition pins us, is how we sincerely connect with the fellow standing next to us. I hope you enjoy VISITING MR. GREEN as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it for LTW.
Rhonda Hallquist - Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Jeff Baron grew up in suburban New Jersey, the son of a secretary and a clothing salesman. The first in his family to go to college, Jeff got a film degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. After a stint in the corporate world, Jeff wrote, directed, and hosted a weekly comedy/reality cable tv series, The Jeff Baron Show. At the same time, he wrote his first screenplay. He wrote episodes for a wide variety of TV series, including The Tracey Ullman Show (Fox), Almost Grown (CBS - David Chase), Sisters (NBC), A Year in the Life (NBC), Aaron's Way (NBC) and the Disney Sunday Movie (ABC). He also wrote and produced several projects for Nickelodeon. Jeff's first play, VISITING MR. GREEN ran for a full year in New York and went on to become one of the world's most-performed plays, with over 400 productions in 23 languages in 40 countries. Its numerous awards include Best Play in the countries of Greece, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Uruguay and others. Jeff's more recent plays have originated in Australia, South America and Europe. His first novel, I Represent Sean Rosen will be published in March 2013 by the Greenwillow imprint of HarperCollins.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rhonda Hallquist (Director) directed THE COCKTAIL HOUR for LTW and BECKY'S NEW CAR for Sacred Chicken Productions. Previous directing credits include Street Theatre, 8x10 Glossy, and Hannah Free for 1 in 10 Theatre. She was last seen on the stage at LTW as Myra Kesselman (REGRETS ONLY) and with Arizona Onstage Productions in ALL IN THE TIMING. Other recent roles include Mary (MAURITIUS), cranky neighbor Sue (ALL MY SONS), and Rachel (RECKLESS--2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), Lane (THE CLEAN HOUSE--2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy), Betty (WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY), and Suzanne (DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she has played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE--also a 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), and Beth (DINNER WITH FRIENDS). For Sacred Chicken Productions, she played Casey (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS--2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy).
Fred Rodriguez (Production Stage Manager) is a graduate of the UA with a BA in theater. His background is in Stage Management, but he recently earned a MAC Award nomination for best director with STEEL MAGNOLIAS for Arizona Onstage Productions. Some of his most memorable stage management work includes AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and ROW AFTER ROW (Winding Road Theater Ensemble); SWEENEY TODD, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL, and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Arizona Onstage Productions); PAGEANT, FOREVER PLAID, WHEN PIGS FLY, ALWAYS . . . PATSY CLINE, and LOST IN YONKERS (Invisible Theater); NO ROOSTERS IN ARIZONA, SHE WAS MY BROTHER, MY DAD IS IN ATLANTIS, and A TUCSON PASTORELA (Borderlands Theater). Fred would like to thank Live Theatre Workshop for asking him to stage manage this production. He is thrilled and excited to be working with such an incredible company, cast and director. Finally, Fred would like to thank his biggest supporter, his husband of 14+ years, Eric.
David Alexander Johnston (Mr. Green) was recently seen onstage with Invisible Theatre in MOTHERHOOD OUTLOUD, 2 ACROSS, AN EMPTY PLATE AT THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF, LEAVING IOWA and DON’T TALK TO THE ACTORS.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 , ALL MY SONS and AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY. He has performed with Arizona Theatre Company in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE FANTASTICKS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and MY FAIR LADY. He performed with Arizona Opera in THREEPENNY OPERA, BARBER OF SEVILLE, CARMEN, and GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST. His most recent roles at LTW include Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY and Mrs Forrest in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.
Steve Wood (Ross) previously appeared with LTW’s Etcetera in THE BOOK OF LIZ, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, KILLER JOE and KITTY KITTY KITTY. He appeared in LTW’s mainstage productions of CLOUD 9, ALL MY SONS, and MAURITIUS. Steve performed locally with Alternative Theatre Company (BEYOND THERAPY, DIRTY SECRETS, THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER), Winding Road Theatre Ensemble (A HUMAN EQUATION, THE LION IN WINTER, ROW AFTER ROW) and Studio Connections (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, TICK TICK...BOOM!, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and ALL IN THE TIMING). He was also seen in PCC's productions of 42ND STREET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, to name a few. He is a regular ensemble member of Tucson Music Theatre, under the direction of Dean & Anna Schoff and David Craig. You can see him next as Cliff in the upcoming Winding Road Theater production of CABARET opening in December.