JUNE 19 - JULY 19, 2014
Dorothy Parker's Last Call
Written and Performed by
Acclaimed Tucson Actress Lesley Abrams
Directed by Sabian Trout
ABOUT THE PLAY
Poet, critic, author, activist, and member of the infamous Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker delighted in skewering the culture of the early Twentieth Century. This original one-woman show is a dynamic exploration of the life of America's first lady of wit.
June 19 - July 19, 2014
Preview Performances: June 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Closing Thursday Performance: Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 PM
Regular Performances: Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
When considering a script for production at Live Theatre Workshop, I always ask myself two questions: 1) What is the play trying to do? 2) Does it do it well?
Playwright and actress extraordinaire, Ms. Lesley Abrams, has tasked herself with illuminating the life of Dorothy Parker – wit, poet, writer, critic, drunk, and social activist. No small task. Yet, with an eye on both humor an honesty, Ms. Abrams has created something that is, in my opinion, truly outstanding. The play not only accomplishes exactly what Ms. Abrams intends, it does so exceptionally well.
It's been an honor to direct this piece, and to be a bit of a collaborator. “Workshop” is part of our name, yet we rarely have the opportunity to produce unpublished work. Plays without name recognition are a financial risk. But this gem was just too good, too well-crafted, and too well-performed to ignore.
Thank you for being here and supporting the arts in Tucson, and specifically for supporting local artists. There are many, like Lesley Abrams, who are of world-class caliber, yet choose to live and work in Tucson. Thank you for supporting those talents!
- Sabian Trout, Director
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sabian Trout (Director) is thoroughly enjoying her eighth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include PHOTOGRAPH 51, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, REGRETS ONLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer, and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.
Lesley Abrams (Writer and Performer) Lesley Abrams is pleased to return to the Live Theatre Workshop stage where she previously appeared in productions of Picnic, Three Viewings and Regrets Only. Other acting credits in Tucson include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Noises Off, The Lion in Winter, Doubt, and Immortal Longings. She has won the Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actress twice: for Frozen (not the cartoon!) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She is a founding member of the LaughingStock Comedy Company, which performs customized, improvised comedy for audiences nationwide. She proudly serves as Pastor to St John on the Desert Presbyterian Church.