MAY 8 - JUNE 7, 2014
By Joe Orton
Directed by Annette Hillman
Michael F. Woodson
& Ed Fuller
ABOUT THE PLAY
Considered one of the funniest plays of all time, this biting British comedy spins a frenzied web of conspiracies fueled by greed, lust, and hypocrisy. Inept bank robbers hijack mom's coffin to stash the loot from a recent heist in a farce as macabre as it is hilarious.
"...comic time bomb going off exactly on schedule and obliterating all in its radius with outlandish entertainment" - Huffington Post
"Get your handkerchiefs ready - not for tears - for ways to stifle your laughter" - Middletown Press
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Special Added Performance - Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 PM
May 8 - June 7, 2014
Preview Performances: May 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
London in the early to mid 60’s was the capital of cool. The Beatles, The Mersey Sound, Mary Quant, James Bond and to me, Joe Orton. After being introduced to “What the Butler Saw” in my wide-eyed youth, I became an Orton fan. I was delighted to be invited by LTW to work with this delightful company on “Loot”. Joe Orton, born to a working class , attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts was arrested and spent six months for defacing library books. One is pictured to the right. You have to admit, it is funny. Thus began his literary career. His lack of reverence, sexiness and smarts made him the likely successor to Oscar Wilde and the darling of 60’s London. I hope you become an Orton Fan too. Please enjoy the show!
- Annette Hillman, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Joe Orton (1933 - 1967) was born John Kingsley Orton in Leicester and from the age of two, lived on the Saffron Lane council estate. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Joe Orton contributed to an exciting working class culture that swept through the nation. A promiscuous and openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was actively persecuted by the police, Orton was the rising star of an "alternative British intelligentsia." His first stage play, ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE, was a huge success while his second, LOOT, won the coveted Evening Standard award for Best Play.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Annette Hillman (Director) received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. She apprenticed at Actors Theater of Louisville. She made her directing debut at LTW last year in the standing-room-only hit, THE CHOSEN. Annette also directed JEWTOPIA (Arizona MAC Nominee, Best Comedy) and GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL! (Arizona MAC nominee, Best Director) for Arizona Onstage Productions, and VILNA’S GOT A GOYEM and BEAST ON THE MOON for Borderlands Theatre (Tucson Weekly ‘Best Of’ Winner).
Stephen Frankenfield (Dennis) 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 most recently directed BOEING BOEING and SOUVENIR. Other directing credits include SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and, for ATT, DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE and PETER AND THE WOLF. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I HATE HAMLET, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 4 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Ed Fuller (Meadows) is thrilled to be back at LTW. He was last seen in WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY. Ed is a transplant from Philadelphia, PA where he appeared in many regional community and dinner theatre productions. Other LTW productions include MOUSE TRAP, BROADWAY BOUND, and INSPECTING CAROL. He has worked with TACT, SALAAC, Tucson Parks and Recs, Catalina Players, and Arizona Opera. Favorite roles include Ben in BROADWAY BOUND, Joe in GOD’S FAVORITE, Andy in LOVE LETTERS, Senex in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and the fathers in THE FANTASTICKS. Love to my wife Edie, for her support and understanding.
Rhonda Hallquist (Fay) was last seen onstage at LTW as the wacky maid Myra Kesselman in REGRETS ONLY, and in Arizona Onstage Productions’s ALL IN THE TIMING. Other favorite LTW roles include Mary (MAURITIUS), 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 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). She also enjoyed directing VISITING MR. GREEN (2013 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award winner for Best Comedy and for Best Director, Comedy) HOLIDAY MEMORIES, and THE COCKTAIL HOUR for LTW, and BECKY'S NEW CAR for Sacred Chicken Productions.
Nick Trice (Truscott) is fresh off his run with Winding Road in its critically acclaimed production of CABARET, is thrilled to be back on the LTW Mainstage. Nick received his training in musical theatre & film acting at Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa Bay under Artistic Directors Ben Vereen & Deb McWaters. He was last seen on the LTW Mainstage as William in LOBBY HERO. Amongst his most notable roles are in Winding Road’s CABARET (Cliff Bradshaw), NOW Theatre’s PILLOWMAN (Detective Ariel), and LTW’s THE FOREIGNER (Froggy) and PICNIC (Hal Carter) for which he received a MAC award nomination for Best Actor. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support. He would also like to commend this incredible cast, crew, and director for their hard work and dedication on this production.
Steve Wood (Hal) previously appeared with 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, MAURITIUS, and VISITING MR. GREEN. 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, BURN THIS), 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 proud member of the Winding Road Theatre Ensemble. You can see him next as Happy in the upcoming production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN with Winding Road in November.
Michael F. Woodson (Mr. McLeavy) appeared last month as Gus Klingman in SOUTHERN COMFORTS. Last season he was Sam the Butcher in THE CEMETERY CLUB, Jack McCullough in REGRETS ONLY, Freddie Filmore in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and Philip the philatelist in MAURITIUS. Michael has also performed 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 movies Gunsmoke III, To the Last Man, and Geronimo. Commercial work includes Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery, and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. He spends his off hours with his lovely wife, Kitty, gardening and taking care of their 2 Welsh Corgi dogs, 2 black cats, and other assorted wildlife that happen by their home.