JULY 24 - AUGUST 30, 2014
By Brian Friel
Directed by Pat Timm
ABOUT THE PLAY
A poetic tale of a woman blind since infancy, who is given the chance to see. A beautiful exploration of Molly's fantasies and expectations of how modern medicine will change everything she's ever known, including the lives of those closest to her.
"An entrancing story. . . rich with rapturous poetry" ~ NY Times
July 24 - August 30, 2014
Preview Performances: July 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Closing Thursday Performance: Thursday, August 28 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
At the outset, MOLLY SWEENEY is the story of a blind woman who is given the chance to see, to experience the gift of sight. We meet her well meaning husband and her gifted surgeon who appear to have only her best interests at heart. Why not take the chance they ask. What has she to lose?
As Friel moves us through Molly's story, though, we begin to wonder about the relationship between vision and knowledge, between seeing and understanding. Is the physical ability to see the same as the the ability to cognitively and emotionally process that information? What does it take to make those connections?
Examining the relationships between these characters, we must question the motivations driving their choices. Why is it so important to Frank to "fix" Molly? Is she not happy enough? Mr. Rice clearly has the skill and knowledge to perform the necessary medical treatment, but should he? Why does Molly allow herself to be subjugated to the desires of these men who seem to have taken it upon themselves to decide the course of her life?
We hope you enjoy this production of MOLLY SWEENEY, and that it gives you some food for thought about the complex nature of human relationships and the connections people make.
There are some terms used which may be unfamiliar to you. Following are some definitions:
Gnosic--The cognitive processes necessary for the recognition of familiar objects and sounds (not to be confused with gnostic, with religious implications)
Blindsight-- A condition in which the sufferer responds to visual stimuli without consciously perceiving them
Engram--A physical alteration thought to occur in living neural tissue in response to stimuli; the physical basis of an individual memory in the brain.
- Pat Timm, Director
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Pat Timm (Director) has been very pleased to direct this talented cast and crew of MOLLY SWEENEY. A native of Sioux Falls, SD--who lived for many years in Schenectady, NY--she is very happy to be in Tucson--where you don't have to shovel the heat! Pat appeared in and directed numerous productions in both locations. She was most recently seen in SOUTHERN COMFORTS and REGRETS ONLY on the LTW stage. She appeared in RADIUM GIRLS at Beowulf Alley, where she also directed A CACTUS CHRISTMAS. Previous memorable roles include Billie Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY, Chelsea in ON GOLDEN POND, Maggie in THE SHADOWBOX, Josie Hogan in MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, Clairee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Meg in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Maude in A COUPLE OF WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING, Mrs Reese in THE FARNDALE AVENUE...series, and especially Lady MacBeth in "THE SCOTTISH PLAY." Pat would like to thank every teacher, coach, and director who ever gave her an insight or helped to hone a skill.
Carley Elizabeth Preston (Molly) is thrilled to be back for her fourth mainstage performance with LTW. Other credits include THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, LOBBY HERO, and MAURITIUS. She was seen in Etcetera’s productions of PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, OLEANNA, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and KITTY KITTY KITTY among others. Her other Tucson credits include Arizona Onstage Productions of ASSASSINS, MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, ALL IN THE TIMING, and LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. She was proud to be a part of Tucson Alliance for Dramatic Artists' premiere show, EMMETT, DOWN IN MY HEART. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona where she was a member of the Arizona Repertory Theatre and appeared in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, CAROUSEL, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, and MIDWIVES. She is the newest member of the Winding Road Theatre Ensemble and will be seen next in WRTE's UNITED in February.
Jeff Scotland (Mr. Rice) is originally from Massachusetts and received his theatrical training at the University of Massachusetts where he appeared in over a dozen main stage productions. Following a career in corporate communications, Jeff began making appearances in theatrical productions and performing stand-up comedy in the Boston area. In the early 1990’s Jeff founded, First Folio, a company dedicated to 17th-Century Theatre production. Since arriving in Tucson in 2000, Jeff has appeared at LTW, Invisible Theatre, Winding Road Theatre Ensemble and Beowulf Alley in addition to stand-up and classic comedy performances. Most recently, he appeared as Walter Flood in the Sacred Chicken Production of BECKY’S NEW CAR. He has numerous television commercials to his credit, as well as featured performances in several independent films. Currently, he can be seen in, ZHON: THE ALIEN INTERVIEWS and as Jack Higgins in Fried Egg Production’s recently released FINLEY WADE.
Steve Wood (Frank) previously appeared with Etcetera in THE BOOK OF LIZ, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, KILLER JOE, and KITTY KITTY KITTY. This is his 6th LTW Mainstage performance. He has appeared in LTW’s productions of CLOUD 9, ALL MY SONS, MAURITIUS, VISITING MR. GREEN (MAC Award - Best Comedy), and the smash-hit LOOT. 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.