MARCH 27 - MAY 4, 2014
By Kathleen Clark
Directed by Sheldon Metz
Pat Timm & Michael Woodson
ABOUT THE PLAY
Southern Comforts follows the development of a December-December relationship between a feisty widow and a crusty widower who find love late in life.
A “delightful, even sneakily sexy, romance” - The New York Times
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
March 27 - May 4, 2014
Preview Performances: March 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, March 29 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
A man and a woman get married at age 20, marrying someone because of who they are... then spend years molding and changing them into who they WANT them to be. By the time they reach their senior years, they’re pretty well are set in their ways. Only a major miracle can help them change, especially when, after spending forty-five years with one person, the spouse passes away. Even though there were problems, the comfort they had with that mate “paved a rut in the floor.” Their wants, needs and desires have all been met or, at least resolved. They were molded by their “creator,” that is the spouse, to be exactly what they wanted them to be. But, is that always the case?
Now, at 70 years of age, and the ladies still after him, he is satisfied being on his own, where he can grab a beer and watch his favorite team on TV.
Sometimes, the surviving spouse of 45 years, feels the need to just be themselves; to throw off the chains of time, constraint and suppression. There’s where we find Gus Klingman. A grouchy curmudgeon, he’s very married to his freedom, too old to change... too old for change. Gus is afraid of more than being reshaped, however. There’s an underlying fear he’s never revealed to anyone. lingering horrors of combat in an era before post-traumatic stress disorder had simply been called “shell-shock” and rarely treated.
Then, Amanda Cross enters the picture. A widowed septuagenerian whose husband died suspiciously in an auto accident, Amanda sees the glass half full. The world is bright and full of hope. After the demise of her late husband, Amanda started living again. And, she likes baseball. It was inevitable that they should meet. Gus and Amanda thrive in each other’s company. But, will this change a thunderous storm into roses and sunshine?
Our thoughts and decisions are decidedly different after we reach the age of mortality as it creeps up on us. It’s inevitable. This slice of life shows that late-in-life love can come out of nowhere. And, it can easily be a new beginning or the end.
- Sheldon Metz, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Kathleen Clark's plays, SOUTHERN COMFORTS and SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM, were produced off-Broadway and are presented widely throughout the US and Canada. Prior to the New York production, SOUTHERN COMFORTS was produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse with Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter. Her comedy, IN THE MOOD, was produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Ms. Clark was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has twice been selected to attend the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference with her plays, SOUTHERN COMFORTS and BANNER. She is married to theatrical producer, Richard Frankel, and has three children. For further information, go to kathleenclarkplaywright.com
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sheldon Metz (Director) has directed theatre in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tucson. He was founder and Executive Director of A.C.C.T., too!; Director of the West Coast Theatre Conference (LA) and The Theatre Conference (NY); and, Associate Artistic Director/Producing Director for the Playwrights’ Kitchen Ensemble, under Dan Lauria. In L.A., Metz won 14 directing awards and 20 set design awards. In Tucson, he’s directed NOCHE DE LOS MUERTOS, PROOF!, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, FRONTING THE ORDER and THE RADIUM GIRLS. For LTW, he’s helmed OLEANNA, COLLECTED STORIES and CEMETERY CLUB. He recently completed a tour with Robert Shaw's TRIBUTE TO OLD-TIME RADIO, which he wrote, directed, and performed. Sheldon is Founder/Artistic Director for the new Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA!), dedicated to bringing new scripts to the stage. He directed it's first production EMMETT, DOWN IN MY HEART. As co-founder of Murder Mayhem, he writes and directs murder mystery dinner shows at various locations. He also is the founder of the new, soon-to-come, Alliance Performance Center of Tucson. Sheldon thanks his wife Linda who allows him to do this.
Pat Timm (Amanda Cross) is delighted to be a part of this charming production of SOUTHERN COMFORTS. 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 seen last season in REGRETS ONLY here at LTW. Pat was part of the RADIUM GIRLS ensemble 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."
Michael Woodson (Gus Klingman) has previously appeared with Live Theatre Workshop in 19 productions over the past 8 years. 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.