OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 14, 2015
GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS
By David Rambo
Directed by Rhonda Hallquist
Featuring Keith Wick, Stephen Frankenfield, and Michael F. Woodson
ABOUT THE PLAY
Whether you’re selling cars, real estate…or salvation…if you don’t meet your numbers, you’re in trouble. It can even happen to the beloved head of a Houston mega-church, who won’t relinquish control of his pulpit as the competition to replace him heats up. Faith and egos collide in this comedy that pits preacher against preacher.
Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
October 8 - November 14, 2015
Previews: October 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 PM
One Saturday Matinee: 11/14 at 3:00 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Afternoons at 3:00 PM
Previews & Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
Running time: 2 hours
Everything runs on money. Every little thing. Even churches require money to operate, to keep the doors open and the plumbing fixed, and what about that new youth group the pastor wants to start? The survival of the church depends on the power of the Messenger and the Message. The Messenger must be likable, powerful, charismatic enough to deliver a Message so compelling as to shake loose from the pockets of the congregation the funds needed to keep things running. And to start that youth group, and to build a new bowling alley, and to start televising sermons, and...pretty soon the bottom line is more important than the Message. Pretty soon, the Messenger's ego is driving the church. But as long as the parking lot is full on Sunday, well, where's the problem? Enter the wide-eyed innocent...
- Rhonda Hallquist, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
DAVID RAMBO was born May 28, 1955 and grew up in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Starting at age 15 David played the piano in bars and lodge halls. He was very active in school plays and music ensembles. He moved to New York at 19 to pursue an acting career. There were roles in off-off Broadway productions, including several at the Octagon Theatre Company. He teamed with a friend he met in stock, Thea Ramsey, to create an act that became popular in the resurgent New York cabaret scene of the late 1970s. Seeking film and TV work, David moved to Los Angeles, where he starred with as yet unknown Nicolas Cage and Crispin Glover in the 1981 ABC pilot THE BEST OF TIMES. Other TV roles followed, but the theatre remained his first love. His “day job,” selling real estate, took off; his acting career stalled. However, his head remained full of stories and his heart belonged to drama, so he thought nothing of it when, during a raining Sunday open house with no lookers, he started to write a play on the blank side of the property information sheets. That early play, and several that followed weren’t produced. But they helped secure an agent, Mary Harden, and the attention of non-profit playwright-development programs such as A.S.K. Theatre Projects, and the Ashland New Plays Festival. Success came when GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS was selected for the 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed by John Dillon. Within a year, this 3-character play was one of the 10 most produced at regional theatres across the country.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
STEPHEN FRANKENFIELD (Jerry) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Education here at LTW. He was most recently seen on LTW’s mainstage in LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, THE COLUMNIST and THE GAMES AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY. Other notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, TWO INTO ONE, 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. His most recent directing credits include BOEING BOEING and SOUVENIR. Other directing credits include SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. He wrote and directed All Together Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and co-wrote and co-directed the ATT production of WINSTON MCPEPPER AND THE VERY PUPPET-Y PROBLEM. He has been nominated for 5 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, three times for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
KEITH WICK (Hugo Taney) last appeared as Joe Alsop in the LTW production of THE COLUMNIST. Other LTW credits include THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, BOEING BOEING, TWO INTO ONE, REGRETS ONLY, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS (2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actor), THREE VIEWINGS (2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actor), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner – Best Actor in a Comedy), WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, SPIDER’S WEB, and DANCING AT LUGHNASA. He has also appeared in several LTW All Together Theatre productions. Favorite roles include Fluellen in HENRY V, Second Man in AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, and Clive Champion-Cheney in THE CIRCLE. Keith is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Company production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS.
RHONDA HALLQUIST (Director) GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS marks the fifth LTW play Rhonda Hallquist has directed. Past directorial work for LTW includes THE COLUMNIST, VISITING MR. GREEN (2013 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award winner for Best Comedy and for Best Director, Comedy), HOLIDAY MEMORIES, and THE COCKTAIL HOUR. Other directing work includes BECKY'S NEW CAR for Sacred Chicken Productions. She was last seen on the stage at LTW as Mary in THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, and as Fay in LOOT. Some other acting roles include Myra Kesselman (REGRETS ONLY), 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). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE -- 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).
MICHAEL F. WOODSON (Dr. Phillip Gottschall) is excited to be back at LTW for his ninth season in a row. Last season, Michael appeared as Walter Pangborne in MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM. His favorite past roles at LTW were George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO, Ansel in KILLER JOE, Dr. Charles in THE CLEAN HOUSE and Leo in A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He has also appeared at Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and the Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he was seen in the television series Legend and The Young Riders, television movies Gunsmoke III, To the Last Man, and Geronimo, and commercials for 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.