FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 28, 2015
MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM
By Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
and Meagan Jones
ABOUT THE PLAY
Nine people. Four Assignations. One Apartment. One Night. Wildly Funny Chaos! From the master of farce, Ray Cooney, comes this hilarious evening of complication, deception, and untamed fun. One of Britain's most popular comedies.
"A riot. The laughter hit of the year...I never stopped laughing." - The People
"The dialogue is risque and amusing...Splendid!" - London Sunday Express
Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
February 26 - March 28, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
Previews: Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night : Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM
Saturday Matinees: March 14 and 28 at 3:00 PM
Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
I have been involved in many farces, both on and off stage. I am certainly attracted to this type of show. Why? I have always loved the physical elements of it, and a farce is a much more dramatic style of theatre than some would think; definitely more than most basic comedies. That is one major ingredient that keeps me coming back for more. In a farce the stakes are as high as they can be. Sure, the plots are ridiculous, the situations improbable, but to the characters in the play, they are very real. This is why they work so well. They’re funny, yes, but only because the characters take every situation thrown at them with the understanding that their lives WILL fall apart if they can’t solve the problem...and fast! To me, that is great drama - disguised in a fantastically absurd veil of comedy.
With over 250 exits and entrances - yes, 250! - this play has been a lot of work. But this cast has made the task of bringing this show to life a pleasure. We have worked hard and played hard (how can you not with a show like this?) and we are ready to bring you a night of pure entertainment...and lots of laughs.
- Stephen Frankenfield, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Raymond George Alfred Cooney is an English playwright and actor. His biggest success, Run for Your Wife, ran for nine years in London's West End and is its longest-running comedy. Cooney began to act in 1946 appearing in many of the Whitehall farces of Brian Rix throughout the 1950s and '60s. It was during this time that he co-wrote his first play One For The Pot. With Tony Hilton, he co-wrote the screenplay for the British comedy film What a Carve Up! (1961), which features Sid James and Kenneth Connor. Cooney has also appeared on TV and in several films, including a film adaptation of his successful theatrical farce Not Now, Darling (1973), which he co-wrote with John Chapman.
In 1983, Cooney created the Theatre of Comedy Company and became its artistic director. During his tenure the company produced over twenty plays such as Pygmalion starring Peter O'Toole and John Thaw, Loot, and Run For Your Wife. Cooney co-wrote a farce with his son Michael, Tom, Dick and Harry (1993). In 2012 Cooney produced and directed a UK-made film, Run For Your Wife, based on his own theatre farce Run For Your Wife.
Cooney's farces combine a traditional British bawdiness with structural complication, as characters leap to assumptions, are forced to pretend to be things that they are not and often talk at cross-purposes. Ray Cooney is greatly admired in France where he is known as "Le Feydeau Anglais", ("The English Feydeau"), in reference to the French farceur Georges Feydeau. In January 1975, Cooney was the subject of This Is Your Life when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London's Savoy Hotel. In 2005, Cooney was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to drama.
John Chapman trained initially trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. after three years on stage, he decided to turn his skills away from the spoken word and towards the text itself. His first play "Dry Rot" opened at the Whitehall Theatre, London in 1954. It proved to be a resounding success and ran for three and a half years, a total of 1,475 performances. as a result he decided to concentrate on his playwriting. His next play "Simple Spymen" also ran for over three years and was followed by "The Brides of March", Diplomatic Baggage" and "Oh Clarence".
John is well known for his collaborations with Carla Lane on "The Liver Birds" and Ray Cooney in the ever popular comedies, "Move Over Mrs. Markham", "My Giddy Aunt", "Not Now Darling" and "There Goes the Bride." The early sixties witnessed the beginning of a long relationship between Chapman and the BBC. He has written over two hundred TV comedies including "Blandings Castle" for Sir Ralph Richardson , "Happy Ever After" (co-written with Eric Merriman) which starred June Whitfield and Terry Scott, as well as 26 episodes of a highly successful Thames Television series "Fresh Fields", with Julia McKenzie and anton Rogers, which won the eMMY award in the US for the most popular comedy. John Chapman is married to actress Betty Impey, and they have four sons.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Allison Akmajian (Sylvie) is a Tucson native and graduate of the University of Arizona with majors in Creative Writing, French and a minor in English. She is thrilled to be involved in her first Mainstage production at Live Theatre Workshop. She has been in two Family Theatre productions, including PETER AND THE WOLF and is excited for her third, WINSTON MCPEPPER AND THE VERY PUPPETY PROBLEM, later this spring. Allison has been in love with the theatre since her first role in THE MUSIC MAN at age 6. She has since studied theatre with Live Theatre Workshop, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The U of A. She was last seen at the San Diego Fringe Festival for her role in the original love story, TWITTERPATED. She would like to thank her parents for their continued and unwavering support of her crazy dreams.
Christopher Younggren (Henry Lodge) is delighted to join Live Theatre Workshop with this, his debut production, since moving back to his hometown of Tucson after an absence of twenty five years. Christopher received his MFA from California State University, Fullerton, spent a decade in New York City working in the voice-over industry and the last six years in Madison, WI, working as an actor, director and playwright. Notable roles include Cole Porter in RED HOT & COLE, Dr. Stockmann in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Lloyd Dallas in NOISES OFF, Valmont in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, John Proctor in THE CRUCIBLE, Astrov in UNCLE VANYA, Ricky Roma in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, and The Aviator in THE LITTLE PRINCE. Last year, Christopher started the nonprofit company Silver Stages, which provides acting classes and theatre outreach to seniors. He would like to thank everyone at Live Theatre Workshop for this opportunity and for a very warm homecoming.
Janet Roby (Linda Lodge) is thrilled to be joining the LTW Main Stage company again after appearing in last season's fast-paced farce BOEING BOEING. She has been performing locally for the last 12 years, most recently appearing as Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, with Blue Alley Productions, THE WONDERETTES (Suzy) with Arizona Onstage Productions, and several past productions with The Gaslight Theater. Janet studied Vocal Performance and Studio Art at the University of Arizona, and currently teaches visual art for the Vail school district.
Stephen Frankenfield (Director) was last seen on LTW’s Mainstage in THE GAMES AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY. 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, TWO INTO ONE, 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.
Meagan Jones (Miss Wilkinson) "Me and Ms. Jones we got a thing going on." You know who said that? Theater that's who. Meagan and theater have been having an affair for over a decade and she loves it. She is ecstatic to be doing her first main stage at LTW. You may have seen her in recent roles in MID SUMMERS NIGHT DREAM (Philostrate), MIGRATION PROJECT (chorus), TWELFTH NIGHT (Viola), A Variety of voices in old time radio theater, or heard her in Tales of Tucson On NPR. She would like to thank all the beautifully talented people on and off stage and viewers like you.
Shanna Brock (Joanna Markham) - Shanna’s stage credits include NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and MR. MARMALADE with Etcetera, THE ALTRUISTS with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, RAPUNZEL with Family Theatre, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, FAT PIG with Studio Connections, BURIED CHILD and THE THREE PENNY OPERA with Pistarckle Theater and WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE DINNER PARTY, TAKING STEPS, THE COCKTAIL HOUR and REGRETS ONLY on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop. Shanna also has an extensive film resume, both in front of and behind the camera, including work with The Discovery Channel, The Sundance Channel and The Sci-Fi Channel. I would like to thank my biggest fan, my Mom and Cj for the inspiration.
India Osborne (Olive Smythe) is delighted to appear in a Live Theatre Workshop production for the first time. She holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre with a career switch to working as a speech-language pathologist for the last 20 odd years or so. Most recently, she appeared as Melissa in Red Barn Theatre's production of LOVE LETTERS and as Lady MacDuff in Beowulf Alley Theatre's production of MACBETH”S KNIFE. Favorite past roles include Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Elizabeth in TAKING STEPS, Inez in NO EXIT, and Aaronetta Gibbs in MORNINGS AT SEVEN. She hopes you enjoy this ride!
Matthew C. Copley (Philip Markham) is a native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre Education. Matthew most recently appeared on the LTW Mainstage in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]. Matthew's previous work at LTW includes the Mainstage production of PHOTOGRAPH 51, as well as the Etcetera productions of ROMEO AND JULIET and PLAYING WITH FIRE (for which he also designed and created the Special FX Makeup). Some of Matthew's additional acting credits include STONES IN HIS POCKETS with Beowulf Alley; HOT L BALTIMORE with The Nathalia Stage Ensemble; MACBETH, RICHARD III, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with Tucson Community Theater; THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), THE SINS OF SOR JUANA, and multiple appearances in the annual productions of A TUCSON PASTORELA with Borderlands Theater; A MACBETH with METAtheatre; REAL LIVE DEATH with a.k.a. Theatre; and THE WATER with The iDiOM Theater in Bellingham, Washington. Matthew would like to thank his amazing family for their never-ending love and support.
Cliff Madison (Alistair Spenlow) hails from Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Casa Grande before coming to Tucson to study theatre at Pima Community College. He was last seen on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop in LOBBY HERO,THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THE DINNER PARTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, to name a few. Cliff also recently performed in the Winding Road Theater Ensemble production of TALLEY’S FOLLY and Borderlands’ 26 MILES.
Michael F. Woodson (Walter Pangbourne) has recently appeared in LOOT and 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.