JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 14, 2015
THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION
By Evan Smith
Directed by Sabian Trout
ABOUT THE PLAY
A heaven-sent comedy drenched in southern charm and infused with a pinch of hellfire and a dollop of damnation. Two daffy Catholic sisters find themselves in a verbal smack-down with a door-to-door evangelist in their own home. Crackling with wit and brimming with emotion, what unfolds is an up-to-the-minute comedy about organized religion, faith, and morals.
"Smith's script is, above all else, VERY funny; it's comedy rooted in situation and character in the best way…blissfully entertaining.” - NYTheatre.com
January 8 - February 14, 2015
Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
Previews: Jan. 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night : Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 PM
Final Thursday Show: February 12 at 7:30 PM
Final Saturday Matinee: February 14 at 3:00 PM
Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
There may be as many as 4,200 different religions in the world, each with its own unique core of phenomena. Through varying rituals, symbols, narratives, myths and intellectual structures, religion seeks to explain life – both origin and meaning. Most often, the result is an organization of beliefs that creates order, structure, law...and maintains morality. But religion is not static. Religion is maintained by specific groups of people, and those people interact with their religious heritage and create distinction.
THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION is a funny, friendly play in which religion and Catholicism are central to the plot. In my opinion, however, the purpose of the play is not to in any way demean Catholicism, Catholics, or any other religious group. The play is simply looking at a few individuals – and reminding us that people actively create religious culture. Playwright Evan Smith is poking fun at people, not organized religion.
Thank you for joining us for this production, and supporting the Arts in Tucson.
- Sabian Trout, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Evan Smith was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where he is Writer in Residence at City Lights Theatre. His plays The Uneasy Chair and Psych were produced by Playwrights Horizons in New York City. The Uneasy Chair was revived by the Writers' Theatre in Chicago and also by 1812 Productions in Philadelphia, which produced the World Premiere of his Daughters of Genius. Servicemen was produced by the New Group in New York City and at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
The Savannah Disputation had its World Premiere at the Writers' Theatre in the Fall of 2007, followed by productions at Playwrights Horizons and numerous regional theatres. Evan Smith’s TV pilot Debs was produced onstage in Los Angeles by Naked TV, a joint venture of Fox TV and Naked Angels. His plays have been published by the Grove Press, Dramatists Play Service, Inc., Smith & Kraus, Dell Books, and Playscripts.com. The recipient of a 2002 Whiting Award, he has a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sabian Trout (Director) is thoroughly enjoying her ninth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, DOROTHY PARKER'S LAST CALL, PHOTOGRAPH 51, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, REGRETS ONLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer, and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, ATheatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.
Candace Bean (Melissa) is delighted to be appearing in her third mainstage show at LTW. A native of Southeast Michigan, she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Albion College. She was previously seen in BOEING BOEING (Gloria) and HOLIDAY MEMORIES (Woman) at LTW. In Arizona, she has also worked with The Rogue Theatre, Beowulf Alley, The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players, Red Barn Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights. Some favorite past productions include JERUSALEM (Linda Fawcett), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Babe), DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF (Desdemona), ALMOST MAINE (Rhonda, Marvalynn, Waitress), FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER (The Woman in Pink, Cassandra, Eilert, etc.), THE UNDERPANTS (Louise), RABBIT HOLE (Izzy), FOOD FOR FISH (Dexter), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), RED HERRING (Mrs. Kravitz), and MAJOR BARBARA (Barbara Undershaft).
Carlisle Ellis (Margaret) - is making her thirteenth appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in HOLIDAY MEMORIES, SOUVENIR, THE COCKTAIL HOUR, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2012), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, CLEAN HOUSE, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2009, AZ Daily Star MAC Award for Best Actress), MOON OVER BUFFALO, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and A PERFECT GANESH. Carlisle received a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Stanford University and has appeared with many other local theatre companies including Sacred Chicken Productions, Borderlands Theatre, The Invisible Theatre, and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles outside of LTW include Gingy (LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE), Wikevich (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS), Melissa (LOVE LETTERS), Mary (ON THE VERGE), Marjorie (THE TALE OF THE ALLERGISTS WIFE), Lillian (THAT SLUT!), Susan (EL DESEO/DESIRE), Susan (WOMAN IN MIND), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), Juba (HEATHEN VALLEY), Kate (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND), Grace (FAITH HEALER) and Titania (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM).
Rhonda Hallquist (Mary) - has enjoyed several appearances on the LTW stage, most recently as Fay in LOOT (2014 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Nomination for Best Actress in a comedy), and Myra in REGRETS ONLY. Other favorite LTW roles include 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.
Keith Wick (Father Murphy) - Previous LTW credits include BOEING BOEING, TWO INTO ONE, REGRETS ONLY, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, 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. In addition to the main stage, Keith has appeared in several of LTW’s Family Theatre productions. Keith is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 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 recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Company production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS.