FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 19, 2016
No Way to Treat a Lady
By Douglas Cohen and William Goldman
Directed by Annette Hillman
Featuring Kit Runge, Steve Wood, Janet Roby, and Amanda Gremel
ABOUT THE PLAY
A theatrically charged musical comedy thriller about a publicity crazed actor turned killer and the endearing detective who pursues him. A devilish blend of humor, romance and murder: the killer adopts a myriad of disguises including a tango instructor, French waiter, female barfly and priest.
"Terrific! Hilarious! Dynamic! An unabashedly histrionic romp with plenty of laughs, a fair share of romance and a welcome abundance of drollery." - The Los Angeles Times
Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
February 18 - March 19, 2016
Previews: February 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Special Saturday Matinee on March 19 at 3:00 PM
Previews & Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
Running time: 2 hours
"No Way to Treat a Lady" is based on William Goldman's novel and was made into a film starring Rod Steiger. This very black comedy became a cult hit. I love the structure of this very American form of theater. The weaving of story through song and dialogue is magic to me.
Given the opportunity to direct a musical is a rare gift and Douglas Cohen's great score was an immediate, "Let's do this"! In our production, we have some of the most accomplished singer/actors in town and with Sarah Ross' talented musical direction, we hope to transport you, make you laugh and maybe break your heart just a little bit.
Thank you to the staff and whole company, actors, designers, musicians and crew at LTW for their constant support, laughter and encouragement. "Once more from the Top!"
- Annette Hillman, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Douglas Cohen (writer) received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting and won two Richard Rodgers Awards for writing book, music, and lyrics for NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY. A graduate of Amherst College, Doug recently joined the faculty of the Neighborhood Playhouse where he teaches the 2nd year students in song interpretation. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
William Goldman (Author) grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956. His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright. William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Janet Roby (Sarah Stone) is thrilled to be joining the LTW Main Stage company again after appearing in last season's fast-paced farce MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM (Linda Lodge). She has been performing locally for the last 13 years, most recently appearing as Gabriella in BOEING, BOEING, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Blue Alley Productions, Suzy in THE WONDERETTES 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.
Kit Runge (Morris) is thrilled to be on the LTW stage for the first time, having long been a supportive husband and audience member to his wife Debbie Runge, an LTW veteran. An engineer by day and no stranger to the Tucson stage, Kit has played numerous musical theater roles during the last decade with Arizona Onstage Productions, Studio Connections, and St Francis Theater. Favorite roles include Jean Valjean (Les Miserables) (MAC Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd - Demon Barber of Fleet Street), George/Georges (Sunday in the Park with George), Cervantes/Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate), and the voice of the plant Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). Kit would like to thank his awesome wife Debbie and incredible daughters Savannah, Piper, and Indigo for their never-ending love and support.
Sarah Ross (Musical Director) is so happy to join LTW in her first show with the company. She has been at Marana High School since 2007, conducting five ensembles in concerts and serving as the music director for the annual musical. In 2011, she was named the University of Arizona/Circle K Teacher of the Year; in 2012 she was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the Marana Unified School District. In 2013 she represented Arizona as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator. In 2013, she became Music Director for Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage program. In this role she orchestrated and conducted the World Premier of In Your Eyes, a new musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. She has also worked as pianist for shows at area high schools and with Arizona OnStage Productions. She has collaborated with Marana Theatre Company by composing original songs and orchestrations for their production of The Tempest (2013), Charlotte's Web (2014), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015). Show credits include: Bye Bye Birdie, Pirates of Penzance, Footloose, Grease, Assassins, Into the Woods, See Rock City and Other Destinations, Hello Dolly, Once Upon a Mattress, Urinetown: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Anyone Can Whistle, Oliver!, Legally Blonde, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Mrs. Ross studied voice and piano and received a degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Arizona.
Amanda Gremel is the Director of Children's Programming here at LTW, which means, she has the honor of creating wonderful seasons for our family series productions full of original and magical shows for the whole family to enjoy and she runs our education program which has grown so much over the past few years. She takes pride in the work that her students accomplish each term and hopes to share with all children and their families the joy that comes with having arts in your life. Aside from fulling enjoying her day job, she also likes to take to the stage from time to time. She was last seen on the Main Stage as Bertha in BOEING BOEING and Chorus in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE which won the MAC Award for best Drama. On the family stage some of her favorite roles are Stanley's Mom in THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, the Cowardly Lion in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, the Golden Goose in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, Merlia in KING ARTHUR, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in ROBIN HOOD.
Brianna Petty (accompanist) is a native to Tucson, Arizona. She has a Bachelor's degree in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the University of Arizona (2004) and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix (2009). She has taught general music, music history, beginning drama, musical theater, and choir at Fruchthendler Elementary, Sabino High School, and Salpointe Catholic High School. In addition to her years in the public/private school systems she has been teaching private voice and beginning piano lessons in the Tucson area since 1997. Currently working for the Larry H Miller Family of Companies as an accounting clerk and chair of the LHM Tucson Charities committee, Brianna accompanies various shows and choral events throughout town to keep music alive and well in her heart. She is excited to be a part of NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY for her first show with Live Theatre Workshop.
Valentin Lopez (Percussion) is an eager first year student on a Pre-medical health track, while working on his Bachelors in Public Health at the University of Arizona. Val has been involved with music for nearly 13 years. He teaches percussion at a local elementary school and gives beginning percussion lessons. His main passion is for musical theatre, where he has played a total of nine shows, two with Arizona Theatre Company for their Summer On Stage Program. “No Way to Treat a Lady” is Val’s first time playing percussion for a professional musical theatre production and he has found it to be one of the best experiences in playing to date.
Steve Wood (Kit Gill) previously appeared on the LTW mainstage in productions of CLOUD 9, ALL MY SONS, MAURITIUS, VISITING MR. GREEN, LOOT, MOLLY SWEENEY, THE COLUMNIST, and LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (2015 MAC Award Nomination). He has appeared in a number of productions throughout Tucson, including THE BOOK OF LIZ, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, KILLER JOE, and KITTY KITTY KITTY, BEYOND THERAPY, DIRTY SECRETS, THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, A HUMAN EQUATION, THE LION IN WINTER, ROW AFTER ROW, BURN THIS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, UNITED, ROUGH MAGIC, SAINT JOAN, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, TICK TICK...BOOM!, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ALL IN THE TIMING, 42ND STREET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. He is a proud member of the Winding Road Theatre Ensemble. Look for Steve in the next LTW mainstage, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, in March.
Annette Hillman (Director) received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. She apprenticed at Actors Theater of Louisville.She directed LOOT(AZ MAC WINNER, Best Director-Comedy) for LTW as well as THE CHOSEN. Annette also directed JEWTOPIA (Arizona MAC Nominee, Best Comedy) and GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL! (Arizona MAC nominee, Best Director) for Arizona Onstage Productions, and VILNA’S GOT A GOYEM and BEAST ON THE MOON for Borderlands Theatre (Tucson Weekly ‘Best Of’ Winner). Annette has performed in many musicals including: COMPANY, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, WHERE'S CHARLEY, GODSPELL, PIPPIN and MAME.