MARCH 24 - APRIL 30, 2016
ONE SLIGHT HITCH
By comedian Lewis Black
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
Featuring Carlisle Ellis, Keith Wick, Steve Wood, Samantha Cormier, Carrie Hill, Sophia Duclo, and Matt Brown
ABOUT THE PLAY
It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.
Contains Adult Language
"There's more than a touch of Neil Simon in the morose Mr. Black." - New York Times
"If sustained laughter is the best measure of a comedy, ONE SLIGHT HITCH makes the grade." - Asbury Park Press
Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
March 24 - April 30, 2016
Previews: March 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Special Saturday Matinee on April 30 at 3:00 PM
Previews & Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
Running time: 2 hours
“What if I had actually shown up?”
It was this simple question that sparked the flame of an idea. Most people know Lewis Black as the intense, angry-faced comedian who seems to be mere seconds away from a mental breakdown. A man who goes on lengthy rants - his finger shaking, what seems at times, directly at you - about religion, politics, and really, just about any other topic that enrages him. He’s smart, he’s funny, and he just so happened to write a play over 30 years ago about his difficult break-up with his ex-girlfriend…and her family (and what a family it is). She said she would never get married, only to have her wedding day arrive within a year of their break-up. What if he had shown up on her wedding day? He had the plot!
In writing this play, some liberties were taken, of course, but between all the laughs and outrageous moments, it’s ultimately a romantic comedy about the choices we make in our lives. If you listen closely, you’ll recognize the humorous edge Lewis Black always brings to his comedy. But I also think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the warmth and sincerity of this play.
I hope you enjoy what we’ve accomplished with this production.
- Stephen Frankenfield, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lewis Niles Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face and his belligerent comedic style, in which he often simulates having a mental breakdown. The son of an engineer and a teacher, he became interested in theater while in high school. To pursue this interest, he attended the University of North Carolina in the late 1960s, where he began writing plays. Black later went to the prestigious Yale School of Drama, graduating with a master's degree in 1977. After Yale, Black became the playwright-in-residence and artistic director of the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theater Bar in New York City. His trademark dark humor and volatile stand-up stage persona was honed by serving as a warm-up act for the theater's productions, some of which he wrote himself. By the mid-1980s, Black was a comedian on the rise. He even tried his hand at a television series with the 1986 pilot The Rock, which was based on his stand-up routine.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Carlisle Ellis (Delia) is making her fourteenth appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (AZ Daily Star MAC Award for Best Comedy), HOLIDAY MEMORIES, SOUVENIR, THE COCKTAIL HOUR, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2012), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, CLEAN HOUSE, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2009, 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 shows outside of LTW include LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS, LOVE LETTERS, ON THE VERGE, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, THAT SLUT!, EL DESEO/DESIRE, WOMAN IN MIND, SAVAGE IN LIMBO, HEATHEN VALLEY, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS,BROADWAY BOUND, FAITH HEALER, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Carlisle is also a proud member of LTW's Your Song In My Mouth Band.
Carrie Hill (Melanie) was recently seen at LTW as Susan Mary in The Columnist. Other shows include: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS (Arizona Onstage Productions), DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE (Chicken Lipps Productions), DOUBT (Independent Theatre Productions), DINNER WITH FRIENDS (Beowulf Alley Theatre), ON THE VERGE, ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS, BECKY'S NEW CAR, (Sacred Chicken Productions), CHAPTER TWO, HOLY SPIRIT ON GRAND AVE (LTW), IRON KISSES,CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION and AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF (Invisible Theatre). Carrie is also the founder of Sacred Chicken Productions.
Sophia Duclo (P.B.) is thrilled to be making her debut on the LTW mainstage. Sophia is a freshman at University High School, where she is a part of the RUHS drama program. She has previously appeared on LTW’s Family Theatre stage, with roles including Jack (JACK AND THE BEANSTALK), Alice (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Princess Mabelina (THE PRINCESS WHO COULDN’T SMILE), Rose Red (THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED), and Kay (THE SNOW QUEEN). Sophia has also appeared in Arizona Rose Theatre’s ROBIN HOOD. Film credits include THE DOME (“Best Cast,” IndieAZ Film Fest, 2015) FOR THE PEOPLE, and LUCKY U RANCH (Official Selection, Phoenix Film Festival, 2016). Sophia has been a student of LTW's OnStage! Education Classes for the past ten years, and is excited to be taking on the role of Elle Woods in the upcoming LEGALLY BLONDE, JR. She is so grateful to be working with such an amazing cast, and hopes you enjoy the show.
Samantha Cormier (Courtney) is thrilled to be back at Live Theatre Workshop after receiving her M.F.A in Performing Arts at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). Samantha also holds a B.F.A in Directing/Theatre Production from the University of Arizona and has performed and directed in theatres from New York, Savannah as well as your favorite theatres in town including The Gaslight Theatre, Arizona Onstage Productions and Beowulf Alley Theatre. Favorite roles include Betsy/Lindsey (CLYBOURNE PARK), Fiona (SHREK), Corrie (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK), Winifred (ONCE UPON A MATTRESS), Helena (A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM), Susan (TICK, TICK...BOOM), Columbia (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MAC Award nomination, Best Actress), Lisa (COLLECTED STORIES) and Sally Bowles (CABARET). Favorite shows directed/choreographed include, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, INTO THE WOODS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, FOREVER PLAID, GODSPELL, HONK!, NUNSENSE, and THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. She has also had the privilege of instructing the Broadway bound at Stagedoor Manor, Studio Connections, Civano Elementary, and Live Theatre Workshop. Samantha is so incredibly lucky to have such wonderful, supportive people in her life and she dedicates her performance to her parents, who have shown her what a beautiful marriage looks like.
Stephen Frankenfield (Director) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Education here at LTW. He was most recently seen on LTW’s mainstage in GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS and LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. Other notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include THE GAME'S AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, THE COLUMNIST, 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. His latest play, AN OUTLAW'S TALE: A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY will be published by Heuer Publishing this August. He has been nominated for 6 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, four times for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Matt Brown (Harper) This is Matt's third production with LTW; he was previously seen as Ray in PHOTOGRAPH 51 and in various roles in HOLIDAY MEMORIES. Originally from the Seattle area, Matt studied Theatre Arts at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He now lives in Tucson, where he has also performed Shakespeare in the Park with El Rio Theatre Project in LOVE'S LABOURS LOST (Berowne) and KING LEAR (Edgar); Beowulf Alley Theater Company's LYSISTRATA (Pleones) and ROUGH CROSSING (Dvornichek); with Shoestring Players in Green Valley in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE (John Smith) and WILLY WONKA (Mr. Bucket). Other favorite roles include THE UNDERPANTS (Cohen), THE FOREIGNER (Owen), SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE (Holmes), OF MICE AND MEN (Whit), and FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER (Tesman). Matt wants to give a huge shout-out to his sweetheart, Nicole, for her constant support and willingness to put up with his crazy schedule.
Keith Wick (Doc) - Keith last appeared as Hugo Taney in the LTW production of GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS. Other LTW credits include THE COLUMNIST, 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.
Steve Wood (Ryan) previously appeared on the LTW mainstage in productions of CLOUD 9, ALL MY SONS, MAURITIUS, VISITING MR. GREEN, LOOT, MOLLY SWEENEY, THE COLUMNIST, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR and NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY. 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, 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, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, TICK TICK...BOOM!, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and 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, where he last appeared in their production of SAINT JOAN in October.