AUGUST 25 - OCTOBER 1, 2016
By Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Maryann Green
Featuring Steve Wood, Matthew C. Copley, and Samantha Cormier
ABOUT THE PLAY
[sic] meaning "thus, so, as such or in such a manner," a term that appears in quoted material to inform the reader that what they are reading is being "reproduced verbatim" so ignore any strange spelling, phrasing or punctuation. That's just the way it is. In adjacent apartments that resemble nothing so much as broom closets with windows, three young, ambitious neighbors come together to discuss, flirt, argue, share their dreams, and plan their futures with unequal degrees of humor, hopefulness and abject despair, all the while pushing the limits of their friendship to the max and demonstrating that language can be both an instrument of intimacy and a weapon of defense.
"The most alluring new play to open in New York this season." The New York Times
Winner of the 2002 Obie Award for Playwrighting
Contains adult language
Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
August 25 - October 1, 2016
Previews: August 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
Running time: 95 minutes
I describe [sic] as a post-modern Waiting For Godot with all the intricate wordplay of a Shakespeare play, set against the backdrop of something you might find on Netflix. It's about what we want so badly but can't seem to make any real effort towards getting, whether out of fear or uncertainty. The characters are flawed yet oddly endearing, selfish and yet dependent on one another to protect themselves from the cruel world outside these three apartments in front of you.
The first time I read the play, I was intrigued but baffled. The second time I read it I could see the people I know in the characters, maybe even a little of my younger self. The third time I read it, I was in love. Gibson has crafted a play with just the right amount of heart, cynicism, humor and peculiarity, and I hope you'll enjoy the journey of watching it as much as I've enjoyed working on it.
- Maryann Green, Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Melissa James Gibson's plays include WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA; THIS; [sic]; SUITCASE OR, THOSE THAT RESEMBLE FLIES FROM A DISTANCE; BROOKLYN BRIDGE (with a song by Barbara Brousal) and CURRENT NOBODY. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Children’s Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab among others, regionally and internationally. Commissions: Atlantic Theater Company; Manhattan Theater Club (Sloan Foundation); Second Stage Theatre. Honors: OBIE Award; Guggenheim Fellowship; Steinberg Playwright Award; Kesselring Prize; Whiting Writers Award; Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship; LILLY Award; Jerome Fellow; MacDowell Colony Fellow; NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist. MFA: Yale School of Drama; graduate of New Dramatists. Teaching: Lecturer in the Program in Theater at Princeton University, spring semesters 2011 and 2012. “THIS and Other Plays” is forthcoming from TCG. Film: screenplay for “Almost Christmas,” starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins, directed by Phil Morrison. TV: writer on the FX show, “The Americans,” created by Joe Weisberg.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Samantha Cormier (Babette) is thrilled to be here at LTW doing what she loves with some very talented people. She has recently received her M.F.A in Acting/Performing Arts at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and holds a B.F.A in Directing/Theatre Production from the U of A. She has performed and directed in theatres in New York, Savannah and at 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). She has also been a theatre instructor for over 10 years instructing with LTW, Stagedoor Manor in New York and now with Gaslight Music Hall. She wished to thank her family and friends for the constant love and support.
Maryann Green (Director) is currently producing the Etcetera series here at LTW - their last show was one she wrote and directed called THE SINGLES' FIELD GUIDE TO A**HOLES I'VE DATED. When she's not here, she's molding young minds at Rincon and University High School (just started her 17th year), being edgy as a member of the TUCSON FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL Board, or hogging the mic at FEMALE STORYTELLERS and ODYSSEY STORYTELLERS. She'd like to thank her husband and son for remembering what she looks like when she's occasionally home from rehearsal.
Steve Wood (Theo) 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 (2015 MAC Award Nomination), NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, and ONE SLIGHT HITCH. 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 MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, opening in October.
Matthew C. Copley (Frank) 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 OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES. Matthew's previous work at LTW includes the Mainstage productions of LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] (2014 Mac Award, Best Actor, Comedy), and 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 can also be seen for about half a second in the 1989 hit film, MAJOR LEAGUE, and for about fourteen seconds in the Season 5 episode of BABYLON 5, STRANGE RELATIONS. Matthew would like to thank his pulchritudinous co-stars for being so disgustingly talented, the brilliant Maryann Green for being such a wicked cool director, our tireless crew for keeping us all in order, and his amazing family for their never-ending love and support.