Our Mission
We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
5317 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85712
Reservations: (520) 327-4242
livetheatreworkshop@gmail.com

AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

SEMINAR at Live Theatre Workshop

Seminar

by Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Eva Tessler

Featuring Brie Zepeda, Steve Wood, Samantha Cormier, Josh Parra, and Jonathan Northover

ABOUT THE PLAY

Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

“FIVE STARS! Sexy, savvy and uproarious!” - Time Out New York

“BIG LAUGHS! AN AUTHENTIC RUSH OF PLEASURE.” - The New York Times

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

PERFORMANCES

August 24 - September 23, 2017

Previews: August 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM

TICKETS

Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Teachers come in all sizes, shapes and ages. Some are notably mean or strict and teach you hard lessons that you never forget. Working in "Seminar" I remembered my Spanish Literature teacher in Junior High in Mexico. She was at least 80, and she had whiskers. She was a spinster "bear". She was ruthless in both her expectations from our academic work and our behavior in class. She could turn you into stone by staring at you! Strangely enough, she made me fall in love with Spanish Literature perhaps because she loved to it so passionately herself. And to this day I remember her with a mixture of fear and admiration. Many years later, when I became a a teacher myself, I figured out that an important part of the learning process for the student is the ability to recognize the lesson and embrace it and accept that learning often involves abandoning your comfort zone (which can bruise your ego), and of course also the willingness of accepting and embracing the lesson even if it comes from a "bear".

- Eva Tessler, Director

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; The Understudy at the Laura Pels Theater in a Roundabout Theatre Company production; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. Ms. Rebeck holds an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild, a Contributing Editor to the Harvard Review, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Josh Parra, Samantha Cormier, Brie Zepeda, and Steve Wood in SEMINAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Eva Tessler (Director) is a native of Mexico City. She has 35 plus years of experience in the theater as director, choreographer and performer. She was Associate Artistic Director at Borderlands Theater for 20 years and most of her directing credits are with that company. She has also worked with several companies in Tucson and California, including Arizona Theatre Company, Winding Road, Arizona Onstage, Bloodhut Productions, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and is thrilled to be invited back to LTW. Eva is a founding member of The Latina Dance Theater Project (based in L.A.) and her performance work with this company took her to Brazil, Portugal, Canada, and throughout of the USA. Favorite directing credits include Maria's Circular Dance by Medardo Trevino which was shown at the First Encuentro de Teatro Latino 2014 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, Bruja by Luis Alfaro, El Deseo by Victor Hugo Rascon Banda and School of the Americas by Jose Rivera. Eva is the proud recipient of a LULAC Award 2008 and a LUMIE Lifetime Achievement Award 2009.

 

 Steve Wood (Martin) This is Steve's 42nd production in Tucson and he’s proud to be back on the LTW mainstage. He was last seen in LTW’s Below The Belt. Other favorite roles include the title role in My Name is Asher Lev (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama), Kit Gill in No Way To Treat a Lady, and Val in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Comedy). Thanks to Eva for the expert direction, Sabian for the great opportunities, and the incredible cast. See Steve next in Baskerville, on the LTW mainstage in October.

 

Steve Wood, Samantha Cormier, and Jonathan Northover in SEMINAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Josh Parra (Douglas) is a native Tucsonan, and studied acting at Pima Community College. Past roles include Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler (Beowulf Alley), Happy in Death of a Salesman (Winding Road), and James Drexel in Miracle on 34th Street (Live Theatre Workshop), along with several original works. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to the LTW stage, and thanks his wife Amber, and son Idris for their love and support.

 

 Brie Zepeda (Izzy) is thrilled to portray the role of Izzy in her third season with Live Theatre Workshop! Her previous roles with LTW include Helen McCormick in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Avery Willard in Rapture, Blister, Burn. Zepeda is currently in her senior year at The University of Arizona studying acting and screenwriting. Zepeda has had the opportunity to star in numerous thesis films, web series, short films and commercials in the Tucson area and beyond. Some of her recent film credits include Kayla in Daisies for Two (UA senior thesis film), Hannah in The Order of Three (web series) and Lola in Vial of the Wolf Part II (short film). Zepeda would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support in her creative pursuits. Enjoy the show!

 

Jonathan Northover, Brie Zepeda, and Steve Wood in SEMINAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Jonathan Northover (Leonard) first appeared on stage at the Tricycle Theatre in London, and locally has since appeared in a variety of stage roles at the Arizona Theater Company, Live Theatre Workshop and Arizona Onstage Productions. He has appeared in national film, online television series, commercials and video games in Los Angeles, and has written and produced two original screenplays. As a playwright two of his plays have been produced, and he has received finalist awards from the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the International Theater Arts Institute in New York and Arizona Theater Company for his plays Deadline, A Work of Art and A Day at the Park. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

 

 Samantha Cormier (Kate) 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 NewYork, 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 NewYork and now with Gaslight Music Hall. She wished to thank her family and friends for the constant love and support.

 

Jonathan Northover and Steve Wood in SEMINAR at Live Theatre Workshop

 Chloe Loos (Stage Manager/Costumer) is thrilled to be making her stage management debut with Live Theatre Workshop! She was previously involved with the Etcetera series in which she was a co-director and performer in the original devised piece Identity. Besides that, she has been seen around town as the dramaturg on productions both at Arizona Theatre Company and the University of Arizona; she has secured a variety of positions all over Tucson for the rest of the season. For more information on her assorted works, see chloeloos.com.

 

 

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