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January 4 - February 10, 2018

THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at Live Theatre Workshop

The House of Blue Leaves

by John Guare

Directed by Roberto Guajardo

Starring
Keith Wick as Artie Shaughnessy
Avis Judd
as Bananas
Shanna Brock
as Bunny
Taylor Rascher
as Ronnie
Janet Roby
as Corinna Stroller
Bob Kovitz
as Billy
Bree Boyd
as Head Nun
Pat Timm
as Nun 2
Emily Gates
as The Little Nun
Brian McElroy
as Policeman
Margaret Smith
as Orderly


ABOUT THE PLAY

This wildly funny dark comedy tells the tale of Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper by day and a songwriter with visions of glory by night. Artie dreams of escaping his humdrum life in Queens and making it big writing songs for the movies in Hollywood. It's 1965, Pope Paul VI is visiting New York, and the Vietnam War is about to begin in earnest. Can Artie's old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick?

"A brilliant play...beautifully fashioned...Wacky and sometimes sad... combined hilarity, poignancy, outrage and tragedy." - The New York Daily News

"Enchantingly zany and original farce." - The New York Times

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

PERFORMANCES

January 4 - February 10, 2018

Previews: January 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, January 6 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

October 4, 1965 is the day that Pope Paul VI came to New York to plea for peace at the general assembly of the United Nations. It was a day thick with excitement. It was a day where the streets of New York were lined with thousands of onlookers, nuns and cripples hoping to catch a glimpse of his Holiness. It was a day of hoping that the pope could bring peace to the world; could cure our illnesses and heal our souls. It was a day to believe the miraculous could happen and all our dreams could come true.

This is the backdrop for The House of Blue Leaves. Just as the city is in a frenzy of hope, so is Artie, who dreams of leaving his wife, running off with his girlfriend and, especially, achieving fame. Fame seduces all our characters — some in pursuit of it, others to be near it and still another to avoid it at all costs. And, like Artie, they are all dreamers. But realizing dreams — and seeing a dream evaporate — can have unexpected consequences.

To be sure, this play is very funny. It is, after all, a comedy, albeit a rather dark one. Mr. Guare’s sense of whimsy and humor may disguise the darker undertones but that darkness cannot be kept forever hidden. This is not a fluffy bit of entertainment that you will laugh at and forget about 15 minutes after you leave the theatre. It should stick with you. I first performed in this play over 40 years ago. It has stuck with me all these years. I feel privileged to revisit this piece with a very different perspective than I had when my maturity as an actor was just starting to develop.

- Roberto Guajardo, Director

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

John Guare's plays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play of 1970- 71 and four Tonys in its 1986 Lincoln Center revival; Six Degrees of Separation, which received the NY Drama Critics Circle Award in 1991 for its LCT production and the Olivier Best Play Award in 1993. Grove Press publishes Landscape of the Body and A Few Stout Individuals. He wrote the lyrics and coauthored the book for the 1972 Tony-winning Best Musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona. His screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City earned him an Oscar nomination. In 2003 he won the PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award; in 2004, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in 2005 the Obie for sustained excellence. He is a council member of the Dramatists Guild and co-editor of The Lincoln Center Theater Review.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 Pat Timm (Nun 2) has been delighted to be a part of this production of THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. A native of Sioux Falls, SD who lived for many years in Schenectady, NY, she is very happy to be in Tucson--where you don't have to shovel the heat! Pat appeared in and directed numerous productions in both locations. She was most recently seen in THE GAME'S AFOOT, SOUTHERN COMFORTS, REGRETS ONLY, and OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES here at LTW. Locally, she has acted in and directed productions with the Community Players: Beowulf Alley, Winding Road Ensemble, The Comedy Playhouse and Shoestring Players. Favorite previous roles include “Nurse Ratched” in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, “Masha” in THREE SISTERS, “Billie Dawn” in BORN YESTERDAY, “Meg” in CRIMES OF THE HEART, “Amanda” in SOUTHERN COMFORTS, “Amanda Wingfield” in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, and especially “Lady M” in the Scottish play. Directorial credits include VANITIES, BUS STOP, MOLLY SWEENEY, A CACTUS CHRISTMAS and GREETINGS! Pat would like to thank everyone at LTW for making the magic happen once again.

 

Pat Timm, Bree Boyd, and Emily Gates in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at Live Theatre Workshop

 Shanna Brock (Bunny) Shanna Brock (Bunny) Shanna’s stage credits include NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS with Etcetera, THE ALTRUISTS with Winding Road Theater Ensemble,THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, and WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop. Shanna also has an extensive film resume, both in front of and behind the camera, including work with The Discovery Channel, The Sundance Channel and The Sci-Fi Channel. She would like to thank her biggest fans, her Mom and Cj for the inspiration.

 

 Brian McElroy (Policeman) You'll see Brian jump into a quick role before hurrying backstage to the tech booth. More stage manager and writer than actor at heart, he still looks fondly upon his LTW roles of “Ernie” in BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR, and “Leonard” in WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY. This production will make it a dozen shows Brian has stage managed for LTW's mainstage over the past five years. He will graduate (finally, sorry, he promises) in May from the U of A. Much love to his family and friends for their continued support.

 

 Bree Boyd (Head Nun) is pleased to be back on the main stage at Live Theatre Workshop! Past stage credits in Arizona include: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, and PRINCESS AND THE PEA at LTW. LET’S LIVE A LITTLE and INDOOR/OUTDOOR at IT. DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ROUGH MAGIC, and UNITED at Winding Road Theatre, and more. Bree earned B.A. degrees in Speech Communication, Psychology, and Fine Arts in Acting in Louisiana (where she won awards for her subsequent work in local news, radio, and theatre). Bree continues to follow her passion for performing here in the metro-Tucson area with an exciting career in theatre, radio, film, voice, websites, and television- while also running her business and her kids’ wacky schedules! She is grateful to her family (and to her LTW cast and crew family!) for their never ending support.

 

 Roberto Guajardo (Director) "The House of Blue Leaves" is Roberto Guajardo's (Sapo) directorial debut at Live Theatre Workshop. He thanks the cast and crew for making his work so easy and joyous. Sapo first began directing in the 1970s. He was quick to discover that, at the time, he was much more interested in refining his own performances than in meddling with everybody else's. As an actor for four decades, Sapo has been entertaining audiences in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Seattle, San Jose, Kansas City, Albuquerque and Denver. His spouse of more than 30 years Kathy Allen has been the theatre reviewer at the Arizona Daily Star since 1999. As an audience member with Kathy, Sapo broadened his perspective of analyzing plays and productions. Developing a critical eye gave depth to his acting. It also built confidence in his ability to direct. When health issues in 2015 limited his ability to act, he turned to directing. Sapo is honored to be the recipient of the 2008 Arts Foundation Lumi Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the arts in Pima County. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Build.

 

Avis Judd, Shanna Brock, Janet Roby, and Keith Wick in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at Live Theatre Workshop

 Taylor Rascher (Ronnie) is an actor and writer, most recently seen on stage at the Kennedy Center performing with Washington National Opera. His stage credits include: MOBY DICK, BETTER GODS (WNO); CLYBORNE PARK AND SUNSHINE BOYS (Arizona Theatre Company); HAY FEVER, AS YOU LIKE IT (Arizona Repertory Theatre). Taylor has also written, directed and produced his original works at the Tucson and Capital Fringe Festivals. He'd like to thank his wife for always supporting his passions and creativity.

 

 Janet Roby (Corinna Stroller) is thrilled to be joining the LTW Main Stage company again after appearing in last season's RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN and NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY. She has been performing locally for the last 14 years, also appearing in LTW's MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM as “Linda Lodge”, BOEING, BOEING as “Gabriella”, as well as THE SOUND OF MUSIC as “Maria” with Blue Alley Productions, THE WONDERETTES as “Suzy” 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.

 

 Avis Judd (Bananas) received her Theatre degree from Northwestern University. She last appeared on the LTW stage as “Rose” in ENCHANTED APRIL. She has performed as “Desdemona” in OTHELLO, “Kate” in OLD TIMES, “Hermia” in DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE, “Karen” in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, as well as various parts in LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORSE, and staged readings with Cafe Bohemia and SheworXX. With Stephanie Frankenfield, she created the costumes for SAINT JOAN at Winding Road Theatre. She served as costume designer for BARRIO STORIES with Borderlands Theatre. Most recently, she turned her hand to directing for Something Something Theatre, with last season's BOSTON MARRIAGE, for which she also served as costume designer; and coming this May- HOW THE WORLD BEGAN. She is grateful for the love and support of her husband Michael and daughters, Sophia and Isabel.

 

 Keith Wick (Artie Shaughnessy) last appeared as Ulysses in the LTW production ANNAPURNA. Other LTW credits include BUYER & CELLAR, 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, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner – Best Actor in a Comedy), WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, and DANCING AT LUGHNASA. 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.

 

 Bob Kovitz (Billy) has over 50 years of stage experience as an actor, writer, director, composer and musician and was last seen at LTW in OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES (complete with ukulele). His stage credits include BECKY’S NEW CAR, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, LILLIOM, DON’T DRINK THE WATER, ELEVATOR (a 9/11 drama), and THE SWORD OF ZORRO (at Tucson’s Gaslight Theater). He has appeared in over 100 interactive murder mystery and old-time radio productions and has written and directed variety shows for the U.S. Army in Europe. He also represented NATO at the U.S. Army Entertainment Finals in Berlin, Germany and played piano in the Hollywood Bowl at age 16. Bob performs regularly with the Sixties Garage Band and Big Band Sounds of Green Valley. His full-length movie credits include Jackrabbit Sky and Summertime Killers. Bob was granted a B.A. by the University of California and an M.A. by the University of Southern California on the condition that he’d never mention them again.

 

Taylor Rascher in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at Live Theatre Workshop

 Emily Gates (The Little Nun) This is Emily’s first Live Theatre Workshop production, and she is so excited to be apart of this production of THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Emily is in her freshman year at the University of Arizona getting her bachelor's degree in Theatre arts. Some of Emily’s favorite roles include “Hermia” in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, “Eva” in AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD, “Lady Montague” in Romeo and Juliet, “Helen Henley” in ROSIE THE RIVETER, and “Racheal Corey” in RACHEAL COREY. Emily would like to thank her mother, father and older sister for always supporting her, and she would like to thank you for coming out to tonight's performance. Enjoy the show!

 

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