Mainstage - THE 2016-2017 SEASON
Under the Artistic Direction of Sabian Trout,
Live Theatre Workshop is proud to announce its 2016-17 Mainstage Season!
For information on ticketing and season subscriptions, call (520) 327-4242.
June 23 – July 9, 2016
A Year with Frog and Toad
Theatre for young audiences
Music by Robert Reale Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Live Theatre Workshop kicks off its season by shining the spotlight on our commitment to developing the next generation of theatre lovers in the Tucson community. Our Children’s Theatre program takes center stage with A Year with Frog and Toad. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards - including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.
July 14-August 20, 2016
The Lady With All The Answers
by David Rambo
Starring Lesley Abrams
For decades, newspaper columnist Ann Landers dispensed wit and wisdom to millions of Americans in need of advice. In THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS, Landers finds herself writing a column about a new kind of heartbreak-- her own. Drawn from Landers' life and letters, this show is a touching and comic portrait of a wise, funny, no-nonsense woman who is one of the most influential figures in America. Through her sometimes controversial opinions, she shaped the way Americans viewed everything from war and politics; marriage, divorce and sexuality, to the proper way to hang a roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.
August 25-October 1, 2016
by Melissa Gibson
[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 de Ramonstrating 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." —NY Times
Winner of the 2002 Obie Award for Playwrighting
Contains adult language
October 6-November 12, 2016
My Name is Asher Lev
by Aaron Posner, Adapted from the Novel by Chaim Potok
“You should see it! Your children should see it! Everyone should see it!” - NY Magazine
One boy's struggle between tradition and art. Set in post-war Brooklyn, ASHER LEV is the powerful story of a boy prodigy impassioned to be a painter at any cost – against the will of his family, his community and his tradition.
November 17-December 23, 2016
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play
adapted by Stephen Frankenfield from the Lux Radio theatre original 1947 Radio Broadcast
Watch as the stage is transformed into a 1940s radio studio, where Live Theatre Workshop puts its stamp on this classic story through dozens of character voices and live Foley sound effects. You'll be reintroduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy's mascot put on trial for claiming to be the real Santa Claus. Don't miss our special Holiday Miracle!
January 5-February 11, 2017
Buyer & Cellar
by Jonathan Tolins
An irresistible one-man play with the most delicious fictitious premise —an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work as a shopkeeper in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home. Laugh out loud as this play utilizes wit and perspicacity to poke fun at the solitude of celebrity, the love-hate attraction between men and divas, and the melancholy that lurks beneath narcissism.
“This seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy creates the illusion of a stage filled with multiple people, all of them with their own droll point of view." —NY Times.
"A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true." —The New Yorker.
"Fantastically funny." —NY Post.
Contains adult language
February 16-March 25, 2017
The Cripple of Inishmaan
by Martin McDonagh
Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmann off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighboring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. "Cripple" Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.... or so some believe.
"McDonagh's…comic talent appears unlimited, and he also has a way…of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy always dangerously lurking on comedy's untidy fringe. In short, young McDonagh is a playwright to reckon with…" —NY Post.
Contains adult language
March 30-May 6, 2017
Below the Belt
by Richard Dresser
An absurdist corporate comedy. Somewhere, in an anonymous factory cranking out units of some unnamed product, three men try to maintain some semblance of humanity and self, despite a crushingly conformist and hyper-masculine bureaucracy.
"Gloriously funny but also wickedly insightful... is never short of laugh lines... Lurking beneath the almost farcical hilarity is a bundle of 20th century angst... The jokes are beautifully in place, permitting the three gorgeously combative figures to emerge." - The New York Post
May 11-June 10, 2017
by Sharr White
After twenty years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral, profound, funny, sweet meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room. A breathtaking story about the longevity of love.
"White's poetry is endearing and quite lovely, and his dialogue is sharp, funny and consistently very honest…"—BroadwayWorld.com.
Contains strong adult language and themes