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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

February 16 - March 18, 2012

Shirley Valentine

SHIRLEY VALENTINE at Live Theatre Workshop

By Willy Russell

Starring Carlisle Ellis

Directed by Sabian Trout



An ordinary middle class English housewife, Shirley Valentine, prepares chips and egg for dinner. She ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for adventure.

"A joyful, captivating piece of theatre." - NY Daily News



Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM

February 16 - March 18, 2012

Preview Performances: February 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show

Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242


Praise for LTW's sold-out 2009 production of SHIRLEY VALENTINE starring Carlisle Ellis:

"Utterly Winning" - M. Scot Skinner, Arizona Daily Star

"Carlisle Ellis is Perfect" - Gene Armstrong, Tucson Weekly

"Nothing less than brilliant" - Jesse Greenberg, The Desert Leaf





Welcome to Live Theatre Workshop's encore presentation of SHIRLEY VALENTINE, by Willy Russell. Thanks so much to all of you who requested we bring Shirley back to life. It has been an honor to work with Carlisle Ellis again, as she graces us once more with her bravura performance of this lovely character.

Whether this is your first time seeing the play or your tenth, I have no doubt you will enjoy Shirley's saucy humor and resonant insight as you accompany her on her journey of self-discovery.

Here are a few of my favorite Shirley Valentine quotes:

"I'd fallen in love with the idea of living...because we don't do what we want to do, do we? We do what we have to do and pretend that it's what we want to do.”

"Why do you get all this life when it can't be used? Why do you get all these feelings and dreams and hopes if they can't ever be used?”

"Dreams are never in the places we expect them to be."

I believe there's a little bit of Shirley Valentine in all of us – male or female, regardless of age. To feel renewed lust for living – to be reminded that there is life beyond our walls – is powerful indeed.

Sabian Trout - Director



Willy Russell was recently represented on Broadway with his smash-hit transfer from London, BLOOD BROTHERS. For SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Mr. Russell won the 1989 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award for Best Play and Oliver Award for Best Comedy of the Year. His worldwide hit play and movie EDUCATING RITA won London's SWET Award for Best Comedy, and in 1981, an Academy Award nomination for screenplay adaptation. Born in Liverpool, he left school at 15 to become a hairdresser before returning to education and becoming a teacher. It was while training to become a teacher that he wrote his first play, which premiered at the Edinburgh Carlisle Ellis in SHIRLEY VALENTINEFestival, WHEN THE REDS. In addition to the film ‘Educating Rita’ he wrote screenplays for the movie versions of ‘Shirley Valentine’ and ‘Dancing Thru The Dark’ based on his plays STAGS AND HENS. His plays have been translated into almost every language, with productions currently running in Japan, Australia, South America, Scandinavia and Europe.


Carlisle Ellis - Shirley Valentine - is thrilled to be making her ninth appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, THE CLEAN HOUSE, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2009 AZ Daily Star 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 Borderlands Theatre, The Invisible Theatre and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles outside of LTW include Melissa (LOVE LETTERS), Mary (ON THE VERGE), Marjorie (THE TALE OF THE ALLERGISTS WIFE), Lillian (THAT SLUT!) Susan (EL DESEO/DESIRE), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), Juba (HEATHEN VALLEY), Kate (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND), Grace (FAITH HEALER) and Titania (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM).

Carlisle Ellis in SHIRLEY VALENTINESabian Trout - Direction - is thoroughly enjoying her sixth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works and Arizona Theatre Company. Other Tucson directing credits include LOVE LETTERS, EXTREMITIES, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE and ON THE VERGE. Some favorite directing projects include SPIKE HEELS, BEIRUT and KORCZAK AND THE CHILDREN. Sabian earned her MFA in Directing from the University of Texas in 1995.