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

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

MAY 5 - JUNE 11, 2016

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Live Theatre Workshop


By Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by Rhonda Hallquist

Featuring Shanna Brock, Janet Roby, Stephen Frankenfield, Toni Press-Coffman, and Brie Zepeda


Hailed as a "genius" by Variety, playwright Gina Gionfriddo's latest comedy tackles feminism’s foibles in what The New York Times called an "intensely smart and immensely funny" new play. Three generations of women share their raucous and refreshing approaches to navigating work, love and family. This new comedy takes a sharp look at how women, and men, find happiness and conquer disappointment. Contains Adult Themes

"Funny and lusty...savor this one!" - The Orange County Register

Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York



May 5 - June 11, 2016

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

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Special Saturday Matinee on June 11 at 3:00 PM


Previews & Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18

Running time: 2 hours


After grad school, roommates Gwen and Catherine took very different paths. Catherine chose big-brain academia and was rewarded with fame. Gwen chose a family with Catherine's boyfriend, and pursued the homemaker's life. Decades later, both unfulfilled, each wonders what life would have been like if they had chosen differently. When Catherine comes back home to care for her mother, she and Gwen come face-to-face, and territorial lines become blurred, each woman seeking what the other has.

But nothing is as clear as we wish it to be. We perceive and measure success and happiness on an individual basis, no matter what we are told to think by society…or by our mothers. Unlike men, how women behave has always been the hottest of topics, closely followed by what women wear. When a woman dares to choose a career over marriage and childrearing, she risks disappointment of family and disapproval of society, somewhat less so today, thankfully. Various versions of feminism throughout the decades scoff at old standards, opting instead to ignore society's disapproval and family's disappointment.

Sometimes we just have to choose how much disapproval and disappointment we can live with, to create "a life that makes you happy."

- Rhonda Hallquist, Director



Gina Gionfriddo has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Her work includes After Ashley (Vineyard Theatre in New York and Actors Theatre of Louisville); U.S. Drag (Clubbed Thumb in New York and Connecticut Rep; published by Smith & Kraus in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002), and Guinevere (Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference).

Stephen Frankenfield and Janet Roby in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Live Theatre Workshop


 Brie Zepeda (Avery Willard) is thrilled to be making her debut on the LTW stage! Brie is a sophomore at The University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Theatre & Film. Over the past four years, Brie has been employed at The Gaslight Theatre as a box office clerk. Brie recently performed in the 2015 Christmas production at The Gaslight Theatre, RACE TO THE NORTH POLE as the character Sandy. Other stage credits include Elle Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, Inga in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Karen Wright in THE CHILDREN’S HOUR and Cosette in LES MISERABLES. Brie spent this past summer between New York & Pennsylvania with Bryn Mawr Camp where she had the honor of directing GREASE, THE LITTLE MERMAID & TROUBLE WITH TIME (an original work). Her film credits include GOMER (CMF finalist), BENCH TALK (CMF finalist), AMONG THE RUINS and many more. Brie would like to thank her mom for always believing in her and inspiring her to be the best that she can be.


 Stephen Frankenfield (Don) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Education here at LTW. He was most recently seen on LTW’s mainstage in GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS and LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. He also directed the most recent mainstage production of ONE SLIGHT HITCH. Other notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include THE GAME'S AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, THE COLUMNIST, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, TWO INTO ONE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I HATE HAMLET, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, and TUNA CHRISTMAS. Other directing credits include BOEING BOEING, SOUVENIR, SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. He wrote and directed Family Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and co-wrote and co-directed the Family Theatre production of WINSTON MCPEPPER AND THE VERY PUPPET-Y PROBLEM. His latest play, AN OUTLAW'S TALE: A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY will be published by Heuer Publishing this August. He has been nominated for 6 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, four times for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.


(Clockwise from top left) Brie Zepeda, Janet Roby, Shanna Brock, and Toni Press-Coffman in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Janet Roby (Gwen) is thrilled to be joining the LTW Main Stage company again after appearing in LTW's recent dark comedy musical NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (Sarah Stone) and last season's fast-paced farce MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM (Linda Lodge). She has been performing locally for the last 13 years, most recently appearing as Gabriella in BOEING, BOEING, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Blue Alley Productions, Suzy in THE WONDERETTES 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.


 Rhonda Hallquist (Director) RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN becomes the sixth LTW play Rhonda Hallquist has directed. Past directorial work for LTW includes GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS, THE COLUMNIST, VISITING MR. GREEN (2013 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award winner for Best Comedy and for Best Director, Comedy), HOLIDAY MEMORIES, and THE COCKTAIL HOUR. Other directing work includes BECKY'S NEW CAR for Sacred Chicken Productions. She was last seen on the stage at LTW as Mary in THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (2015 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award winner for Best Comedy), and as Fay in LOOT. Some other acting roles include Myra Kesselman (REGRETS ONLY), Rachel (RECKLESS--2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), Lane (THE CLEAN HOUSE--2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE -- a 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), and Beth (DINNER WITH FRIENDS). For Sacred Chicken Productions, she played Casey (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS--2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy).


Stephen Frankenfield and Shanna Brock in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Shanna Brock (Catherine) stage credits include BAD DATES, NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and MR. MARMALADE with Etcetera, THE ALTRUISTS with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, RAPUNZEL with All Together Theatre, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, FAT PIG with Studio Connections, BURIED CHILD and THE THREEPENNY OPERA with Pistarckle Theater and BAD DATES, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE DINNER PARTY, TAKING STEPS, THE COCKTAIL HOUR and REGRETS ONLY on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop. She can also be seen performing around town, for our veterans with the Manhattan Dolls. 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. I would like to thank my biggest fan, my Mom for all her love and support.


 Toni Press-Coffman (Alice) Last appeared on the LTW stage as Costanza in ENCHANTED APRIL. She has performed in Tucson as Isabella Bird (TOP GIRLS), Katherine (A PERFECT GANESH), Bo (LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO), Dorothy (INSPECTING CAROL), Fanny (ON THE VERGE or THE GEOGRAPHY OF YEARNING), Katerina (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS), Flo (PICNIC) and Aunt Sally (FIFTH OF JULY). Toni is a founding member of Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, which recently produced a developmental workshop of her new play UNITED. Toni was last seen with Etcetera as Garlic Press in ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and directed the late-night ensemble’s production of WHITE PEOPLE.