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

FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 25, 2017

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN at Live Theatre Workshop


by Martin McDonagh

Directed by Amy Almquist

Featuring Carlisle Ellis, Rhonda Hallquist, Patrick Burke, Roxanne Harley, Brian Wees, Brie Zepeda, Adam Denoyer, Gino Cocchi, and Karl Haas


Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan 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…" — The New York Post.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.



February 16 - March 25, 2017

Previews: February 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 PM

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


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


Martin McDonagh (/məkˈdɒnə/; born 26 March 1970) is an English/Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director, born and brought up in London with both British and Irish citizenship. He has been described as one of the most important living Irish playwrights. McDonagh was born in Camberwell, London to Irish parents. His mother and his father later moved back to Galway, leaving McDonagh and his brother (writer-director John Michael McDonagh) to grow up in London. Separated into two trilogies, McDonagh's first six plays are located in and around County Galway, where he spent his holidays as a child. The first is set in Leenane, a small village on the west coast of Ireland, and consists of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), A Skull in Connemara (1997) and The Lonesome West (1997). His second trilogy consists of The Cripple of Inishmaan (1997), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) and The Banshees of Inisheer (the third play was never published, as McDonagh insisted it "isn't any good"), and are set across a trio of islands that are located off the coast of County Galway.



 Patrick Burke (Johnny Pateen/Mike O’Dougal) Patrick is excited to be performing in his third full LTW production, having previously performed as in THE FOREIGNER, and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE...ABRIDGED. This is not an easy endeavor due to Patrick's work schedule but he is very thankful for the opportunity LTW affords him to "scratch and itch". Many thanks to his family for their sacrifices. Enjoy!


 Rhonda Hallquist (Kate) has had the pleasure of playing several roles at LTW, most recently as Mary in THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (2015 Mac Award - Best Comedy), and as Fay in LOOT (2014 Mac Award Nominee - Best Actress, Comedy). Other acting roles include Myra Kesselman (REGRETS ONLY), Rachel (RECKLESS - 2011 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress), Lane (THE CLEAN HOUSE - 2010 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress, Comedy). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE - a 2011 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress), and Beth (DINNER WITH FRIENDS). For Sacred Chicken Productions, she played Casey (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS - 2009 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress, Comedy). As a director for LTW she has helmed GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS, THE COLUMNIST, VISITING MR. GREEN (2013 Mac Award winner for Best Comedy, and Best Director, Comedy), HOLIDAY MEMORIES, and THE COCKTAIL HOUR.


 Amy Almquist (Director) studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and received her MFA in Directing for Theatre. She has worked professionally as an actor and director for over 30 years on stage, film and commercials and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Some of her local directing projects include: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, HEIDI CHRONICLES, DINING ROOM, COME BACK TO THE 5 AND DIME…JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN and LATE ARRIVAL OF THE INCOMING AIRCRAFT (LTW), COMING THROUGH (Southwest Premiere, Invisible Theatre) TO GILLIAN… (Pima Community College) DOUBT (Tucson Premiere, Independent Productions.) She has worked with Redford Films, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s Annex Theatre, LaughingStock Comedy Company, National Association of Latino Independent Producers and co-founded the Beowulf Alley Theatre and Gut Instincts Comedy Improv Companies. A few of her local acting productions include: THE LOVE COURSE and A COUPLA WHITE CHICKS…(LTW), THREEPENNY OPERA (Arizona Opera) LETTERS TO SALA (World Premiere), SPINNING INTO BUTTER, KINDERTRANSPORT, LABOR PAINS, SCOTLAND ROAD, LOST IN YONKERS and THE MOUSETRAP (Invisible Theatre), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (AZ Onstage) THE DEAD and A DELICATE BALANCE (Rogue Theatre) CRIMINAL HEARTS and LAUGHINGSTOCK HOLIDAY SHOWS, (Beowulf Alley Theatre). Amy has served on the teaching faculty of the University of Montana and Pima Community College and currently works as a consultant (Almquist Communications, mypresentationcoach.com) teaching theatre-based strategic communication techniques nationwide to business executives and trial attorneys with the Pentagon’s Army JAG Corps. She is the author of: Authentic, Persuasive and Strategic Communication: A manual for effective courtroom trial advocacy.


 Roxanne Harley (Mammy) has previously appeared in Live Theatre Workshop’s production of THE CEMETERY CLUB, THE FOREIGNER, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH and as Gertrude in LTW Etcetera’s production of HAMLET. She has performed with Winding Road Theater Ensemble’s all female version of JULIUS CAESAR and UNITED; Borderlands Theater productions of WHITE TIE BALL and BLIND DATE; Beowulf Theater productions of SEASCAPE and HUMBLE BOY; Rogue Theater productions of THE BALCONY, THE DEAD, THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN; and AZ Onstage production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS.


 Carlisle Ellis (Eileen) is making her fifteenth (!?!) appearance on the mainstage at LTW having previously performed in ONE SLIGHT HITCH, THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (2015 Az Daily Star MAC Award for Best Comedy), HOLIDAY MEMORIES, SOUVENIR, THE COCKTAIL HOUR, SHIRLEY VALENTINE (2012), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, CLOUD 9, LOVE LETTERS, 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 Sacred Chicken Productions, Borderlands Theatre, The Invisible Theatre, and Arizona Repertory Theatre. Favorite roles outside of LTW include Gingy (LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE), Wikevich (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS), Melissa (LOVE LETTERS), Mary (ON THE VERGE), Marjorie (THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE), Lillian (THAT SLUT!), Susan (EL DESEO/DESIRE), Susan (WOMAN IN MIND), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), Juba (HEATHEN VALLEY), Kate (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND), Grace (FAITH HEALER) and Titania (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM).


 Brie Zepeda (Helen McCormick) is thrilled to be performing again on the LTW stage! Brie is a junior at The University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Acting & Film. Over the past five years, Brie has been employed at The Gaslight Theatre. Brie recently performed in the 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, Cosette in LES MISERABLES and most recently, Avery Willard in RAPTURE BLISTER BURN. Brie spent this past summer between New York & Pennsylvania with Bryn Mawr Camp where she had the privilege 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, GLASS, DAISIES FOR TWO 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.


 Brian Wees (Doctor McSharry) spent his early years honing his skills on the stages of Washington D.C. and New York City, most notably as an original cast member in Joseph Papp’s Off-Broadway production of HAGAR’S CHILDREN. Since moving to Tucson, Brian has appeared in numerous productions including Live Theatre Workshop's CAUGHT IN THE NET, CHAPTER TWO, PICNIC and ALL MY SONS; Quintessential Stage’s A SKULL IN CONNEMARA and THE WEIR; Beowulf Alley’s OF MICE AND MEN; Brachiate’s MACBETH; Borderlands’ GUANTANAMO; The Rouge’s THE DEAD; Arizona Repertory Theatre’s RUM & COKE; Winding Road’s A HUMAN EQUATION; and Invisible Theatre’s CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION.


 Gino Cocchi (Billy) - This is Gino's first show at Live Theatre Workshop. After working under the direction of Art Almquist for four years at Tucson High Magnet School, Gino is thrilled to now be working with his wife, Amy Almquist! In the summer of 2015 Gino was nominated to compete in Southwest Regional Ben Vereen Awards for his role of Frederick in Young Frankenstein. After being placed in the top ten at the Tucson Sing off, he went on to compete against musical theater students from San Diego where he won Best Actor in the Southwest Region and The Spirit of Ben Vereen award, which gave him the amazing opportunity to go to New York and compete in the 2015 Jimmy Awards on Broadway.


 Karl Haas (BabbyBobby Bennett) -This is Karl Haas's debut performance at LTW. He has recently performed at Gaslight Theater's Christmas production, Elf'd, as Santa and Pops. Karl retired from the US Military in 2008. He and his wife, Kathy, have been happily married for 29 years and are the proud parents of 3 cats. Karl has a voice performance degree from Miami University, a Master's in Management, and is a manager with Western and Southern Life. Acting and singing are Karl's strong passions and an additional career.


 Adam Denoyer (Bartley McCormick) is excited to be making his LTW debut. A student at the U of A, Adam has been in University productions including: PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, ALL IN THE TIMING, TRIBES, and a Devised Theatre piece called NOR ANY DROP TO DRINK. Most recently he appeared in a staged reading of MRS. WARRENS PROFESSION, at The Rogue Theatre. Adam is also currently part of the Iprov comedy group The Charles Darwin Experience, at the University. He thinks it’s important to help the community, but often doesn’t know how to do it with grace. Please support Planned Parenthood.