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Live Theatre Workshop
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Tucson, AZ 85716
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February 20 - March 12, 2020 RADIANT VERMIN at Live Theatre Workshop

Radiant Vermin

by Philip Ridley

Directed by Maryann Green

Samantha Cormier as Jill
Steve Wood
as Ollie
Leslie J. Miller
as Miss Dee / Kay



When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, RADIANT VERMIN is a provocative satire about consumerism, gentrification, and inequality.

“A blithely told fable for the age of unaffordable housing. Like a Brothers Grimm story, it is executed with its own consistent fantasy logic, deployed to remind us of the dangers of getting what we wish for…it makes for nasty and energetic fun…” - The New York Times

“Radiant Vermin” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.



February 20 - March 12, 2020

Previews: February 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, February 22 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


Philip Ridley has written many highly regarded and hugely influential plays including: TENDER NAPALM (nominated for the London Fringe Best Play Award), SHIVERED (nominated for the Off-West End Best New Play Award), DARK VANILLA JUNGLE (winner of an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award), KARAGULA (nominated for the Off-West End Best New Play Award) plus several plays for young people: KARAMAZOO, FAIRYTALEHEART, MOONFLEECE (named as one of the 50 Best Works About Cultural Diversity by the National Centre for Children’s Books), and FEATHERS IN THE SNOW (shortlisted for the Brian Way Best Play Award). In 2012 What’s On Stage named him a Jubilee Playwright (one of the most influential British writers to have emerged in the past six decades). Philip has won both the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer to British Film and Most Promising Playwright Awards. The only person ever to receive both prizes.



 Richard Gremel (Technical Director and Lighting Designer) has been lighting up the LTW stage for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.F.A. in Theatre Education. Richard is the acting and technical theatre teacher at Empire High School. He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year and the 2018-2019 OnMedia Tucson Arts Hero Award. Aside from tech and teaching, Richard acts, directs, and writes plays for the LTW stage. He currently has eight published plays which have been seen all over the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, England and Australia.


Samantha Cormier and Steve Wood in RADIANT VERMIN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Karin Hupp (Prop Master) has been the prop master for over three years; she also does scenic painting and box office. Some of her favorite projects included the wedding cake for ONE SLIGHT HITCH, the hound from BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK MYSTERY, and the cookies from FROG AND TOAD. Favorite scenes she has painted include Dorothy Parker's VICIOUS CIRCLE and the bookshelves in THE COLUMNIST. Karin enjoys working for LTW because it helps her grow as an artist.


 Brian McElroy (Sound Designer) - Essentially raised on the LTW stage, Brian migrated backstage following high school, drawn by the intricacies of technical production. He is very humbled to be a part of Tucson's vibrant theatre scene, contracting as a light designer, sound designer, or stage manager for various Tucson theatre companies in the past few years. You are most likely, however, to find him stage managing or designing at the place that nurtured his theatre education -- LTW. Most recent sound design projects at LTW include ACCOMPLICE, HEISENBERG, SHOW PEOPLE, THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE, and APPROPRIATE and favorite past designs include LTW's HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, THE EFFECT, ANNAPURNA, and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE.


 Samantha Cormier (Jill) holds a M.F.A in Performing Arts from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and a B.F.A in Directing/Theatre Production from the University of Arizona. She has performed and directed in theatres from New York to Savannah to your favorite theatres in Tucson/Phoenix including The Gaslight Theatre/Music Hall, Invisible Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre and The Rogue Theatre. Favorite shows Directed/Choreographed: THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE [MAC Award Nom, Best Director] YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and SNOOPY!!! THE MUSICAL[MAC award nomination, Best Director] Favorite roles include: Senga in DANCING LESSONS [MAC Nom, Best Actress] May in LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Louise in ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE, Winnifred in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Columbia in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [MAC Award nomination, Best Actress], and Frankie VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE [MAC Award Winner, Best Actress]. She is currently the Theatre Teacher at BASIS Tucson North has been a theatre instructor for over 15 years including here at LTW, Gaslight theatre and Stagedoor Manor In New York [#1 Theatre Camp in the world] She thanks you for supporting the Arts in Tucson—especially here at LTW, her first Theatre Dream Home.


Leslie J. Miller, Samantha Cormier, and Steve Wood in RADIANT VERMIN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Leslie J. Miller (Miss Dee / Kay) was last seen in the Winding Road Theater Ensemble production of The Language Archive and appeared on the ATT stage as Miss Nelson in MISS NELSON IS MISSING. She has directed a number of productions on Tucson stages including the LTW mainstage productions of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, ENCHANTED APRIL and THE CLEAN HOUSE, the Family Theatre productions of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE PRINCESS WHO WOULDN'T SMILE. Other productions include the Winding Road Theater Ensemble's NEWS OF THE WORLD and the Beowulf Alley production of WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THUNDER. She is grateful for the love and support of her husband, Steve Miller, the first(and only) person to convince her to buy a house instead of renting for the rest of her life.


 Alison Nickerson (Technical Director and Construction) - Hello! I am Alison Nickerson and I am the scenic designer and technical director for RADIANT VERMIN. I am currently a technical directing student in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. I decided to go into technical directing after working on numerous shows at Empire High School. My favorite shows to design and build so far have been THE CHILDREN OF OEDIPUS, LEGALLY BLONDE, and ADDAMS FAMILY. My design for THE CHILDREN OF OEDIPUS received a superior award at the Southern Arizona Festival of Theatre. Lastly, I would like to thank Richard Gremel for helping me find my passion and continuously encouraging me to pursue it through college and as a career.


Samantha Cormier and Steve Wood in RADIANT VERMIN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Steve Wood (Ollie) - This is Steve's 51st production in Tucson and he’s proud to be back on the LTW mainstage. He was last seen in LTW’s THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE (MAC Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Comedy). Favorite roles include EVERY BRILLIANT THING (MAC Award Winner, Best Actor in a Comedy), MY NAME is ASHER LEV (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Drama), Kit Gill in NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, Val in LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Comedy) and Kyle in THE BEST BROTHERS. Thanks to all who support the arts in Tucson and to Emilee and Kat for their support.


 Maryann Green (Director) is honored to be a part of the LTW family, since they gave her her first ever paid acting gig 20 years ago. She has a BFA in Theatre Education and a Master's Degree in Directing from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. When she's not at LTW, she's molding the young minds of tomorrow at Rincon and University High School. She is the producer for Etcetera, the late-night series here at LTW and she is the producer/director of the Tucson Fringe Festival, which celebrates its 9th year in January 2020. She'd like to thank her husband and son for remembering what she looks like on the rare occasion that she’s home.


Steve Wood, Samantha Cormier, and Leslie J. Miller in RADIANT VERMIN at Live Theatre Workshop

 Shana Nunez (Costumer) is incredibly happy to be back at Live Theatre Workshop as part of this production. Shana was a 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC nominee for director of the critically acclaimed production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Live Theatre Workshop. Other favorite productions include: SWEENEY TODD, LES MISERABLES, and THE PRODUCERS, MAMMA MIA, and AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY. Shana currently serves on the board of directors of the Pima County Joint Technical Education Advisory Committee. Shana would like to dedicate her work on this production to John Shepard.