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

November 16 - December 23, 2017

THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE at Live Theatre Workshop

The Voice of the Prairie

by John Olive

Directed by Maryann Green

Christopher Younggren as Actor One
Josh Parra as Actor Two
Samantha Cormier as Actor Three


Three actors winningly take on more than 20 roles while guiding the audience through a nostalgic journey of young love on the run and middle-aged longing, a sepia-tinged early America of prairie lands and radio days, "a strange (and lovely) world where wooden boxes can pull ghosts out of the sky." Winner of a 2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show.

"Endearing."- The New York Times

"A skillful play with a deft heart."- The Los Angeles Times

“It’s a sweet time in our history when radios where just beginning to populate Americans’ living rooms. One of things I love about this script is how beautifully and fluidly the words and music transport us from one time and location into the next and from one character into another. Sound almost becomes a fourth actor, noting time and location and creating the mood and tone of the show,” says director Maryann Green.

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.



November 16 - December 23, 2017

Previews: November 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Closing Performance: Saturday, December 23 at 3:00 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


The Voice of The Prairie is a bittersweet love song to a very particular time in America, when families sat in living rooms around a radio to hear new and strange voices tell stories of places they'd never seen and things they'd never done.

I adore the script's non-linear nature and how the characters weave their stories in and out of one another. The plot of this play is like a song itself, with melodies and harmonies interwoven and the sounds in the play are like a fourth actor, setting the time and place and filling in the blanks for the audience.

This play is about the stories we use to hold on to our memories, and how we use those stories to keep those who have gone close to us still. We use stories to introduce our favorite people to others who might never get the privilege to know them.

- Maryann Green, Director


Josh Parra and Samantha Cormier in THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE at Live Theatre Workshop


John Olive is a widely produced and award-winning playwright, the author of Minnesota Moon, Clara's Play, Standing On My Knees, The Voice of the Prairie, Careless Love, Killers, The Summer Moon, Evelyn and the Polka King, God Fire, Into the Moonlight Valley, and many others. Producing theaters include: the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, the Old Globe, ACT/Seattle, and the Royal Theatre Copenhagen. Awards include: McKnight Fellowships, Bush Fellowships, a National Endowment For The Arts fellowship, Kennedy Center Award For New Plays (The Summer Moon). Recently John has focused on plays for young audiences: Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Jason & The Golden Fleece, Water Babies, The Magic Bicycle, Pharaoh Serket And The Lost Stone Of Fire, others. Producing theaters include: Seattle Childrens, First Stage Milwaukee, the Arden, People's Light & Theatre Co., etc. Mr. Olive is also a screenwriter, a novelist, and a popular teacher of creative writing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Mary and their son Michael.



(Clockwise from left) Samantha Cormier, Josh Parra, and Christopher Younggren in THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Josh Parra (Actor Two) is a native Tucsonan, and studied theatre at Pima Community College. Past roles include Judge Brack in HEDDA GABLER (Beowulf Alley), Happy in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Winding Road), and Douglas in SEMINAR (Live Theatre Workshop), along with several original works. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to the LTW stage, and thanks his wife Amber, and son Idris for their love and support.


 Christopher Younggren (Actor One) After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton, and then being involved in theater from Los Angeles to New York City for the last 25 years, Christopher finally returned home to Tucson and received immediate critical acclaim for his role in Live Theatre Workshop's MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM, for which he garnered a MAC award nomination for Best Actor. Other Tucson appearances include Arizona Rose's THE ODD COUPLE and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTMAN COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Invisible Theatre's INDOOR/OUTDOOR, Roadrunner Theatre's BEYOND THERAPY, and several villainous roles at The Gaslight Theatre, from Lord Vader to Lord Voldemort. Up next, he will be seen as King Herod in Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre's SALOMÉ". He is also a substitute teacher with TUSD and instructs several after-school drama classes. He would like to thank Maryann and Live Theatre Workshop for this tremendous opportunity and, as always, sends big BIG love to his wife Meag and his sons Nolan and Finn.


Josh Parra and Samantha Cormier in THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Samantha Cormier (Actor Three) is thrilled to be here at LTW doing what she loves with some very talented people. She has recently received her M.F.A in Acting/Performing Arts at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and holds a B.F.A in Directing/Theatre Production from the U of A. She has performed and directed in theatres in New York, Savannah and at your favorite theatres in town including The Gaslight Theatre, Arizona Onstage Productions, and Beowulf Alley Theatre. Favorite roles include Betsy/Lindsey (CLYBOURNE PARK), Fiona (SHREK), Corrie (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK), Winifred (ONCE UPON A MATTRESS), Helena (A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM), Susan (TICK, TICK...BOOM), Columbia (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MAC Award nomination, Best Actress), Lisa (COLLECTED STORIES) and Sally Bowles (CABARET). She has also been a theatre instructor for over 10 years instructing with LTW, Stagedoor Manor in New York and now with Gaslight Music Hall. She wishes to thank her family and friends for the constant love and 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 7th year in January 2018. She'd like to thank her husband and son for remembering what she looks like on the rare occasion that she's home.