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Tucson, AZ 85716
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May 16 - June 15, 2019

APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop

Appropriate

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Glen Coffman

Starring
Rhonda Hallquist as Toni
Adam Denoyer as Rhys
Keith Wick as Bo
Bree Boyd as Rachael
Ella James as Cassidy
Alexander Cramton as Ainsley
Cliff Madison as Franz
Emily Gates as River

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

The 2015 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play. Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly deceased patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.

Contains strong language, adult themes and subject matter that may be considered offensive

 

PERFORMANCES

May 16 - June 15, 2019

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

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

TICKETS

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

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Appropriate is the kind of family drama that is the hallmark of classic American Realism. The play’s contentious family is the direct descendant of families that populate the dramas of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, and Eugene O'Neil. Jacobs-Jenkins is also reaching for something deeper; something about the country we call home and the legacy of our national family dysfunction--the "home" where our family dramas have been playing out for 400 years and the ghosts that haunt that “home”.

- Glen Coffman, Director

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' plays include NEIGHBORS (Public Theater), APPROPRIATE (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre), AN OCTOROON (Soho Rep), and WAR. He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his work has been seen at the Vineyard Theatre, the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, Company One in Boston, and the HighTide Festival in the United Kingdom. He has taught at New York University and Queens University of Charlotte, and his honors include the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He holds an MA in Performance Studies.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Bree Boyd, Keith Wick, and Rhonda Hallquist in APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Bree Boyd (Rachael) is so pleased to be performing in APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop! Past stage credits in Arizona include: DEATH BY DESIGN, MISS WITHERSPOON, SPACEMAN ZERO, THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, and PRINCESS AND THE PEA at LTW; LET’S LIVE A LITTLE and INDOOR/OUTDOOR at IT; plus lots of other shows, commercials, and voice work around town! Bree earned B.A. degrees in Speech Communication, Psychology, and Fine Arts in Acting in Louisiana, and continues to follow her passion for performing here in the metro-Tucson area. She is grateful to her loved ones, and LTW cast and crew family, for their unending support.

 

 Emily Gates (River / Fight Choreographer) is so excited to be working with Live Theatre Workshop again as apart of this incredible production of APPROPRIATE, and to have to opportunity to bring the character of River to life! Emily is at her sophomore year at the University of Arizona getting her bachelor's degree in Theatre arts. Some of Emily’s favorite roles include Ensemble Member in LOVE AND INFORMATION, a part of the 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival, Mavis in the original one act MISOGYNISTIC SHOES at the Community Playhouse. Alice in DEATH BY DESIGN, Amanda in WOMEN IN JEOPARDY, and The Littlest Nun in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES all at Live Theatre Workshop. Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and Lady Montague in ROMEO AND JULIET as a part of Tucson’s Shakespeare in the Park. Emily would like to thank her mother, father and older sister for always loving and supporting her. Richard and Amanda Gremel for being amazing and supporting teachers to her, and the whole Live Theatre Workshop family for giving her this incredible opportunity. She would like to thank you for coming out to tonight's performance, Enjoy the show!

 

(Clockwise from top left) Rhonda Hallquist, Keith Wick, and Cliff Madison in APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Brian McElroy (Production Stage Manager / 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 over half a dozen 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 ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE ,STAGE KISS, DEATH BY DESIGN, EVERY BRILLIANT THING, and THE EFFECT, and favorite past designs include LTW's HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, ANNAPURNA, and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE.

 

 Shannon Harral (Assistant Stage Manager) - This is Shannon's first project with Live Theatre Workshop. She is thrilled to be working with her Tucson community after completing her Bachelors of Theatre Arts degree at Northern Arizona University in 2012. She received additional Stage Management training at Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria, California, and was most recently the Assistant Company Manager at Arizona Theatre Company for three years and the Stage Manager for Something Something Theatre Company's MEN ON BOATS. Shannon feels incredibly thankful for how welcoming the Tucson community has been.

 

 Rhonda Hallquist (Toni) earned her BFA at the University of Arizona and has performed with several Tucson theater companies over the years. At LTW, most recently she played Bridget in DEATH BY DESIGN and Mary in WOMEN IN JEOPARDY. Favorite LTW roles include “Emma” in ANNAPURNA (2017 Mac Award Nominee - Actress, Drama), “Fay” in LOOT (2014 Mac Award Nominee - Best Actress, Comedy), “Myra” in REGRETS ONLY, “Rachel” in RECKLESS (2011 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress), and “Lane” in THE CLEAN HOUSE (2010 Mac Award nominee - Best Actress, Comedy).

 

Ella Bracale, Rhonda Hallquist, and Adam Denoyer in APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Karin Hupp (Props Master / Scenic Painter) 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, 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.

 

 Jason Jamerson (Scenic Designer) - Broadway: Assistant Scenic Designer for ANGLES IN AMERICA and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, and the National Tours of BRIGHT STAR, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and LOVE NEVER DIES. Off Broadway: Scenic Designs for Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and many others. Jason taught Scenic Design at Columbia Preparatory School in Manhattan for seven years, has worked with the International Schools' Theatre Association, and has collaborated with several other local organizations, including the Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre and TEDx Tucson. He is a third year master’s degree candidate in Scenic Design at the University of Arizona.

 

 Richard Gremel (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. 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, and Australia.

 

 Glen Coffman (Director) is a founding member and co-artistic director of Winding Road Theater Ensemble. He studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studios in NYC and has a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies. He was one of 45 directors chosen internationally to participate in Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab West in L.A. His Tucson directing credits include MIXED MESSAGES and THE MERMAID HOUR for Borderlands Theatre, OF MICE AND MEN for Beowulf Alley, HOLY SPIRIT ON GRAND AVENUE, LEMON SKY (MAC nomination), PICNIC, ALL MY SONS, TOUCH, and 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (Mac nomination) for Live Theatre Workshop. Independent productions include THAT SLUT! and NEW HOUSE, NEW DOG. For Winding Road he has directed DOROTHY PARKER’S LAST CALL, THE LION IN WINTER, FIFTH OF JULY, A HUMAN EQUATION, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY (MAC nomination), ROW AFTER ROW, BURN THIS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and GOOD PEOPLE. His Tucson acting credits include LOVE, VALOR, COMPASSION, ARMOR, WIT, UNITED, SAINT JOAN, AN ILIAD, and BURIED CHILD. He will be directing Winding Road’s production of THE LITTLE FOXES next season.

 

Emily Gates and Cliff Madison in APPROPRIATE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Cliff Madison (Franz) hails from Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Casa Grande before coming to Tucson to study theatre at Pima Community College. He was last seen on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop in THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THE DINNER PARTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, to name a few.

 

 Alexander Cramton (Ainsley) is a 5th grader at Canyon View Elementary School. He is excited to be debuting on the Mainstage with such an accomplished cast and crew. He has been participating in the educational programs at Live Theatre Workshop for four years. His favorite roles at LTW have included Pinocchio in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Edgar in THE ARISTOCATS, Ted Handsome in THE DAY ZOMBIES ATTACKED FAIRFIELD THE TOWN WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS, and Joe Picalio in ONCE UPON AN ORPHANAGE. He gives special thanks to his parents for always being supportive of all his theatrical endeavors.

 

 Keith Wick (Bo) last appeared as Kevin in the LTW production STAGE KISS. Other favorite LTW credits include roles in THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, ANNAPURNA, BUYER AND CELLAR, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, THE COLUMNIST, THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, TWO INTO ONE, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER (Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner - Best Actor in a Comedy), WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, and DANCING AT LUGHNASA. Other favorite roles include Fluellen in HENRY V, Second Man in AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, and Clive Champion-Cheney in THE CIRCLE. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Keith is also a recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Company production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS. Love to his wife and daughter for all their love and support.

 

 Adam Denoyer (Rhys) - This is Adam's second Live Theatre Workshop show, he appeared in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN playing the role of Bartley. He recently appeared in Scoundrel & Scamp's productions of Sarah Ruhl's EURIDICE as Orpheus, and in the show LOVERS part 1 as Joe. For both roles, he was nominated for the Mac Award for Best Actor by the Arizona Daily Star. He sends his gratitude to his many families.

 

 

 Ella Bracale (Cassidy) is currently a freshman at Tucson High and has been acting for as long as she can remember. It all started in first grade with her role as the Evil Queen in Robins Elementary’s production of SNOW WHITE. From that small start she has been in tons of plays. Some favorites include: OUR BORDER TOWN (Rev. John Fife); LA PASTORELA (Crespo); ALADDIN (Genie), and many others. Again, acting as long as she can remember. In her journey of acting and growing as an artist she has to recognize her two amazing middle school drama teachers Ms. Byroad & Ms. Brauer. Each went above and beyond to help her grow as an actor and a person. Her endless gratitude to both.

 

 Shana Nunez (Costumer) is incredibly happy to 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.

 

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