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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

June 20 - July 20, 2019

THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at Live Theatre Workshop

Things Being What They Are

by Wendy MacLeod

Directed by Samantha Cormier

Steve Wood as Bill
Stephen Frankenfield as Jack


As up-and-coming Bill readies a new condo for himself and his soon-to-arrive wife, he gets an unexpected visit from Jack, who at first appears to be a nightmare neighbor. What follows is a sharp comedy about the lives we dream of having versus the lives we end up living.

"Despite (or maybe it's because of) its origin in a female mind, this funny, charming, and rather moving play probes the vulnerabilities of middle-class maleness with…good humor, affection and incisive accuracy." ~ Chicago Tribune



June 20 - July 20, 2019

Previews: June 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, June 20 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


Wendy MacLeod's play THE HOUSE OF YES became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey. Her other plays include SIN (The Goodman, Second Stage), SCHOOLGIRL FIGURE (The Goodman Theatre) THE WATER CHILDREN and JUVENILIA (Playwrights Horizons), and THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre). Her play FIND AND SIGN premiered at the Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City and and her play THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT was included in STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS and seen across the country and in New York City at the Minetta Lane. She was the first playwright chosen for The Writers’ Room residency at The Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, where she wrote WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!, which will receive its premiere production at Geva Theater. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, POETRY, Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and on All Things Considered. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College.



Steve Wood and Stephen Frankenfield in THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at Live Theatre Workshop

 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 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.


 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 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 STAGE KISS, DEATH BY DESIGN, EVERY BRILLIANT THING, THE EFFECT, and APPROPRIATE and favorite past designs include LTW's HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, ANNAPURNA, and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE.


 Stephen Frankenfield (Jack) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He is a graduate of (AMDA) American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Some of his most notable acting credits include: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, THE GAMES AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, STAGE KISS, THE BEST BROTHERS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BELOW THE BELT, I HATE HAMLET, and SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR. Some of his directing credits include: MOON OVER BUFFALO and SOUVENIR. He has been nominated for 7 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, five times for acting and twice for directing. He writes and directs for LTW’s Family Theatre, as well as the Education Department. He has had 5 plays published, including: AN OUTLAW’S TALE: A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY and THE MISADVENTURES OF ROMEO AND JULIET (A REHEARSAL NIGHTMARE). He would like to give a big thank you to his two boys for being a constant source of inspiration in his life.


Stephen Frankenfield and Steve Wood in THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE 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: 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.


 Samantha Cormier (Director) is so excited to share this show with you here at LTW. She holds an 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 including The Gaslight Theatre/Music Hall, Invisible Theatre, Arizona Onstage Productions and The Rogue Theatre. Favorite shows Directed/Choreographed: FOREVER PLAID, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, GODSPELL, NUNSENSE, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and SNOOPY!!! THE MUSICAL (MAC award nomination, Best Director). Favorite roles include: Babette in [sic], Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Senga in DANCING LESSONS, Corrie in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, Winnifred in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Columbia in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (MAC Award nomination, Best Actress), and Frankie in VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE (MAC Award Winner, Best Actress). She has been a theatre instructor for over 13 years including Stagedoor Manor In New York. She thanks LTW for their constant love and support and she thanks YOU for supporting the Arts in Tucson.


Stephen Frankenfield and Steve Wood in THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Suzanne Cipra (Stage Manager) is very happy to work with the talented cast of THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE. There is never a dull moment with these guys! Some of her favorite shows she has worked on at LTW include ONE SLIGHT HITCH, SIC, DEATH BY DESIGN and most recently, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE. Suzanne would like to thank her husband Kyle for being so supportive!


 Steve Wood (Bill) This is Steve's 50th production in Tucson and he’s proud to be back on the LTW mainstage. He was last seen in LTW’s EVERY BRILLIANT THING (MAC Award Winner, Best Actor in a Comedy). Other favorite roles include the title role in 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 Dani, Emilee and Kat for their support.