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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
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January 9 - February 15, 2020

THE NORWEGIANS at Live Theatre Workshop

The Norwegians

by C. Denby Swanson

Directed by Roberto Guajardo

Avis Judd as Olive
Keith Wick
as Tor
Samantha Cormier
as Betty
Stephen Frankenfield
as Gus



A "killer" dark comedy about two scorned women and the very nice gangsters they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Fast-paced funny dialogue combines the spirit of Fargo with Saturday Night Live in this unexpected, entertaining, quirky comedy.

“C. Denby Swanson's extremely odd and delightful comedy, is something of a guilty pleasure.” - The New York Times

Contains adult language

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



January 9 - February 15, 2020

Previews: January 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Saturday Matinee on February 15 at 3:00 PM


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


While there are some places that may have more frigid winters than Minnesota, it may be that Norwegian immigrants affinity for cold weather made Minnesota seem like a welcoming place to settle down. Yes, Minnesota winters are brutal and can even be deadly. The difficult life of living in such a harsh climate may be at least one reason the Norwegians of Minnesota are known to be stoic, nice, kind, helpful and polite. They are famous for these qualities. Life is hard enough without having to deal with nasty dispositions. It is in this landscape that two woman find they are driven to enlist the services of a couple of very nice and polite Norwegian assassins, don’t ya know? You probably won’t come away from this production with any great new insights. But the misadventures of this tale offers up more mayhem than murder. You should at least have a few good belly laughs and leave the theatre with a smile on your face. If you don’t, I know a couple of Norwegians that are looking for some work...

- Roberto Guajardo, Director



C. Denby Swanson is a graduate of Smith College, the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin, and the National Theatre Institute. She has been a Jerome Fellow, McKnight Advancement Grant recipient, and William Inge Playwright in Residence. Her work has been developed at workshops coast to coast, from the Lark Playwrights Festival, NYS&F, JAW @ Portland Center Stage, and the Earth Matters on Stage Festival. She was part of the NEA/TOG National Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights. Her work is published by Smith & Kraus, Heineman, Dramatists Play Service, and Playscripts.com.



 Avis Judd (Olive) received her Theatre degree from Northwestern University. She last appeared on the LTW stage as Dr. Lorna James in THE EFFECT, and Bananas in HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Among her credits are Desdemona in OTHELLO, Kate in OLD TIMES, Hermia in DEADMAN’S CELL PHONE, Hermione in A WINTER'S TALE, Barbara in BOOM, Karen in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Rose in ENCHANTED APRIL, and Zelda Khan in THE HOW AND THE WHY. Recently, she directed HOW THE WORLD BEGAN and BOSTON MARRIAGE for Something Something Theatre. She is grateful for the love and support of her husband, Michael and daughters, Sophia and Isabel.


(Clockwise from top) Keith Wick, Samantha Cormier, and Avis Judd in THE NORWEGIANS at Live Theatre Workshop

 Samantha Cormier (Betty) 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, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and SNOOPY!!! THE MUSICAL[MAC award nomination, Best Director] Favorite roles include: 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 has been a theatre instructor for over 15 years including Stagedoor Manor In New York. She thanks you for supporting the Arts in Tucson. She dedicates this show to all her ex-boyfriends :)


 Stephen Frankenfield (Gus) 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, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, and most recently, ACCOMPLICE. 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 DAY ALIENS ATTACKED FAIRFIELD: THE TOWN WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS. He would like to give a big thank you to his two boys for being a constant source of inspiration...on and off stage.


 Keith Wick (Tor) last appeared in the LTW production ACCOMPLICE. Some favorite LTW plays include roles in STAGE KISS, 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.


(Clockwise from top) Avis Judd, Samantha Cormier, and Stephen Frankenfield in THE NORWEGIANS at Live Theatre Workshop

 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.


 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.


 Roberto Guajardo (Director) has directed THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, WOMEN IN JEOPARDY and DEATH BY DESIGN at LTW. He is grateful for the talent, dedication and generosity of spirit of the cast, crew and staff here at LTW. He is a member of A.E.A. and S.A.G. and has worked professionally in theatre, film, and television for over four decades. He has performed live in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Chicago, Seattle, San Jose, Kansas City, Pasadena, Albuquerque and Denver. Earlier this season he added LTW to a long list of theaters in which he has performed when he played Alex in HEISENBERG. Roberto is honored to have been the recipient of the 2008 TPAC ‘Lumie’ Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the arts.


Stephen Frankenfield, Keith Wick, and Avis Judd in THE NORWEGIANS 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.


 Rose Donatti (Assistant Stage Manager/Costumer) - After her time with LTW as a child, Rose found her love for technical theatre. Though most experienced in the intricacies of scenery Rose is excited to explore and learn as she delves into Tucson's dynamic theatre community. Rose credits this drive for exploration to her many mentors and thanks those who have helped her on her journey. Rose has worked on a variety of shows including some of her favorites ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, TWELFTH NIGHT, and 10 o’CLOCK SHARP, and is looking forward to many more.