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October 13 - November 19, 2022 BOSTON MARRIAGE at Live Theatre Workshop

Boston Marriage

by David Mamet

Directed by Sam Rush

Starring
Rhonda Hallquist as Claire
Lori Hunt as Anna
Taigé Lauren as Catherine

 

 

PERFORMANCES

October 13 - November 19, 2022

Previews: October 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night:
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Saturday Matinee on November 19 at 3:00 PM (no evening show)

COVID Safety Guidelines

TICKETS

Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $23
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $21

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
or buy tickets online

ABOUT THE PLAY

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Anna and Claire are two ladies in love. For these scheming socialites, maintaining their class status is full-time work, and hilarity cleverly ensues as their plans unfold. Anna has become the mistress of a wealthy man and has already received an emerald. Meanwhile, Claire is infatuated with a respectable young woman and she enlists Anna’s help to arrange a secret meeting with her. When this plan goes awry, Anna and Claire’s status and wealth are suddenly in jeopardy. Writers and theatre goers have long admired David Mamet’s hilarious, expertly-written dialogue in this acclaimed jab at the patriarchy.

“Brilliant...One of Mamet’s most satisfying and accomplished plays and one of the funniest American comedies in years.” - The New York Post

“Devastatingly funny...exceptionally clever...demonstrates anew [Mamet’s] technical virtuosity and flexibility.” - The New York Times

 

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

"All language is a facade." - David Mamet

In May I had the pleasure of directing Annie Baker's wonderful play BODY AWARENESS here at Live Theatre Workshop. In my Director's note for the program I shared how Baker was interested in the power silence plays in her character's conversations and mining those spaces between the words to help reveal her characters. For playwright David Mamet it is the complete opposite. He believes, quite strongly, that relationships and society are created through the language and words that people choose to use.

Mamet feels that his characters use language unique to their own communities. The way they speak is the way they bond together and show that they belong. That language is partly a survival tool - used to sway, convince, manipulate, and seduce. Boston Marriage is pure Mamet. It is a delightful linguistic fireworks display. Many of the words and phrases that roll off their tongues are intentionally erudite. Some of the archaic and literary references are so striking that we posted a glossary of some of them in the lobby.

BOSTON MARRIAGE is a rare work within the Mamet cannon of man-heavy work. It's a period comedy with three women characters. Mamet wrote it in 1999 after receiving some criticism that he didn't write plays about women. I think the cultured language of Anna and Claire is itself a kind of facade. Like the term "Boston Marriage" itself, it is a kind of facade, a "fig leaf of propriety" that masks what is underneath.

It has been a delight to work with such talented actors and production team on this play. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I have had rehearsing it.

- Sam Rush, Director

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lori Hunt and Rhonda Hallquist in BOSTON MARRIAGE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Lori Hunt (Anna) is delighted to return to Live Theatre Workshop to play Anna in Boston Marriage. Some of Lori's past credits include: 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (RADIO PLAY), and DRY POWDER at Live Theatre Workshop; THE LETTERS, SHEAR MADNESS, and A KID LIKE JAKE at Invisible Theatre, and CRIMES OF THE HEART at Woodinbridge Rep. Most recently she was seen in LTW’s SYLVIA in multiple roles. She was a recipient of a 2013 MAC award for playing Mindy in Arizona Onstage’s FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. Lori is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has trained with the Groundlings and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she plays food lady to her cats Chidi and Jianyu. Lori thanks you for your support of live performance and in Arizona.

 

 Rhonda Hallquist (Claire) earned her BFA at the University of Arizona and has performed with several Tucson theater companies over the last 3 decades. Most recently onstage at LTW, she portrayed "Phyllis" in BODY AWARENESS and on the outdoor stage as both "Andy" and "Melissa" in LOVE LETTERS. Other favorite LTW roles include "Toni" in APPROPRIATE, "Mary" in WOMEN IN JEOPARDY, “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).

 

 Taigé Lauren, she/her (Catherine, The Maid) is excited to be making her Tucson theatre debut at Live Theatre Workshop after recently moving to the Southwest from Seattle. Some of her favorite roles include Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, Sally Bowles in CABARET, and Angelo in MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Before the pandemic, she toured her self written, directed, and performed music theatre show, SEARCHERS, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews. She also works extensively in independent film. Taigé sends a big thank you to her family by blood (super shout out to the Matriarch), her family by choice, her partner Aaron, and of course, to Sabian, for welcoming her so warmly to the community. website: www.taigelauren.com instagram: @taigelauren

 

 Sam Rush (Director) is delighted to return to Live Theatre Workshop this season. His directing credits with Live Theatre Workshop include Annie Baker's BODY AWARENESS, Tolstoy's THE KREUTZER SONATA adapted by Nancy Harris, and DRY POWDER by Sarah Burgess. Sam is a director and actor who co-founded New Century Theatre in Massachusetts where he served as Producing Director for over two decades. As director, some of his favorite productions there include: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, GOOD PEOPLE, RED, NOISES OFF, ARCADIA, SPINNING INTO BUTTER, DISTRACTED, and SHILOH RULES. Past acting credits with NCT include: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, LITTLE FOXES, CLYBOURNE PARK THE QUALITY OF LIFE, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), and THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Film credits include LABOR DAY - Jason Reitman, director, BEGINNER'S LUCK - Frank Mouris, director, and THE GOD QUESTION. He is an accomplished teacher of acting and as a result of the pandemic he has developed a thriving side business here in Tucson as a handyman. Go figure.

 

Taigé Lauren, Lori Hunt, and Rhonda Hallquist in BOSTON MARRIAGE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Suzanne Cipra (Stage Manager) is so happy to work with the cast and crew of BOSTON MARRIAGE. This is Suzanne's 9th year stage managing at LTW. Some of her favorite shows she has done at LTW include SIC, DEATH BY DESIGN, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE, and WAITING FOR DOGGO. Suzanne would like to thank her husband Kyle for being so supportive!

 

 Pam Franklin (Assistant Stage Manager) is so happy to be back at Live Theatre Workshop and so excited for the season to come - both Main Stage and Children's shows. Past favorites include SPACEMAN ZERO, ROCKIN AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, FOREVER PATSY CLINE, TILLY THE TRICKSTER and THE KREUTZER SONATA. So glad you're here! Enjoy the show!

 

 Taryn Wintersteen (Scenic Design/Technical Direction) is excited to be returning to the world of theater with LTW. She graduated with a BFA in Theater Production with an Emphasis in Scenic Design from the University of Arizona in 2013 where she was the Properties Master for NINE and Scenic Designer for BOEING BOEING. She then explored the world of museum fabrication and motherhood for a few years before jumping back into theater. You can see some of her work in the Witte museum in San Antonio, TX, the Robert Moses Nature Center in Massena, NY and various other museums across the country. She would like to thank her husband for taking up the mantle of stay at home dad while still working during her crazy production weeks.

 

Lori Hunt and Rhonda Hallquist in BOSTON MARRIAGE at Live Theatre Workshop

 Shana Nunez (Costume Designer) 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, 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.

 

 Richard Gremel (Lighting Designer) has been lighting up the LTW stage for the past 15 years. His lighting designs have also been seen on other Tucson stages in the past. 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 ten published plays which have been seen all over the United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, England and Australia.

 

 Brian McElroy (Sound Designer) was, essentially, raised on the LTW stage. While you may have seen him having a blast on the LTW stage in ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, HAUNTINGS ANONYMOUS, CAMP CATALINA, ONCE UPON THIS TIME, or THE BRAVE TAILOR, he has also been a stage manager, sound designer, or lighting designer for over forty-five LTW productions, and dozens of other amateur and professional productions in Southern Arizona and off-Broadway. Recent sound designs at LTW include A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, RADIANT VERMIN, and THE NORWEGIANS, while favorite past designs include HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, THE EFFECT, and ANNAPURNA. Favorite non-LTW productions include Arizona Onstage's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and Roadrunner's GOD OF CARNAGE. While he values his professional theatre and stagehand training, and finally holds his degrees in his grubby paws, Brian fills his heart every day working as an editor at a local eLearning company supplying supplemental education materials to K-8 students worldwide.

 

Rhonda Hallquist, Taigé Lauren, and Lori Hunt in BOSTON MARRIAGE 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.

 

 

 

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