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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242
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May 5 - June 4, 2022BODY AWARENESS at Live Theatre Workshop

Body Awareness

by Annie Baker

Directed by Sam Rush

Starring
Joanne Mack Robertson
as Joyce
Rhonda Hallquist
as Phyllis
Preston Hatch
as Jared
Keith Wick
as Frank

 

PERFORMANCES

May 5 - June 4, 2022

Previews: May 5 and 6 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Saturday Matinee on June 4 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

"An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice...Its quiet rewards steal up on you." - The New York Times

"An impressive and occasionally beautiful meditation on the mysteries of being moved." - The New Yorker

It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.

This show contains sexual themes and strong adult language that some may find offensive.

 

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

BODY AWARENESS was Annie Baker's first play, written in 2008. This was followed by CIRCLE MIRROR, TRANSFORMATION (2009), THE ALIENS (2010), and THE FLICK (2014), which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

As a director I seek to create thought-provoking moments on stage. Our lives are made up of a series of moments, each one gives way to the next. Each one depends upon the moment that came before.

In the theatre we have become accustomed to thinking those moments occur when our characters speak to one another. Playwright Annie Baker chooses to focus just as much on what the characters aren't saying - mining the quiet spaces in-between. Claude Debussy said that, "Music is the space between the notes." Baker loves those silences – the richness that exists before or after someone speaks.

Annie Baker, in a 2017 article on The Awl website, said, " Silence and stillness are very exciting to me. I feel so over–stimulated and bored by a lot of the theater I see these days because of the breakneck speed at which it’s performed. There’s this obsession with “pace,” and I think it’s because we’re terrified of boring audiences that are used to looking at the internet while watching TV while talking on their iPhone. Also, when it feels like nothing is taboo anymore—we can have sex and violence onstage and no one blinks an eye—I think the one thing left that really makes people uncomfortable is empty space and quiet."

Like the great Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov, Baker's plays explore the "normal" and rich moments of our everyday lives. But I think her unique use of silence helps to unsettle her audience a little so that they pay attention. It helps to build a moment where the love, compassion, and pain can rise to the surface. In doing so she reveals, the way any great playwright does, that we are more similar to each other than we are different.

- Sam Rush, Director

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 Joanne Mack Robertson - she/her (Joyce) is happy to return for her second show on the LTW stage. Her first was Cait in BLOOMSDAY last Fall. Earlier Tucson productions include PERFECT TIMING at Roadrunner Theater and LUNA GALE at St. Francis Theater. Joanne is a writer and video producer and co-owns Big Picture Video Production with her husband, Jeff. Before moving to Tucson five years ago, Joanne was active in the northern Arizona theater community. Favorite roles include Henrietta Leavitt in SILENT SKY, Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in THE 39 STEPS, Theda Blau in IT HAD TO BE YOU, Cindy Savage in SELF-HELP, and Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Film credits include productions for the British BBC, The Discovery Channel and CBS/Lifetime Television. Joanne has thoroughly enjoyed working with this incredible cast and crew to bring Annie Baker’s slice of life, with all of its absurdity, humor, and sadness, to life.

 

Joanne Mack Robertson, Rhonda Hallquist, Keith Wick, and Preston Hatch in BODY AWARENESS at Live Theatre Workshop

 Keith Wick (Frank) last appeared in the LTW production THE NORWEGIANS. 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.

 

 Preston Hatch (Jared) This is Preston’s first main stage production with LTW and he could not be more thrilled to take on this challenging role! It is very important to him to do the necessary research and be truthful and respectful to the role in regards to what it deals with. He hopes you enjoy the show and his interpretation and he welcomes and encourages questions/comments regarding the role and subject matter! Enjoy the show!

 

 Rhonda Hallquist (Phyllis) earned her BFA at the University of Arizona and has performed with several Tucson theater companies over the years. When last onstage at LTW, she played Toni in APPROPRIATE, Bridget in DEATH BY DESIGN and Mary in WOMEN IN JEOPARDY. Other 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).

 

 Sam Rush (Director) is happy to return to LTW. He made his directing debut here in October, 2021 with DRY POWDER. In February of this year he directed THE KREUTZER SONATA. 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, THE GOD QUESTION, and BEGINNER'S LUCK. He is an accomplished teacher of acting and has a thriving side business in Tucson as a handyman.

 

Rhonda Hallquist and Joanne Mack Robertson in BODY AWARENESS at Live Theatre Workshop

Alex Totillo - she/they (Production Stage Manager) is a lifelong theater nerd who's first show stage managing was aptly titled THE NERD. They are thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and production team and are excited to be working with Live Theatre Workshop again. At LTW, they could previously be spotted in the Etcetera show WE MAY NOT HAVE ANSWERS BUT WE SURE AS HELL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. She is proud of all their stage managing, dramaturgy, acting, and directing work around Tucson but some of her favorite shows were: THE ELUSIVE PURSUIT OF MAXIMUM BLISS, ANITA, 1979?, CRY IT OUT, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Alex would like to thank their partner for being supportive of all the time she spends with their head in a script.

 

 Frankie Corey-Gelb (Assistant Stage Manager) is currently majoring in performing arts at Pima Community College and is in her 8th year as an ensemble member of local theater organization “Stories that Soar!” With this organization she also works as a Teaching Artist, teaching story writing and performance to youth K-12. She’s worked in different tech roles over the last two years at Pima Community College, Arts Express, and SAPAC. She has loved working with this talented group and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

 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.

 

Preston Hatch and Joanne Mack Robertson in BODY AWARENESS at Live Theatre Workshop

 Kathy Hurst (Costume Designer) got her professional start in costuming at the New Jersey Classic Ballet Company. Since then she has costumed many shows for LTW. For the last 24 years she has been costume designer at Tucson High Magnet School Little Theater program and more recently Black Box. Kathy always enjoys working with the delightful people at Live Theatre Workshop and is honored to be costuming BODY AWARENESS.

 

 Richard Gremel (Scenic & 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.

 

 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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