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Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

October 14 - November 20, 2021DRY POWDER at Live Theatre Workshop

Dry Powder

by Sarah Burgess

Directed by Sam Rush

Cliff Madison
as Rick
Lori Hunt as Jenny
Stephen Frankenfield as Seth
Tyler Gastelum as Jeff



“[A] lacerating dark comedy . . . Dry Powder feels extraordinarily timely. It’s a play every oligarch should see.”
-Time Out New York

The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick Hannel threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a dream of a deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song that will rescue his boss from the PR disaster. But Jenny, Rick’s other partner, has an entirely different plan: to maximize returns, no matter the consequences. The game is on in this gripping, razor-sharp play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done.


October 14 - November 20, 2021

Previews: October 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, October 16 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 20 at 3:00 PM (no evening show)

Mainstage COVID Safety Guidelines


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

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



Sarah Burgess is a talented young playwright whose fascination with the world of private equity firms and, more importantly, the people who work there, inspired her to write DRY POWDER. In a Washington Post interview Burgess said, “The idea of moral responsibility, and the human consequences of the bankers’ complex and abstract business transactions, seemed vibrant ones for a play.”

Turning a profit has always been at the heart of capitalism. A private equity firm uses leveraged (borrowed) money from its LPs (limited partners, the investors in its firm) to buy and sell businesses. The firm profits by “flipping” these businesses—buying a company at a low price, sprucing it up a bit, and then selling it at a higher price to someone else.

The world of private equity is one of cutthroat competition. Only the strong survive. But where do compassionate urges to do no harm, or to love thy neighbor, fit in? Or as Burgess wonders, in the same interview, “If the question of the best man wins—if that’s such a central value, how do you reconcile that with concern for people who are going to be put in serious trouble by these actions?”

It’s a brave thing to craft a play about the 2% whose fortunes are made on the backs of the 98%, by buying and selling—possibly destroying—businesses where many have worked their entire lives. Burgess uses humor to help us know Jenny, Seth, Rick and Jeff. Most of them may seem a little unlikeable at first, but look a little deeper and you will see each of them grappling with their own humanity.

I hope you enjoy their journey as much as I enjoyed working with this talented cast.

Sam Rush



 Sam Rush (Director) is happy to make his directing debut at Live Theatre Workshop's beautiful new space. Sam is a director and actor who co-founded New Century Theatre in Massachusetts where he served as Producing Director for many years. 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 as a handyman.


Lori Hunt, Tyler Gastelum, Stephen Frankenfield, and Cliff Madison in DRY POWDER at Live Theatre Workshop

 Cliff Madison (Rick) 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.


 Lori Hunt (Jenny) is delighted to finally return to live performance after five years in Seattle and a year and a half of a global pandemic. Some of her favorite roles include Layal in 9 Parts of Desire (Live Theatre Workshop), Anna in The Letters (Invisible Theatre), and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart (Woodinbridge Rep). Most recently she was seen in Winding Road Theatre’s Consolation as former first lady Lucretia Garfield. She won 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 is a new cat mom to her kittens Chidi and Jianyu. Lori thanks you for your support of live performance, and urges everyone to please stay safe and get vaccinated if you are able.


 Stephen Frankenfield (Seth) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He is a graduate of (AAMDA) American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Some of his notable acting credits include: THE GAME'S AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, ACCOMPLICE, STAGE KISS, THE BEST BROTHERS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BELOW THE BELT, I HATE HAMLET, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, and most recently, A LIFE IN THE THEATRE. 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 Children's Theatre, as well as the Education Department. He has had 5 of his plays published and produced around the world, in schools and other youth organizations. He'd like to give a big thank you to his two boys for being a constant source of inspiration...on and off stage.


Cliff Madison, Lori Hunt, Stephen Frankenfield, and Tyler Gastelum in DRY POWDER at Live Theatre Workshop

 Tyler Gastelum (Jeff Schrader) is thrilled to be a part of his third production, and first mainstage show, with Live Theatre Workshop. A Tucson native, Tyler is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the Bennett Theatrelab and Conservatory. During the days he works as a local elementary school teacher. He most recently appeared in Winding Road Theater Ensemble's reading of HOLE IN THE SKY and Live Theatre Workshop's Children's Stage production of ONCE UPON THIS TIME. Two of his favorite past roles are Dev in STUPID F***ING BIRD and Moritz in SPRING AWAKENING, both with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, of which he is an ensemble member. You can currently also see him as Malvolio in the ongoing online production of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT as part of the 12 Directors 12th Night project hosted by Something Something Theatre Company.


 Sarah Burgess (Playwright) Sarah's play Dry Powder premiered at the Public Theater in March of 2016. Dry Powder was a recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, and a finalist for the Blackburn prize. Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection, Berkeley Rep; Kilroys List 2015) and FAIL: Failures (ANT Fest). Writer for The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and "Naked Radio," Naked Angels' podcast series. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Member of the WP Lab; Ars Nova Play Group alum.


 Julia Hupp (Production Stage Manager) is very excited to be a part of this wonderful production! She has been acting since she was six years old, and some of her past roles include Hamlet in CANNED HAMLET, Roger in BAD AUDITIONS BY BAD ACTORS, Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., Wilbur Holmes in THE ADVENTURES OF WILBUR HOLMES: SHERLOCK'S COUSIN, TWICE REMOVED, and Hunyak in CHICAGO. She has also been in several of the family shows at Live Theatre Workshop, including MOTHER GOOSE UNPLUCKED (Jill), THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THEIF (Regina Renly Rabbit), and GOODIES GOONS AND GOBLINS - A HALLOWEEN BASH (J. Parker Pumpkin). She has also stage managed several of these productions, including QUIRKUS CIRCUS AND THE MISSING RINGMASTER and THE BRAVE KNIGHT SIR LANCELOT. Currently, she is attending the University of Arizona where she is working towards her BA in Creative Writing. She is thrilled to you came to see the show, and hopes you enjoy it as much as she does!


 Richard Gremel (Scenic/Lighting Designer) has been lighting up the LTW stage for the past 13 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 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.



 Brian McElroy (Sound Designer) Essentially raised on the LTW stage, Brian migrated to its backstage during college. In the 9 years since he began, he has contracted as a stage manager, sound designer, or lighting designer for over forty LTW productions and dozens of other amateur and professional productions in Southern Arizona and off-Broadway. Most recent sound designs at LTW include RADIANT VERMIN, THE NORWEGIANS, and ACCOMPLICE while favorite past designs include HOUND OF BASKERVILLE, THE EFFECT, and ANNAPURNA. Favorite non-LTW productions in sound operation/design 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 Neuroscience and miscellaneous other things in his grubby paws, Brian fills his heart every day working as an editor at a local eLearning company supplying supplemental education materials to millions of K-8 students worldwide.


 Kathy Hurst (Costumer) got her professional start in costuming with the New Jersey Classic Ballet Company. She has been in Tucson for over 40 years. She has costumed CRIPPLE OF INISHMAN, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV and SHOW PEOPLE FOR LTW. DOUBT for Independent Players, ADAMS FAMILY for ATC’s SOS. BETWEEN PANCHO VILLA AND THE NAKED WOMAN, SHE WAS MY BROTHER and many more for Borderlands Theater. MAN OF LA MANCHA, and more for Studio Connections. She created all of the headpieces and some costumes for PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Pima College and for the last 22 years 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 Theater Workshop.