Monday, September 05, 2005

Tucson: Invisible Theatre's DEAD CERTAIN - tickets now on sale!


From: Cathy Johnson []
Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2005 3:35 PM
Subject: Invisible Theatre's DEAD CERTAIN - tickets now on sale!




CONTACT:    Cathy Johnson (Director of Public Relations, 520-884-0672)

                        Susan Claassen (Managing Artistic Director)


Event:                         The Invisible Theatre Presents

the Southwest Premiere of

                                    DEAD CERTAIN

                                    By Marcus Lloyd


Dates/Times:             Monday, September 12, 7:30 pm – Preview

                                    Tuesday, September 13 through Sunday, October 2

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

(No 7:30 performance on 9/18)


Place:                         The Invisible Theatre

                                    1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman)


Ticket Info:                  Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information.


Ticket Prices:            $20-$22 per person; $16 preview performance

                                    Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.


The Invisible Theatre will present the Southwest Premiere of DEAD CERTAIN, starring Emily Grogan and

Max Bird-Ridnell and directed by Susan Claassen, as the opening production of the theatre’s 35th anniversary season. 


Written by Marcus Lloyd, DEAD CERTAIN tells the story of an out-of-work actor once on the verge of stardom, a theatre-obsessed ex-dancer now wheelchair-bound and a large isolated country house – all of which combine to be the ingredients in this psychological thriller!  What does fate have in store for them both?  The suspense builds towards a gripping climax, where truth and illusion become entangled in a real life game of cat and mouse. 


“DEAD CERTAIN is an entertaining psychological diversion…”

                                     -Monterey Weekly


Emily Grogan, who portrays Elizabeth, is returning to the IT stage after a much too long hiatus!  Her previous performances include Elizabeth in DEFYING GRAVITY and Winnifred in SCOTLAND ROAD.  Emily has just moved to Seattle from London, England, where she lived and worked for the past five years.  Some favorite roles include Joanne in SEARCH AND DESTROY (New End Theatre-London); Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET (Seattle Shakespeare Festival); Jane in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and Helen in HOWARD’S END (Book-It Repertory Theatre). 


Max Bird-Ridnell, who makes his Invisible Theatre debut portraying Michael, is originally from London, England and now makes Los Angeles his home.  He received his BA in film and theatre from the University of Washington in Seattle and has studied at Actor’s Circle Theatre.  He recently played Count Orsino in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT in an outdoor Los Angeles production which he also directed.  Some favorite roles include Tommy Judd in ANOTHER COUNTRY, Alan Strang in EQUUS and Wilfred Owens in NOT ABOUT HEROS. 


Playwright Marcus Lloyd grew up in London.  He studied Physics at Oxford University and drama writing with playwright Bernard Kops while supporting himself working in the cloakroom of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  In 1995 his first play, TAKING PICTURES, was a winner in the New London Radio Playwrights Festival.  The following year he won BBC Television’s Double Exposure screenwriting award for his 60 minute television play, A RELATIVE STRANGER, which was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1996 starring Jason Isaacs and Joan Gruffudd.  DEAD CERTAIN, his first stage play, was first produced in 1999 at the Theatre Royal, Windsor and has since received a number of further productions in the UK, New Zealand, Singapore and the US.  In 2001 Marcus’s screenplay CUCKOO won the prestigious Oscar Moore Screenwriting prize and the award, presented by Emma Thompson, enabled him to devote himself full time to writing.  Since then, he has been commissioned to write a screenplay entitled “Wake Up Dead” for Stephen Garrett and Paul Webster at Kudos Film and Television and is currently at work on the third draft.  Other work includes the radio plays “Vacant Possession” (1997) and “The True Story of Mr. Box” (1998) both for Independent Radio Productions, and a children’s play entitled THE FRONT TO BACK TOY SHOP. 


Call the Invisible Theatre at (520) 882-9721, Tuesday through Friday from 10-4, for reservations and ticket information or stop by the office at 1400 N. First Avenue at Drachman.  Tickets for the preview performance on Monday, September 12 cost $16.  Tickets to all other performances are $20-$22.  Discounts for groups of ten or more are available. 

VISA, M/C, and AmEx are accepted. 


Season Tickets are now on sale – see six plays for the price of $155.


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