Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tucson: Winding Road Theater Ensemble Announces Next Two Seasons


From: Dean Steeves []
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:03 AM
Subject: Winding Road's Next Seasons Announcement


For Immediate Release


March 15, 2010



Dean Steeves



Winding Road Announces Next Two Seasons


(Tucson, Arizona) — Winding Road Theater Ensemble will launch its second season with the premiere of Ensemble member Toni Press-Coffman’s new play, Armor.




Eva Tessler is slated to direct this family drama with a social conscience. Set in Washington, D.C., Armor is about a brilliant budding cellist trying to make sense of her father’s involvement in a political battle over body armor for our troops in the Middle East. The play is interspersed with cello and piano music that punctuate its emotional ebb and flow. Developed with a grant from the Sloan Foundation, Armor is the winner of the 2010 Arizona Theatre Company Playwriting Contest.


Armor will be presented at Zuzi’s Theater, 738 North Fifth Ave., Tucson. With a preview on Sept. 2, the show opens on Sept. 3, and runs Sept. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 2010.


The Lion in Winter


In January 2011, the Ensemble presents The Lion in Winter by James Goldman.


It’s Christmas 1183 and Henry II’s family comes together for its annual feast of political maneuvering, sibling rivalry and family dysfunction. As alliances shift, family members attempt to manipulate each other for their own goals. Ensemble member Glen Coffman is set to direct.


The Lion in Winter will be staged at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson. With a preview on Jan. 13, the show opens on Jan. 14, and runs Jan. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, 2011.



Winding Road Announces Season – cont.


Talley’s Folly and Fifth of July


In April 2011, Ensemble members Glen Coffman and Terry Erbe will direct two Lanford Wilson plays, Talley’s Folly and Fifth of July, in repertory. Set in Wilson’s hometown of Lebanon, Missouri, both plays focus on the Talley family.


The second of three plays in what came to be known as Wilson’s “Talley Series,” Talley’s Folly is an unlikely romance. The first play in the saga, Fifth of a July is a generational comedy set 30 years later, as members of the Talley family struggle with the looming threat of having to give up their family home. Among the characters is the recently widowed Aunt Sally, who values the place where she grew up more than she values money. When the actress playing Sally in the original production asked Wilson for help in understanding her character, he wrote Talley’s Folly to show how Sally and her husband, Matt, became a couple in 1944.


The venue and specific production dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized.




To give audiences a better idea of who we are and the stories that thrill us, the Winding Road Theater Ensemble is pleased to announce its third season of plays.


September 2011:


United 93 by Toni Press-Coffman and The Human Equation by Peter Bonilla

Two new plays about 9/11, performed in repertory at the tragedy’s 10th anniversary. United 93 looks at the courage it takes to face death. The Human Equation poses the question: What is a human life worth?


January 2012:


Tartuffe by Molière

In his most famous comedy, Molière tells the story of an attempt—by an unabashed hypocrite—to destroy the domestic happiness of a citizen who, charmed by his seeming piety, has received him as a prominent guest in his home.


April 2012:


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Edward Albee's first full-length play and his first to appear on Broadway, this is considered by many to be his greatest dramatic achievement, and a major work in the American theater cannon. The play focuses on an embittered academic couple who gradually draw a younger couple—freshly arrived from the Midwest—into their vicious marital games.



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