Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tucson: Etcetera presents KILLER JOE at Live Theatre Workshop


From: Christopher Johnson [mailto:rumspringaandcoke@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:20 PM
Subject: Etcetera presents KILLER JOE at Live Theatre Workshop


Contact: Christopher Johnson

Artistic Director of ETCETERA,

The Late Night Series at Live Theatre Workshop

(520) 481-1449 | RumspringaAndCoke@gmail.com



ETCETERA, the late night series at Live Theatre Workshop, proudly presents


by Tracy Letts

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bug and August: Osage County


Directed by Christopher Johnson

Assistant Direction by Carley Preston

Featuring Eric Anson, Kristi Loera, Miranda McBride, Steve Wood and Michael Woodson


May 14-29, 2010

Friday and Saturday Nights at 10:30 PM

Tickets $10 at the Box Office

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242

For more information go to www.EtceteraLateNight.com

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP - 5317 E Speedway | Tucson, AZ 85712

Located on the North side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft


This production contains violence, drug use and full-frontal nudity.

No one under 18 admitted.



A brutally thrilling black comedy mixing all the best elements of ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Roseanne,’ and ‘The Devil’s Rejects,’ Tracy Letts’ first play makes for a sexy and hysterical bloodbath onstage. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe Cooper (Eric Anson) takes the family’s bizarre and introverted daughter Dottie (Miranda McBride) to bed as a retainer against his final payoff, which sets off a series of gruesome and suprisingly bloody events as the hit man meets his match.


“This is the kind of art that allows one not to hold a mirror up to oneself, but to one’s family, hysterically human and profoundly nasty as many families are. What is so wonderful about this play is how much heart it contains despite the hideousness the body that houses it. A razor-sharp evening of contemporary American theatre.”

            -Christopher Johnson, Director


“...revels in its white trash stereotypes, and gives you permission to do the same; it's pulp fiction which has it both ways, deriving humor from dirty realism. It's slick, it's well constructed, it knows exactly where it's going.”

            -New York Daily News



ERIC ANSON - Killer Joe Cooper - is excited to act in his fifth ETCETERA production, having previously appeared with the late night series in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), The Importance Of Being Earnest (John), Bug (Jerry) and The Baltimore Waltz (The Third Man). You may have also seen Eric on the Mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop this season in What The Butler Saw (which he is currently performing in), Wife Begins at Forty and as the title character in The Unexpected Guest.


KRISTI LOERA - Sharla Smith - has previously appeared with ETCETERA in The Penis Monologues (which she also choreographed), Bug and Fuddy Meers. A regular on the Mainstage (where you may have caught her this season in Picnic, Wife Begins at Forty, The Unexpected Guest and as the title character in The Housekeeper), Kristi is Live Theatre Workshop’s Executive Director. For ETCETERA, Kristi recently contributed choreography for Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and will be directing Noah Haidle’s savage black comedy Mr. Marmalade this summer.


MIRANDA MCBRIDE - Dottie Smith - was last seen with ETCETERA as Trixie in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and as The Girl in Sweet Eros, for which she received a 2008 LTW Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Late-Night Production. Miranda recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She can next be seen with ETCETERA in the fall 2010 production of David Largman Murray’s Robots Vs. Fake Robots.


CARLEY PRESTON - Assistant Director - has been seen with ETCETERA as Carol (Oleanna), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show) and Mrs. Person (Kitty Kitty Kitty). She is elated to be working behind the scenes for the second time after serving as Stage Manager for the recent ETCETERA production of White People. Miss Preston graduated with a BFA in Theatre Production from the University of Arizona where you may have caught her in The Cider House Rules, Dancing at Lughnasa, Carousel and Midwives. She is thrilled to be a part of the ETCETERA ensemble after returning to Tucson from several years working in Los Angeles in the film and commercial industry.


STEVE WOOD - Chris Smith - has been engaging himself in a number of roles here in Tucson for three years. Among his favorites are Paul (Barefoot in the Park), Joe (Angels In America: Millennium Approaches) Michael (Tick, Tick...Boom!) and Kitty in the ETCETERA production of Kitty Kitty Kitty. Other notable roles include John Worthing (The Importance of Being Earnest), Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Julian Marsh (42nd Street), Don Pedro (Much Ado About Nothing), Ensemble (All In The Timing), Bruce (Beyond Therapy), Nick (Dirty Secrets) and Jim (The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever). Steve greatly looks forward to his next project with ETCETERA, playing the role of Alex in the fall 2010 production of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed.


MICHAEL WOODSON - Ansel Smith - is making his ETCETERA debut with his appearance in Killer Joe. He is currently playing Dr. Rance in the LTW Mainstage production of What The Butler Saw, where he appeared earlier this season as Charles in The Clean House. His favorite role at LTW was George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo for which he won the LTW Ovation Award for Best Actor of 2008. He has also appeared at Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and the Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he was seen in the television series ‘Legend and The Young Riders,’ television movies ‘Gunsmoke III,’ ‘To the Last Man,’ ‘Geronimo,’ and commercials for Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. 


CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Director - is the Artistic Director of ETCETERA, the late night series at Live Theatre Workshop - where he has directed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Importance Of Being Earnest, I Wrote This Play To Make You Love Me, The Penis Monologues, Savage In Limbo, Bug, Old Pueblo Playwrights: UNBOUND, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Titus Andronicus. Notable roles with ETCETERA include Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) for which he received a 2009 MAC Award nomination for Best Actor, CB (Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead), The Young Man (Sweet Eros), Tom (Fat Pig), Carl (The Baltimore Waltz), Jon (Tape), Joshua (Corpus Christi) and Teddy (Titanic). He has previously performed elsewhere with Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Sparrow & Cicada, Brachiate Theatre Project, 1984 Theatre, Old Pueblo Playwrights and Tucson Community Theatre / Shakespeare Under the Stars.


TRACY LETTS - Playwright - was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County, which played on Broadway for over a year, following a sold-out run at Steppenwolf in 2007. August also enjoyed a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre and a U.S. National Tour in summer 2009. Other accolades include five Tony Awards (including Best Play), an Olivier Award and six Jeff Awards (including Best Play). Mr. Letts is also the author of Superior Donuts, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf in 2008 and opened on Broadway in 2009; Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. He has appeared at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie


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