Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tucson: Etcetera presents DYING CITY at Live Theatre Workshop.

From: Christopher Johnson []
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:23 PM
Subject: Etcetera presents DYING CITY at Live Theatre Workshop.


Contact: Christopher Johnson

Artistic Director of Etcetera,

the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop

(520) 425-4163 |


Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, proudly presents


by Christopher Shinn

Directed by Laura Lippman

Featuring Danielle Dryer and Christopher Johnson


March 31 - April 16, 2011

Opening Night Performance: Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 PM

All other performances play Friday and Saturday Nights at 10:30 PM

All tickets are $10 at the Box Office

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242

Approx. running time: 70 minutes with no intermission

For more information go to

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

Located on the North side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft

Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.



A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts his identical  twin brother, who shows up at her apartment unannounced. As the play shifts back and forth from the past to the present, the twin brothers are presented -- via a startling theatrical conceit -- by the same actor. A perilous and contemporary look into the bonds of brotherhood and marriage.


“On one level DYING CITY is as satisfyingly spooky, crisp and corny as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. But in answering the plot’s whodunit-type questions, it spawns a wriggling host of other, deeper questions that stay with you into the night. Unlike so many contemporary plays DYING CITY raises obvious, important issues in anything but obvious ways.” 

-The New York Times



CHRISTOPHER SHINN was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays have been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Soho Theatre, and later seen regionally in the United States and around the world. He is the winner of an OBIE in Playwriting (2004-2005) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting (2005), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2008), was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2008), and has also been nominated for an Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright (2003), a TMA Award for Best New Play (2006), a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2007), and a South Bank Show Award for Theatre (2009). In 2009, his adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway at the Roundabout (American Airlines Theatre) and he has also written short plays for Naked Angels, the 24 Hour Plays, and the New York International Fringe Festival (2002 winner, Best Overall Production). He has received grants from the NEA/TCG Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he is a recipient of the Robert S. Chesley Award. His plays are published in collections from TCG and A&C Black, and in acting editions from Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. He teaches playwriting at the New School for Drama.



DANIELLE DRYER - Kelly - has previously performed with Etcetera as Nintendo 64 (ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS), Sister (THE EATING DISORDER TALENT SHOW), The Cactus (MR. MARMALADE), Riff Raff (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Roberta (DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA), Token Dyke (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST), Cat (KITTY KITTY KITTY), Yitzhak (HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - for which she was nominated for a 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award for Best Actress), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), R.C. (BUG), Tybalt (ROMEO & JULIET), The Dolphin Masturbator (Old Pueblo Playwrights: UNBOUND) and Bottom (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM). For Etcetera, Danielle has directed DOG SEES GOD and SWEET EROS.


CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Craig / Peter - is currently in his third season as the Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop where notable roles include Buddy (KIMBERLY AKIMBO), Chad (SAY YOU LOVE SATAN), Christopher (THE EATING DISORDER TALENT SHOW), George (MR. MARMALADE), The Narrator (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Danny (DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA), Algernon (THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST), Kitty Kitty Kitty (KITTY KITTY KITTY), Hedwig (HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - for which he was nominated for a 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award for Best Actor), C.B. (DOG SEES GOD), Peter (BUG), The Young Man (SWEET EROS), Tom (FAT PIG), Jon (TAPE), Joshua (CORPUS CHRISTI), Chiron (TITUS ANDRONICUS) and Teddy (TITANIC). Christopher has directed 15 plays for Etcetera, most recently including MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE. He has performed elsewhere with Winding Road Theater Ensemble (with whom he serves as an Artistic Associate is currently appearing in Lanford Wilson’s FIFTH OF JULY), Borderlands Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Brachiate Theatre Project, 1984 Theatre, Old Pueblo Playwrights and Tucson’s Shakespeare Under The Stars.


LAURA LIPPMAN - Direction - DYING CITY marks Laura’s first collaboration with Etcetera. Select regional directing credits include: EQUUS, THE LONESOME WEST, ENDGAME and ROCKABY. In addition, she has directed and developed new work for over a decade, participating in events such as: Orlando PlayFest, The National New Play Network Showcase, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival and The Women’s Playwright Initiative. Laura teaches introductory acting at UA. She received her undergraduate training at Bennington College and the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. She earned her MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. Laura recently directed David Harrower’s BLACKBIRD for Beowulf Alley Theatre Company in Tucson, which earned her the 2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award for Best Director of a drama.


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