Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tucson: Etcetera presents PERSEPHONE or SLOW TIME at Live Theatre Workshop


From: Christopher Johnson []
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:18 AM
Subject: Etcetera presents PERSEPHONE or SLOW TIME 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 the Arizona Premiere of


by Noah Haidle

Directed by Christopher Johnson

Featuring Eric Anson, Danielle Dryer, Emilee Foster, Kristi Loera and Michael Woodson


September 1-17, 2011

Opening Night Performance: Thursday, September 1 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: 90 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.




Meet Demeter, an exquisite statue of the Greek goddess, as she's being created during the Italian Renaissance. Those who admire her see only stone and fortitude, but her thoughts and desires are all too real; she pines for her lost daughter's return and for the love of her sculptor, Giuseppe. Giuseppe, however, is too busy lusting after the city's most popular artist's model to notice Demeter's pain. Fast forward five hundred years: Demeter stands in a present-day American city park. She has become a symbol of hope amidst illicit activity and a target for more than just pigeon droppings. Witness to human foibles both hilarious and horrible, Demeter is desperate for someone—anyone—to hear her thoughts. And when her life seems bleakest, redemption comes in the unlikeliest of forms.


“[An] imaginative, funny and deeply serious allegorical play about eternal yearning…the work begins with a playful idea that turns into something else entirely as Haidle explores the role of art as a refuge -- and witness -- in a chaotic, cruel and mortal world.”



“[Haidle is] formidably talented, with a sort of freewheeling intuitive daring…he has a firm command of the theatrical idiom to back up his ambition for originality.”

-The New Yorker



Noah Haidle’s plays have been produced at South Coast Repertory, The Long Wharf Theater, The Goodman Theater, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Huntington Theater and The Roundabout Theatre Company. Haidle is currently working on a new play commission from The Goodman Theater and a screenplay for Scott Rudin Productions. He is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School, where he was a Lila Acheson Wallace playwright-in-residence. He is the recipient of three Lincoln Center Le Compte Du Nouy Awards, the 2005 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights and an NEA/TCG theater residency grant.



ERIC ANSON - Giuseppe - is excited to act in his eighth Etcetera production, having previously appeared with the late-night ensemble in THE BOOK OF LIZ (Reverend Tollhouse), ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS (Knee Pad), KILLER JOE (Joe), Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Rocky Horror), 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 last season in THE DINNER PARTY and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER as well as the Winding Road Theatre Ensemble production of FIFTH OF JULY.


DANIELLE DRYER - Rat - has previously performed with Etcetera as Kelly (DYING CITY), 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), April (SAVAGE IN LIMBO), R.C. (BUG), Tybalt (ROMEO & JULIET), The Dolphin Masturbator (Old Pueblo Playwrights: UNBOUND) and Bottom (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM). 


EMILEE FOSTER - Statue of Demeter - received her extensive acting training in New York City from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. While there, she was featured in several roles, including Cleopatra (ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA), Alma (SUMMER AND SMOKE) and Ophelia (HAMLET). Emilee is thrilled to be joining the Etcetera ensemble where she will appear later this season in THE GOOD BODY. She can also currently be seen in the upcoming world-premiere of local playwright Toni Press-Coffman’s play UNITED with Winding Road Theater Ensemble.


CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Direction - is proudly in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, where he has directed THE BOOK OF LIZ, THE WIZARDS HAVE LANDED, MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS (2010 MAC Award nomination - Best Director, comedy), KILLER JOE (2010 MAC Award nomination - Best Director, comedy), Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (2010 MAC Award nomination - Best Director, musical), 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, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and TITUS ANDRONICUS. Since 2004, Christopher has acted in 28 Etcetera productions, most recently as Robert in JAILBAIT. He has performed elsewhere with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, Borderlands Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Brachiate Theatre Project, 1984 Theatre, Old Pueblo Playwrights and Tucson’s Shakespeare Under The Stars.


KRISTI LOERA - Celia - has previously appeared with Etcetera in THE BOOK OF LIZ (Liz), THE EATING DISORDER TALENT SHOW (Mother),  KILLER JOE (Sharla), THE PENIS MONOLOGUES (Ensemble), BUG (Agnes) and FUDDY MEERS (Mother). A regular on the Mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop (where you may have caught her last season in David Sedaris’ SEASON’S GREETINGS!!! -- a performance which earned her a 2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a comedy), Kristi is LTW’s Executive Director.


MICHAEL WOODSON - Alfonso - is excited to be returning to work with the Etcetera ensemble after having previously appeared in KILLER JOE as Ansel. He most recently performed at Live Theatre Workshop in TAKING STEPS and has also been seen in A THOUSAND CLOWNS, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOON OVER BUFFALO (2008 LTW Ovation Award - Best Actor, Mainstage), to name a few. 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.



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