Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tucson: Winding Road Theater Ensemble presents Toni Press-Coffman's UNITED


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Subject: Winding Road Theater Ensemble presents Toni Press-Coffman's UNITED



Winding Road Theater Ensemble proudly presents


By Toni Press-Coffman


Directed by Christopher Johnson

Featuring: Eric Anson, Ryan Butler, Glen Coffman, Erika Cossitt, Danielle Dryer, Amy Erbe, Terry Erbe, Emilee Foster, T Loving, Steve McKee, Peg Peterson, Carley Preston, Robbie Sanchez, Ina Shivack, Jared Stokes and Nick Trice

Musical Direction by Kevin Justus


                Playwright Toni Press-Coffman has been working with Director Christopher Johnson throughout the summer to develop UNITED, a play about the passengers and crew members who perished on Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011. The play explores the lives of these people, who came together that day and faced their deaths with courage and dignity; their attempt to take back the plane from terrorists saved the lives of an incalculable number of people.  United does not portray the action of the attempted takeover.  Rather, we meet each person through scenes on and off the plane, as we accompany the main character, an adopted woman who believes one of her birth parents died on the plane, as she tries to discover her parent’s identity.


UNITED opens on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 PM,

with another matinee performance on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 PM,

and an evening performance on Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 PM.

Performances at Christ Presbyterian Church -- 6565 East Broadway Boulevard

Tickets $10* | Call 520-401-3626 for reservations and information.

Purchase tickets online at


*The playwright will make revisions based on post-show talkbacks. For community members who wish to participate in the continued development of the play, the $10 ticket allows admission to as many readings as they wish to attend.


Additional performances to be held throughout the month of September at Saint Francis in The Foothills, Episcopal Church of the Apostles and Live Theatre Workshop. For more information on these performance dates please refer to


Director Christopher Johnson is currently in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of Etcetera, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop where directing credits include THE BOOK OF LIZ, 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) and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (2010 Mac Award Nomination -- Best Director, Musical).


Toni Press-Coffman is the author of 20 plays, including THAT SLUT!, TWO DAYS OF GRACE AT MIDDLEHAM, STAND, TRUCKER RHAPSODY and DEAN THE SUBLIME. She is a past recipient of an NEA/TCG Playwright Residency and has had her work developed at the Sundance Institute and Minneapolis’ Playlabs. Her work has been seen at theaters across the country including the Phoenix Theatre, Exit Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Born and raised in the Bronx, Press-Coffman now lives, writes, acts, teaches and serves as Borderlands Theater’s Literary Manager. She serves on the Literary and Executive Committees of the National New Play Network.



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