Monday, April 02, 2012

Tucson: Etcetera presents TOUCH at Live Theatre Workshop.


From: Christopher Johnson []
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 2:03 PM
Subject: Opening Thursday at 7:30 PM, Etcetera presents TOUCH 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 Toni Press-Coffman

Directed by Glen Coffman

Featuring Ryan Butler, Emilee Foster, Christopher Johnson and Julia Matias

April 5-21, 2012

Opening Night Performance: Thursday, April 5 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: Ninety minutes with one intermission

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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.





Kyle Kalke, an astronomer since childhood, a high school "science nerd," falls in love with flamboyant, outspoken, openhearted Zoe, who—astonishingly—loves him back. When she is kidnapped and murdered, Kyle barricades himself by devoting himself more feverishly to the cosmos and losing himself in loveless sex. TOUCH is about a man in despair questioning whether there is any point to rediscovering passion, risking connection, groping toward the touch that will rekindle joy.


“…a gripping, heart-wrenching, tender drama whose scenes shift seamlessly, character to character, past to present.”

-The New York Times



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.



RYAN BUTLER - Bennie - has appeared in productions of THE FOREIGNER (Ellard), WORDS, WORDS, WORDS (Milton), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Bob Cratchit), WEST SIDE STORY (Diesel), ALL MY SONS (Frank) and most recently with Etcetera as Morse Code (ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS), Jack (SAY YOU LOVE SATAN), Ensemble (THE BOOK OF LIZ), Mark (JAILBAIT), Himself (THE WIZARDS HAVE LANDED) and Jason (WIT). Ryan graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 with a M.A. in English Literature and from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a B.A. in Classics and Theatre.


GLEN COFFMAN - Direction - is a founding member of Winding Road Theater Ensemble. His Tucson directing credits include MIXED MESSAGES for Borderlands Theatre, OF MICE AND MEN for Beowulf Alley, and HOLY SPIRIT ON GRAND AVENUE, LEMON SKY, PICNIC and ALL MY SONS for Live Theatre Workshop. Independent productions include THAT SLUT! and NEW HOUSE NEW DOG. For Winding Road he directed the inaugural production DOROTHY PARKER’S LAST CALL as well as THE LION IN WINTER, FIFTH OF JULY and A HUMAN EQUATION. TOUCH is the first show Glen has directed for Etcetera, although he previously performed with the late-night ensemble in WHITE PEOPLE and WIT.


CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Kyle - is currently in his fifth season as the Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop where acting credits include THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) -- 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Actor, JAILBAIT, DYING CITY, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, THE EATING DISORDER TALENT SHOW (which he wrote), MR. MARMALADE, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, KITTY KITTY KITTY, THE PENIS MONOLOGUES, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH -- 2009 Mac Award Nomination for Best Actor, DOG SEES GOD, BUG, SWEET EROS, FAT PIG, TAPE, CORPUS CHRISTI, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and TITUS ANDRONICUS. He has performed elsewhere with The Rogue Theatre (AS I LAY DYING), Winding Road Theater Ensemble (UNITED, FIFTH OF JULY, THE LION IN WINTER, ARMOR), Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (CAMINO REAL, ANTONY & CLEOPATRA, I WROTE THIS PLAY TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME), Invisible Theatre (SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS), Brachiate Theatre Project (MACBETH), 1984 Theatre (WAITING FOR GODOT) and Tucson’s Shakespeare Under The Stars (ROMEO & JULIET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING). He was recently nominated for the 2011 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award for Emerging Performance Artists.


JULIA MATIAS - Kathleen - has performed both locally and across the country in PEEP SHOW, MISS JULIE, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, BATTERY, SALOME, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, WESTERN AVENUE, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, LIVING OUT and THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN -- to name a few, as well as the World Premieres of A VISITOR’S GUIDE TO ARIVACA (Borderlands Theatre) and BODIES AND HEARTS IN THE FACE OF THE MONSTER (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis). Julia also appeared in the Tucson Premiere of Toni Press-Coffman’s play THAT SLUT! This is her first appearance with Etcetera.




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