Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tucson: Etcetera presents PSYCHO BEACH PARTY at Live Theatre Workshop!


From: Christopher Johnson []
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2012 11:48 PM
Subject: Etcetera presents PSYCHO BEACH PARTY 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 Charles Busch

Directed by Leslie J. Miller

Choreography by Eddie Diaz

June 14-24, 2012

Opening Night Performance: Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 PM

Other performances play Friday and Saturday Nights at 10:30 PM

Special Closing Night Performance: Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 PM

All tickets are $10 at the Box Office | To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242

Approx. running time: Ninety minutes with no 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 Samuel French, Inc.



Imagine 'Gidget' crossed with 'The Three Faces of Eve' and 'Mommie Dearest'. Chicklet, a perky teenager in Malibu Beach circa 1962, wants to learn to surf and join a group of beach bums led by the great Kanaka. Unfortunately, she suffers from a multiple personality disorder. Seeing red causes her to transform into various other selves, including a sinister vamp out to conquer the world. Complications arise when a movie starlet flees the set of her latest rotten movie to hide among the surfers. The climax is a wild luau scene where hypnosis reveals the shocking root of Chicklet's psychosis.

“Mr. Busch's dialogue offers an amusing pastiche of vintage hepcat slang and whiny love-comic-book clichés spiced with dashes of pure smut.”

-The New York Times



Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as THE DIVINE SISTER, THE LADY IN QUESTION, RED SCARE ON SUNSET and VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY and DIE MOMMIE DIE, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A VERY SERIOUS PERSON, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film ‘The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.’ 


ERIC ANSON - Kanaka - is excited to act in his ninth Etcetera production, having previously appeared with the late-night ensemble in PERSEPHONE OR SLOW TIME (Giuseppe), 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). A regular on the mainstage at LTW, you may have also seen Eric in THE DINNER PARTY, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, PRIVATE LIVES and SEE HOW THEY RUN, to name a few.

RYAN BUTLER - Berdine - 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), Jason (WIT) and Bennie (TOUCH). 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.

PAUL CEREPANYA - Yo Yo - recently made his first appearance with Etcetera in WIT. A recent graduate of Palo Verde High School, Paul has also appeared with All Together Theatre in THUMBELINA and GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS.

EDDIE DIAZ - Marvel Ann - is making his stage debut with Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop, and recently served as Stage Manager for the late-night production of TOUCH. He has performed elsewhere with Pima Community College, Studio Connections, Redondo Music Theatre and Butter’s Papi Theatre Company in New York City. Acting credits include Adan (ROOSTERS), Amos (CHICAGO), Tiresias (ANTIGONE), Harry (THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE), Wilbur (CHARLOTTE’S WEB), Garvin (FOOTLOOSE), Sagot (PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE), Arab (WEST SIDE STORY) and Doody (GREASE).

DANIELLE DRYER - Star Cat - has previously performed with Etcetera as Mouse / Rat (PERSEPHONE OR SLOW TIME), 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 -- a performance which earned her an AZ Daily Star MAC Award nomination 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) as well as in staged readings of THE ALTRUISTS and BOOM. She was last seen outside Etcetera with Arizona Onstage Productions’ STEEL MAGNOLIAS and in the world-premiere development production of UNITED with Winding Road Theater Ensemble.

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON - Chicklet - is currently finishing his fifth and final season as the Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop, where acting credits include TOUCH, 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 (THE WINTER’S TALE, 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 in Arizona.

DAVID ALEXANDER JOHNSTON - Mrs. Forrest - has recently been seen on stage with The Invisible Theatre in 2 ACROSS, AN EMPTY PLATE AT THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF, LEAVING IOWA and DON’T TALK TO THE ACTORS. He has performed with Arizona Theatre Company in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE FANTASTICKS and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and in a variety of roles in MY FAIR LADY. He performed with Arizona Opera in THREEPENNY OPERA, BARBER OF SEVILLE, CARMEN, and GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST. Tucson audiences may recognize David from his roles as The Actor in WOMAN IN BLACK, The Old Man in PRELUDE TO A KISS, Marvin in FALSETTOLAND, Buzz in LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, PT Barnum in BARNUM, Male Greek Chorus in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and most recently as Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS.

LESLIE J. MILLER - Direction - is thrilled to be directing PSYCHO BEACH PARTY for Etcetera and has previously helmed the late-night productions of THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) -- 2011 MAC Award nominee for Best Actor, KIMBERLY AKIMBO -- 2011 MAC Award Nominee for Best Comedy / Best Actress, and THE EATING DISORDER TALENT SHOW (which she workshopped with the author). Leslie also recently performed with Etcetera for the first time in THE BOOK OF LIZ (Sister Butterworth) and was recently seen with the ensemble in their staged reading of BOOM. For the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop Leslie has directed THE CLEAN HOUSE, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, INSPECTING CAROL and BEAU JEST. Before coming to Live Theatre Workshop, Leslie served as Artistic Director of Catalina Players in Tucson for several seasons.

CARLEY PRESTON - Bettina Barnes - has been seen with Etcetera as Susie (WIT), Debra (KIMBERLY AKIMBO), The Bouncer (SAY YOU LOVE SATAN), Carol (OLEANNA), Magenta (Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW) and Mrs. Person (KITTY KITTY KITTY). She has also served as Assistant Director for the Etcetera productions of ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS and KILLER JOE. Other Tucson credits include performances with Arizona Onstage (ASSASSINS and THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING). 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.

ROBBIE SANCHEZ - Provoloney - has appeared in several roles at Pima Community College including Billy Bones (TREASURE ISLAND), Elisha J. Whitney (ANYTHING GOES), Joe (THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE), The Intruder (SEE HOW THEY RUN), Quince (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) and John Arable (CHARLOTTE’S WEB) in addition to ensemble roles in 1000 CRANES, CINDERELLA and RAMONA QUIMBY. He has an Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre from Pima Community College and recently performed in the Winding Road Theater Ensemble workshop production of UNITED by Toni Press-Coffman. He was last seen with Etcetera in WIT and as an audience plant for THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING). 

EMILIO ZWEIG - Nicky - has previously performed with Etcetera in KIMBERLY AKIMBO and THE BOOK OF LIZ. A recent graduate of Tucson High Magnet School for the Performing Arts, Emilio has previously appeared with Winding Road Theater Ensemble (ARMOR) and Borderlands Theatre (THE PASTORELA). He also works regularly on stage and behind the scenes with Live Theatre Workshop’s All Together Theatre.


PSYCHOPress1.jpg -- Ryan Butler as Berdine, Robbie Sanchez as Provoloney, Paul Cerepanya as Yo Yo, Christopher Johnson as Chicklet, Emilio Zweig as Nicky, Danielle Dryer as Star Cat, Eric Anson as Kanaka and Eddie Diaz as Marvel Ann.

PSYCHOPress3.jpg -- Eric Anson as Kanaka and Christopher Johnson as Chicklet.

PSYCHOPress4.jpg -- Ryan Butler as Berdine, Eddie Diaz as Marvel Ann and Christopher Johnson as Chicklet.

PSYCHOPress8.jpg -- David Alexander Johnston as Mrs. Forrest and Christopher Johnson as Chicklet.




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