For Immediate Release:
ETCETERA, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, presents
PLAYING WITH FIRE
By Barbara Field
(Commissioned by the Guthrie Theater)
Directed By Ken Phillips
October 26 & November 1 @ 10:30pm
Special Halloween Performance October 31 @ 8:30pm
November 3 @ 8:30pm
Tickets $10 at the door • 5317 E Speedway Blvd. • 327.4242 for tickets
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
This singular, eloquent play deals with events which transpire after those usually associated with the classic Frankenstein story—in this case the final, fateful meeting between Dr. Frankenstein and his macabre creation amid the barren wastes of the North Pole. As they weave through their memories, the horrors of their pasts unfold and both legends are left to answer for the demons they’ve created.
"PLAYING WITH FIRE manages to be both intellectually stimulating and thoroughly engrossing." —Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"It works almost like poetry—each layer of comprehension uncovers another layer of questions." —Minneapolis City Pages.
"Playwright Field has written a morality play that speaks to some of the most basic concerns of our time." —Minnesota Public Radio.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Barbara Field is a playwright whose work has been seen at regional theatres across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe. A co-founder and core member of The Playwrights' Center, Ms. Field served as dramaturg/playwright-in-residence at the Guthrie Theater for eight years. During that time, she wrote a number of adaptations for the Guthrie, two of which toured nationally. She was twice a playwright-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, and has held Shubert, Bush, McKnight and Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships. In 1982, she wrote an adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS for the Seattle Children's Theatre, which was produced at the old PONCHO Theatre in the Woodland Park Zoo. Her version of the Dickens play won the L.A. Drama Critics award in 1996. She was co-winner of the Humana Festival's Great American Play contest, at Actors Theatre of Louisville (for NEUTRAL COUNTRIES), and was awarded a DramaLogue award for BOUNDARY WATERS (South Coast Repertory Theatre). A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the University of Minnesota (MA), she has served as a panel member and site reporter for the NEA. Ms. Field makes her home in Minneapolis.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ken Phillips (Director) is absolutely thrilled to bring this great production to life with such an amazing team. Ken will gradute from the University of Arizona in December. For the past two summers he was a Directing Intern at Powerhouse Theatre and Hangar Theatre in New York. After graduating he plans to become a freelance Director & Fight Choreographer. If you want to see more of his work, come back in January for the world premier of Imaginary at Etcetera, and visit his website at kenphillips-theatrics.com. Have a frightful Halloween everyone!
Terry Erbe (Creature) has taught theatre and directed over thirty plays and musicals at Catalina Foothills High School since 2000, as well as acting and directing all around Tucson. Most recently, he directed Five Women Wearing the Same Dress for Arizona OnStage, Winding Road’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Last Five Years, and Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly. Elsewhere in Tucson, Terry has directed Prelude to a Kiss, The Woman in Black, Eleemosynary, A Perfect Ganesh, and Love! Valour! Compassion!, to name a few.
Stephen Frankenfield (Frankenstein) was last seen on LTW’s Mainstage in TWO INTO ONE (Richard Wiley). He wrote and directed All Together Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and he was a creative collaborator for Etcetera’s production of MIXTAPE. For LTW, he directed SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and, for ATT, DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 10 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 3 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and once for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Joshua Silvain (Adam) is a Tucson native. He studied theatre at Pima Community College where he appeard in FOOTLOSE, THE CRUCIBLE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE to name a few. Joshua also has experience as a stage manager, lighting designer, and sound designer. Joshua has worked around Tucson in original plays by local playwrights including John Vornholt’s THE FIRST THIRD and Warren G. Bodow’s FRONTING THE ORDER. He was last onstage portraying multiple roles in Beowulf Alley Theatre’s production of RADIUM GIRLS. Joshua is excited for his debut at Etcetera.
Nowell Kral (Victor) trained in theatre under Terry Erbe and Norm Testa for four years at Catalina Foothills High School. While there, he was featured in a total of twelve shows and gained experience as an assistant director. He also directed and performed a scene from a play he wrote. Nowell graduated in 2013 and is currently working as a stunt performer and technician at Trail Dust Town.
Matthew Copley (Professor Krempe) is elated to be returning to the stage after a lengthy hiatus, during which he was blessed with two beautiful children, received his BA in Theatre Education from the UofA, and spent a year in the Pacific Northwest. Some of Matthew's previous acting credits include Beowulf Alley's STONES IN HIS POCKETS, Borderlands Theater's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), a.k.a. Theatre's REAL LIVE DEATH, Nathalia Ensemble's HOT L BALTIMORE, Etcetera's ROMEO AND JULIET, and multiple appearances in Borderlands Theater's annual productions of A TUCSON PASTORELA.
Kelsie Williams (Elizabeth) is currently a junior at the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing her degree in Theatre Arts, and is thrilled to be part of her first production at LTW. Notable acting credits include VINEGAR TOM, RED RIDIN’ IN THE HOOD AND DOS CUENTOS, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, TWELVE ANGRY JURORS, as well as SORRY, WRONG NUMBER and an upcoming production of FINDING THE SUN. Kelsie can also be seen performing elsewhere in the Tucson community as a member of Musical Mayhem Cabaret.
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