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Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town'

PRODUCTION SPONSOR: NANCY REEDER

Directed by Joseph McGrath

January 7–24, 2010

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.

Musical Preshow directed by Harlan Hokin
begins 15 minutes before curtain
Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Preview Night Thursday January 7, 7:30 P.M.
Pay-What-You-Will Nights
Thursdays January 14 & 21, 7:30 P.M.
Half-price Student Rush 15 minutes before curtain

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

A masterpiece of simplicity and grace, this play is a powerful and stark portrait of American life at the beginning of the twentieth century. Join us for an imaginative journey alongside the townspeople of Grover’s Corners, where life, in all its brutality and wonder, is laid bare for our examination and appreciation.


Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs), Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb) and Terry Erbe (Stage Manager)

Photo by Tim Fuller

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“I’ve met no ‘cultivated’ folk,”
he wrote a friend a year after moving to Douglas,
“and I have not missed them.”


Local author Tom Miller writes of Thornton Wilder’s Arizona connection in the
July 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. To read the article, click here.

A short biography of Thornton Wilder, a chronology of his life,
and a list of currently availably publications by or about Thornton Wilder can be found here.

Visit the Thornton Wilder Society Website.



Dylan Stringer (Wally Webb), Celia Madeoy (Myrtle Webb) and Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb)

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Press

Food for thought fills Our Town at Rogue Theatre

Review of Our Town by Chuck Graham on January 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Our Town populated with meaning
Rogue Theatre to stage classic about local lives, universal context

Preview of Our Town by Kathleen Allen in the January 1 Arizona Daily Star

 

A behind the scenes look at The Rogue’s production of Our Town, filmed on closing night, January 24th, 2010. If you have a YouTube account, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

 

Direction

Joseph McGrath (Director)

Joseph McGrath (Director) is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which he has performed in The Fever, The Dead, Endymion, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Cherry Orchard, The Goat, Happy Days, Red Noses, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Orlando, Animal Farm and A Delicate Balance and has directed The Balcony, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play) Red Noses and Immortal Longings, which he also authored. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. He has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company and performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. In Tucson, he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and perennially in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, Arizona OnStage, Green Thursday, Damesrocket Theatre, and Old Pueblo Playwrights in such plays as The Seagull, Assassins, Oleanna, Threepenny Opera, and Anger Box. Joe is also a scenic designer and owns Sonora Theatre Works with his wife Regina Gagliano, producing theatrical scenery and draperies.

Director’s Notes

In 1785 James Hutton first proposed what is still the working model of modern geology: that land was formed over vast periods of time from the earth’s molten core, and laid down in ocean sediments. In the 1920s Edwin Hubble determined that the nebulae picked up in astronomer’s telescopes were not distant objects in the Milky Way Galaxy, but distant galaxies in themselves. That the universe was thus not only comprised of the Milky Way, vast as it may be, but by billions more galaxies like it.

It is only now that we as a species are beginning to fully understand the size and age of our universe, our planet, and of life itself.

From this perspective, Our Town, though first performed in 1938, might well have been written yesterday. Thornton Wilder stands with us, peering into the vastness of time and space and depicts our lives in this infinite cosmos. He renders what are for us the simplest possible lives in the simplest possible setting. Grover’s Corners is an unremarkable and anonymous small town populated by unremarkable people. In the end they will, like our nameless Pleistocene ancestors with their artifacts of pot shards and bones, leave us precious little to interpret their lives and loves, their joys and sorrows. Even so, we see enough to recognize them and ourselves as remarkable beyond measure in a universe of “chalk and fire.”

—Joseph McGrath, Director of Our Town
director@TheRogueTheatre.org


Brian Taraz (Joe Stoddard) and Jesse McCain (Sam Craig)

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

                         Cast                         

Stage Manager Terry Erbe
George Gibbs Robert Anthony Peters
Emily Webb Alexandra Franklin
Dr. Frank Gibbs Roberto Guajardo*
Julia Gibbs Cynthia Meier
Charles Webb David Morden*
Myrtle Webb Celia Madeoy*
Simon Stimson Paul Barby
Louella Soames Jan Henderson
Howie Newsome Todd Fitzpatrick
Professor Willard Bill Epstein
Constable Warren Art Jacobson
Sam Craig Jesse McCain
Joe Stoddard Brian Taraz
Wally Webb Dylan Stringer
Rebecca Gibbs Daria Berg
Joe Crowell/Si Crowell Dylan Connelly

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States,
appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

 

Cast Biographies

Paul Barby (Simon Stimson)

Paul Barby (Simon Stimson) is delighted to be back in the theatre again. In 1960, he left his home on a ranch in Oklahoma to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. That was followed by classes with Lee Strasberg of Actors Studio fame. During the late 1960s, he appeared professionally in musicals with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the St. Louis Muny Opera and Houston’s Sharps Town Music Theater. While living in Albuquerque during the 1970s, he appeared in numerous plays and musicals, among them the lead roles in Boys in the Band and Promises, Promises. Family business required his return to Oklahoma for a long drought without theater activities. Among later very infrequent community theater appearances was that of the title role in the musical Scrooge, a favorite role. Simon Stimson is his first role with The Rogue Theatre.

Daria Berg (Rebecca Gibbs) understudied Scout in Arizona Theatre Company’s To Kill a Mockingbird. She also played Amaryllis in The Music Man with Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Dixie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Arizona Repertory Theatre. She is currently in a local short film, Cash For Keys. She plays softball and tennis and is a cheerleader for her school, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions.

Daria Berg (Rebecca Gibbs)
Dylan Connelly (Joe/Si Crowell)

Dylan Connelly (Joe/Si Crowell) is a 6th grader at Orange Grove Middle School with interests in history and science. Our Town is Dylan’s first production. As his father would say, “Dylan’s a ham, he will either be an actor or a priest. Let’s hope for the girls’ sake, he’s an actor.”

Bill Epstein (Professor Willard) is a Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Bill has produced, directed, written and acted in productions in the U.S. and Britain, on campuses and in community and commercial theaters. He has played leads in mummers’ plays, commedia dell’arte, musicals (West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing), comedies (Plaza Suite, It Should Happen to a Dog, Misalliance, Light Up the Sky, I Hate Hamlet), and dramas (Old Times, Antigone, The Festivities, Deathtrap, The Subject Was Roses, Educating Rita), as well as supporting roles in Shakespeare (Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure), Brecht, Chekhov, Fo, Genet, Giraudoux, Shaffer, Shaw, Uhry, Wilde, and others. In Tucson, he has acted with, among others, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Borderlands Theater, Live Theatre Workshop, and Quintessential Productions. Two of the plays he has acted in received MAC Awards for Best Comedy. This is his second appearance with The Rogue Theatre.

Bill Epstein (Professor Willard)
Terry Erbe (Stage Manager)

Terry Erbe (Stage Manager) returns to The Rogue Theatre after a long absence, having appeared previously in The Balcony. Terry is in his tenth year teaching and directing theatre at Catalina Foothills High School, and he can be seen occasionally around town in various productions. Terry is a founding member of the newly formed Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, and will be appearing next month (Valentine’s Day) in their second production, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune by Terrence McNally. Recent acting credits include Leaving Iowa and The Exonerated at The Invisible Theatre and Of Mice and Men at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. Directing credits include Prelude to a Kiss and A Perfect Ganesh at Live Theatre Workshop, The Woman in Black at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, The Last Five Years for Timberwolf Productions and Eleemosynary for the Frances & Claire Theatre Ensemble.

Todd Fitzpatrick (Howie Newsome) most recently appeared as Leslie in Beowulf Alley Theatre Company’s production of Seascape. He previously performed with The Rogue Theatre in The Cherry Orchard, Red Noses and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Other roles he has performed include Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Jesus in Godspell. Todd appeared as Lon in the HBO film El Diablo and has studied at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Todd Fitzpatrick (Howie Newsome)
Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb)

Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb) recently moved to Tucson after earning a BFA in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to Tucson, Ali toured the state of Tennessee with the National Theatre for Children. She is currently an intern at Invisible Theatre where she assists in the box office, provides production assistance, and works with the fabulous Pastime Players. Ali also enjoys long form improv, which she studied at Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis for a number of years.

Roberto Guajardo (Dr. Frank Gibbs) is making his debut at The Rogue Theatre. He most recently appeared at Arizona Theatre Company in George is Dead. Other ATC productions include To Kill a Mockingbird, Molly’s Delicious, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Macbeth, Over the Moon, Much Ado About Nothing, Wit, As You Like It, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shadowlands, Once Crazy Day, The Tempest, You Can’t Take It With You and The Matchmaker. Other regional appearances include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mr. Guajardo has also worked extensively throughout Arizona, including performances at Invisible Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, The Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Actor’s Lab, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Actors Theatre and Phoenix Theatre. He has also made numerous appearances on TV and in film. In 2008, Roberto was honored to receive TPAC’s Lumie Award for Lifetime Achievement for outstanding contribution to the arts in Pima County.

Roberto Guajardo (Dr. Frank Gibbs)
Janet Lynn Henderson (Louella Soames)

Janet Lynn Henderson (Louella Soames) is acting with The Rogue Theatre for the first time. She has been seen in The Full Monty and Jewtopia with Arizona Onstage Productions, Noche de los Muertos for Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Rags: The New American Musical for Borderlands Theater, Pippin, Man of La Mancha and A Secret Garden with UMC Fine Arts, All in the Timing and The Laramie Project for Pima Community College Theatre Arts, as well as The Comedy of Errors and A Streetcar Named Desire, Lillies of the Field, Gypsy, Nunsense and others at various fine community theatres in Tucson. She was educated primarily by the fine and conscientious instructors at Pima Community College and in the most demanding educational facility of all—the School of Life.

Art Jacobson (Constable Warren) arrived in Tucson from Chicago 35 years ago and fell in love with the Old Pueblo. He considers himself a native Tucsonan. This is his sixth appearance in a Rogue Theatre production. Rogue audiences saw him first as the Envoy in The Balcony and most recently as Firs in The Cherry Orchard. He has also appeared in productions by Borderlands Theater, Old Pueblo Playwrights, and Beowulf Alley Theater. He’s happy to be returning to play with his fellow Rogues.

Art Jacobson (Constable Warren)
Celia Madeoy (Myrtle Webb)

Celia Madeoy (Myrtle Webb) is in her third year as Instructor on faculty with the UA School of Theatre Arts’ Professional BFA Training Program and a company artist/vocal coach with Arizona Repertory Theatre. Past ART credits include Joanne in Company, Grace in Bus Stop, Nurse in Medea, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man and Josephine Strong in Urinetown. Professionally, she has performed with numerous regional theaters including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Child’s Play Touring Theatre, and with Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. At the American Shakespeare Center, Celia acted with the Resident Troupe of the Blackfriars Playhouse as Lady Macbeth, Emilia in Othello, Gonzalo in The Tempest, and Phoebe in As You Like It. She also played Kate opposite two-time Obie award actor, Rocco Sisto in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare & Company and was named most outstanding actress of the Berkshires that season. Her classical training in Shakespeare performance includes working along side several distinguished directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Institute of Dramatic Art and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Celia holds her MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago.

Jesse McCain (Sam Craig) is a sophomore at the University of Arizona. This is his first production with the Rogue Theatre. He was recently seen as part of Debut through the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts, as well as Detective George Blumberg in the wacky murder mystery Dedicated To The End for the U of A family weekend. Previously, Jesse was seen in Dracula, The Crucible and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sabino High School.

Jesse McCain (Sam Craig)
Cynthia Meier (Mrs. Gibbs)Cynthia Meier (Mrs. Gibbs)

Cynthia Meier (Julia Gibbs) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which she has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead, directed Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard, and performed in A Delicate Balance, Immortal Longings, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat (Best Actress, Arizona Daily Star 2008 Mac Award), The Maids, Endymion and The Balcony. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre. For Chamber Music Plus Southwest, she has directed Talia Shire in Sister Mendelssohn and Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms. A co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, Cynthia has also performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arizona Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre), A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner), and Smirnova’s Birthday, The Midnight Caller, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre). Cynthia is a Faculty member in Speech at Pima Community College and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. In 2000, Cynthia was awarded the Tucson YWCA Woman on the Move Award.

David Morden (Charles Webb) has directed The Rogue Theatre’s productions of A Delicate Balance, The Goat (2008 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award) and Six Characters in Search of an Author. David has appeared with The Rogue Theatre in the ensembles of Animal Farm and Orlando, as Madame Pace in Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Pope in Red Noses, Yephikhov in The Cherry Orchard, The Man in the Silver Dress in the preshow to The Maids and Glaucus in Endymion. As a singer, he has performed in the chorus of Arizona Opera’s production of The Threepenny Opera, Die Fledermaus, The Flying Dutchman, Susannah, and The Mikado. He has acted locally with Arizona Onstage Productions (Assassins), Actors Theatre (The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)) and Green Thursday Theatre Project (Anger Box, Rain), of which he was a co-founder. David has directed productions with Green Thursday (Shakespeare’s R&J, White Garden), Oasis Chamber Opera (Sing to Love), DreamerGirl Productions (The Dreamer Examines His Pillow) and Arts For All (The Apple Tree).


David Morden (Charles Webb)
Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs)

Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs) was born and raised in San Francisco and is currently enjoying the warm desert climes of Tucson. In 2001, he completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was subsequently a Koch Fellow in Washington, DC, and went on to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. He has been performing in stage, film, and voiceover productions for nearly ten years. A few of his films that are available to the purchasing public are The Pursuit of Happyness, Revolution Summer, The Village Barbershop, Wasted, and many more that have yet to see the light of day. These days, he is primarily seen working in his father’s Pak Mail store in Northwest Tucson. He is the president of Laissez Faire Media (laissezfairemedia.com) and a member of SAG, AFTRA, and Theatre Bay Area. His website is robertanthonypeters.com.

Dylan Stringer (Wally Webb) is currently a theater student in Terry Erbe’s theater class at Catalina Foothills high school. Although this is his first time performing in a professional theater production, he has always been involved in the arts. Dylan has played the saxophone, the piano and other instruments for several years, and has been an active member of his school’s jazz program and others around town. He has written short stories and songs ever since he was in elementary school and hopes to make a career creatively in the future.

Dylan Stringer (Wally Webb)
Brian Taraz (Joe Stoddard)

Brian Taraz (Joe Stoddard) makes his debut with The Rogue with this production. Previously, Brian performed the role of Harold in Black Comedy at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. The bulk of Brian’s theatrical acting has taken place in San Diego, performing in numerous Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Marat/Sade, Book of Days, The Trial and I Hate Hamlet. Brian also has a musical side, composing original pieces using traditional religious texts as the lyrics. Samples of his work can be heard at www.godsminstrel.com.

 


Daria Berg (Rebecca Gibbs) and Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs)

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Music Director’s Notes

The denizens of Grover’s Corners are likely to have had music as an integral part of their lives—so integral that they may hardly have noticed it! Wilder specifies very common and well-known hymns. The Wagner and Mendelssohn wedding marches and Handel’s Largo are unforgettable, deeply affective pieces. And, of course, there’s a very good reason that these pieces are so dear to us: they’re really good.

Preshow music

Our preshow includes music that would have seemed familiar to New Englanders around the turn of the 20th century. Folk songs and melodies of British provenance were known to many. Community singing was and is a fairly wide-spread part of that kind of life. We are including several pieces from the choral repertoire known as “shape note,” “Fasola,” “Sacred Harp,” or “singing school” music. This type of music-making is a distinctly American phenomenon, even though it has its roots in 17th and 18th century English country parish singing.

These days, Fasola singing is often associated with church groups in the southeastern United States, but its origin is firmly in New England. The style gradually migrated south in the decades following the Civil War, partly as a result of book publishers sending singing masters around to teach the pieces and interest congregations in purchasing books. There are many American books containing this material; the best known are “Sacred Harp,” “The Social Harp” and “Southern Harmony.” Many of the songs are suitable for either sacred or secular purposes.

At Sacred Harp “singins,” participants generally sit in a square by voice part, with the tenors nearest the door. There are no specific vocal or musical requirements—participants take their places and do the best they can. The cliché is that people would walk a hundred miles to join a “singin,” but no one would bother cross the street to listen to the stuff.

The idea of Fasola is a variation of notions of music theory that produced the European Solfege syllables Do, Re Mi, etc. But the shape-note system is simpler and less comprehensive, consisting of four shapes that can be moved around as needed to complete a regular 8-note scale (square, circle, half-circle or triangle). Each shape represents a position in a scale, such as the middle tone of a whole-tone/half tone sequence. Singers learn the scalar position of each shape in relation to the others, and are able to sing any melody written in this format. The shapes that correspond to Mi and Fa show the relationship each note has to the notes next to it. The exact starting pitch is irrelevant, since the shapes indicate position in a scale rather than specific frequencies. The shapes do not affect the notation of the rhythm.

There is a very active and welcoming Fasola group in Tucson. They can be contacted at http://www.tucsonfasola.org/. Local, regional and national “singins” are common throughout the USA.

Our pump organ (reed organ) is a relic of a type that was very common through the 19th and early 20th centuries. The organ we’re using in this production has been lovingly restored and loaned to The Rogue Theatre by Mr. Jim Periale.

—Harlan Hokin, Musical Director

Preshow Music

Lillibullero Melody attributed to Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
Minstrel Boy (The Moreen) Traditional Irish Melody
The Saints’ Delight from Sacred Harp; text by Isaac Watts, 1707; music by F. Price, 1835
Portland from Sacred Harp; text by Isaac Watts, 1719; music by Abraham Maxim, 1802
Sweet Prospect from Sacred Harp; text by Samuel Stenneett, 1787; music by William Walker, 1833

 

Music In the Play

Blest Be the Tie That Binds Words by John Fawcett, 1782; music by Hans G. Naegeli, 1845
Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid Words by John M. Neale, 1862; music by Henry W. Baker, 1868
Love Divine Words by Charles Wesley, 1747; music by Rowland Huw Prichard, 1830 (from Hyfrydol, a Welsh tune)
Largo G. F. Handel, Xerxes, 1738
Bridal Chorus Richard Wagner, Lohengrin, 1850
Wedding March
Felix Mendelssohn, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1842
Incidental music
Harlan B. Hokin

 

Entr’acte Music

The Last Rose of Summer from Irish Melodies by Thomas Moore (1807-34)
Wayfaring Stranger from Bever’s Christian Songster, 1858

 

          Musicians          

          Paul Amiel harp, flute, mountain dulcimer
Harlan Hokin guitar, domra
Dawn C. Sellers reed organ, vocals
Robert Villa violin
Alexandra Cockrell additional vocals

 

Harlan Hokin (Musical Director)

Harlan Hokin (Musical Director) has performed extensively as a singer in Europe and the United States, including a stint with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He earned a doctorate in historical performance practice from Stanford, and has taught at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. Harlan is an active workshop teacher and writer on topics of interest to singers and early music performers. Recent theatrical involvement has been with The Rogue Theatre as Musical Director for A Delicate Balance, Animal Farm, Immortal Longings, Orlando, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Maids, Endymion, The Dead and The Balcony, and Arizona Onstage Productions as Vocal Director for their production of Assassins. Harlan has also served as music director for Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer On Stage program. He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Arizona Early Music Society and is the father of two nearly perfect children.

Paul Amiel is a multi-instrumentalist who has extensively studied and performed Medieval, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Celtic and Japanese music both here and abroad. He founded and performs with the Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble, the traditional Japanese music duo Musou, and Zambuka (Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Mediterranean music and dance). Paul has performed music for The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Dead, Endymion, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Orlando and Immortal Longings.
Paul Amiel
Dawn C. Sellers Dawn C. Sellers was a pianist, composer and educator prior to receiving an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her screenplay, Butterfly Found, won the Arthur Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award as well as the Santa Fe Screenwriter’s Conference Award. She composed music for the Off-Broadway production of Dance with Me by Jean Reynolds and is published with Hal Leonard Music Publishing, Alfred Music Publishers and the Neil A. Kjos, Jr. Music Company. Dawn also holds a Masters of Music from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Since moving to Tucson two years ago, her plays have been produced by This Side Up Productions, Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Live Theatre Workshop and The Arizona Women’s Theatre. A member of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Playwrights, her play Frozen Heart will be presented at Live Theatre Workshop in April. She’s delighted to dust off her musical chops for The Rogue.
Robert Villa has been playing violin for about eight years and his love of music and violin encompasses more than “classical” music, as he plays in Zambuka, an Anatolian-Middle Eastern music ensemble and may occasionally be seen at the local Irish pub on Sundays trying to learn Irish fiddle. He has performed music for The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Dead and Endymion. Apart from his love of music, he is a passionate naturalist in love with the cultural and natural history of Mesoamerica and the Sonoran region. He is a laboratory technician at the Human Origins Genotyping Laboratory at University of Arizona and the vice president of Tucson Herpetological Society which is dedicated to the conservation, education and research of amphibians and reptiles of Arizona and Mexico.
Robert Villa


David Morden (Charles Webb) and Paul Barby (Simon Stimson)

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Barbara Freischlad
Assistant Stage Manager Alexandra Cockrell
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager JoAn Forehand
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Electrician Peter Bleasby
Poster and Program Thomas Wentzel
Marketing and Publicity Norma Davenport, Carol Elliott,
Sylvia Feldman, David Morden, Pam Shack,
Ward Wallingford, Thomas Wentzel,
Jim Wilson
Lobby Art Kathy Young
 

Designers

Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Costume Design Cynthia Meier
Lighting Design Clint Bryson

 

Clint Bryson (Lighting Design)

Clint Bryson (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for The Rogue Theatre’s productions of The Balcony, The Dead, Endymion, The Cherry Orchard, Happy Days, The Goat, Red Noses, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Orlando, Immortal Longings, Animal Farm and A Delicate Balance. Other lighting design credits include As Bees in Honey Drown and Golf Game for Borderlands, Woman in Black for Beowulf Alley, and The Seagull for Tucson Art Theatre. Clint is currently the Shop Foreman, Production Technical Director and Marketing Director for Catalina Foothills Theatre Department where he designs and coordinates the construction of all scenery. He is also a member of Rhino Staging Services, and a regular participant in Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage program where he designs and builds the scenery as well as teaches production classes. Clint thoroughly enjoys the passion and integrity that The Rogue brings to their productions and looks forward to playing his part in their creative journeys.

Barbara Freischlad (Stage Manager) is very pleased to be managing the Rogue stage again. She was also the Rogue stage manager for Animal Farm in September 2009. Barbara is a Performing Arts major at Pima Community College. She leads a parallel life as a percussionist and serves the Civic Orchestra of Tucson as its timpanist. She finds many similarities between playing percussion and stage managing. When she is neither onstage nor backstage, Barb roves about with her guitar singing folk songs like a true rogue.

Alexandra Cockrell (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore at Catalina Foothills High School where she was recently seen as Lizzie Flynn in The Uninvited, and will soon be seen as Schwarzy in the March production of Spelling Bee. She was also seen as Young Tommy in The Who’s Tommy and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker at Arizona Repertory Theatre. This is her first show at The Rogue.

 

Our Thanks

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Peter Bleasby
Jim & Petey Periale
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Susan Collinet
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Alexandra Franklin (Emily Webb), Terry Erbe (Stage Manager),
Robert Anthony Peters (George Gibbs) and Bill Epstein (First Dead Man)

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for Our Town

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
See Map and Parking Information

Thursday January 7, 2010, 7:30 pm PREVIEW
Friday January 8, 2010
Saturday January 9, 2010, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 10, 2010, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday January 14, 2010, 7:30 pm PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
Friday January 15, 2010, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 16, 2010, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 17, 2010, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday January 21, 2010, 7:30 pm PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL
Friday January 22, 2010, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 23, 2010, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 24, 2010, 2:00 pm matinee

 

 

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