Invisible Theatre Season

Invisible Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director, Susan Claassen, announced six plays for the company’s 47th Anniversary Main Stage Season. Claassen said, “I can’t think of a more exciting, diverse, lineup of plays, playwrights, actors, guest artists and directors to celebrate Invisible Theatre’s mission of bringing quality theatre experiences in an intimate setting to all facets of the community. We guarantee that our exciting mix of contemporary works, solo journeys and world premieres will offer something for every theater-goer. Each of our selections will provide you with unforgettable moments that will thrill, inspire, delight and engage you like never before.” Invisible Theatre got its name from the invisible energy that flows between performers and an audience that makes the magic of theatre.

The “magic” continues with our 2017 – 2018
47th Anniversary Season!

INDOOR/OUTDOOR by Kenny Finkle
September 5 – 17, 2017
Arizona Premiere
This is a “purr-fect” romantic comedy! When Samantha, the cat, is born, her mother makes her promise never to settle for anything less than true-love. Samantha promises, and embarks on a quest to do just that. As Variety said, “… It’s the improbable story of a kitten – Samantha – who follows the path of so many heroes by leaving home to find herself. It is also a big-hearted comedy that makes it easy to feel good. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is less about cats than about glorious, permanent love.”

THE VALUE OF NAMES by Jeffrey Sweet
November 7 – 19, 2017
Arizona Premiere
Benny Silverman, a celebrated comic, has revived his career via television after many years of forced inactivity following his having been named on the Hollywood blacklist of the Fifties. Now his actress daughter, Norma, has been cast in a play to be directed by Leo Greshen, the man who had testified against him before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and suddenly Benny must deal again with a moral crisis that he has tried to put behind him.

TV and Film Star Chris Lemmon in
A TWIST OF LEMMON
January 6 – 7, 2018 • Berger Performing Arts Center
Arizona Premiere
A TWIST OF LEMMON chronicles the lifelong journey of Chris Lemmon and his world famous father, actor Jack Lemmon. Couched in the lore of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and told in the voice of Jack Lemmon, A TWIST OF LEMMON is filled with dozens of great stars that graced the silver screen during that incredible era. With an original piano score by Chris Lemmon, the end result is a heartfelt journey that critics have called, “A story that will make you laugh and cry, then laugh again”.

BLACK PEARL SINGS! by Frank Higgins
February 13 – 25, 2018
Tucson Premiere

Alberta “Pearl” Johnson has inherited from her African and American ancestors a soulful collection of rare folk songs. Stuck behind bars in a Texas prison for murder, her music is her lifeline to her family and future. Enter Susannah, an ambitious collector of songs for the Library of Congress. To advance her career, Susannah wants to record Pearl singing her extraordinary repertoire. Pearl sees Susannah as a possible escort to freedom. Their story is one of two women tied deeply together by their personal search for respect and love. Featuring over 20 distinctive songs, BLACK PEARL SINGS! is a transcendent tale about the bridges that can be built through the power of song.

Recording Artist, Broadway and Film Star Julie Budd in
REMEMBERING MR. SINATRA
March 10 – 11, 2018 • Berger Performing Arts Center
Arizona Premiere

Julie Budd, hailed by the New York Times as “the consummate performer”, has had a critically acclaimed multi-faceted career that ranges from film to Broadway to Carnegie Hall! REMEMBERING MR. SINATRA is her tribute to America’s greatest musical legend, Frank Sinatra. When Julie Budd was only 16 years old, Mr. Sinatra personally invited her to be his guest artist at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. As Julie recalls, “Mr. Sinatra asked that I would continue to sing these songs and it is always a privilege and an honor to do so”. This is a must-see concert “Come Rain or Come Shine”!

MR. GOLDBERG’S PRODIGAL SON by John W. Lowell
April 24 – May 6, 2018
Southwest Premiere
What’s the point of a family gathering if the food isn’t good, the people aren’t loving, and a long-missing prodigal son doesn’t show up to disrupt the proceedings? This charming comedy has all those ingredients! It tells the story of three generations of the Goldberg family learning to accept one another, foibles and all, and isn’t that what always happens over a well-cooked brisket? Fortunately there are plenty of laughs, a moral or two, and some delicious insights into what makes a family a family!

INVISIBLE THEATRE’S FABULOUS FUNDRAISER
October 1, 2017
Skyline Country Club
If you love style in the movies, you will love this special and “delicious” IT Fundraising event at Skyline Country Club! Join world-renowned Hollywood Film Historian and Sony Pictures Consultant Kimberly Truhler for this unforgettable presentation! The great and iconic designs of the 20th Century will be celebrated with fascinating projections and back stories of your favorite stars! Who knows, your favorite designer just might “Head” over!

CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY by Steven Fales
December 1 – 3, 2017
Invisible Theatre
CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY, written by and starring Steven Fales, was a hit Off-Broadway and in cities around the world. It chronicles Steven Fales’ heartbreaking journey from being a devoted sixth-generation Mormon and father of two to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. Along the way, he also details his painful divorce, his hard-fought battle with drugs and alcohol, a stint in prostitution, and finally coming out the other side as an out and proud gay dad!

THEY CALL ME Q by Qurrat Ann Kadwani
March 1 – 3, 2018
Invisible Theatre
THEY CALL ME Q, written by and starring Qurrat Ann Kadwani, is an award winning, international hit which tells the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani (Q) transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, THEY CALL ME Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.

SEASON TICKETS

Invisible Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season Ticket Campaign is now underway at a price of $180 for the six play Main Stage Season. Subscribers can save substantially over the cost of purchasing individual tickets to shows and can enjoy exclusive benefits given to season ticket holders such as priority seating, discounts on guest show tickets, flexible ticket exchange and discounts on all IT special events.

For more information about the Invisible Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season, or to charge subscriptions
with MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover, call the IT Box Office at (520) 882-9721
or online 24/7 through OvationTix at www.invisibletheatre.com.

THE INVISIBLE THEATRE

The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to producing quality theatre and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and staged readings.

Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Associate Artistic Director James Blair, and PR Director Cathy Johnson, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The company’s current season includes a six play Main Stage season, many special events, a world class cabaret series, organizational collaborations, educational tours, seminars that encourage community dialogue and Project Pastime – an educational theatre program for the mentally challenged youth.

The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the first Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. Productions take place in an intimate 80-seat converted laundry building. IT will celebrate its 47th season with an even greater commitment to professionalism, artistic excellence, accessibility, freedom of expression, diverse programming and creative challenge – thus making the Invisible Theatre a very visible force in Tucson’s cultural community.

Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue at Drachman
Tucson, AZ 85719
Box Office – (520) 882-9721
Administration – (520) 884-0672
Fax – (520) 884-5410
http://www.invisibletheatre.com

Invisible Theatre: INDOOR/OUTDOOR

Invisible Theatre kicks off its 47th Anniversary Season with the Arizona premiere of INDOOR/OUTDOOR by Kenny Finkle A PURRR-fect Romantic Comedy from September 5* – 17, 2017 *Tuesday low cost preview

This all-star ensemble features Bree Boyd, Stevan Matthew Miller, Jeanne Torres, and Christopher Younggren. When Samantha, the cat, is born, her mother makes her promise never to settle for anything less than true-love. Samantha promises, and embarks on a quest to do just that. As Variety said, “…It’s the improbable story of a kitten – Samantha – who follows the path of so many heroes by leaving home to find herself. It is also a big-hearted comedy that makes it easy to feel good. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is less about cats than about glorious, permanent love.” This heart-felt theatrical gem is directed by Susan Claassen. This production is made possible in part through the generous support of Sonora Investment Management.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR by Kenny Finkle will play from September 5-17, 2017 with the official press opening on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM. A low cost preview ($20) takes place on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The Invisible Theatre is located at 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719.

The single show ticket price for INDOOR/OUTDOOR is $34. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, active military and students. Rush tickets are available for purchase at half-price one half hour prior to performance time and are subject to availability.

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Invisible Theatre Box Office at (520) 882-9721 and are also available 24/7 on-line through OvationTix at www.invisibletheatre.com. The running time is two hours with an intermission. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Invisible Theatre is proud to partner with The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary. Bring a bag of “Kitty” food or litter and receive a discount of $9 in honor of a cat’s nine lives! Mention HERMITAGE when you make your reservation. (Subject to Availability)

THE INVISIBLE THEATRE

The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to producing quality theatre and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and staged readings.

Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Associate Artistic Director James Blair, and PR Director Cathy Johnson, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The company’s current season includes a six play Main Stage season, many special events, a world class cabaret series, organizational collaborations, educational tours, seminars that encourage community dialogue and Project Pastime – an educational theatre program for mentally challenged youth.

The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the first Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. Productions take place in an intimate 80-seat converted laundry building. IT celebrates its 47th season with an even greater commitment to professionalism, artistic excellence, accessibility, freedom of expression, diverse programming and creative challenge – thus making the Invisible Theatre a very visible force in Tucson’s cultural community.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

KENNY FINKLE’S plays include INDOOR/OUTDOOR (Off-Broadway @ DR2, SPF, Trinity Rep, Portland Stage, Hangar Theatre) ALIVE AND WELL (Old Globe, Virginia Stage Company), PENELOPE OF ITHACA (Hangar Theatre), TRANSATLANTICA (Flea Theatre, Operating Theatre Company), A THOUSAND YEARS (FIU Theatre Festival), JOSH KEENAN COMES OUT TO THE WORLD (high school tour – Hangar Theatre), SYD ARTHUR (Keen Company/Keen Teens). INDOOR/OUTDOOR and PENELOPE OF ITHACA, A THOUSAND YEARS are published by Broadway Play Publishing. ALIVE AND WELL and TRANSATLANTICA are also published by BPPI. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is also published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Plays of 2006” anthology. SYD ARTHUR is published by Samuel French. He is a recipient of a number of awards including a NYFA fellowship and NYSCA grant, and has received commissions from all around the country including the Ford’s Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Keen Company and the Hangar Theatre, among others. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s Playwriting program and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is an Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College. You can find out more at mynameisfinkle.com.

ABOUT THE PEOPLE

JEANNE TORRES (Samantha) is making her Invisible Theatre debut and IT is thrilled to have her! Jeanne, a Tucson area native, graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a BA in Theatre. While in school Jeanne worked passionately on many productions including developing the character of Sylvia in TRIBES, and the character of Marvel Ann in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY. Before this project, Jeanne was involved in an original piece called SPEAKING OF for the Istropolitana Projekt in Slovakia, playing the character of Yvette. Jeanne was also featured in many children’s shows at Live Theatre Workshop. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is Jeanne’s first theatrical project in over a year and has thoroughly enjoyed dipping her toes back into the world of performance with such a supportive cast and director. Jeanne thanks her Mom, Brother, and her ceaselessly supportive partner Austin for supporting her and her love for art in whichever way it expresses itself on any given day.

CHRISTOPHER YOUNGGREN (Shuman) is delighted to be making his long over-due Invisible Theatre debut and IT is delighted to have him! A Tucson native, he has been involved in theatre nationally as an actor, director, playwright, voice-over artist, and teacher for the past 35 years. Christopher holds a MFA from California State University, Fullerton and a BS in Speech Communications from Northern Arizona University. Since returning to Arizona, Christopher has appeared in Live Theatre Workshop’s MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM (2015 Best Actor Mac Award Nominee), The Gaslight Theatre’s 2015-2016 season in several villainous roles, from Lord Voldemort to Lord Vader, Roadrunner Theatre Company’s BEYOND THERAPY, and most recently, Arizona Rose Theatre’s THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.

BREE BOYD (Matilda/Mom) has been seen on many Tucson stages but made her Invisible Theatre debut in last season’s world premiere of LET’S LIVE A LITTLE and has been a treasured member of IT’s artistic family ever since! Past stage credits in Arizona include: LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, PRINCESS AND THE PEA, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, ROUGH MAGIC, UNITED, LYSISTRATA, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY. Bree earned B.A. degrees in Speech Communication, Psychology, and Fine Arts in Acting in Louisiana. Now a proud Mommy and local entrepreneur, she continues to follow her passion for acting here in the metro-Tucson area with an exciting career in theatre, radio, film, websites, and television.

STEVAN MATTHEW MILLER (Oscar etc.) made his Tucson debut with Invisible Theatre in last season’s world premiere of LET’S LIVE A LITTLE and has been a valued member of IT’s artistic family ever since! A local to Tucson, Stevan has studied acting at the Bennett Theatre Lab and Conservatory for three years. There he learned from Classical Plays and the Stanislavski System. Stevan was featured in such roles as Gloucester in RICHARD III, Claudio in MEASURE FOR MEASURE and Bobby in SPEED THE PLOW. When he is not on the stage, Stevan can be found mixing cocktails at Maynard’s Kitchen or playing blues music. Stevan will be next seen at IT in the premiere of MR. GOLDBERG’S PRODIGAL SON!

SUSAN CLAASSEN (Director/Producer/Designer) is kicking off her 43nd anniversary with IT. As Managing Artistic Director, she has produced over 400 productions and directed over 90 including SHEAR MADNESS (MAC award Nominee for comedy director) and most recently LEBENSRAUM and LET’S LIVE A LITTLE. Suz was nominated for the 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and BroadwayWorld LA Award as Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Head in A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD (www.edithhead.biz). She was most recently seen as Olive in IT’s OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS (MAC Award Winner). Suz was selected as one of Arizona’s “48 Most Intriguing Women”, is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, was August’s selection as “Notable Person” for Tucson Lifestyle, and has been a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2001. She has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1969 and dedicates her work to the living memory of her beloved mother, Goldie.

FACTS ABOUT INDOOR/OUTDOOR

WHO:
Written by Kenny Finkle
Director: Susan Claassen
Cast: Jeanne Torres (Samantha), Christopher Younggren (Shuman), Bree Boyd (Matilda, etc.),
Stevan Matthew Miller (Oscar, etc.)

WHAT:
The Arizona Premiere of INDOOR/OUTDOOR

WHERE:
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ. 85719

WHEN:
Season Ticket Holders will be seated first and then general admission.

Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM (Preview)
Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM (Opening)
Thursday September 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM (Seminar)
Friday September 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday September 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday September 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Thursday September 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Friday September 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Saturday September 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Saturday September 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sunday September 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM

RUNNING TIME:
Two hours with an intermission

AGE RECOMMENDATION:
13 and up

PRODUCTION STAFF:
DIRECTOR: Susan Claassen
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: James Blair
SET DESIGN: Susan Claassen and James Blair
LIGHT DESIGN: James Blair
SOUND DESIGN: Rob Boone and Susan Claassen
PROP DESIGN: Maryann Trombino
COSTUME DESIGN: Maryann Trombino
STAGE MANAGER: Fred Rodriguez
GRAPHIC & PROGRAM DESIGN: Karen Scott & Christine Simpson, Great Scott Design, Inc

TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR FOR INFORMATION:
To charge tickets by phone, call our Box Office at (520) 882-9721.
You may also visit the Box Office in the Invisible Theatre Lobby (1400 N First Avenue at Drachman).
To buy tickets online 24/7, go to www.invisibletheatre.com and click on the Ovationtix logo.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:
The Invisible Theatre is fully accessible to patrons using wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. Seating areas to accommodate persons using wheelchairs are located in the theatre. If patrons require special seating they should inform the Box Office at (520) 882-9721.

Invisible Theatre’s Sizzling Summer Sounds

THE STELLAR SERIES OF SIZZLING PERFORMERS! It’s the COOL thing to do on a HOT summer night!! The Invisible Theatre regrets to inform you that the Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM performance of Ann Hampton Callaway in ELLA CENTURY has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Performances on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM of ELLA CENTURY will go on as scheduled.

PURE IMAGINATION
Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7 at 8 PM
It will be “Pure Imagination” when the terrific trio of Jack Neubeck, Katherine Byrnes and Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky kick off IT’s return to Skyline! You will be shouting “What Kind of Fool Am I” if you miss this tribute to the gorgeous gems of Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winning composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse!

AN EVENING WITH STEVE ROSS
Saturday, July 8 at 8 PM and Sunday, July 9 at 2 PM
The “Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” (New York Times) performs the music of such classic composers as the Gershwins, Porter, Berlin, Sondheim and Noel Coward, with a special tribute to Fred Astaire. When the incomparable Steve Ross is in town, “Anything Goes”! Get your “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails” because “There’s No Business Like Show Business”!

REFLECTIONS
Wednesday, July 12 at 8 PM
The one and only Julie Anne and her fabulous duo (Richard Katz on Keys and Mike Levy on Bass) take you on a musical tribute to the Great American Songbook. You will be “Bewitched” by Julie Anne’s sassy and swingin’ style! This is a concert you will be “Wishin’ and Hopin” will never end “Come Rain or Come Shine”!

IN THE LIMELIGHT
Thursday, July 13 at 8 PM
Rob Boone, Christine Vivona and Ray Templin serve up a jazzy summer cocktail of musical styles filled with rhythm, rags and razzle dazzle! This trio takes you from the Vaudeville through Broadway while stringin’, swngin’, slidin’ and stridin’ through a musical joyride of toe tappin’ and finger snappin’ tunes.

I LOVE PARIS
Friday, July 14 at 8 PM
Join Jack Neubeck, Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky, and Katherine Byrnes in a “Bastille Day” Celebration! Skyline will dish up French culinary delights as you are musically swept away to the “City of Lights”! July in Tucson suddenly becomes “April in Paris” and you will be shouting “C’est Magnifique”!

ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY – “ELLA CENTURY”
Saturday, July 15 at 8 PM and Sunday, July 16 at 2 PM and 7 PM
From Birdland to Carnegie Hall and from London to NYC, the one and only award- winning Ann Hampton Callaway returns to Tucson to celebrate “The First Lady of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald, in her Centennial Year! You will be “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” if you miss this “S’Wonderful” concert! “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” (New York Times)

RESERVATION INFORMATION

DATES OF SIZZLING SUMMER SOUNDS:
July 6 – July 16, 2017

LOCATION OF SIZZLING SUMMER SOUNDS 2017:
Skyline Country Club (5200 East St. Andrews Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718)

GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING:
Show only – $32 single admission (Subject to availability)

PRIORITY RESERVED SEATING:
$60 single admission includes dinner and show (tax and gratuity included)
$55 single admission includes brunch and show (tax and gratuity included)

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR:
▪ 2016-2017 Invisible Theatre Season Ticket Holders receive a $5 discount per ticket
▪ Skyline Country Club Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE FOR SIZZLING SUMMER SOUNDS BY:
▪ Calling the Invisible Theatre Box Office at (520) 882-9721
▪ Visiting the Invisible Theatre Box Office (1400 N. First Ave at Drachman) during box office hours
▪ Going on-line 24/7 through OvationTix at www.invisibletheatre.com

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted

PARKING: Valet parking available

Invisible Theatre “THE ME INSIDE OF ME”

THE PASTIME PLAYERS present “The Me Inside of Me,” A Performance by the Pastime Players That Celebrates Ability! Presented by the Invisible Theatre Featuring Pastime students from Doolen Middle School on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. It’s free and open to the public! Bring the whole family! Call (520) 882-9721 for information. Tickets are not needed for this event.

The Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary arts education program for mentally and physically challenged students, started as a workshop in 1984 and has grown into a national prototype of innovative arts education programming that focuses on ability rather than disability. Funded in part by Foundation Cariňoso and The David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation, Project Pastime exemplifies the concept that when artists, teachers, administrators, funding agents, students and parents come together as a community – we really can make a difference.

THE ME INSIDE OF ME is an original musical that is presented each spring marking the culmination of the students’ year-long instruction in music, drama and dance. Conceived and created by Invisible Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Project Pastime is directed by Susan Claassen with associate director Gail Fitzhugh, musical director Rob Boone and choreographer Kathryn Byrnes. The project is centered at Doolen Middle School in the Tucson Unified School District. The Pastime Players receive instruction twice a week from local artists of the Invisible Theatre. While some components of THE ME INSIDE OF ME are repeated in each production, the framework is flexible and allows for individual ensemble members to have their special talents spotlighted. This year’s production will feature Shakespeare, The Pizza Song and excerpts from Annie.

In addition to school performances, the touring group of Project Pastime has performed at the American Association of School Administrators Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2001. Throughout Arizona, they’ve appeared in such diverse venues as the state legislature, Raytheon Corporation, The City of Hope’s National Spirit of Life dinner, the Senior Olympics opening ceremonies, the National Association for Handicapped Riders national conference, an art reception at the Flux Gallery in Plaza Palomino and at the 2013 Gem Show for the National Chinese Jewelry Association. Pastime Players were also honored at the 2002 Volunteers of the Year Awards when they received the Southwest Gas Corporation’s “Right from the Start for Children” Award. The award winning documentary, Such Good Friends, chronicling the Pastime Players, premiered at The Loft Cinema on April 26, 2009.

IT: Let’s Live A Little

Invisible Theatre concludes its 46th Anniversary Season with LET’S LIVE A LITTLE by award winning playwright Kathleen Clark from April 18 – 30, 2017, featuring the largest cast ever in the history of the Invisible Theatre! This all-star ensemble features Bree Boyd, Kathleen Erickson, Pat Fitch, Roxanne Harley, Susan Kovitz, Lucille Petty, Molly McKasson, Sarah MacMillan, Stevan Miller, Jack Neubeck, Ellie Vought, and To-Ree-Nee Wolf-Keiser. This charming play delves into five separate stories of people searching for adventure and excitement…only to find themselves at unexpected destinations. In a small town in New Jersey, their lives intersect in surprising ways. These memorable and colorful characters face their challenges with resilience and humor and, ultimately, realize it is never too late to live a little! This heart-felt theatrical gem is directed by Susan Claassen. The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

This production is made possible in part through the generous support of Jane and Marvin Brown and is lovingly dedicated to the vibrant memory of Patrick Connors.

The single show ticket price for LET’S LIVE A LITTLE is $32. A low cost preview ($20) takes place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Additional discounts are available for groups, seniors, active military and students. Rush tickets are available for purchase at half-price one half hour prior to performance time and are subject to availability. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Invisible Theatre Box Office at (520) 882-9721 and are also available 24/7 on-line through OvationTix at www.invisibletheatre.com.

The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to producing quality theatre and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and staged readings.

Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Associate Artistic Director James Blair, and PR Director Cathy Johnson, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The company’s current season includes a six play Main Stage season, many special events, a world class cabaret series, organizational collaborations, educational tours, seminars that encourage community dialogue and Project Pastime – an educational theatre program for mentally challenged youth.

The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the first Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. Productions take place in an intimate 80-seat converted laundry building. IT celebrates its 46th season with an even greater commitment to professionalism, artistic excellence, accessibility, freedom of expression, diverse programming and creative challenge – thus making the Invisible Theatre a very visible force in Tucson’s cultural community.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Kathleen Clark is a prominent American playwright and has had two prior plays produced at Invisible Theatre.
SOUTHERN COMFORTS, directed by Judith Ivey and starring Penny Fuller and Larry Keith, was produced at Primary Stages in NYC following a production at the Coconut Grove Playhouse with Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook. Numerous regional productions of SOUTHERN COMFORTS followed the New York production, including Theatre Works in Palo Alto, the International City Theatre and Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, both starring Miss Michael Learned, and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. SOUTHERN COMFORTS was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and is still regularly produced throughout the country.

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM, directed by Judith Ivey, was produced off-Broadway and has since been produced throughout the U.S. and Canada. SOUTHERN COMFORTS and SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM are available through Samuel French Publishing. IN THE MOOD, a comedy directed by Marc Bruni, was produced on the Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Festival and at the Invisible Theatre in Tucson, directed by Susan Claassen. AWILDA, a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, was read at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, directed by Jayne Atkinson. Her comedy, THE WAY WE DANCE, was part of the NJ Repertory Theatre reading series and was read in NYC, directed by Marsha Mason. Ms. Clark was twice selected to attend the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference with her plays SOUTHERN COMFORTS and BANNER. BANNER was produced in NYC and Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.

In addition to playwriting, she has worked as Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Literary Manager of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Script Coordinator at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and as an associate to Jane Harmon in the NYC theatrical producing office of Jane Harmon Associates (Driving Miss Daisy).

Kathleen Clark is the recipient of the 2016 Goldie Klein Guest Artist Award. This award was established in 1988 as a way to pay tribute to Goldie Klein, mother of IT’s artistic director, Susan Claassen. Every year a guest artist at the Invisible Theatre is selected. Past recipients have included such illustrious artists as Ann Hampton Callaway, Steve Ross, Rain Pryor, Norma Jean Darden, Jeffrey Haskell, Amanda McBroom, Lynn Redgrave, Valarie Pettiford, and Sandy Hackett. Ms. Clark is married to Richard Frankel and lives in Leonia, New Jersey. For more information, go to kathleenclarkplaywright.com.

FACTS ABOUT LET’S LIVE A LITTLE

WHO:
Written by Kathleen Clark
Director: Susan Claassen
Ensemble: Bree Boyd, Kathleen Erickson, Pat Fitch, Roxanne Harley, Susan Kovitz, Lucille Petty,
Molly McKasson, Sarah MacMillan, Stevan Miller, Jack Neubeck, Ellie Vought, and
To-Ree-Nee Wolf-Keiser

WHAT:
The Southwest Premiere of LET’S LIVE A LITTLE

WHERE:
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ. 85719

WHEN:
Season Ticket Holders will be seated first and then general admission.

Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)

Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)

Thursday April 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Seminar with playwright Kathleen Clark)

Friday April 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday April 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday April 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday April 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

RUNNING TIME:
90 minutes with no intermission.

PRODUCTION STAFF:
DIRECTOR: Susan Claassen
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: James Blair
SET DESIGN: Susan Claassen and James Blair
SCENIC PAINTING: Andie Pratt
LIGHT DESIGN: James Blair
PROP DESIGN: James Blair and Michaela Dannenbrink
COSTUME DESIGN: Maryann Trombino
STAGE MANAGER: Fred Rodriguez
GRAPHIC & PROGRAM DESIGN: Karen Scott & Christine Simpson, Great Scott Design, Inc

TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR FOR INFORMATION:
To charge tickets by phone, call our Box Office at (520) 882-9721.
You may also visit the Box Office in the Invisible Theatre Lobby (1400 N First Avenue at Drachman).
To buy tickets online 24/7, go to www.invisibletheatre.com and click on the Ovationtix logo.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:
The Invisible Theatre is fully accessible to patrons using wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. Seating areas to accommodate persons using wheelchairs are located in the theatre. If patrons require special seating they should inform the Box Office at (520) 882-9721.