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Arizona Premiere!  Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham's dark humored and emotionally resonant drama The Outgoing Tide tackles issues of family, forgiveness and fading memory, while delving into the past through revealing flashbacks. In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but gets resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own.

Jack is the adult son of an aging couple who finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place.  His mother, Peg, wants help convincing his stubborn father to move into an assisted-living facility. But his dad, Gunner, has a different, and definitively more unorthodox, plan in mind.  As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding—before the tide goes out.

"This drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion." — Dramatists Play Service

"The characters are well drawn, the dialogue is pungent . . . The script's frequent time shifts from present to past and back again are handled with a telling simplicity . . . may well flood your emotions with its emotional truth." — BackStage

Directed by Judy RollingsThe Outgoing Tide features Studio members Michael Fleck, Judy Lebeau and Steven Fajardo.

Meet the Players:

Judy Rollings* (Director) A member of the Board of Directors of The Studio, Judy is the Herberger Theater Center’s Director of Art Education and Outreach. She is a founding member of Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as the Artistic Director for over eight years. During her tenure, they won the Critics Circle Award for Innovative Programming – Brown Bag Theater and the Best Professional Theater Award. Judy is a recipient of awards that include Best Director of a Drama, ariZoni Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater, and the 2010 Actors Equity Association Theatre Service Award. Judy also innovated and ran the successful STAGES actor training program and is founder and director of the Lunch Time Theater Program at the Herberger Theater Center. Current acting credits include Spinning Into Butter, The Death Bite, her own one-woman show Starring Judy from Chicago, Light Up The Sky, Suocera, Over The River and Through the Woods, and The Velocity of Autumn. Current directing credits include Collected Stories, Sudz, Honor, Eleemosynary, The Road to Mecca, Nureyev’s Eyes, Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Great Falls, and And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little.

Michael Fleck* (Gunner) Michael has been a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA for 40 years, appearing in over 150 plays, films, radio and television productions. He has appeared in The Studio productions of Elegy for a Lady, Twist of the Magi, Over the River and Through the Woods, Stalking Pollyanna, The Last Romance, On Golden Pond, and as the garrulous Jack in last month’s The Weir. He is also a playwright. His works have been produced at The Studio, the Manhattan Theatre Club, Edgewood Summer Theatre, Saint Cloud State University, the University of Texas at Austin and the Herberger Theatre Center.

Judy Lebeau (Peg) Judy has been a theatre professional since 1978: Actress, Film (Disney’s Not Quite Human & MatchPoint, Ninja III, Dudes, The Vagrant, Out of Focus), Television (Search For Tomorrow, Rescue 911, Unsolved Mysteries), over 100 Commercials and Voice-overs, Presentational Coach, Director
and Producer. She has appeared on The Studio stage in such productions as On Golden Pond, The Last Romance, Road to Mecca, Eleemosynary, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little and The Heiress. Judy has been nominated for two ariZoni Awards and has been a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Steven Fajardo (Jack) is thrilled to be playing the role of Jack. He recently appeared in The Weir, and other roles at The Studio include Charlie in On Golden Pond, Arthur Townsend in The Heiress, and Joe in The Shadow Box. He's also had the pleasure of appearing in the 2014 and 2015 New Summer Shorts programs. Recent independent film roles include Leon in the Jerome 89A Film Festival award winner Surrender at Crow Lake and Jerry in This is Gonna Be Awesome.

Note: This play contains mature language and themes.

Theatre Artists Studio presents The Outgoing Tide from April 8th through the 24th at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, in Scottsdale. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 and over and Members of the Military. For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit our TICKETS page.

*Member, Actors Equity Association. This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor's Equity Association Members Project Code.


 

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