Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase.
Meet the cast of The Curious Savage
MICHELE HOLLAND- Florence Williams
Michele is beyond elated to be making her debut with Roadrunner Theatre Company. She was most recently seen in The Vagina Monologues in Denver, CO. She has been previously seen on stage in Tucson with several companies, including Live Theatre Workshop, Arizona Rose Theatre, and Borderlands Theatre. She has been featured in several local films, including two web series, and has filmed two television pilots. Michele has also been a panelist at the Phoenix Comic Con, and taught various youth acting classes. Some of Michele’s favorite productions include Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rocky Horror Show, and Design for Murder. Enjoy the show and thanks for supporting local theatre!
MARY ANNE FOUT - Fairy May
Mary Anne is thrilled to be back on the Roadrunner stage, having played Chelsea in RTC’s first production, On Golden Pond. She has worked in community theatre for over 30 years (acting, stage managing and directing) in Chicago, Huntington, WV, Ajo, AZ and here in Tucson with Red Barn Theatre Company, The Community Players, Beowulf Theatre and most recently appearing as Ruth Hock and Marty Mann in Our Experiences Have Taught Us. In her other life, she is proud Mom to Katie, Kimmy and Aidan and prouder Nana to Laynee and A.J. who put up with her crazy theatre life!
OCKTOBER PROSS - Jeffrey
Roadrunner Theatre Company is proud to introduce Ocktober Pross in his theater debut performance. Ocktober has been training in the past six years in dramatic arts and wishes to pursue an acting career. Break a leg, Ocktober! He wishes the same to all his fellow cast mates!
NICK SMALLWOOD - Hannibal
This is Nicks second show with RTC. He first appeared in Becky’s New Car last season. Nick was raised in Safford, Arizona, where he discovered the world of acting and theater while attending the local community college. He made his first major debut at the University of Arizona, where he appeared in the 2016 spring and fall productions of Giants Have Us in Their Books and All in The Timing. “Since being introduced to the craft,” he says he has been “bitten by the acting bug,” and he has decided to make it a life-long journey to learn all he can about the art.
LINDA ANDRESANO - Mrs. Paddy
Welcome to the next season here at Roadrunner! Many thanks to all our wonderful theatergoers for “putting us on the map!” Also my thanks and gratitude for talented and friendly cast mates, directors and crew and Renata Rauchen for starting this great thing! Thanks to all my friends and to my dear mum for coming to our shows and, as always, thanks and I love you to my dear husband Thomas for supporting this acting thing I love so much, being a “rehearsal widow” .......and generally putting up with me! Enjoy the show and the season. Love you all!
DAVID UPDEGRAFF - Titus
David is excited to be performing the role of Senator Titus Savage in The Curious Savage. It is his third play with Roadrunner Theatre Company. David and Susan, his wife of over 50 years, first came to Tucson in 2002 following his retirement in 2001, returned the next year, and decided to stay. David’s performance career has included nearly 40 years as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Master of Ceremonies of several barbershop shows and the Pima Council on Aging annual Gala. His previous theatrical credits include Monsieur Feure in The Admirable Crichton, Mr. Schmidt in Nana’s Naughty Knickers, Jeffrey in Elevator, Fagin in Oliver, and John Hancock in 1776. David is particularly appreciative of Susan’s support throughout a long career in education, and through his attempts to retire!
ANDREA HICKEY - Lilly Belle
Andrea has been performing professionally since the age of twelve and throughout her teenage years, continued working on the stage and in film. At the age of seventeen, Andrea was awarded a full acting scholarship to the University of Memphis where she continued to hone her skills and gain many stage credits. She later transferred to Belmont University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She completed her education with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Standout experiences for Andrea include Babe in Crimes of the Heart where she was cast as the main character in a college production when she was only a high school student; Portia in The Merchant of Venice where she was nominated to compete in the TPAC Regional Competition; Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web where she won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the character; and Patty in Writer’s Block where she was nominated for the Irene Ryan National Scholarship Award. Andrea is thrilled to be working with Roadrunner Theatre company for the first time. Andrea gives all of her love to her family and her pups! Andrea dedicates this performance to her amazing husband who provides endless love, encouragement, and support!
KARL HAAS - Samual
Karl has been performing in Tucson at Gaslight Theatre in Elf’d (Santa), Live Theatre Workshop in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Babbybobby) and Roadrunner Theatre in Tucson Follies (MC/ Costello). Karl just recorded a Radio Commercial for the AZ Dairy Associations (Coach) as he now pursues a performing career in film, commercials, print, stage acting and singing. He feels blessed to be appearing frequently in many theatre venues throughout the 2017-18 season, as he restarts his performing career. Karl earned a BFA in Vocal Performance from Miami University where he also completed the Acting Core Studies. He retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the US Army, earned an MS in International Business Management and has spent 9 years as a financial advisor, insurance agent and manager in financial services. Karl thanks his lovely wife Kathy and their three cats for their love, attention and all the delicious fish! He is now excited to return for his second production with The Roadrunner Theatre Company!!!
GAIL ROSEN - Mrs. Ethel P. Savage
Gail Rosen is thrilled to be appearing in her second production with Roadrunner Theater, having recently appeared as Rose in God’s Favorite. She has a long theatrical resume, having directed and appeared in many productions in the Philadelphia and San Diego areas. Favorite roles include: Teresa in How the Other Half Loves; Dr. Markowitz in A Thousand Clowns; Miranda in Return Engagements; and, Tessie in Daughters. Thanks to Neil for all the love and support!
TIMOTHY MARK - Dr. Emmett
Ever since he was a little boy, Timothy had always admired the craft of acting. After graduating High School, Timothy was working full-time in the food industry. After five years of food management, he decided to get serious about his interest and dive into learning the craft. Still to this day; he attends The Studio for Actors here in Tucson, AZ. Three years of training and a few auditions later; Timothy landed his first theater role here at Roadrunner Theater Company in the Production of “The Curious Savage” as Dr. Emmett. Officially bitten by the acting bug, Timothy couldn’t be happier with where his passion for acting has led him. He will continue to learn, grow, and develop into the best actor he can be!
MYANI WATSON - Miss “Willie” Wilhelmina
Myani Watson is an actress and recent grad from the U of A BA Theatre Arts program. She has had a love for acting since she was 3 years old. Some of her notable works have been The Vagina Monologues, Blu, and Hunter Gatherers. Her most recent show was IDENTITY at Live Theatre Workshop. The Curious Savage is her first production with Roadrunner Theatre, and she has also become an ensemble member in Stories that Soar. Myani is steadily building her acting resume and hopes to move to LA in the future and advance her career further.
The Production Staff
PROPERTY MANAGER/SET DRESSING...
Marchus Lewis, Michael F. Woodson
Cast and crew! From l-r, (back row) Jeri Cantrell, Myani Watson, Andrea Hickey, David Updegraff, Linda Andresano, Gail Rosen, Timothy Mark, Karl Haas. (second row) Nick Smallwood, Arthur Rodger, Michele Holland, Mary Anne Fout. (on floor) Emily Doorenbos, Ocktober Pross