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BEST THESPIAN TO KEEP AN EYE ON Phoenix 2007 - Ron May

While many of his compatriots struggled this past year to act, direct, run a credible theater or even just handle publicity for one, Ron May proved himself a quadruple-threat actor/director/artistic director/publicist who excelled at each of those tasks. As founding artistic director of Stray Cat Theatre, May (whose day job is the audience services coordinator at Actors Theatre) is responsible for one of a very few small, local companies that turn out consistently worthwhile work. This year, the company scored with Neil LaBute's tricky Fat Pig in November, in which May led a fine cast into the tetchy waters of looksism and the plight of the pigheaded.

May also helmed Stray Cat's sterling production of Sarah Kane's difficult 4.48 Psychosis and, at ASU, he worked his magic on Love's Fire, a tricky collection of short plays based on Shakespeare's sonnets. And no one's forgetting May's subtle, colorful comic relief the season before as a lovable doofus in Nearly Naked Theatre's Take Me Out.

Theater fans are eager to witness May's contributions to the just-launched 2007 season, which can only be improved by whatever he brings to the stage.

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mark Rettig
mark Rettig

Hello SusanMy name is Mark rettig and I was hoping you could hlep me with some information about Mary Cassatts family. I am trying to gather information about an etching I have who I believe to be hers. I would only need a few minutes of your time, so if you can please email me. Congratulations on your play;SincerelyMark R

Susan Courtney
Susan Courtney

Hello,I just returned from a week in Tubac, Arizona where I directed and performed in two staged readings of my play, Girl In Blue Armchair (about the artist, Mary Cassatt) at the Tubac Center of the Arts. It was a wonderful experience and it seemed, by the turnout, that many people are interested in the lives of the impressionist artists in Paris, namely Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. The play revolves around Mary's struggle as an artist in this time period and her relationship with Degas, her ailing sister, Lydia, and Emily, the little girl in the blue armchair. Would you be interested in my submitting this play to your theater?I would be delighted to hear from you or any suggestions for submissions to theaters in Arizona. (I fell in love with the Southwest!)Best,Susan Courtney

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