TagsAngela Walker Benjamin Dygert Beowulf Alley Theatre Big 8 Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage Gabe Nagy Holly-Marie Carlson Jake Chapman Kirsten Long Lucas Gonzales Samuel French Steve Anderson Susan Arnold Tucson
Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage ended with a bang yesterday in Tucson, Arizona. Kirsten Long in the role of Shirl Bitahatcher stole the show with her signature physical comedy moves, great timing, and theatrical charge of the stage! I am so proud of her. Gabe Nagy was a favorite as Black Dog busting through doors, dying and coming back to life at any chance he got. Then there was the beautiful Holly-Marie Carlson as She Devil prancing around with insane sex appeal. Lucas Gonzales was a hit as the dumb yet charming rodeo cowboy who brings the house down when he hits the stage holding a gun and wearing nothing but a jock strap. Everyone loved Jake Chapman as the strapping rodeo cowboy who saves the day in the end. Steve Anderson directed this cast with an old western flavor building in a whirlwind of horror melodrama culminating in blood, dismemberment and justice for all! Angela Walker was stage manager and costume designer, Khail Smith did lighting design, Audrey Billie was make-up artist, and sound designer Alex Greengaard wrapped it up in a perfect ribbon of western tunes he composed for the show!
I am so happy I flew to Tucson for the event, to get to know the actors at the Cast party, and to meet with Ian MacNeil for the after-show celebration; not to mention the haircuts, color & styles I am scheduled to give to both Kirsten and her Mother Ginia Desmond screenwriter, painter and favorite client of Red Union Salon!
Meeting with Ian MacNeil was a highlight of the trip so far. He came specifically to see Kirsten in Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage all the way from his home in London, via Chicago where he is at work on the touring show of Billy Elliot. Ian is known for his amazing talent as Set Designer extraordinaire, and won the Drama Desk Award as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design (twice) for An Inspector Calls. He also received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Billy Elliot The Musical. In 1999, he staged the international tour of the Pet Shop Boys. Ian is currently in collaboration with the famous baritone Karl Daymond for set design on Don Giovanni the opera for the English National Opera at the London Coliseum.
You will see here a photo of me standing with Kirsten at the theater in front of the poster of Flaming Guns of the Sage. Great show, great time…wish you were here!
To see Kirsten’s resume: KirstenLong.com
– Erika Redding