Tucson, AZ--- The Invisible Theatre continues its 52nd Season with DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE by Ken Ludwig playing October 24 - November 5, 2023. This heartwarming production stars Emily Fuchs and Sean Hazen and is directed by Betsy Kruse Craig. When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war allows. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig tells the poignant story of his own parents ``unlikely courtship” during World War II. DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE runs 85 minutes with no intermission and is made possible in part through the generous support of The Estate of Mary Ann Stubbs. For reservations and additional information call (520) 882-9721 or visit invisibletheatre.com, Age recommendation High School/PG.
“It's a beautiful, sentimental journey that is sure to capture your heart. “
Sean Hazen (Jack Ludwig) is a Tucson native. He has been acting professionally for 7 years. In 2019 he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City with an Associate of Arts. After college he stayed in NYC and gained multiple theatre and film/television credits, including a residency with The Complete Theatre Company. He also gained a playwright credit with his one act play The Stockyard which was a finalist in the Strawberry One Act Festival. In 2020 he made his way back to Tucson and has been integrating into the Tucson theatre community. This is Sean's first production with Invisible Theatre and he is extremely excited to be collaborating with them! He would like to thank the entire production team and his parents for their support.
Emily Fuchs (Louise Rabiner) is thrilled to be participating in her second Invisible Theatre production! Born and raised in Tucson, Emily received an Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Pima Community College in 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from The University of Arizona in 2019. Recent credits include SHE TOLD HIM in Flying Solo, Angie in Invisible Theatre’s THE SABBATH GIRL and Crespo in Pastorela del Pueblo with Teatro de la Calle. Emily is currently pursuing a master’s degree in studies of Global Media at the University of Arizona, and recently completed a short course in Shakespeare and classical acting with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Fun Fact: Louise is actually Emily’s middle name!
Betsy Kruse Craig (Director) is Invisible Theatre’s treasured Associate Managing Artistic Director. After eight years in California where she was Artistic Director of The Pear Theatre in Mountain View, Betsy is now a full time Tucson resident. Betsy began her IT career in 1994 in THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND. Other IT productions include THE BLONDE, THE BRUNETTE AND THE VENGEFUL REDHEAD, GUNMETAL BLUES, BINGO, and YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY. Betsy was most recently seen as Molly Ivins in RED HOT PATRIOT, and as Tallulah Bankhead in the acclaimed production of LOOPED! Betsy was featured in IT’s Sizzling Summer Sounds Series, “You Gotta Have Hart”. Betsy has directed many productions in Tucson and in The Bay Area including MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, VIOLET, SEUSSICAL and most recently “Flying Solo” and last season’s THE SABBATH GIRL. Betsy previously taught at both Pima Community College and The University of Arizona.
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) has had six productions on Broadway and eight in London’s West End. His 34 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year. His first play, LEND ME A TENOR, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. CRAZY FOR YOU Is currently running on London’s West End. It was previously on Broadway for five years, on the West End for three, and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, and the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. His other plays include MOON OVER BUFFALO, LEADING LADIES, BASKERVILLE, SHERWOOD, TWENTIETH CENTURY, DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE, A FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, A COMEDY OF TENORS, THE GAME’S AFOOT, SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. They have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Kristen Bell, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and Henry Goodman. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays on theatre are published in the Yale Review. He gives the Annual Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and he served on the Board of Governors for the Folger Shakespeare Library for ten years. For more information visit www.kenludwig.com.
Producers: Susan Claassen and Betsy Kruse Craig
Set Design: James Blair, Betsy Kruse Craig and Susan Claassen
Light Design: James Blair
Sound Design: Rob Boone
Production Stage Manager: Diana Knoepfle
Production Assistant: Marixa Zazueta-Switzer
About The Invisible Theatre
The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, has been 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 for 52 years. 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 stage readings.
Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen and Associate Artistic Directors James Blair and Betsy Kruse Craig, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The Invisible Theatre is located at 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719. For additional information visit www.invisibletheatre.com or call 520-882-9721
Covid Protocols: The health and safety of our artists, audiences and staff continues to be our top priority. While masks, full vaccination and booster shots are no longer required, these health and safety measures are subject to change, at Invisible Théâtre’s sole discretion and are based on evolving health and safety guidance and conditions.