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Tucson to debut ‘Look Ma, We’re Dancing’

Susan Kovitz (left) and Susan Claassen rehearse ‘Look Ma, We’re Dancing,’ premiering at The Invisible Theatre. (Tim Fuller)

The Invisible Theatre will stage the world premiere of Janet Neipris’ “Look Ma, We’re Dancing,” a lighthearted comedy about two grown sisters who are still competing for the approval and attention of their long dead mother.

The show will run Feb. 8-26, with a preview performance Feb. 7.

“Janet is a playwright that we have nurtured over 30 years,” says IT Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, who notes that IT was founded as a new playwright’s theater. Neipris’ plays have been produced at major theatres worldwide and won her many awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. As chair of graduate playwriting and screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has taught many of today’s leading playwrights and screenwriters.

Although the characters in “Look Ma” are clearly Jewish — at one point they light a yahrzeit candle —“it’s an interesting universal story,” emphasizes Claassen, who plays one of the sisters, Vi, opposite Susan Kovitz’s Franny. Rounding out the cast are James Blair (Max), Bri Giger (Sophie) and Burney Starks (Avery).

To purchase tickets or for information, call 882-9721, visit the box office at 1400 N. First Ave. at Drachman, or go to and click on the Ovationtix logo.