“Iraq in 3/3 Time With a Coda” play at LTW



ETCETERA, the late-night arm of Live Theatre Workshop, presents:

IRAQ IN 3/3 TIME WITH A CODA (A rumination on the effects of violence and war)

Run dates

May 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 10:30 PM. May 29 at 8:30 PM

Tickets $10 at the door – 520-327-4242 for tickets

Live Theatre Workshop – 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.,Tucson



IRAQ IN 3/3 TIME WITH A CODA is made up of four short plays. These are: AUDITION, GUESS YOU KNOW WHY I’M HERE, SNIPER and TRUST THE SKY.


AUDITION – A brother seeks revenge for the supposed rape of his sister – a Captain serving in Iraq, but unleashes his own personal demons instead.


GUESS YOU KNOW WHY I’M HERE -A medic is haunted by the death of a sergeant during a firefight in Iraq, and is driven by his guilt to a confession when a man he thinks is a member of the police force visits.

SNIPER -An Army marksman goes rogue after fatally wounding his brother while on duty in Iraq.

TRUST THE SKY -A young woman considers the loss of her father during 9/11.

Production Team Info

Gavin Kayner – Playwright and Director. Mr. Kayner’s plays have won numerous awards and been stage-read, workshopped and produced to critical acclaim.

Jared Stokes – (Franklin, Albert and Captain Nelson)Mr. Stokes has appeared on Tucson stages in a variety of roles. Some of these include productions of a Christmas Carol, Hokey Pokey, Shining City, Harvey, Bus Stop and August: Osage County.

Jason Schutte – (Sam) Mr. Schutte is an aspiring actor who is currently attending the University of Arizona.

Nicolette Shaffer – (Amanda)is a student at Pima College and has appeared in such productions as Carousel and The Crucible.

Eric Everts – has appeared such productions as A Company of Wayward Saints and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Contact: Gavin Kayner – 520-297-3317 – brit4@mindspring.com

More Information: www.livetheatreworkshop.org/shows/etcetera. (facebook groups, etc.)

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Four very powerfully acted short plays by clever playwright Gavin Kayner. The first “Audition” is about a soldier auditioning for a theater play, only to discover that the interviewer is the brother of a sister Captain the soldier knew in Iraq. This sister was abused by whom? and justice for her is sought. The 2nd play “Guess You Know Why I’m Here “ portrays the PTSD suffered by a medic after a horrible, chaotic IED incident in Iraq where a beloved Sarge dies. “Sniper” is about a tortured, robot-like, well trained sniper who unfortunately shoots & kills his own brother, an American turned traitor/Muslim terrorist. He says that although “taking life is editing God’s handiwork” he has to due to the “confluence of circumstances” presented him as a trained sniper.

    And finally the last play “Trust the Sky” shows the pain of a young woman, collateral damage from the death of her father from one of the twin towers of 9/11. She laments that she can “never trust the sky again” because God did not save her father after he allegedly jumped to his death. All four plays consider the benefits (if any) of war and the war on terrorism, and confronts the personal demons inside after living through these wars, and whether there is justice overall because of all the pain suffered. Two more showings this weekend.

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