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SPRING 2022 in the Valley of the Sun

My final semester teaching at ASU! 

italics=School of Music, Dance & Theatre (MDT) production

Events in all bold (not just the title) counts as credit for my students

DUE TO ONGOING CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, THEATRES ARE POSTPONING/MOVING TO VIRTUAL. MAKE SURE TO CHECK BEFORE GOING!

Please let me know about online performances so I can list them!

A good source of virtual programming (always changing) is the TDF site, where you can sign up for a weekly newsletter letting you know about virtual programming of Broadway/Off-Broadway/Off-Off B shows and more.

https://www.tdf.org/

JANUARY

7-30 A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 by Lucas Hnath.  Theatre Artists Studio  Hnath's brilliant follow up to Ibsen's classic. What happens after she slams the door? 

14-16 GODSPELL (Music student production) Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

cont through February UNDOING TIME: ART AND HISTORIES OF INCARCERATION ASU Art Museum  "considers the foundational roots of confinement from philosophical, sociological, theological and art historical perspectives to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis is centuries in the making. “Undoing Time” traces history's images that contribute to the entrenched cultural beliefs associated with today’s carceral system. The exhibition commissions new works of contemporary art based on the analysis of art historical images of incarceration. The 12 contemporary artists in the exhibition invest in community collaboration, work in an expansive range of media and rethink traditional archival research to consider how artistic expression reveals the underlying logics of criminality and correction. For the first time in ASU Art Museum’s history, “Undoing Time” will engage all galleries, dedicating the entire museum to this one large-scale exhibition and public programming. Organized by Miki Garcia, Heather Sealy Lineberry, Matthew Villar Miranda and Julio César Morales, and features artists Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Juan Brenner, Raven Chacon, Sandra de la Loza, Ashley Hunt, Cannupa Hanska Luger, our very own Michael Rohd, Paul Rucker, Xaviera Simmons, Stephanie Syjuco, Vincent Valdez and Mario Ybarra Jr." 

14-22  A FEMININE ENDING by Sarah Treem, directed by Daniela Crispo.  The Bridge Initiative at Tempe Center for the Arts "From Sarah Treem (TV’s The Affair, House of Cards, In Treatment), A Feminine Ending is a gentle, bittersweet comedy about a girl who knows what she wants, but not quite how to get it. Having recently graduated from a major conservatory, and with a rocker boyfriend on the brink of stardom, aspiring composer Amanda Blue’s “extraordinary life” seems to be all mapped out. But when she runs home to answer her mother’s distress call, Amanda’s grand plan starts to unravel. There's a lot of noise in her head but none of it is music. Until the end."

15 ASHWINI RAMASWAMY'S LET THE CROWS COME Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts  8pm "A dance for three with live music, Let the Crows Come uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed.Evoking mythography and ancestry, Let the Crows Come uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. This dance for three with live music explores how memory and homeland channel guidance and dislocation. Featuring Ashwini Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam technique), Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (Contemporary/African Diasporic technique), and Berit Ahlgren (Gaga technique), Bharatanatyam dance is deconstructed and recontextualized to recall a memory that has a shared origin but is remembered differently from person to person. Composers Jace Clayton (dj/rupture) and Brent Arnold extrapolate from Prema Ramamurthy’s classical Carnatic (South Indian) score, utilizing centuries-old compositional structures as the point of departure for their sonic explorations. " 

16-22. JUST BE by Maybe Stewart.  The Bridge Initiative at Tempe Center for the Arts. "What does it mean to truly find yourself? What would it look like to let yourself just be? These are the central questions that Maybe Stewart and their ensemble of actors will seek to answer with you through an evening of poetry, movement, theatre, and conversation. In this brave space, you are invited to courageously sit with your discomfort, and dig deeper into what being human means to you. Using the playwright's personal narrative as a jumping off point, this interactive piece discusses gender, trauma, and identity in a unique, vulnerable, and piercingly honest format."

19 ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH & OURS IS THE LAND  Phoenix Art Museum 6:30pm "Join us for a screening of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a feature documentary by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, one of the artists featured in Landscapes of Extraction, currently on view at Phoenix Art Museum, and a special screening and Q&A with director of Ours is the Land (2015).
Ours is the Land, directed by Frances Causey, explores the spiritual, cultural, and physical connection of the Tohono O’odham people of Arizona to Ce:wi Duag, or the Santa Rita Mountains, a site imperiled by the proposed creation of the Rosemont open-pit copper mine. (Causey, 2015, 17 min., NR)
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

20 IS IT SAFE TO LAUGH YET? "A conversation about religion, truth and politics with comedian Bassem Youssef" (see ASU Gammage show on 22nd)  4:30pm Marston Exploration Theatre (ISTB4) "Dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” Bassem Youssef’s weekly political satire show had reached over 30 million people across the Middle East and North Africa when he ran afoul of the Egyptian authorities. Accused of political and religious disrespect, Youssef fled Egypt for the United States in 2014 where he continued his career as a comedian, while also adding podcaster, television writer, and scholar to his resume. The author of Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring, Youssef has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard and Stanford, has done voice work for Disney’s Duck Tales show, and has been named one of the world’s 100 leading global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In addition to his compelling personal story and entertainment career, Youssef’s incisive look at politics, society and religion makes for conversation that is as serious as it is comedic. Free but register

22 BASSEM YOUSSEF "the Jon Stewart of the Arab World" Writer of "Revolution for Dummies" and the subject of "the doc "Tickling Giants."  ASU Gammage Beyond 7pm {see description above]

21 PAUSE Grey Box Collective. 7:30pm Mesa Arts Center Sculpture Garden $25 or pay what you can. Created by our very own Molly W. Schenck and a company of our alums and talented colleagues in "an original interdisciplinary performance that explores the mental health of loss, grief and transformation." 

22 PAUSE Grey Box Collective. 5pm  Singh Meadows, Tempe (see above)

28-30 CARMEN. Arizona Opera. Music by Georges Bizet, Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy. In French with English subtitles. 

29-30  THE COLOR CABARET (Music student production) Directed by Jonice Bernard ('22), music direction by Mario Yniguez ('23). Faculty mentor: Nathan De'Shon Myers  Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.  7:30pm on 29th and 2pm on 30th. Tickets must be purchased online!  More info

28-29. BREAKING GROUND 2022 CONDER/dance at Tempe Center for the Arts. Our very own Carley Conder curates an annual dance series. 

- closing Jan. 16: OSCAR MUÑOZ: INVISIBILIA first mid-career survey of Colombian artist in the U.S. Phoenix Art Museum "Beginning with his early, stark charcoal drawings from the late 1970s and early 1980s, whose approach to light and shade continued to impact Muñoz’s aesthetic in later photographic and video works, the exhibition will also include approximately 50 exemplary works from his most evocative series created during the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s to the present day, including site-specific work, to trace the evolution of his practice. " This is one of the strongest exhibitions of visually based work I've seen in Phoenix. His drawing, photography, video, installation work have an almost obsessive but beautifully revelatory and emotional power. A major artist whose work is finally getting attention here.

FEBRUARY

3 A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LEGUIZAMO Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm

3 UNDOING TIME ROUNDTABLE: CRITICAL WITNESSING  6-7pm ASU Art Museum "Join Vice Provost and Professor Tiffany Lopez in a roundtable discussion about "critical witnessing." This is a term Dr. Lopez coined to describe the process of stepping into a space of personal and/or social transformation as the direct result of experiencing a work of art that brings clarity that one is part of the continuum of the work. Critical witnessing is the experience of seeing a work of art and realizing you do not want to directly participate in or indirectly perpetuate the history of violence and trauma in an artwork. The experience of the work brings a shift from passive viewer to active witness with critical awareness, emerging toward a path of change.  Dr. Lopez will explore the exhibition "Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration" with this lens, informed by her personal experience teaching prison narratives and art about incarceration while visiting prisons."  

This event is both in-person and virtual. Please RSVP 

To join virtually, https://asu.zoom.us/j/89698018171

4-6 DANCE TRANSITIONS: CUMULUS TWENTY-TWO  "a two-program show presenting the capstone works of the class of 2022 Dance BFA students in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre." Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio Theatre

4-20  A SOLDIER'S PLAY by Charles Fuller  at Black Theatre Troupe " This Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Charles Fuller examines and evaluates the causes of oppression of African Americans and the obstacles to their advancement. It realistically describes the complex social issues and systemic racism in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the heart of the story is the complexity of race relations and the search for the meaning and definition of blackness in America. What is the role of Black Americans in the meaning of democracy and their place in democracy in a racially biased society?"

5-March 13 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW. Childsplay at Herberger Theater Center-Stage West

8-13 THE BAND'S VISIT  ASU Gammage. "The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical THE BAND'S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album. In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production."

8 DREAMING BEYOND THE CARCERAL STATE   ASU Art Museum 6-7pm "What would it look like to live in a world without prisons? Join artists Ashley Hunt and Juan Brenner with organizers from Mass Liberation for a public conversation considering possibilities for justice and fairness that do not include a prison system. This program is organized in collaboration with the ASU Art Museum, Performance in the Borderlands, Social Transformation Lab and Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. This is a free virtual event, please RSVP 

Zoom link: https://asu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PoSgz6e2SemtJuLQN1fq7w  

9-13 RIVERDANCE: 25 YEARS OF RIVERDANCE Mesa Arts Center

10-27 WOMEN IN JEOPARDY! Arizona Theatre Company. Written by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Sean Daniels. "Liz’s best friends want her to be happy, but the dentist she’s smitten with is just plain creepy. And they can’t help but wonder if he may be a serial killer. When he is linked to a mysterious disappearance, they turn their book club into a mash-up of Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and Sex and the City. This hilarious comedy reminds us about the value of friendship and the potential value of trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the midlife crisis just isn’t your speed. "

12-Sept. 4 BEVERLEY MCIVER: FULL CIRCLE Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/SMoCA.  25 years of paintings "From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring portraits of others and her own reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic. . . Her portraits explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, while portraits of family members provide glimpses of intimate moments, in good times as well as in illness and death."

in tandem with:

IN GOOD COMPANY: A complementary exhibition, featuring artists’ works that reflect McIver’s collaborations with Faith Ringgold, Richard Mayhew and others, as well as her impact on artists including Melissa Button, Claudio Dicochea, Michael Dixon, Carrie Hott, Mary Porterfield, Chris Santa Maria, Damian Stamer, and Lamar Whidbee.

12-13 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST Heard Museum

16 EL VEZ: THE MEXICAN ELVIS!  & MR. BOB'S UNHAPPY HOUR 5pm in FAC 133. Cabaret and Conversation hosted by Karen Jean Martinson. Free!

AND THEN...

16 SHAUN LEONARDO Zoom presentation/embodied performance 6-7, workshop 7:05-7:50. https://asu.zoom.us/j/2910408836  "Brooklyn-based artist Shaun Leonardo received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a recipient of support from Creative Capital, Guggenheim Social Practice, Art for Justice, and A Blade of Grass, and has been profiled in the New York Times. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, and New Museum, with a solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty Space, at MASS MoCA and The Bronx Museum in 2021. View his work at elcleonardo.com

6pm performance:  Leonardo will discuss his multi-disciplinary work, which negotiates societal expectations of masculinity, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. The artist will describe his investment in performance as a process of em-bodiment— exploring the ways in which memory and trauma are lodged within our bodies.

7pm Workshop:  Utilizing a series of embodiment exercises, Leonardo will guide participants in a process of expressing experiences held in their bodies through non-verbal communication. In connection with the work of the school’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) task force, this workshop will center on narratives of difference and otherness. Normally held in person, the session will be translated into Zoom format.

17-20 Double Bill: WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU chamber opera  & 600 SQUARE FEET a micro-opera. both with music/story by Nkeiru Okoye, libretto by David Cote.  Conducted by Nathan De’Shon Myers and Brian DeMaris  Directed by Kelli Shill and Stephanie Sadownik at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

18-27  LA COMEDIA OF ERRORS  adapted from Shakespeare by Lydia Garcia and Bill  Rauch.  Directed by Ricky Araiza. ASU Theatre's Galvin Playhouse. This bilingual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s zaniest comedies about mistaken identities gives audiences the opportunity to see the world from another perspective. Esta es una comedia sobre gemelos separados al nacer. Whether you speak English, Spanish, or both languages, you will love this hilarious show."

18-March 13. A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee. Theatre Artists Studio (postponed?)

18-March 5   I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by John Logan iTheatre Collective

20 ASU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  Baritone Nathan De'Shon Myers joins the ASU Symphony Orchestra performing Nkeiru Okoye’s tragic and thought-provoking Invitation to a Die-In, a work that responds to the murders of Black men, starkly telling the story from the perspective of the deceased, their families, police officers and citizens on all sides of the issue. The work is preceded by Valerie Coleman’s newly-written Fanfare for Uncommon Times and Molly Joyce’s haunting Over and Under for organ and orchestra. I believe our very own Rachel Finley is also involved with the staging of Nathan's piece.  4-6pm at ASU Gammage.

 

22  FIDELIO BY HEARTBEAT OPERA. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts  7:30pm " tells the story of a black activist who is wrongfully incarcerated. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people and new English dialogue, this daring, 90-minute adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope"

24-25 MFA Dance Project Presentations. Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio Theatre

24-27 BEDTIME STORIES Performance Collective URLAND/Thomas Dudkiewicz. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts "Lilly is a young girl blessed with an extraordinary lineage. Her father, Max, and her grandfather, George, are both gifted storytellers. Every night, before bed, she gets to wander off into an unexplored universe created solely for her. Unforeseen events throw these three generations into a twirling journey through both universes. The final story is one that lasts a lifetime. Bedtime Stories is inspired and conspired by the world. This coming-of-age, live radio-play in theatre is an exploration and experiment to discover the ancient forces behind the narrative—an homage to the imagination, technology, and the struggles of life itself. Actor Thomas Dudkiewicz plays the roles of Lilly, Max, and George."

25-March 19 THE TEMPEST Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center

25-26 NEAT by Charlayne Woodard. Directed by Crestencia Ortiz-Barnett and featuring Ashley Anne Njoki Harris.  6:30pm FAC 133 questions lacychaffee@asu.edu

26-27 THE VALLEY (new work reading) Book/lyrics Jamie Maletz, music Eric Fegan. ASU Kerr Cultural Center. With Toby Yatso!  7:30pm on 26th and 2pm on 27th. 

-through June.   Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989. Phoenix Art Museum  "explores the radical reconsideration of the photographic medium in post-World War II Japan through outstanding works from the Center for Creative Photography." 

MARCH

cont. -March 19 THE TEMPEST Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center

cont- March 13. A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee. Theatre Artists Studio

cont.-March 13 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW. Childsplay at Herberger Theater Center-Stage West

cont.-March 5.   I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by John Logan iTheatre Collective

cont-Sept. 4 BEVERLEY MCIVER: FULL CIRCLE Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/SMoCA.  25 years of paintings "From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring portraits of others and her own reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic. . . Her portraits explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, while portraits of family members provide glimpses of intimate moments, in good times as well as in illness and death."

in tandem with:

IN GOOD COMPANY: A complementary exhibition, featuring artists’ works that reflect McIver’s collaborations with Faith Ringgold, Richard Mayhew and others, as well as her impact on artists including Melissa Button, Claudio Dicochea, Michael Dixon, Carrie Hott, Mary Porterfield, Chris Santa Maria, Damian Stamer, and Lamar Whidbee.

2-May 1 THE COLOR PURPLE Phoenix Theatre.  Based on Alice Walker's novel with book by Marsha Norman. Directed by Daryl D Brooks. 

4-6 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Arizona Opera  Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim, Libretto Hugh Wheeler  "Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film, Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music focuses on a deliciously tangled web of affairs, all ripe with the possibility of new love and second chances. A comedy of manners with rapturous music, it is moving, witty, heartbreaking, and—most of all—a celebration of love. Among the songs in this groundbreaking theatrical piece is Send in the Clowns, one of the most recorded songs of all time."

4-20 FARINELLI AND THE KING Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center

4-5 ARIZONA TROLLEY DANCES Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts "This series of special performances originates at the Center, where patrons hop on a trolley for a tour of short dance works in various locations around the city."

11 MOMIX Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 8pm  Internationally known dance company directed by Moses Pendleton. 

11-26 SHEEPDOG Stray Cat Theatre. by Kevin Artique, directed by Louis Farber "A thrilling new chamber drama that feels almost frighteningly ripped from today’s newspapers from an incredible new voice in the American theatre. Amina and Ryan are both officers on the Cleveland police force. Amina is black. Ryan is white. They are falling deeply and passionately in love. When an officer-involved shooting roils the department, small cracks in their relationship widen into a chasm of confusion and self-doubt. A fusion of mystery and love story with blisteringly high stakes and no easy answers, SHEEPDOG fearlessly examines police violence, interracial love, and class tensions in the 21st century."

15-20 TOOTSIE ASU Gammage "Featuring a Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony® winner David Yazbek (THE BAND'S VISIT, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is a “hilarious, thoroughly modern TOOTSIE” (People Magazine) that’s “even funnier than the movie!” (New York Post). “In these turbulent times, with the world out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” says Rolling Stone, “TOOTSIE is it.”

15-April 17. BANKING WHILE BLACK. An installation by Paul Rucker. Sun Devil Stadium Coca-Cola Sun Deck. Free with timed admission. Info I'd suggest going early or late; the exhibit is outside on north part of the stadium and it gets hot and sun makes it hard to read the material on the screens. 

16  BLACK VIOLIN: IMPOSSIBLE TOUR Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm

19 TEN TINY DANCES Taliesin West.  CONDER/dance (our very own Carley Conder!) presents ten Arizona choreographers in an in-person outdoor performance on the Prow of Taliesin West.  Using the unique catalyst of Taliesin West, local dance artists have designed inspired intersections between dance and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home.  Presented on a 4 foot by 4 foot tiny stage, Ten Tiny Dances at Taliesin West challenges choreographers to think about space in new ways and connect with the audience on a deeper level.

19-20, 26-27 THOUGHT BUBBLE THEATRE FESTIVAL presented as part of City of Tempe Arts in the Parks.  Selleh, Scudder, Harelson and Pagago (dog) parks. Featuring 30 performers, writers, directors, many of whom are ASU students.  Alli St. John and Kendra Kahl's applied project. Scripts by MFA candidates Blake Edwards and Tori Esposito. Performances 12:30-4:30. More info 

19   NIYAZ Tempe Center for the Arts. 7:30pm. "cutting-edge, immersive, multi-sensory show unlike any other. The Fourth Light is a groundbreaking, multi-media experience, combining live musical and dance performance. This seamless synthesis of sound, space, image and light is a world music event that aims to unite people from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds."  info/video

24-27 ALL BALANCHINE Ballet Arizona in an all-Balanchine concert

24-April 10. NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Arizona Theatre Company. By Christina Ham, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. "A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius, activist, and musician that is Nina Simone.  Following the 1963 bombing by the Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, she rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Infused with traditional hymns along with her own songs and covers, Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation between Simone and three Black women from various back-grounds and experiences and their fight to overcome second-class status, racism, and the stereotypes that seek to define them." Sound design by our very own Daniel Perelstein Jaquette and scenic design by our own Arnel Sancianco! Both very powerful and effective. 

25-April 9. PASS OVER by Antionette Nwandu. iTheatre presents at Kax Stage of Herberger Theatre. If you saw the film doc of the Broadway performance, shot by Spike Lee, you know how powerful this piece can be. "a provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga." Lots of rather brilliant profanity, so be warned. 

25-April 10 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Black Theatre Troupe.  Book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.  Directed by Walter Belcher. "The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music. Ain't Misbehavin' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original and his musical gift to the world. His career ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ain't Misbehavin’ will delight and energize audiences and give a glimpse into a vibrant time in American history and music."

25 DORRANCE DANCE 8pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. "Originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church through the myriad sounds and textures created by the performers’ feet, SOUNDspace has been adapted and continues to explore what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing: movement as music."

25- April  3 the living'life of the daughter mira by Matthew Paul Olmos. ASU Theatre.  Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Meghan Finn. "In this poetic play, a newborn baby girl, Mira (in her imagined adult manifestation), looks to her labor/delivery nurse as a mother figure during her challenging first few days in the neonatal intensive care unit while her real family struggles with her arrival. Meanwhile, Mira's father struggles to keep a promise made to his daughter nine months earlier on a mysterious beach, in an aging Chevy Blue Casanova van" 

26. WHEN ALIENS FALL FROM THE SKY  7pm Gammage Beyond. 

"Inspired by the stylings of Spalding Gray, Lemon Andersen's WHEN ALIENS FALL FROM THE SKY is a compilation of stories and poems from real citizens across the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Collected and shared by people who are both documented and undocumented, these journeys reveal a vast and colorful canvas of experiences of the small cities and big towns of America, or as Lemon likes to call it, "the bone marrow of our nation." Lemon weaves rhymes and speaks a harsh but witty truth through these complex characters with the intention to shine a spotlight on the identity crisis in America."

27 TheatreLAB  MFA Dramatic Writer Maryam Rahaseresht's THE FIFTH COLUMN  FAC 133 7:30pm

28-March 4 ASU MUSIC CLASS OF 2022 CABARETS

-through June.   Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989. Phoenix Art Museum  "explores the radical reconsideration of the photographic medium in post-World War II Japan through outstanding works from the Center for Creative Photography." 

APRIL

cont. through April 10. NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Arizona Theatre Company. By Christina Ham, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. "A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius, activist, and musician that is Nina Simone.  Following the 1963 bombing by the Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, she rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Infused with traditional hymns along with her own songs and covers, Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation between Simone and three Black women from various back-grounds and experiences and their fight to overcome second-class status, racism, and the stereotypes that seek to define them." Sound design by our very own Daniel Perelstein Jaquette and scenic design by our own Arnel Sancianco! Both very powerful and effective. 

cont. -April 17. BANKING WHILE BLACK. An installation by Paul Rucker. Sun Devil Stadium Coca-Cola Sun Deck. Free with timed admission. Info 

I'd suggest going early or late; the exhibit is outside on north part of the stadium and it gets hot and sun makes it hard to read the material on the screens. 

cont. through April 9. PASS OVER by Antionette Nwandu. iTheatre presents at Kax Stage of Herberger Theatre. If you saw the film doc of the Broadway performance, shot by Spike Lee, you know how powerful this piece can be. "a provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga." Lots of rather brilliant profanity, so be warned. 

cont. through April  3 the living'life of the daughter mira by Matthew Paul Olmos. ASU Theatre.  Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Meghan Finn. "In this poetic play, a newborn baby girl, Mira (in her imagined adult manifestation), looks to her labor/delivery nurse as a mother figure during her challenging first few days in the neonatal intensive care unit while her real family struggles with her arrival. Meanwhile, Mira's father struggles to keep a promise made to his daughter nine months earlier on a mysterious beach, in an aging Chevy Blue Casanova van" 

cont-April 10 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Black Theatre Troupe.  Book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr.  Directed by Walter Belcher. "The inimitable Thomas "Fats" Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club and that jumpin' new beat, swing music. Ain't Misbehavin' evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original and his musical gift to the world. His career ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ain't Misbehavin’ will delight and energize audiences and give a glimpse into a vibrant time in American history and music."

cont.-Sept. 4 BEVERLEY MCIVER: FULL CIRCLE Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/SMoCA.  25 years of paintings "From early self-portraits in clown makeup to more recent works featuring portraits of others and her own reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic. . . Her portraits explore expressions of individuality, stereotypes, and ways of masking identity, while portraits of family members provide glimpses of intimate moments, in good times as well as in illness and death."

in tandem with:

IN GOOD COMPANY: A complementary exhibition, featuring artists’ works that reflect McIver’s collaborations with Faith Ringgold, Richard Mayhew and others, as well as her impact on artists including Melissa Button, Claudio Dicochea, Michael Dixon, Carrie Hott, Mary Porterfield, Chris Santa Maria, Damian Stamer, and Lamar Whidbee.

cont. through May 1 THE COLOR PURPLE Phoenix Theatre.  Based on Alice Walker's novel with book by Marsha Norman. Directed by Daryl D Brooks. 

-cont. through April 10 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL Harkins Scottsdale 101. Organized by The Phoenix Film Foundation

1-24 BY THE WATER by Sharyn Rothstein Theatre Artists Studio

1-3 LATIN SOL  at ASU Student Pavilion. @asusalsaclub.  @latinsolfestival. free to all ASU students, alumni, and community members. We have our guest artists who will be teaching and social dancing with our students and the community all weekend!  https://www.latinsolfestival.com/ 

1  DESERT DANCE THEATRE and CONDER/dance  at Tempe Center for the Arts. Free! but register in advance.  in Collaboration with Koresh Dance Company (see April 2)  7:30pm. 

1 THE REAL JAMES BOND... WAS DOMINICAN  Kerr Cultural Center. 7:30pm  Written/performed by Christopher Rivas, Developed with and directed by Daniel Banks. "What happens when a Dominican boy obsessed with James Bond in Queens (who will not go anywhere without his Nerf gun), finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican? This is a true story about Porfirio Rubirosa, who inspired Ian Fleming to create Bond, and a young Dominican actor to be whose discovery of Rubi shakes his very foundation. Set to a live percussion score and immersive projections, The Real James Bond Was Dominican is a guide to love, sex, color, code switching, whitewashing, success, fake it till you make it and the roller coaster of finding the true self for one young man."  ASU faculty/students $11  Info 

1 Open rehearsal (free) for WHAT PROBLEM? Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Gammage at noon. They are not doing the entire piece but sections of it for this special open rehearsal. 

2 WHAT PROBLEM? Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. 7pm   ASU Gammage Beyond "provokes the tension between belonging to a community and feelings of isolation that many feel during these divisive political times. Adapted for proscenium stages from the massive work, Deep Blue Sea (2020), Jones conceived of this highly personal work in pursuit of the elusive “we” including a cast of local community members, a deconstructed text from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  Jones and the company develop individual content with local community members in each of the touring locations making each performance specific to its host city. The work examines the condition of loneliness in the individual experienced alone and within a community. It explores the need for community and the notion of collective redemption."

2. KORESH DANCE THEATRE at Tempe Center for the Arts, 7:30pm

5  SPRING CHORAL SHOWCASE: MAY WE FOREVER STAND!  7:30-9pm  School of Music at ASU Gammage

6-10 THE OTHER MOZART Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts "tells the forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart—the genius sister of Amadeus—a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer, whose story was lost to history...the play incorporates music composed by Nannerl’s famous brother and Marianna Martines, who inspired Nannerl, as well as original music written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen. Created by Sylvia Milo, the play is set in a stunning 18-foot dress, designed by Magdalena Dabrowska of the National Theatre of Poland. Period-style movement, directed by Janice Orlandi, creates a world of opulence and elegance through articulate delicacy of expressive balletic gestures, reverent court bows, and fan language."

6  Reverb I. Contemporary Music Festival  Phoenix Symphony. 7:30pm Central United Methodist Church, (Central & Palm)

Christopher Cerrone curator. $10

8 Reverb II  Contemporary Music Festival  Phoenix Symphony. 7:30pm Central United Methodist Church, (Central & Palm)

our very own Daniel Bernard Roumain/DBR, curator. $10

7-17 SHALL I COMPARE THEE: THE SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Southwest Shakespeare at Taliesin West

8 HOMEWARD Ukrainian director Nariman Aliev in a screening and a discussion of his feature, a family drama set during the 2014 Russo-Ukrainian war. Presented by Melikian Center, Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and School of International Letters & Cultures.  6-8:30pm in Durham Hall #240 but also via zoom

8-Sept. 28 NEW EARTHWORKS, ASU Art Museum. Co-curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry and Mark Dion. "works by eight contemporary artists who explore our interconnectedness with the earth. Their objects, mixed media installations and performances take on issues of decreasing biodiversity and environmental justice, reassert Indigenous knowledge and envision new systems to address climate change. . . Featuring David Brooks, Carolina Caycedo, Desert Artlab/April Bojorquez & Matt Garcia, Hope Ginsburg, Richmond, VA, Scott Hocking, Mary Mattingly, Sam Van Aken, and Steven Yazzie"

8-10 COSI FAN TUTTE Arizona Opera.  Music: Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte "Così tells the story of two sisters who are falsely led to believe that their fiancés have been called to war. In truth, their lovers were only out to test their fidelity, so they return home—in disguise—to seek the truth."

10 TheatreLAB   MFA Dramatic Writer Jared Sprowls' FRINGE SECTS. FAC 133 7:30pm

14 UKRAINE FUNDRAISER! created by our Ukrainian MFA candidate Anton Lapov (Art), with the assistance of AME and APRIESA, with a presentation on the situation by Anton followed by a DJ set of work by Ukrainian producers.  6-8pm . Matthews Center (2nd Fl) in iStage, 950 S. Cady Mall at ASU Tempe  All donations go to Charity Foundation East-SOS providing assistance to Donbas region of Ukraine. 

16 AT WAR WITH OURSELVES ASU Gammage Beyond.  

"Created by two of the country’s most esteemed artists, composer Michael Abels and poet Nikky Finney, and brought to life by the most legendary ensemble in contemporary classical music, the Kronos Quartet, At War With Ourselves - 400 Years of You is an evening-length oratorio that explores race relations, social justice, and civil rights.   Finney’s evocative poetry, which directly inspired Abels’ music, was written in 2019, the 400th anniversary of the African presence in America.  The intimate, emotionally-charged text — in turns both bold and seductive, and always deeply personal — flits throughout history, with allusions to slave ships, Harriet Tubman, black astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos.  In Finney’s words, the work is addressed to “both black and white, both enslaved and free, bystander and non-bystander.  We were then and now, At War With Ourselves.  All of us, one human battlefield.”

16 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Mesa Arts Center 2pm & 8pm

19-24 HADESTOWN ASU Gammage  "Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812) is a love story for today... and always. HADESTOWN intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go."

20-24  #ENOUGH-PLAYS TO END GUN VIOLENCE our own student-run Binary Theatre 7:30 every night except 2pm on Sunday.  Interested in being more than just an audience member? Consider joining the focus group! We are looking for individuals to participate in a series of discussions on issues related to community safety and gun violence, with the ultimate goal of generating actionable steps towards improving community safety. If you are interested in joining the focus group and exploring this topic with us, we are asking for the following time commitment. Even if you can only attend one of the two focus group sessions (the 18th or the 24th), we would still love to have you join us: Pre-Production “Dramacracy” Workshop: Monday, April 18th from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at WhereUBean Coffee, located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. #110, Phoenix, AZ 85048 

One #ENOUGH Performance and Post-show “Dramacracy” Debrief (April 20-23 at 7:30 PM, April 24 at 2:00 PM) 

Post-Production “Dramacracy” Workshop: Sunday, April 24th from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM at the Prism Theatre in the ASU Performing and Media Arts (APMA) Building, located at 970 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281 

Completion of a post-experience survey and optional interview. Participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the performance and refreshments at both the pre- and post-production workshops.    To join the focus group, please fill out this form by Sunday April 17 at the latest: https://forms.gle/wRK46b59kZUXhRok6.   Contact Marissa Barnathan (mbarnath@asu.edu) or Sam Briggs (sabrigg2@asu.edu) with any questions.  

22  MASH UP Music, Dance and Theatre Faculty and students creating performances and installations all over the West side of campus: Katzin Hall, FAC 233, Organ Hall, Music Building Plaza, Nelson Plaza, Art Museum.  5-7pm Food Truck! Mocktails! 

23-May 22 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Childsplay at Herberger Theater Center

21-24 BRIGHT STAR ASU   Music, book, lyrics by Steve Martin. Music/lyrics/story by Edie Brickell. Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

22-24 SPRING DANCE FEST Galvin Playhouse

25 MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE

27 IS THIS THE QUEER CLASS? Transborder Queer Performativity Student Performance Showcase.  Empty Space Theatre. APMA 121 (behind Trader Joe parking lot Rural/University)  students from Marivel Danielson's Queer Performativity class.  6pm 

28-May 8 MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES by Luis Alfaro. Southwest Shakespeare at Taliesin West. Directed by our very own Micha Espinosa! 

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cont.-May 8 MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES by Luis Alfaro. Southwest Shakespeare at Taliesin West. Directed by our very own Micha Espinosa! 

 

cont.-May 22 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Childsplay at Herberger Theater Center

4 IGNITE PHOENIX   five-minute lightning-round-style presentations from people around the Valley. Topics range from creative to cerebral to motivational to technical and everything in between, and they all have one thing in common: passion. I participated in one several years ago, and it's great practice for storytellers, performers to tell a story in five minutes with 20 slides changing automatically. Took a lot of practice!  $25 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 7pm

6-21 ASSASSINS Stray Cat Theatre. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by John Weidman. Directed by Ron May, and featuring our very own Vinny Chavez along with an excellent cast. One of the weirder Sondheim works, and absolutely fascinating. 

6-7 ASU Sidney Poitier New American Film School Spring Senior Film Showcase!  Galvin Playhouse. Two different programs

6-10pm repeating entire program twice every evening. Tickets are online only; must purchase in advance. $5

5-8 JUAN GABRIEL Ballet Arizona world premiere honoring the legendary Mexican singer/songwriter. New choreography by Ib Andersen

 

5-22 JUSTICE Arizona Theatre Company. Book by Lauren Gunderson, Lyrics: Kait Kerrigan, Music: Lee Lowdermilk, Directed by Melissa Crespo.  World Premiere! "It is 1993, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just joined the United States Supreme Court; the first and only other woman there, Sandra Day O’Connor, is ready to welcome her and get to work. In an intimate, epic three-person new musical built of sweeping songs, urgent conversations about equality, and truly human heroines, we come to know these two iconic justices at the height of their power. Through a third character, Vera, rising through the ranks of the law, we discover how O’Connor and Ginsburg inspire, challenge, and propel the next generation of change-makers and trailblazers in American jurisprudence. Ruth, Sandra and Vera confront each other about equal justice under the law, strategy, civil rights, husbands, kids, dreams, sorrows, and how to set a new course for our country and the world."