SPRING 2021 in the Valley of the Sun

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

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

MDT Musical Theatre events will be announced approx. 2 weeks prior to show, due to Covid restrictions. For updates:


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.


8-16 PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL new opera/theatre works produced by HERE (NYC) and Beth Morrison's groundbreaking BMP (Beth is a graduate of ASU's School of Music, and has deeply changed the world of "opera"!). Most of these are streaming on-demand.

-17 UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL '21 The annual international festival of new work from Chile, Iran, USA, U.K.  Curated by Mark Russell and produced by the Public Theatre in NY. Schedule

Some events free, others $. Co-sponsored by ASU Gammage!

-January 31. THREE DECEMBERS Arizona Opera presents stream of Opera San Jose's THREE DECEMBERS "Featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, Jake Heggie’s work features a brilliant, witty libretto by Gene Scheer and a rich, soaring score. Based on an original script by the legendary playwright, librettist, and screenwriter Terrence McNally, Three Decembers is a fullhearted American opera about family – the ones we are born into, and those that we create." $30

15-16 MANOPOLY   MFA Dance candidate Nic Herring-Harman's virtual project. 5pm MST/7pmEST.

16-17  CELEBRATE LOCAL at Musical Instrument Museum/MIM  Many events, including Native American Music and Dance performances by Yellow Bird Productions.

21-31 THE APPROACH written and directed by Mark O'Rowe. Performed live from Project Arts Center, Dublin and also on-demand. Presented in U.S. by St. Ann's Warehouse (NYC)  "

Three conversations draw us into the inner lives of Anna, Cora, and Denise. What will they reveal to each other? And what does each of them have to hide? “It takes a crisis of some sort sometimes, or an upheaval, for people to really evaluate how they feel about one another, doesn’t it?” The Approach is an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late." Irish playwright O'Rowe wrote Howie the Bookie and Terminus.

POSTPONED: RUNAWAYS Elizabeth Swados' musical originally developed in 1978 through workshops with young people living on the streets of NYC. Book, lyrics and music by Elizabeth Swados; direction by Toby Yatso; music direction by Mario Yniguez; choreography by Hannah Victoria Thomas. ASU School of Music streamed event. RESCHEDULED TBA

28 OMAR OFFENDUM performs LOST IN TRANSLATION. Syrian/American rapper/spoken word artist. UCLA CAP virtual broadcast 7:30pm PST " a performance of Lost in Translation, followed by a discussion about unity and belonging in Los Angeles. Released in the midst of the 2020 pandemic, Lost in Translation is a musical/spoken word sonic saga, featuring Omar Offendum and Thanks Joey. Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/spoken word artist living in Los Angeles."

29 ALONZO KING LINES BALLET Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts  8pm

-ongoing UNTIL THE FLOOD (2018) Renowned playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith's one-woman show "Based on extensive interviews following the 2014 shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, this tour-de-force one woman show gives voice to a community haunted by injustice and a country yearning for change" streamed by NYC's Rattlestick Theatre.

-all of January THE EXPONENTIAL FESTIVAL an NYC series of experimental performance. Never heard of it, but sound very promising. If you see something, say something!

Caden Manson and Big Art Group (NYC) are making their wildly inventive and multi-mediated pieces (documentation) available all month at


6-8 TRANSITIONS ASU Dance senior capstone concert. Will be adapted for small in-person audiences

13 VIRTUAL HOOP DANCE CONTEST Sponsored by the Heard Museum. If you have never watched hoop dancing (shamefully, I hadn't until last year when our very own Nora Cherry lured me to a performance at ASU) you are in for something rather amazing. Showtime TBA

19-28 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL new work by our MFA Dramatic Writers.  Light Switch by Dave Osmundsen  and directed by Kristina Friedgen; Alone by Jesse Saywell and directed by Jeff McMahon; en-DANGER!-ed by A.R. Corwin and directed by Jillian Johnson

Feb. 19 at 7:30pm            Alone

Feb. 20 at 2:00pm          Alone

Feb. 20 at 7:30pm           en-Danger-ed

Feb. 21 at 2:00pm            en-Danger-ed

Feb 26-28                          Light Switch

17-28 MURDER FOR TWO Phoenix Theatre Outdoor Theatre. "The murder mystery gets a fresh new spin as two gifted performers take on all the parts from the detective to the killer. Expect witty banter, colorful characters, and delicious suspense. Mystery fans, prepare for a feast"

RIF a one-act by our very own MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Straton Rushing, will be at the Festival de la Bete Noire in Montreal  Streaming dates TBA

MARCH 2021


10-April 4  RING OF FIRE Phoenix Theatre Outdoor Theatre "Johnny Cash captured the spirit of America like few other musicians. Now this spirited production presents 38 songs from The Man in Black’s catalogue to tell stories of change and growth, as we follow a winning cast through important moments in their lives"

19-28 HEDDATRON by Elizabeth Meriwether. Galvin Playhouse. Directed by Ron May

APRIL 2021

9-18 LUCHADORA! by Alvaro Saar Rios. Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Ricky Araiza


28-? MEN ON THE VERGE OF A HIS-PANIC BREAKDOWN our very own Guillermo Reyes' timeless monologue (a major actor workout). Teatro Audaz in San Antonio, TX will be livestreaming

MAY 2021

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