SPRING 2020 in the Valley of the Sun

italics=School of Film, Dance & Theatre production

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

JANUARY 2020

 

-19. COUNTER-LANDSCAPES: PERFORMATIVE ACTIONS FROM THE 1970'S-NOW.  SMOCA  "a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation"

-cont. through February 1 BEGIN AT THE END, ASU Art Museum  "features 14 contemporary artists who experiment with the written word. Through a broad range of media, the artists explore typography as image, text as a system of signs and symbols and language as a tool of political resistance. By breaking narrative rules, the artists challenge commonly held truths and question what is lost or distorted in the transmission of messages across cultural and linguistic boundaries.  

“Begin at the End” includes works from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection by Xu Bing, Luca Buvoli, Enrique Chagoya, Arturo Cuenca, Vernon Fisher, Jenny Holzer, Robert Indiana, Annie Lopez, Haku Maki, Fiamma Montezemolo, Lucio Muniain, Shirin Neshat, René Francisco Rodriguez and Al Souza. The exhibition is curated by Brittany Corrales"

-cont. through February 29  PULSO: Tania Candiani (PART I). ASU Art Museum. "

a dynamic sound-based project depicting a one-day performance by 195 women in Mexico City’s underground metro stations. The title translates to “pulse” in English, and began with the artist asking, “what is the pulse of Mexico City today and is it possible to recover the ancient pulse of an old Aztec city?” Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, where four of the 21 million inhabitants use the metro system daily. Candiani also explored the underground rivers of the city while considering the political and historical implications of water security. The resulting project activates and reclaims the public space using female bodies, while examining gender relationships in the context of social roles and notions of power. Incorporating pre-Hispanic drums, historically only played by men, the artist addresses the changing roles and perceptions of women. The project is an immersive 3-channel video installation including items from the performance.  curated by Julio César Morales

-through May 3. MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN Heard Museum. "a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabe-kwe artist will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist."

3-19 THE GOAT by Edward Albee. Directed by BJ Garrett at  Aside Theatre Company, 3508 N. 7th St. Phoenix

4-26  CABARET Music: John Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff. Directed by Sara Bruner, choreographer Jaclyn Miller.  Legendary stage show also known as a film directed by Bob Fosse. Arizona Theatre Company

10-February 2.  THE ENVELOPE PLAY Space 55. A new play by ASU alum Beth May, and featuring two of our alums, Jamie Haas and Seth Scott!  Directed by Bethanne Abromovich in collaboration with Howl Theatre Project. " asks  What if science could tell you if your relationship was doomed to fail or fated to succeed? A young couple gets the chance to sneak a peek at their future. The only problem? They’re not on the same page about whether or not they should take a look."

10-26 SHE KILLS MONSTERS Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center I believe our very own Tippi Hart is choreographing! Of course ASU presented this show before anyone else (I'm just saying...)  Code: "ATCMonster" for $22 ticks.

17 Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel with novelist Marlon James (the quite brilliant and harrowing Man-Booker award winning A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS), talks about his new BLACK LEOPARD RED WOLF with Michael G Bennett.  Piper House readings series, Old Main Carson Ballroom ASU Tempe 7:30pm

17  AND SO WE WALKED; AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS  Written and performed by DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist and activist.  7:30pm Kerr Cultural Center

17-February 1. FLIGHT by Vox Motus, based on novel HINTERLAND by Caroline Brothers. Adapted by Oliver Emanuel. GammageBeyond co-pro with Tempe Center for the Arts. "Two young orphaned brothers embark on a desperate odyssey to freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe, in a heart-wrenching road story of terror, hope, imagination and survival. Mixing graphic novel with exquisite diorama, FLIGHT draws you into its fragile miniature world and immerses you in a gripping story of two children lost in dangerous lands" $20/$10 students w/ID Very limited seating. Presented at Tempe Center for the Arts. More info

17-February 1. KUNSTLER by Jeffrey Sweet. iTheatre Company "Arizona premiere. Famous for defending the Chicago Seven, the Catonsville Nine, and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee, the radical attorney and civil rights activist William Kunstler had an outsize personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this two-character play, tensions flare when he arrives on a college campus to give a seminar. The brilliant young law student assigned to introduce him objects to his appearance on campus and is determined to confront him. Has Kunstler finally met his match?" Featuring Duane Daniels in the title role. 

17-February 9 THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath, directed by Richard Powers Hardt. Theatre Artists Studio. "The pastor of a mega church preaches a sermon questioning the existence of hell that he thinks will please his parishioners. Instead, his sermon shakes the foundations of his church’s beliefs, beginning a powerful clash between theological dogma and faith." Hnath is a brilliant American playwright, and author of Dolls House Pt. 2, Red Speedo and many other works. 

18 ANIMA-a dance performance celebrating a history of discovery. Taliesin West. Performances by ASU's own Carley Conder, Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley and Keith A. Thompson. 7:30pm 

21 AND THEN WE DANCED a film by Levan Akin "passionate coming of age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi.  SCPA Talk Cinema series 7pm

24-26 LA BOHEME. Arizona Opera.  Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Directed by David Paul and conducted by Christopher Allen. 

24-25 BREAKING GROUND CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL Tempe Center for the Arts. Curated by our very own Carley Conder and Conderdance and featuring Keith Thompson, BOSS, Carley Conder, and many others. 

25 DANCING EARTH-BETWEEN UNDERGROUND AND SKY WORLD  ASUGammage Beyond. "multimedia dance theater work that illuminates the practical, spiritual and cultural aspects of renewable energy, combining intertribal perspectives with Indigenous futurities. Fusing tradition with technology, Indigenous interdisciplinary artists engage creation and constellation stories in tandem with geo-sensitive new media to conjure visions for a more sustainable future." Sponsored (ironically) by APS...

26-March 8 ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY"  Childsplay (ages 3 and up) at Herberger Theater Center Stage West.

26  PLANET B-work-in-progress showing of new work by "the artists formerly known as Orange Theatre" (always up to something interesting) Free! FAC 7pm Director: Matthew Watkins; Sound Designers: Stephen Christensen & Max Bernstein; Dramaturg/Producer: Joya Scott; Performers: Katrina Donaldson, Molly W. Schenck, & Steve Wilcox Assistant to the Director: Dani Lopez.   "“Planet B” (working title) is a devised piece for galleries, museums, and theaters. In the future, humanity abandons Earth after the environment collapses. On a distant, barren planet, three astronaut survivors attempt to reestablish civilization. Staged as a living history diorama from the future, this wordless piece is a poetic, visual, and musical exploration of three people’s desires to create a better future in a hostile and uncaring environment. It asks how we’re supposed to survive on another planet if we can’t survive on the one we have. This work was developed in part during a residency at nueBOX."

26 FLEABAG-NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE  1pm at Phoenix Art Museum  Original theatrical version of Phoebe Waller-Bridge one-woman show that inspired the BBC TV series. A "live theatre" broadcast.

29-February 23. AMERICANO! "This musical true story follows Tony, the child of immigrants who discovers his undocumented status when he tries to enlist in the Marines. With his lifelong dream of serving in the military vanishing quickly, Tony must confront his family, his heritage, and a deeply divided country. Featuring a sumptuous original score of new music, Americano! casts a profoundly human light on what it means to be a Dreamer" Phoenix Theatre

30 DIVIDED WE STAND: PHOENIX STAGED READING 6:30-8:30pm in ASU's APMA building studio 131, 901 E. University Dr (at Rural)  "From July-October, 2019, we interviewed 30 women in Phoenix, AZ and New York, NY about their experiences surrounding the 2016 presidential election and beyond to explore how women are negotiating and maintaining their identities and relationships in today’s climate of political polarization. These are their stories." Supported by: Verbatim Performance Lab and Bridge Initiative: Women+ in Theatre Tickets and Info

31 JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY with special guest Okaidja Afroso. ballet, break, acrobatics. SCPA 8pm

31 BINARY BASH Binary Theatre, the SFDT student-run theatre, presents a bunch of stuff,  4-7pm

31-February 9. HIT MUSIC by our own Guillermo Reyes. Now & Then Creative Company

FEBRUARY 2020

-cont. through February 29  PULSO: Tania Candiani (PART I). ASU Art Museum. "a dynamic sound-based project depicting a one-day performance by 195 women in Mexico City’s underground metro stations. The title translates to “pulse” in English, and began with the artist asking, “what is the pulse of Mexico City today and is it possible to recover the ancient pulse of an old Aztec city?” Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, where four of the 21 million inhabitants use the metro system daily. Candiani also explored the underground rivers of the city while considering the political and historical implications of water security. The resulting project activates and reclaims the public space using female bodies, while examining gender relationships in the context of social roles and notions of power. Incorporating pre-Hispanic drums, historically only played by men, the artist addresses the changing roles and perceptions of women. The project is an immersive 3-channel video installation including items from the performance.  curated by Julio César Morales

-February 9. HIT MUSIC by our own Guillermo Reyes. Now & Then Creative Company

-through May 3. MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN Heard Museum​. "a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabe-kwe artist will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist."

-cont through March 8  ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY"  Childsplay (ages 3 and up) at Herberger Theater Center Stage West.

-through February 23. AMERICANO! "This musical true story follows Tony, the child of immigrants who discovers his undocumented status when he tries to enlist in the Marines. With his lifelong dream of serving in the military vanishing quickly, Tony must confront his family, his heritage, and a deeply divided country. Featuring a sumptuous original score of new music, Americano! casts a profoundly human light on what it means to be a Dreamer" Phoenix Theatre

1. First Friday. Lots of stuff happens during this monthly event. Today the Phoenix Art Musuem hosts a 6-10pm celebration of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, featuring   free screenings of the latest short films, Postmarked and Opulence, directed by 2018 Artist Grant recipient, Malakai; a musical performance by Solu; poetry readings organized by Sean AveryPatience Briggs, and Saretta Morgan; storytelling led by Rachel Egboro of The Whole Story; dance performance by Ashley Baker (graduate of our Dance program and featured actor in the web series In It To Win!); and more to be announced.

5 THE MOTH MAINSTAGE five storytellers who have developed their material with assistance from The Moth. A great event for seeing masterful storytelling. 7:30pm Ikeda Theatre, Mesa Arts Center

7-22 THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe, and directed by our very own Heather Lee Harper! Stray Cat Theatre. "FINALIST! 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama One of the most talked about and produced plays in recent years, THE WOLVES is at its core a fly-on-the-wall look at a girls’ high school soccer team as they go through their warm-ups. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A searing portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Listen very carefully."

7-9 TRANSITION PROJECTS: NO VACANCY   Dance BFA showcase.  Gisolo Studio, Bulldog Hall 132

7-23 TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress. Black Theatre Troupe. Featuring our very own Jason Davids Scott! "As the 1950’s draw to a close, a newly integrated theatre company prepares to open a progressive, but misguided new play on Broadway. This troubled production of a fictional anti-lynching play will feature renowned actress Wileta Mayer. She has the opportunity to become the first leading lady of color on the Great White Way, but is she willing to compromise her beliefs to make history and take the giant career leap this role will bring."

8 GRUPO CORPO at UAPresents (Tucson) "mix of street dance, ballet and contemporary Afro- Brazilian movement. Grupo Corpo will perform a double bill of Bach and Gira, two wildly different works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range. In Gira, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras constructs a powerful glossary of gestures of praise and movement inspired by Afro-Brazilian religious rituals, set to music by the Brazilian fusion group Méta Méta. In Bach, the baroque world of Johann Sebastian Bach is made modern in a score by Marco Antônio Guimarães, with dancers in brilliant shades of gold, regal blue, and black dropping from a set of enormous organ pipes". 8pm Centennial Hall, University of Arizona (Tucson)

8-9. CIRQUE ELOIZE presents HOTEL  Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts  Family-friendly circus/theatre 

9-23 GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL. Various screens across Scottsdale, Tempe, Peoria.

9, 15   AUDIENCE-NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE by Peter Morgan, directed by Steven Daldry and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. A "live broadcast" of 2013 show from London's west end.  Phoenix Art Musuem 1pm. Enormously enjoyable with a cast of strong actors playing all the Prime Ministers she has to meet with. 

11-16 THE BOOK OF MORMON. UAPresents (Tucson) 

13-16 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM  Ballet Arizona w/ Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall  Choreographed by Ib Andersen with music by Mendelssohn 

13-March 1. MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS  Arizona Theatre Company. By Athol Fugard, directed by Kent Gash. "In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through a personal connection built thru joy. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe."

14 MALPASO DANCE COMPANY at SCPA 8pm new dance from Cuban choreographers and movers

15  CONTRA-TIEMPO in joyUS justUS featuring live music by LAS CAFETERAS.  7pm ASU Gammage Beyond. "This urban Latin dance theater experience takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy has always been at the root. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit--based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy."

14-23 THE SNOW  by Finegan Kruckemeyer  (who also wrote SUZETTERWHO SET TO SEA which Childsplay will do in April) and directed by MFA candidate Claire Redfield. Lyceum Theatre,  Snow falls on the village of Kishka in amounts so massive that it may flood the city when it melts — only it doesn’t melt. Winter comes and goes, but the snow remains. The villagers all agree that something needs to be done. Young Theodosia Sutton is just the girl to get this something done. Theodosia Sutton, and her team of heroes and heroines, who are much braver than her, catapult themselves beyond the snow to find its source. Theodosia’s journey through the sky, a forest and a canyon is action-packed and reveals the mysterious truth about the village’s past and her future

21-March 1 INDIAN SCHOOL by MFA candidate Esther Almazan. Directed by Michael Scholar Jr.  ASU FAC 133.  "Charlie, a World War II veteran, returns to his Yaqui village in the Sonoran Desert to mourn the death of his son. In returning home, he must face the culture he has isolated himself from for so long as well as his traumatizing childhood in an Indian School. His reunited family does not fully understand what horror he has witnessed and the shame he has repressed. With the help of his daughter-in-law Helen and guided by his determination to give his grandson a better life, he confronts the ghosts of his past and calls on his ancestors to heal him. There, surrounded by the sacred mountain peaks, he rediscovers what it means to be part of a family."  I strongly suggest the exhibit AMERICAN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL STORIES at the Heard Museum to give you more context for this show. 

21-March 7 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM running in repertory with RICHARD THE SECOND at Southwest Shakespeare

21-22 THE MALL by our MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Jesse Saywell.  Now & Then Theatre Company 

22, 27. BECOMING OTHELLO: A BLACK GIRL'S JOURNEY  SW Shakespeare at Phoenix Art Museum  "A 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello, her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth; complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem."

26. ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND'S LAST WILD RIDE. a film by Amy Nicholson. Phoenix Center for the Arts 7pm presented by NoFestivalRequired  "A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by a real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination. Be it an affront to history or simply the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In an increasingly corporate landscape, where authenticity is often sacrificed for economic growth, the Zipper may be just the beginning of what is lost."

28-March 1.  RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE Music by Craig Bohmler, libretto Steven Mark Kohn. Arizona Opera.  "Arizona Opera’s first commission, which made its world-premiere to sold-out crowds in 2017, is making its hugely-anticipated return. Riders of the Purple Sage, an adaptation of Zane Grey’s classic of the same name, tells a powerful story of strength and redemption through love, loss, conflict and adventure across breathtaking Southwest vistas that are brought magnificently to life by world-renowned Arizona artist, Ed Mell"

28-February 2. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at ASUGammage. "Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick"   Yes I know it's a old chestnut but it's a mighty tasty one and I have heard very good things about this version. 

MARCH 2020

-cont through March 8  ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY"  Childsplay (ages 3 and up) at Herberger Theater Center Stage West.

- 7 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM running in repertory with RICHARD THE SECOND at Southwest Shakespeare

-through May 3. MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN Heard Museum​. "a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabe-kwe artist will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist."

3-8 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. ASUGammage. Directed by Michael Arden with choreography by Camille A Brown. "Winner of the 2018 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart."

5, 7. NATIVE TRAILS at SCPA 11am. "Native Trails takes audiences on a cultural journey to the First Nations of Arizona and North America through Native music, dance, and art"

6-7 REACH/RECOVER by Christopher Patrick Allen. Now & Then Creative Company

11-14  5 SOLDIERS Piper Theater, Mesa Arts Center. "Choreographer Rosie Kay’s 5 SOLDIERS is a thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line. Kay joined the 4th Battalion The Rifles, to watch and participate in full battle exercises, and visited the National Defense Medical Rehabilitation Centre."

13-April 5 POUND by Sean O'Leary A play about the complex poet Ezra Pound. Featuring our very own Steven Mastroieni! Theatre Artists Studio

14, 22 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE-ALL MY SONS Arthur Miller's play directed by Jeremy Herrin and featuring Sally Field and Bill Pullman.  1pm Phoenix Art Museum 

19-20 UNDERGRAD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Bulldog Hall, Gisolo Dance Studio. 

21 LEGENDS OF FREESTYLE FEATURING COOLIO AND ROB BASE Tempe Center for the Arts 7:30pm "an old school throw down featuring 90’s hip-hop and Freestyle legends Coolio and Rob Base. Experience a celebration of this musical genre which has shaped American culture over the past three decades"

23 CROSSFADE LAB WITH TERESITA FERNANDEZ AND SAN CHA Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix. 7pm  "a special meeting between celebrated visual artist and MacArthur fellow Teresita Fernández, and rising music and performance star San Cha. Moderated by author and Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, the evening will experiment, agitate, and shimmer, blending installations and sculptures with cumbias and telenovelas —a mix of sound and image that will take you across geographies of the Americas, from Cuba to Jalisco, the Bay Area to Miami, New York to LA.. Organized in collaboration with Phoenix Art Museum and the exhibition Teresita Fernández: Elemental, on view March 21-July 26

 

27-April 5 THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller. Directed by Rachel Bowditch. Galvin Playhouse. It is 1692, and the Salem witch trials create a fear that spreads from the courtroom to the town when a group of young girls is accused of witchcraft. Those charged with witchcraft point fingers at others to save themselves and gain power. No one knows who to trust, for the devil’s influence may ensnare even those close to you.​

27-April 12 SISTAS: THE MUSICAL  by Dorothy Marcic Black Theatre Troupe. "a nonstop celebration of African American women told through Top-40 music, from Bessie Smith to Beyonce. The story follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. As they clean Grandma’s attic the women discuss their family history and the history of African-American women and find love and old memories packed away, as well as hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s."

27-April 11 I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by John Logan.  iTheatre Collective. "For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse... If her clients were the talk of the town, she was the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you."

27, 29  BECOMING OTHELLO: A BLACK GIRL'S JOURNEY  SW Shakespeare at Phoenix Art Museum  "A 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello, her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth; complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem."

29  THE WOMAN WHOSE NAME REMAINS UNKNOWN by Monica Bauer and "WHY STAY" by Victoria Esposito. Now& Then Creative Company

APRIL 2020

 

-through May 3. MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN Heard Museum​. "a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabe-kwe artist will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist."

-April 5 POUND by Sean O'Leary A play about the complex poet Ezra Pound. Featuring our very own Steven Mastroieni! Theatre Artists Studio

-April 11  I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by John Logan.  iTheatre Collective. "For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers' clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse... If her clients were the talk of the town, she was the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you."

1. DORRANCE DANCE  a major, Bessie Award winning  tap dance company. Ikeda Theatre, Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm

2-19 THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE by Matthew Lopez (author of THE INHERITANCE, currently on Broadway). Directed by Meredith McDonough. Arizona Theatre Company co-pro with Milwaukee Rep. "A big-hearted, FIERCE, music-filled comedy. A theatrical cornucopia of camp, country music, drag, domestic dilemmas, and larger-than-life divas await you! Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth. A valentine to the drag queens who helped mentor the playwright through his own coming out as gay while growing up in Florida, ATC is thrilled to bring you this light and fizzy comedy that’s as sweet as it is hilarious."

3-4 THE FIRE IN MINERVA by Larissa Brewington. Now & Then Creative Company

3-5 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Arizona Opera.  Music by Richard Strauss, libretto Hugo von Hofmannsthal. "A wealthy patron has commissioned two pieces of entertainment for a private dinner party: an opera based on the myth of Ariadne in exile, and a capering troupe of clowns for comic relief. The catch: the two acts must perform simultaneously! The result is a delightful comedy of errors, as Ariadne auf Naxos delivers a deliciously theatrical mix of humor and exceptionally beautiful music, bringing surprise and delight at every possible turn."

4. DRUM TAO 2020. 8pm Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center  high energy Japanese drumming

5  ANALOG ME TheatreLAB works-in-progress showing of new work written and directed by Jeff McMahon. FAC 133

10-26 FADE by Tanya Saracho   co-pro Theatre Bravo and Space 55 "When Lucia, a Mexican-born novelist, gets her first TV writing job, she feels a bit out of place on the white male-dominated set. Lucia quickly becomes friends with the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel. As Abel shares his stories with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes. Fade is a play about class and race within the Latinx community, as well as at large, and how status does not change who you are at your core."

10-12  SPACECATRAZ Binary Theatre 7:30pm

11. BASSEM YOUSSEF  ASUGammage Beyond.  7pm  "Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg -- which was the first-of-its-kind political satire show in the Middle East. Throughout its three seasons, AlBernameg became the most popular television show in Egypt's history, with an average of 30 million viewers each week. Currently living in the U.S., Youssef was named one of Time Magazine's most influential people, under the "Pioneers" category, and continues to challenge power with one of the most powerful weapons: humor."

11, 26 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE-PRESENT LAUGHTER. Noel Coward's classic play with Matthew Warchus directing Andrew Scott. 1pm Phoenix Art Museum 

18-May 17. SUZETTE WHO SET TO SEA by Finegan Kruckmeyer (who also wrote SNOW) Childsplay (ages 5 and up) Herberger Theater Center. 

21-26 MEAN GIRLS book by Tina Fey,lyrics Nell Benjamin, music Jeff Richmond. Directed by Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon). ASUGammage "Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung."

24-26. SPRINGDANCEFEST Galvin Playhouse.  showcases the breadth of creativity in the dance program, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the dance degree program at ASU. SpringDanceFest features some of the most innovative work created by faculty, visiting artists and alumni during the 2019-20 season.

24-26. PICKED FLOWERS  Binary Theatre

MAY 2020

-through May 3. MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN Heard Museum​. "a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabe-kwe artist will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist."

1-7 RED by John Logan directed by our very own David Barker  Blkboxphx

7-10 ALL BALANCHINE Ballet Arizona featuring choreography of George Balanchine. Symphony Hall

9, 10 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Shakespeare's great play  as filmed live from London's Bridge Theatre. Directed by Nicholas Hytner featuring immersive staging and a cast of prominent actors. I have heard exceptionally good things about this. Lots of gender switching to make the reversals even more interesting. 1pm Phoenix Art Museum.  Here's a clip

8-23 DANCE NATION by Clare Barron. Directed by the always amazing Ron May for Stray Cat Theatre "Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power."  I saw the NY production and somehow it just didn't grab me, but am clearly in the minority on that so  tell me what I got wrong...

 

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