Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BROWN AND WHITE PEOPLE TREAT EACH OTHER BADLY IN "NATIVE GARDEN"

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

photo by Tim Fuller

Arlene Chico-Lugo (L) and Keith Contreras as Tania and Pablo Del Valle in "Native Gardens."

My theory is that Arizona Theatre Company's new artistic director David Ivers intends ATC's season-opening “Native Gardens” to be a kind of litmus test.

Charged with pleasing theater audiences in liberal Tucson and conservative Phoenix, Ivers is using this play by Karen Zacarias' dramatizing contemporary cultural conflicts to compare the reactions of these two cities.

But not to worry, just know this is also a zippy production set in a residential Washington DC neighborhood. Directed by Jane Jones with a super-realistic set design by Carey Wong, the jokes come pouring in quick as any Neil Simon show and no thinking is required.

However, for the rumination-inclined...Bill Geisslinger and Robynn Rodriguez are perfectly cast as an older, assertively patrician white couple Frank and Virginia Butley. Opposite them are Arlene Chico-Lugo and Keith Contreras, also perfectly cast as Tania and Pablo Del Valle, a brighter, younger and equally well-educated brown couple who enjoy their more casual lifestyle.

“Native Gardens” is written as a 90-minute non-stop confrontation between neighbors who are separated only by a scrap of chain link fence. All those jokes are the sugar coating for what becomes, essentially, a battlefield of issues regarding race, a history of white domination and the feminist struggle for respect.

Zacarias makes no attempt to plow a middle ground, balancing the opposing needs of both sides to encourage a fertile future of mutual understanding.

Most of the good jokes are made at the expense of the Butleys, portrayed as representing the patronizing establishment, happily sizing up this new couple who buy the nearly identical home next door.

Only that home, so similar in its architecture, has been badly treated through many years of being rented to careless Georgetown University students.

“This is our fixer-upper,” says Pablo right off, making clear he's got the money to get the job done. Pablo is a young-ish lawyer from Chile, hired by an American law firm through its “outreach program.” Pablo's plan is to work so hard and be so successful he will soon become a full partner in the firm.

Meanwhile, the Butleys hear their new neighbors speaking Spanish, see they have brown skin and figure they are Mexicans.

Tania, however, is an American born to a family of early settlers in New Mexico. Generations back, her family became American citizens by default when the border was drawn.

Tania lives this conflicted history, feeling proud to be nearing completion of her PhD in identity politics. She is also pregnant, expecting her baby at any time.

After we meet Bill proudly pruning his formal patio garden full of non-native flowers, we learn he dreams of winning this year's neighborhood trophy for Most Beautiful Formal English Garden.

Meanwhile, Tania talks of wanting to bring her barren backyard back to life with lots of different native plants, including native weeds that have an important role in nature's life cycle, letting everything grow not in rows but however it wants.

Soon after, Pablo and Tania innocently discover their property line actually runs down the middle of Bill's lovely, symmetrical flower beds. Somehow over the past many years, Bill's beautification has slowly expanded two feet onto the property of those uncaring college students.

Who knows when it happened. But now the expansion has been discovered and suddenly these proud, brown, indignant new property owners want their land back immediately.

"Native Gardens" runs through Sept. 29, with performances at various times Tuesdays through Sundays in the downtown Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $25-$90. For details and reservations, 622-2823, or visit arizonatheatre.org

 

 

When: Various times through Sept. 29.

Where: Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Cost: $25-$90.

Reservations/information: 622-2823; or arizonatheatre.org.

Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Gaslight Theatre: *2 for 1 Tickets for THE VAMPIRE

 

From: The Gaslight Family <thegaslighttheatre@qwestoffice.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:14 PM
Subject: Gaslight Theatre: *2 for 1 Tickets for THE VAMPIRE

 

 

Gaslight Theatre

 

*2 for 1 Tickets

for

THE VAMPIRE

September 18th at 7:00 PM

 September 19th at 7:00 PM 

STARRING 

DAVID FANNING

and

Joe Cooper

 

CALL TO BOOK TICKETS

520-886-9428

 

*Offer good for

for

THE VAMPIRE

September 18th at 7:00 PM

 September 19th at 7:00 PM

ONLY.

Cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets.

Offer cannot be split between performances

While supplies last. Must call to make reservation.

 

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Concerts!

Click the Purchase link to buy Tickets!

 


The Gaslight Theatre
7010 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson Arizona 85710

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Independent Film Arizona: TWO SPECIAL MEETINGS IN OCTOBER

 

From: Independent Film Arizona <news@independentfilmarizona.com>
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 12:01 PM
Subject: IFA Newsletter October

 

Independent Film Arizona

Tucson

 

 

 

TWO SPECIAL IFA MEETINGS IN OCTOBER:


REGULAR MEETING Oct  2 - AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
and
SPECIAL MEETING AT UA Oct 8th - see info below

Oct. 2 at 7 pm at the JCC:

TEN FATAL FLAWS SCREENWRITERS MAKE
 

As screenplay judges we often see the same ten mistakes over and over, even by experienced screenwriters, they often miss one or more of these important points. 

BEFORE you SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY
take yourself through this game-changing ten-point checklist.


Genie Joseph, PhD has sold seven produced screenplays and is a judge for the prestigious PAGE Screenwriting contest which gets over 6,000 submissions a year.  Come hear about these essential TEN STEPS to improve your screenplay and take it to the next level.  Bring a notebook if you like to take notes.

Tuesday Oct 2, at The Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road (near Dodge) 85718.  Second floor multi-purpose room.

AND... please join us to catapult the indie film industry in Arizona!
 

SPECIAL MEETING
for The Arizona Film Community~
MONDAY OCTOBER 8TH at 7 PM
at
UA Center for Creative Photography

Developing Independent Film in Arizona

 


Arrive early - seating limited. 

And....
 

SPECIAL EVENT - FILM FEST TUCSON - Oct 11-13

FFT 2018 Tribute Program

Saturday, October 13, 6:30pm Fox Tucson Theatre

Director Catherine Hardwicke
(Thirteen, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown)
Actors: Haley Lu Richardson &
Sophia Mitri Schloss


Film Fest Tucson is honored to present our inaugural Tribute program spotlighting career achievement, excellence over a period of time and  remarkable debut performances in the industry. This year we are celebrating the work of Director Catherine Hardwicke, actress Haley Lu Richardson and actress Sophia Mitri Schloss. Our special program will take place at the Fox Tucson Theatre with clips from these remarkable women's work followed by a discussion on stage with festival director Herb Stratford.

 

The Tribute Program includes a FREE "Lords of Dogtown" screening immediately afterwards.

 

*

 

Directing Masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke

Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m.,
following Critic vs. Audience panel at 1:30

Scottish Rite – Purple Room

Director Catherine Hardwicke began her storied film career with a few iconic Southern Arizona films where she defined her style as production designer (Tombstone, Tank Girl, Three Kings). She then moved on to direct iconic films such as the first Twilight movie, the Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen. Recently she wrapped the American version of Miss Bala, scheduled to debut in DecemberIn this unique and special program, Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction – from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike – she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials.


*
Got a project to PITCH?
$30.
Deadline Sept 21.
https://filmfreeway.com/FIlmFestTucsonDesertPitch

 

 

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Carnival of Illusion, Tucson opening Sat. Oct. 6th

By popular demand...

 

Located downtown Tucson with FREE off-street parking, this beautiful Scottish Rite Grand Parlour has been stunning select audiences for 100 years.

 

Audiences 8+ years: This is a "clean" show for adults wanting a fun night out without children.

Seating: The show is held in an intimate boutique setting. There is never more than two rows of chairs in front of you with the same height.

 

What is "Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La"?

A UNIQUE Old-World Illusion Show perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, date nights, and special evenings!

Imagine a vaudeville-inspired theater show with old-world magic, add a twinkling hint of 1900's Parisian humor, shake and stir for 100 minutes for your passport filled with FUN! You are a passenger in this entertaining theater of illusion.

 

Sat. Oct. 6th  Tucson

 

Tickets and info: https://www.carnivalofillusion.com/tickets/

 

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5th Annual Arizona Burlesque Festival

 

The 5th Annual Arizona Burlesque Festival is bringing together the brightest burlesque talent from the Southwest and across the country for a magical weekend of shows, classes, and competition! Join us October 12 & 13  in Tucson, AZ!

 

The festival will feature two amazing nights of striptease, produced by ‘Mr. Exotic World’ 2015 and 2-time Burlesque Top 50 recipient Matt Finish with Don’t Blink Burlesque:

 

Friday, October 12th: The ‘Best Burlesque’ Competition

Saturday, October 13th : The Saturday Night Showcase

 

Join some of the country’s top striptease artists and apply to perform, compete, or volunteer!

 

HEADLINER: Blanche DeBris ‘An American Treasure’ (Las Vegas, NV)

 

Featured Performer: Frankie Fictitious, AZBFest ‘Best Burlesque’ 2017 (San Francisco, CA)

 

Hosted by: Lili VonSchtupp (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Tickets and info: http://arizonaburlesquefestival.com/

 

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Independent Film Arizona - Film Fest Tucson 2018

 

From: Independent Film Arizona <news@independentfilmarizona.com>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 5:15 PM
Subject: IFA Newsletter

 

Independent Film Arizona

Tucson

 

SPECIAL EVENT - FILM FEST TUCSON - Oct 11-13

FFT 2018 Tribute Program

Saturday, October 13, 6:30pm Fox Tucson Theatre

Director Catherine Hardwicke
(Thirteen, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown)
Actors: Haley Lu Richardson &
Sophia Mitri Schloss


Film Fest Tucson is honored to present our inaugural Tribute program spotlighting career achievement, excellence over a period of time and  remarkable debut performances in the industry. This year we are celebrating the work of Director Catherine Hardwicke, actress Haley Lu Richardson and actress Sophia Mitri Schloss. Our special program will take place at the Fox Tucson Theatre with clips from these remarkable women's work followed by a discussion on stage with festival director Herb Stratford.

 

The Tribute Program includes a FREE "Lords of Dogtown" screening immediately afterwards.

 

*

 

Directing Masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke

Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m.,
following Critic vs. Audience panel at 1:30

Scottish Rite – Purple Room

Director Catherine Hardwicke began her storied film career with a few iconic Southern Arizona films where she defined her style as production designer (Tombstone, Tank Girl, Three Kings). She then moved on to direct iconic films such as the first Twilight movie, the Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen. Recently she wrapped the American version of Miss Bala, scheduled to debut in DecemberIn this unique and special program, Hardwicke takes you inside preproduction – from creating a workable shot list to constructing lookbooks, shaping locations and building relationships with cast and crew alike – she offers tips and tricks as well as showcasing her personal work materials.


*
Got a project to PITCH?
$30.
Deadline Sept 21.
https://filmfreeway.com/FIlmFestTucsonDesertPitch

 

 

 

Learn more about independent film in Arizona and be involved! We offer educational monthly meetings with experts in the film industry - and it's a great opportunity to network with industry professionals.
 

IFA Website

 

 

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Invisible Theatre announces A HUGE COSTUME AND PROP YARD SALE

 

From: CATHY JOHNSON <cathyj@flash.net>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 1:22 PM
Subject: Short press release for website

 

Invisible Theatre
announces

A HUGE FUNDRAISER!

IT'S A COSTUME AND PROP YARD SALE

Just in time for Halloween and Fall Festivals!!

Sunday, October 7, 2018
8:00 AM — 1:00 PM
at
Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Ave (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719

Invisible Theatre announces their 2018-2019 fundraiser — a HUGE Costume and Prop Sale with many great, hard-to-find treasures such as costumes (including "Playing Cards" and "California Raisin"), jewelry, hats, shoes, collectibles, vintage, accessories, CDs, furniture and specialty props! Items may be purchased individually or, for a $25, $50 or $100 donation, one of three size bags can be stuffed with the donor's choice of treasures. All monies raised at this sale will go toward Invisible Theatre's educational projects.

For more information, call Invisible Theatre at (520) 884-0672.

 

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Something Something Theatre: MEN ON BOATS at the Tubac Center of the Arts! ONE-DAY-ONLY

 

From: Something Something Theatre <info@somethingsomethingtheatre.com>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2018 9:58 AM
Subject: MEN ON BOATS at the Tubac Center of the Arts!

 

 

 

Something Something Theatre

 

You all know about our upcoming production Men on Boats Oct. 12 - 28 at the Temple Cabaret.
INFO/TICKETS
 

 

But here comes
Men on Boats in Tubac!

 

A special ONE-DAY-ONLY engagement
October 13, 2018 at 2 p.m.
at the beautiful


 Tubac Center of the Arts

9 Plaza Road, Tubac, AZ 85646
(520) 398-2371 for info and tickets
OR
BUY TICKETS HERE

 


We are truly excited about this and looking forward to performing for our neighbors to the south.

 


Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Jasmine Roth

Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell leads
a diverse group in a raucous, dangerous expedition
to discover the Grand Canyon
in this gender-bent, mostly-true historical comedy.


 

Find Out More About the Tubac Center of the Arts

 

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TIM Comedy Theater: Live TV in your favorite Comedy Theater!

 

From: Tucson Improv Movement <justin@tucsonimprov.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:30 AM
Subject: TIM E-News: Fall Television Debuts at TIM

 

TIM Comedy Theater

Live TV in your favorite Comedy Theater!

Ever wish TV was a little less scripted? Ya know, besides reality television, because you are sophisticated and want something higher quality than six strangers living in a house. 

Well, you're in luck, because Pilot Season will perform an episode from a made-up TV show based entirely on suggestions from you. You'll NEVER get another chance to see this episode ever again, because it won't be saved on your DVR.

Pilot Season featueres an all star cast: Matt TropmanEsther BrilliantAmanda TennysonAndrew HatchZack ArmstrongSusan Littlelion, and Kallie Siderewicz

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week's Show Schedule


Friday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Happy Hour (Improv 101 Student Showcase + Family of Things)
9 PM - The Soap Box w/ Czarina Nafarrate

Saturday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - Carnival Diet + Pilot Season

 

 

 

 

Be at the TIM Comedy Theater on Saturday at 7:30 pm to watch Kurt bring the hurt comedy style.  Improv Throwdown is a fast paced, comedy show featuring two teams competing for street cred and a chance at comedy glory. Come watch the sport for you, improv style!

"If you can dodge a joke, you can dodge a ball!"

 

 

 

 

Youth Comedy Program Starts Classes

Have a funny, cool, talented kid at home!?!  Channel their creative energy into improv comedy.  Our youth classes focus on instinctive play and creativity as a way to develop confidence, improve listening and speaking skills.  They also encourage teamwork and develop the skills to work with others.

Teen Improv 101 (for 12-17 year olds) starts September 16th with Zack Armstrong and Amanda Tennyson.
Youth Improv 101 (for 8-12 year olds) starts September 29th 10am-12:30pm with Zack Armstrong and Amanda Tennyson.

 

 

The Soap Box is TIM's flagship show, Friday nights at 9 PM!

 

 

 

TCAF4 Coming your way this November!

 

 

 

Tucson Improv Movement

414 E 9th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705



 

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Update: UA Arizona Repertory Theatre presents Like Heaven

 

From: UA School of Theatre, Film & Television <marketing@cfa.arizona.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:18 AM
Subject: Opening Soon: Like Heaven!

 

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Arizona Repertory Theatre Presents Like Heaven a New Play by University of Arizona Professor Elaine Romero

 

Directed by Brent Gibbs

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

              

TUCSON, AZLike Heaven is a new comedy by award-winning playwright and University of Arizona Professor Elaine Romero.  The play is filled with heart and humor and centers around four women struggling to discover who they truly are as individuals.  Director Brent Gibbs explains it best, "Everyone in this play is struggling to find their authentic voice rather than the ones they grew up being told they should use." 

 

"Like Heaven represents an important project for the Arizona Repertory Theatre.  It is the first time since we opened the Tornabene Theatre almost two decades ago, with two original scripts, that we will have the opportunity to produce a new work in conjunction with the playwright," notes Gibbs.  He goes on to say, "The process of working with a writer of Elaine Romero's status has been an incredible opportunity for our students."  During the rehearsal process, students have had the unique opportunity to work through the script with both the director and the playwright.  This type of artistic collaboration generates an exciting learning environment for students that results in fully developed characters and a beautiful piece of theatre. 

 

Romero says of her play, "If you know my body of work, you might see Like Heaven as my anomaly play."  But the play is close to her heart and she is proud to say that, "I fell in love.  I fell in love with each of these women and their plights."  It is the plight of these wonderful women from Independence, Kansas that draws the audience into the play and leads them through an emotional and amusing journey to self-acceptance proving, once and for all, that there is no place like home.

 

(Visit theatre.arizona.edu for show summary, press kit, ticket information and more.)

 

Dates & Times

Previews:  Sept 16 at 1:30pm, Sept 17 at 7:30pm

Evenings:  Sept 19-22, Sept 27-29, Oct 5-6 at 7:30pm

Matinees:  Sept 23, Sept 29-30, Oct 7 at 1:30pm

 

Location

Tornabene Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road, UA campus (near the SE corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard)

 

Cost/Admission

Regular $28, Senior/Military/UA Employee & Alumni $26, Student $15, Preview $17, Discounts also available for groups 10+.

 

Ticket Information

UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162, Monday-Friday, 12-4pm

theatre.arizona.edu | tftv.arizona.edu | tickets.arizona.edu

 

Parking

Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.  If you have special needs for parking, please contact UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.

 

Media Contact | Julie Vance, (520) 626-2686, julievance@email.arizona.edu

 

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UA Arizona Repertory Theatre presents Like Heaven

 

From: UA School of Theatre, Film & Television <marketing@cfa.arizona.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:18 AM
Subject: Opening Soon: Like Heaven!

 

OPENING SOON!

Arizona Repertory Theatre is proud to present our own Elaine Romero's production, Like Heaven, next week!

Like Heaven runs from September 16 to October 7, 2018 in the Tornabene Theatre.

 

 

Get Like Heaven Tickets!

 

 

 

 

Don't Miss Out!

Sister Act tickets are going fast! Be sure to get yours soon.

Sister Act runs from October 14 to November 4, 2018 in the Marroney Theatre.

 

 

Get Sister Act Tickets!

 

 

 

UA FINE ARTS BOX OFFICE
1025 N. Olive Road

Tucson, AZ 85721

(located in the lobby of the Marroney Theatre near the SE corner of Park & Speedway)

(520) 621-1162 | M - F | 12pm – 4pm

 

Get Your Tickets

 

 

 

SCHOOL OF THEATRE, FILM & TELEVISION

THEATRE

 

EMAIL: theatre@cfa.arizona.edu
PHONE: 520.621.7008

 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Radio Revival Theatre presents "Alice in Wonderland"

Streetlamp Productions

 

Housed at The Community Playhouse

 

1881 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, Az 85705

 

Tel: 520-329-4987 / Email: streetlampproductionsaz@gmail.com

 

"Alice in Wonderland" Radio Production

 

Sept. 28 @ 7:00pm

 

"Tea with Alice"

 

Sept. 29 @ 11:00am

 

Sept. 30 @ 2:00pm

 

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