Friday, May 29, 2015

The Community Players presents When You Wish Upon A Star: A Musical Revue


When You Wish Upon A Star

A Musical Revue


Opening June 19th - 28th

Friday and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:00pm


All tickets are $12!


Tickets can be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling 887-6239.


The Community Players

Box Office: (520) 887-6239


Performance Venue:

The Community Playhouse

1881 N. Oracle Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85704



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Jay Taylor and David Fitzsimmons Comedy Show @ The Great American Playhouse


Jay Taylor and David Fitzsimmons Comedy Show 6-24-15

Jay Taylor and David Fitzsimmons A Night of Comedy. Wednesday June 24, 2015  7pm. Call 512-5145 for reservations. Here is a little bit about Jay Taylor:

Jay Taylor is the funniest man in Tucson. Just ask him.

Born in Detroit, Michigan December 5, 1937, Jay was one of twelve kids who moved so much one of his sisters was ‘born in four different states.’

Jay moved to Tucson from Houston, Texas in 1961.  He joined Harwood Advertising as Creative Director in 1963, bought the agency in 1972, changed the name to Taylor Advertising, which became the largest in Arizona.

In late 60s, Jay and best friend Frank Kalil formed the comedy team, Kalil and Taylor.  They wrote and produced the comedy album, “My Plumber Doesn’t Make House Calls,” on Capitol Records, appeared on Tonight Show, Andy Williams Show, and others.

Jay has found funny stuff at every turn of his life, every stop. This is warm, contemporary humor woven from one amazing life’s journey.

See clips of Jay’s comedy show here:

The Great American Playhouse is located at 13005 N Oracle Rd., Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85739. We are located in the Walgreen Shopping Center at the Northwest corner of Oracle and Rancho Vistoso Blvd.




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From: Ron []
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 3:27 PM




TWENTY FIRST CENTURY COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING workshop hosted by THE INSTITUTE FOR COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING (ICS) is for writers, directors and actors in film and theater who want to immerse themselves for five days in developing stories through the ICS process.



           Lodge of the Desert in beautiful southwest Tucson AZ. We will learn about collaborative storytelling in stories, scripts and plays, surrounded by mountains, the desert, and the the artistic culture of Arizona.
306 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ, 85711.

The ICS conference is limited to sixteen participants with some active background in theater or film and with a strong interest in collaborative storytelling. The ideal balance will include writers, actors, directors, and a variety of theater and film professionals so workshop groups will have a variety of skills to explore collaborations. Each candidate will submit a resume and have an interview via phone, Skype or in person as part of the process in determining a strong fit for this first ICS event.



Sunday July 26.

Arrive. Casual meet and greet. 7:30pm. Buffet dinner.

Monday, July 27 and through Thursday, July 30.

Mornings. Sessions with experts.

Afternoons and evenings. Small group workshops.

Thursday Evening, July 30th.

Showcase performances and closing event.


INTENSIVE MENTORING every morning Monday through Thursday. Intensive mentoring by experts on writing, acting and directing. Mentors include film and theater professionals.

DAILY CREATIVE SESSIONS by professionals on topics such as ‘What is story?’ ‘What is 21st Century Storytelling?’, ‘Prose into Performed Story,’ ‘Improv Into Story,’ ‘Story Structures and Actors Living Truthfully in the Moment,’ the ‘Ethos of Creative Collaboration.’ etc. Professionals include Howard Allen, top ranked script doctor, and Royce Sparks, certified Meisner instructor.

SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS every afternoon and evening where participants in small groups apply the ICS storytelling process in creating work.

A FILMED SHOWCASE of devised work created during the week open to an invited audience of theatre and film professionals to demonstrate the process.

MEET AND GREET at opening and closing receptions as well as throughout the meeting for informal discussions with fellow participants and invited guests.


$300 tuition includes all sessions, workshops, mentoring during the conference, dinner and snacks at receptions, meetings, DVD of the event and handbook of conference materials. Scholarships available Free parking for local participants. Payment is required by July 1.

*An automatic 10% discount is offered to any students of the Meisner Technique International Summer 2015 Meisner Technique Intensive!


Meals other than the closing event and room are not covered in the tuition. The Lodge of the Desert offers participants a special $70 a night rate. Private and shared rooms available.



The Institute is limited to sixteen participants. Applicants should email with subject line “Collaborative Storytelling” and an artistic resume and contact information to

More information will be posted on

Space is limited, and admissions will go to the first qualified applicants. Act quickly.



Howard Allen, Creative Director

with Royce Sparks

and Ron Pullins



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Unearthing Humanity: Borderlands Theater 30th Season


From: Borderlands Theater []
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:14 PM
Subject: Borderlands EXCITING Update: May 28, 2015


Unearthing Humanity: Borderlands Theater 30th Season!


"I am happy to announce that women playwrights dominate my first full season as producing director at Borderlands Theater. We are producing two new plays by women, and a commissioned collaborative theatrical event penned by two women and one man," said Marc David Pinate, Borderlands Theater's new producing director.


The 2015/16 season features 3 plays staged at the intimate 80 seat Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Space, and one site specific production.


Pinate said, "Not only are we showcasing women playwrights this season, we are also putting Tucson stories forward." 


The season includes:



By Milta Ortiz  

September 10-27, 2015   

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater  

A world premiere about the banning of Mexican American Studies in TUSD.  


A Tucson Pastorela

By Howard Allen and the Pastorela ghost writers.

December 3-6, 2015  

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater

The beloved, family friendly, 19th annual holiday tradition returns.


The Barrio Stories Project

By Virginia Grise, Martin Zimmerman, and local playwright, Elaine Romero.

March 3 - 6, 2016.  

Locations to be determined

National attention is focused on this much anticipated site-specific theater event. This is an outdoor event with light walking. Additional indoor performances with seating will be held for patrons with mobility issues.

Ghosts of Lote Bravo

By Hilary Bettis
April 14-May1, 2016  

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater

A National New Play Network rolling world premiere about survival in a border town. 


Click here for more on the plays


Click here for American Theatre article on our season 



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Since our season is over, expect less e-news in between seasons. We'll be back on track in August! Stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Borderlands Theater

40 W. Broadway Blvd

Tucson, Arizona 85701

Office: (520) 882-8607 

Box Office: (520) 882-7406



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The 2015 Fox Tucson Theatre Fall Season Lineup is here!

PUBLIC ON SALE: JUNE 15th at noon
Click here to become a member & purchase tickets before the public!



SEPT 18 | 7:30PM
This hilarious SNL alumn will kick off the Fox Fall Season along with some of his friends (The Church Lady, Garth and Hans)! 

SEPT 24 | 6:30PM
A spectacular of movement & color incorporating elements of acrobatics, Chinese circus and Peking opera

SEPT 26 | 7:30PM
The beloved trumpeter/composer and his charismatic wife offer an evening of jazz sprinkled with Brazilian flavors

OCT 7 | 7:30PM
Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook returns 
to the Fox 


OCT 15 | 7:30PM
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue
Original band members reunite! UK's most successful reggae band 


OCT 16 | 7:30PM
The iconic singer/songwriter will grace the Fox stage in her first solo 
acoustic tour


OCT 27 | 6:30PM
 The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world... truly sounds to lift the soul


NOV 10 | 7:30PM
Performing songs from her new album, "This is M.E.," Melissa is known for her distinctive voice, profound lyrics



NOV 12 | 7:30PM
A true Rock icon, with hit "The Twist," Chubby Checker has sold an astounding 250,000,000 records!


NOV 20  | 7:30PM
 One of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success


NOV 21 | 7:30PM
This gifted family of musicians, dancers and writers are all true artists


NOV 22 | 7:00PM
 Featuring the top five finalists in a hilarious night of live comedy! 


NOV 28  | 7:30PM
Tony Award-winning artist's tribute to Broadway and Frank Sinatra



DEC 8 | 7:30PM
 A dazzling evening of Yuletide classics and modern holiday melodies


For a complete list of Upcoming Spring Shows

Funny on Fourth: Farewell TIM INC!


From: Justin Lukasewicz []
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:33 AM
Subject: Funny on Fourth: Farewell TIM INC!




Farewell TIM INC!

2 Years of harold 



This weekend we celebrate the end of an era!  TIM INC is going into improv retirement!  Our longest running harold team will perform on Friday night at 7 PM in Harold Night.  


On Saturday at 9 PM, the TIM INC Celebration concludes with a special show.  Watch the last TIM INC harold, and then join the cast on the stage for montage jams.  Any audience member can play along and join the show!





This week at the TIM Comedy Theater

TIM Comedy Theater

329 E. 7th St. | Tucson, AZ | 6th/7th Street Streetcar Stop


Harold Night starts the weekend off on Friday at 7 PM. The harold is the world's most famous long format!  Developed by Del Close in the 1960's watch our improvisers take one suggestion and weave it into a myriad of scenes!  House harold teams TIM INC and Already Jumped will perform!



At 9 PM The Soap Box welcomes Bridgitte Thum, she works at B Line, our neighbor on 4th Ave. She also is a local artist and performer.


The Soap Box features the most aggressive cast of improvisers in Southern Arizona: Ben Dietzel, Andrew Hatch, Jessica Hill, Cory Jenks, Daniel Kirby, Justin Lukasewicz, and Jessica Peck!




Saturday at 7 PM, Improv Throwdown takes the stage!  Our fast paced short form show features, improv games, rap battles, and improvised jokes made up right on the spot.  Which team will walk away with the street cred this week?!?!


MC: Justin Lukasewicz

Red Squad: Stephanie Lovinger, Jacob Lockwood, and Jessie Stapp Roth

Black Squad: Dan Kellish, Esther Brilliant, and Dave Devery



TIM Comedy School Heats Up 


Every class in our improv comedy curriculum will be starting a new section before the end of July.  This includes our first Improv 501 focusing on Advanced harold.


Join our Comedy School today: Register Here 


Improv 101 - starts Wednesday, June 24th 6-8:30 PM with Dan Kellish

Improv 201 - starts Tuesday, June 23rd 6-8:30 PM with Cory Jenks 

Improv 301 - starts Monday, June 8th 6-8:30 PM with Daniel Kirby

Improv 401 - starts Monday, July 20th 6-8:30 PM with Justin Lukasewicz

Improv 501 - starts Wednesday, July 8th 6-8:30 PM with Justin Lukasewicz




Local: 520-314-7299




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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eddie Izzard at Fox Tucson Theatre


Eddie Izzard - the man who turned talking 'Bollocks' into an art form.....
He's sold out Madison Square Garden and became the first stand-up comedian to play a solo show at the Hollywood Bowl. He takes ideas and situations and extrapolates them into bizarre tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives - topics that skip from Darth Vader and Greek mythology to human sacrifice and chaos theory.


Todd Rundgren - a prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star - brings his new tour GLOBAL to the Fox stage. This long-awaited musical event will be a contemporary fusion of styles - rock, soul and electronica - continuing the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius. 

Co-presented with Danny Zelisko Presents


Visit on Thursday, May 28 at 5pm for a list of upcoming shows!  
Member-only pre-sale begins June 1st
Public on-sale begins June 15th
Become a member here to get your tickets before the public!


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Odyssey Storytelling Presents: "TABOO"


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:


Curated by Penelope Starr and Adam Hostetter

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Screening Room, 

127 E. Congress Street, Tucson, $8


Come hear stories of things NO ONE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT! Taboo.


Storytellers: Rapper, Sharon Kha; author, Ethel Lee-Miller; teacher, travel writer, Edie Jarolim; Bridget MaGee; dispatcher, Steve Braun and retiree, Mickey Monroe

Storyteller Bios:

Sharon Kha, the oldest child of a Mennonite minister, became a television news reporter for KGUN TV in the early 70s, and then became the associate vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Arizona for 22 years.  She earned a bachelors degree in English from Bethel College in St. Paul, and her MS in English from University Texas El Paso.  She has one son, David, who juggles and works for Apple. If you are looking for a speaker for an organization you belong to, contact her at 325-2485.  She talks about how she turned a diagnosis of Parkinson's into a career as a rapper.

Mickey Monroe was born in Chicago, Illinois and thereafter, as a military dependent, lived in two other countries, (the Philippine Islands and Spain) and 8 states before moving to Tucson in 1972. Her mother was raised in the oral tradition of the South and passed her love of  telling stories and listening to them on to her daughters.

Ethel Lee-Miller has been curious about relationships for as long as she can remember. Her first book, Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort explored the close relationship of twins. Her second book, Seedlings—Stories of Relationships, is a humorous and yet finger-on-the-pulse-of-relationships collection of short stories. Whether writing, speaking, or sharing with other curious writers, she is willing to uncover accomplishments, secrets, and taboos of our culture, sometimes gently, sometimes with a frankness she likes to call “just being direct.”  A native New Yorker, she now resides in Tucson and is active in the Arizona writing community— you’re invited to be a part of it all in her books and with Writers Read and Writers Lunch-local events open to the public. Visit at


Edie Jarolim is a freelance writer and editor who has published four books — three travel guides and one dog guide — and hundreds of articles, many in national publications. She is the Contributing Dining Editor for Tucson Guide and Chow Editor for Biz Tucson. She is currently hosting a Kickstarter campaign to finish and publish a memoir, Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All. Check it out at


Before moving to the land of the lizards with his wife, of 29 years (Phyllis) and daughter (Jackie, now 24), Steven Braun spent his formative years in New York. He earned a BA in philosophy at the University of Arizona and so, embarked on a culinary career which spanned 26 years, 3 states and untold hours of creativity, laughs and hard work. Steven left the glamour of the kitchen for the anonymity of the 911 call center, where, for the past 5 years, he has honed his multi-tasking skills, empathy and subtle sarcasm to a razor’s edge. When he isn’t making the world safe from snakes and Gila monsters, Steven attends the U of A where he is working on a Master’s in Public Administration.


Bridget Magee is a writer, a poet, a speaker, a teacher, and a Mom - not always in that order. Her poetry has appeared in the following poetry anthologies: Dear Tomato: International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems (spring 2015), Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (April 2015), Puff-Puff Prose, Poetry and a Play Vol 111: Struggle (summer 2015), and O'Words Anthology (summer 2015). Bridget also has a personal essay entitled, "Elephant in the Room" that will be included in Monkey Star Press Anthology: How to Survive Tantrums and Babysitters (2016). You can read her original poetry twice a week at or see what she is up to at When not writing, Bridget can be found reading.  She lives with her husband, two daughters, and crazy dog, Smidgey.


Penelope Starr founded Odyssey Storytelling in 2004 just for fun. As producer and artistic director, she has coached hundreds of people who told their personal stories at Odyssey events. In her spare time Penelope restores Navajo rugs, (, is working on a documentary film (, is in the middle of too many writing projects and tries to remember to go outside once in a while.

Adam C. Hostetter has been a producer with Odyssey since 2008, when his therapist handed him Penelope Starr's business card. Better than therapy, Odyssey has introduced him to the bright lights of the stage, many fascinating folks with incredible stories, and the joy of storytelling. Adam has been an adult literacy educator for nearly 20 years. He is also a writer, mining his own queer-and-Mennonite background. He has served on the board of directors for Brethren and Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, as well as The Rogue Theatre and StoryArts Group Inc. He grew up in Lancaster County, PA and currently resides in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ.


Venue: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street, Tucson.

            Parking information found here, and a map identifying downtown parking areas here.



We’ve chosen themes for 2015 to make it easier for future 

storytellers to see where your favorite personal story will fit in.


Next Up 


July 9, 2015: “Independence”

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, Tucson.

Do You have a story? Contact us!




Storytelling is a way to make connections with diverse and different people that you may not meet in your every day life. Because these stories are from our lives they may be amazing, messy, enlightening, disturbing, and entertaining . . . and more.