Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tucson: casting for short film "The Human Condition"

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From: []
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 2:57 PM
Subject: casting for short film "The Human Condition"

The casting process is in preliminary stages for the the short film "The
Human Condition", written and directed by Alan Williams.

If you have already submitted headshots to Alan for the Billy Scroggs
music video, you need only to send another note outlining your interest in
auditioning for the short film and the part(s) based on the character
decriptions below and that you have already sent a headshot.

Otherwise, please submit a headshot and resume to
with 'The Human Condition audition' in the subject line.


Sherry Lynn- desparate 16-18 year old mother. Must be able to pass    for
30-ish year old later in the film as her character ages. (Or 30-ish year
old that can pass for 16-18)

Billy- Sherry Lynn's equally desparate, 17 year old boyfriend. (prefer
older actor that looks young) Also, must be willing to have military style
haircut during shoot.

Lance- Deserting soldier, 20's. Must be willing to have military style
haircut during shoot. Also must be comfortable with brief/implied nudity.

Caroline- Late 30's suicidal adultress. Must be comfortable with
brief/implied nudity.

Detective- Late 30's male. Husband to older Sherry Lynn who tries to save
Caroline from suicide.

Synopsis: The lives of five people come full circle through a series of
seemingly unrelated events and framed within the exact same dialogue.

Shooting is tentatively scheduled for Nov11th-14th.

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Tucson: Screening Room Hosts Festival Sin Fronteras

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From: Giulio Scalinger []
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Screening Room Hosts Festival Sin Fronteras

at The Screening Room

The Arizona Media Arts Center, Borderlands Theater and Raices Taller 222 Art
Gallery and Workshop are pleased to present the first annual FESTIVAL SIN
FRONTERAS, an innovative showcase of theater, poetry, film, visual arts and
music that represent the diverse voices of the Southwest.

The following programs will take place at The Screening Room, 127 East
Congress in downtown Tucson. 

ROMÁNTICO is a documentary film about Mexican musician Carmelo Muñiz. Filmmaker Mark Becker follows Carmelo as the troubadour returns home to scratch out a living after years of trying to get ahead as a musician (for tips) in San Francisco. An immigrant tale in reverse, this portrait vividly captures why a 60-year-old father chose to leave his beloved daughters and cross the desert to the U.S.

ROMÁNTICO is tangentially about illegal immigration, United States/Mexican economics, the romantico music of the title, and the subterranean American alien community. But at the heart of Mark Becker's beautifully shot, poetic film are the fundamental love and devotion of a father to his family; his desire above all is to provide them a decent living and a better future.

Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7 at 3:00pm
Admission: $5

Thousands of footprints cover the ground like a blanket. Each footprint describes a shadow that moves in the night, marking the trail of Mexican and Central American migrants' journeys through the desert in search of work in the United States. Filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson, Dr. Norma Price and actor Ted Parks work with the Samaritans, volunteers who search the desert for people in need of water and medical assistance. Border Stories is a reading of experiences they collected on the trail. It is the migrants' stories of who they are and why they choose to cross the deadly terrain.

Friday, October 12 at 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Ten years in the making, Trespassing is a feature-length documentary that poetically examines our fight for survival. By focusing on the battle around nuclear storage in the United States, the film carefully unpacks a deadly controversy around land rights, uranium mining, nuclear testing and the disposal of nuclear waste. Filmed in and around Native American sacred sites in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, Four-Corners and California’s Mojave Desert, Trespassing captures the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment, while documenting the actions of indigenous people and others as they risk relocation, eviction and arrest to prevent further desecration of these lands, the air and the water by nuclear waste. Filmmaker Carlos DeMenezes will be present for the screenings.

Awards include: Best Documentary, Boston International Film Festival, Special Jury Award, Arizona International Film Festival,  Best Documentary, Granada International Film Festival, Spain, Best of the Fest, Cine Pobre, Gibara, Cuba

Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm
Admission: $5

A dynamic panel discussion which will place theater, film, story telling, music and visual arts as interrelated expressions of current “historical moments” here in the Southwest. Participants will include actor Victor Carpinteiro, filmmaker Carlos DeMenezes, director Eva Tessler, artist Ceci Garcia and others.

Saturday, October 20 at 4:00pm
Free Admission

directed by Maria Novaro
This balmy tropical breeze of a movie tells the story of a switchboard operator who finds fulfillment in the dance hall performing that elegant mixture of passion and precision known as danzon. With its vibrant colors, torchy love songs, and engaging characters, the film negotiates a delicate balance between modern notions of female empowerment and the no less valid appeals of tradition, nostalgia, sexiness and old-fashioned romance.

Victor Carpinteiro, award-winning Mexican actor, director and teacher will introduce the screening.  Highlights of his film work include: Danzón, Old Gringo/Gringo Viejo, Collateral Damage and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

Independent cinema pushes established cinematic boundaries and explores unexpected possibilities. Presenting a rich diversity of story and technique,
Cine Sin Fronteras will showcase a collection of short films that reflect the themes of the festival.
Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm
Admission: $5

Visit the Borderlands Theater website at
for information on the plays DUST EATERS (October 4-21) and EL DESEO
(October 24-28).

Visit the Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop website at for information on the DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS exhibition.

A Festival Sin Fronteras Pass is available for $40 (12 admissions) and is valid for Borderlands Theater plays and The Screening Room film programs. Call 882-7406 for more information.

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Tucson: Southern Arizona's Three-Minute Thriller contest



From: Brian []
Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 11:14 AM
Subject: IFASA Three-Minute Thriller Prize Pool Biggest Ever



In case you missed it in previous announcements, the prizes for this year's Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona's Three-Minute Thriller contest are the best ever.  In addition to a $100 prize in each category, the winners will also receive in-kind prizes worth hundreds of dollars.  So, if you haven't shot your three-minute masterpiece yet, do it soon, to have a shot at these great prizes.


The late entry deadline for the IFASA Three-Minute Thriller contest is 19 October.  A $5 late fee must be paid for any entries received after 1 October, this includes entries from IFASA members.  Cost to enter (excluding any late fee) for IFASA members (dues paid) is FREE!  Cost to non-members is $13.


The Three-Minute Thriller Contest will be held on Sunday, 28 October, at 6:00 PM, at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., Tucson  The contest will be followed by a mixer across the street at Grill (Red Room), 100 E. Congress St.


Prize categories will be the same as previously (contingent on sufficient entries in each category):  Horror/Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Comedy/Spoof Horror, Experimental, and Youth Production.


Entries must be at most 3:59 minutes in length, including credits.  However, if you have a longer film you'd like to enter, we encourage you to break it up into parts 1, and 2, or even 3, and submit them as three different entries (paying the entry fee for each, if you are a non-member), each under 3:59.  (Any late fees must be paid for each part.)


Complete rules and entry forms are on the IFASA web site (  Entries must be sent or delivered to Kim Braun at the address below.


Save now - Your $10 dues will save you the $13 entry fee!  Dues can be paid at any IFASA meeting or event or can be mailed to:  Kim Braun, 5615 N Maria Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704.  (Please include membership form from the IFASA web site.)


If you have an questions, feel free to contact Brian Mulligan at




From: [] On Behalf Of Brian
Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 5:24 PM
Subject: [IFASA] Please Let Us Know if You are Making a Three-Minute Thriller


Hey Filmmakers and Thrillers,


For the planning purposes of the organizers of the IFASA Three-Minute Thriller contest, please send me a quick e-mail (to to let me know if you plan to submit a Three-Minute Thriller, and if so, how many (this especially applies to people submitting videos broken into parts).  This will help us a lot in planning the schedule for the evening.  It is not a commitment for you, but will at least give us an estimate.  Also, if you know of anyone else planning to submit a video, please let us know.






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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tucson: Last Chance to See Lesbain Shorts ... Ever?

-----Original Message-----
From: Ry []
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 2:30 PM
Subject: Last Chance to See Lesbain Shorts ... Ever?

Since several key members of the Bloody Unicorn Troupe are moving away
shortly, to Chicago, Honolulu, or other far-flung points, this is very
likely to be the last production of Lesbian Shorts.  Since this is the
final weekend this year, that means this could very well be your last
chance to see the popular theatrical festival EVER.  Come on down and
check it out!

Lesbian Shorts IV features plays ranging from slapstick comedy to
realistic drama to avant-garde weirdness, all with the common thread
of a lesbian character or relationship as a central element. This
year's festival premieres a total of 4 new shows, along with a special
guest performer each night. All plays will be presented at each

FRI., SEPT. 28, at 7:30 PM
SAT., SEPT. 29, at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
SUN., SEPT. 30, at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
****free refreshments at all matinees****
at the Cabaret Theater, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

For reservations, contact:
or (520) 990-3628

Or order from our website at:

Tickets are $14

This year's plays are:  Their First Outing Since Their Last by Mary
Woods, Issues & Baggage by Ruby Berlin, The List by Linda Suzuki, and
Incoming by Kathy Anderson.

All plays will be performed by a talented ensemble cast including:
Dana Cianciotto, Jillian Courtney, Richard Chaney, Krista Lehman, Gary
McGaha, Teresa Simone, Dave Sewell, and Sara Thompson.  On each night
there will also be performances by a special guest artist. Guest
artists will include the Midriff Crisis Tribal Bellydance Troupe,
hoola hoop artiste Revo Lution, cabaret performers Butch Butch Goose,
Lesbian Ventriloquism, and more.

PLAY DESCRIPTIONS:  Their First Outing Since Their Last takes a look
at what happens between two old friends when everything suddenly
changes for one of them.  Issues & Baggage is a wild play about
dysfunctional relationships, ex-girlfriends, vibrators, and dogs.  The
List (which is by the author of last year's immensely popular plays
Just Sex Jazz Hands and Hot Restrike) chronicles the sometimes complex
territory of fantasy, fulfillment, and threesomes with prostitutes. In
Incoming, a woman has to decide what to do about her girlfriend, who
is pregnant, her father, who is dying, and her ex-lover, who is
trapped underneath a bed.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Tucson: Call For Submissions - Original Comedy Scripts



From: []
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 9:43 AM
Subject: Call For Submissions - Original Comedy Scripts


Tucson Theatre Ensemble (TTE) is looking for original scripts to be considered for their Spring Comedy Festival, to be produced in March/April 2008.

Although many previously-produced works are under consideration, TTE would like to include one or more original works, especially if by Tucson authors.

Scripts may be of any length and on any subject matter.

Submissions must be received by November 1, 2007 at:
PO Box 44243,
Tucson AZ 85733

If you would like any additional information, you may contact TTE's Artistic Research and Development committee by writing to


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Tucson: Call for Letters from Veterans, Friends and Family of Veterans



From: Bevan Brunelle Bluemer []
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:04 PM
Subject: Media Advisory: Call for Letters from Veterans, Friends and Family of Veterans



Call for Letters from Veterans, Friends and Family of Veterans


Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) invites community members to participate in a creative writing experience. ATC is seeking letters to honor a loved one that was affected in some way by any war. The letters will be displayed during the upcoming run of Touch the Names: Letters to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a play that honors men and women who served in Vietnam through the words of real people who have left tributes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


The letters can take any creative form that individuals wish – poems, images, etc. – all tributes and remembrances are welcomed.  Additionally, if you would like to submit a letter addressed to any current enlisted military person, when the show ends, Arizona Theatre Company will send the letters with a care package overseas.


As part of special performances honoring veterans, letters will be read aloud by ATC staff to commemorate veterans’ sacrifices in all conflicts.  To have your letter included in these presentations, your letter must be submitted by October 15, 2007.

Text Box: Tucson
Sunday, October 28th, 2007

12PM Letter Reading
2PM Free Performance for Veterans
Reservation Required

5PM Letter Reading
7PM Free Performance for Veterans
Reservation Required

Temple of Music and Art 
330 S. Scott Avenue
Text Box: Phoenix
Sunday, November 11th, 2007

5PM Letter Reading
7PM Free Performance for Veterans
Reservation Required

Herberger Theatre Center
222 E. Monroe Street


Please include your name and a contact phone number in your submission to:

Arizona Theatre Company

ATTN: Jennifer Bazzell, Literary Manager

P.O. Box 1631

Tucson, AZ  85702



Letters become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. Not all letters received may be displayed.  By submitting a letter, the writer acknowledges Arizona Theatre Company’s right to use the letter in events, publications, and displays for Arizona Theatre Company and TOUCH THE NAMES.  Letters will be accepted through November 25, 2007.



Bevan Brunelle Bluemer

Public Relations Manager

Arizona Theatre Company

(520) 884-8210 Ext. 8205



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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tucson: Live Theatre Workshop presents "Cactus Flower"



From: []
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:12 PM
Subject: Live Theatre Workshop's upcoming show


Cactus Flower
By Abe Burrows


Directed by
Cliff Madison


A dentist (Richard Owen) stays single by telling his many girlfriends that he is married and has three children. His story backfires when he falls in love and asks the lady (Elizabeth Leadon) to marry him. She demands to see his wife and the children -- and he has to produce a wife to assuage the girlfriend's conscience. The laughs never stop as his devoted dental assistant (Maxine Gillespie)
pretends to be his wife -- and she blossoms like a cactus flower the moment she steps out of her starched uniform.
"You will find the jokes fast and funny, the situation becoming funnier as the play skips along." N.Y. Times
Also starring
Eric Anson as Igor Sullivan
Roberta Streicher as Mrs. Dixon Durant
Steve McKee as Harvey Greenfield
Bob Kovitz as Sr. Sanchez
Megan Lamb as Boticelli’s Springtime
Paul Matlock as Waiter/Man


The show opens on Saturday,  October 20, 2007
and runs through November 25, 2007.
Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday matinee at 3:00.  Enjoy a Post Show Opening
Reception Saturday, October 20, 2007 and meet the cast! 
Tickets range from $17 â€" $14
(Cash discounts available).
There will be two preview performances, Thursday October 18
and  Friday October 19, 2007 - only $11. 
Call 327-4242 For reservations TODAY!

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Tucson: Arizona Rose Theatre presents "Push Play for Mystery"

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From: Brandon Howell []
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 1:52 PM


The Arizona Rose Theatre Company's
Upcoming Production

Push Play for Mystery

October 13th & 14th
Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 2pm

at The Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 West Speedway Tucson AZ

available at (520)888-0509

For information or special needs please call the
Arizona Rose Theatre Company directly at
(520) 888-0509. Also visit our website:


You - the audience - will find temporary employment as a Board
of Directors for the  “Mc Master School for Domestics.”  This is
 definitely a laughing matter..... When four new students arrive
to attend the school - you - determine their fitness. But wait!!
There is a crime - Did you commit it?  The real crime would be
missing this once in a laughtime opportunity - come see the
proof - don’t miss this spoof...

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Tucson: half off your ticket price! THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?



Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 2:20 PM
Subject: THE BIG VOICE: God or Merman?






God or Merman?

A Musical Comedy in Two Lives


Mention this email and receive half off your ticket price!



Book, Music, Lyrics and Performance by Jim Brochu & Steve Schalchlin

Directed by Brendan James


WHEN:                      September 18 – October 6, 2007


WHERE:                    The Invisible Theatre (1400 N. First Ave at Drachman)


TICKETS:                 Ticket Price:  $18-$27 per person

                                    Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information

                                    Discounts available for groups of 10 or more


SHOW TIMES:         Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 pm = $25.00

                                    Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm = $27.00

                                    Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm = $27.00


The Invisible Theatre opens its 2007-2008 Theatre Season with THE BIG VOICE:  God or Merman?  This award-winning off-Broadway smash hit stars its creators – Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin.  The high energy, razzle-dazzle show chronicles the lives of these two very talented men - a Baptist from Arkansas (Schalchlin) and a Catholic from Brooklyn (Brochu), who find eternal salvation in the temple of musical theatre. The show traces the couple's meeting aboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, Steve's struggle with AIDS, the production of their hit off-Broadway musical THE LAST SESSION, their long term relationship and the spiritual and healing powers of showbiz.  THE BIG VOICE ran in NYC from November 30 to May 13, 2007 in a critically-acclaimed hit run.


“Big Voice is theatre with big heart...”

- Arizona Daily Star


“Hilarious and heartwarming…this is a show to see.”

- Green Valley News & Sun


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-----Original Message-----
From: Brandon Howell []
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 1:48 PM

Arizona Rose Theatre Company
Season Auditions

Thursday, September 27th from 6pm to 8pm

The Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 West Speedway
Tucson AZ

For information please call the
Arizona Rose Theatre Company
directly at (520) 888-0509.
Also visit our website:

Brandon Howell (520)888-0509

The Arizona Rose Theatre Company will be holding
open auditions for our 2007/2008 Season.  Please
bring a prepared monologue and vocal selection (a cappella).
We are casting several roles for the next 3 shows in our season.

An Old Fashioned Christmas (Early December) -
A musical variety show celebrating the holiday
season. We are looking for singers, dancers and
actors for this production

Robin Hood the musical (late February) -
We are looking to fill several roles in
this full-length book musical
We are looking for a Marion, Friar Tuck and several other roles

Mystic Window (mid April)-
Looking for Actors, singers and dancers for this production

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Tucson: Local Student Filmmaker casting for an upcoming short film



Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 10:23 PM
Subject: [Tucson Actors Forum] Local Student Filmmaker casting for an upcoming short film



Local Tucson Student Filmmaker is casting 2 24-27 year old males and 1
18-20 year old male for an upcoming pitch-dark comedy short

THIS THURSDAY September 27 FROM 3:30 TO 10:00PM.

Auditions will be held on the University of Arizona Campus in the
Harvill Building room 108.

EMail Justyn Buske at with questions or to
sign up a 10-minute audition.

Walk-ins welcome.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script and will be filmed.



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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tucson: Invisible Theatre auditions for BINGO, A Winning New Musical



Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 3:18 PM
Subject: Invisible Theatre auditions for BINGO, A Winning New Musical




BINGO (A Winning New Musical)

Book by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid

Music and Lyrics by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid & David Holcenberg



The Invisible Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, BINGO, A Winning New Musical, on Saturday, September 29, 2007, beginning at 11:00 am.  Auditions will be held at the Invisible Theatre - 1400 N. First Ave (at Drachman). 


Appointments are required and may be made by calling (520) 882-9721.


Actors must bring a recent headshot and resume if the theatre does not have a current one on file, and are required to prepare one short show song.  Rob Boone, Musical Director, will provide accompaniment.


 BINGO, A Winning New Musical will have its southwest premiere at the Invisible Theatre and will run from May 6 – 25, 2008.  Rehearsals will begin in April.  Susan Claassen directs.  Actors are paid an honorarium.



The following roles are available:


Vern:  40 – 50’s:  Matriarch of the group.  Funny, robust, stubborn and crusty, but with a good heart buried under her gruff exterior.


Patsy:  40 – 50’s:  Somewhat mousey, neurotic, and obsessively superstitious, yet underneath her anxious exterior lies a rock star who can let it rip!


Honey:  40’s:  Leggy, beautiful, but a little past her prime.  She’s an extremely loveable sex kitten if not the brightest of bulbs.


Sam/Frank:  40’s: Sam is the Bingo caller – tall, rugged, and handsome.  He loves his job and takes his calling very seriously – the only thing that can distract him is Honey – the woman of his dreams.  In flashbacks, he doubles as Frank – a Bingo employee.


Minnie:  60’s:  Friendly bingo hall manager – she’s everyone’s favorite, a cute, cuddly grandma.  Although this woman could be the oldest in the group, she’s still spry and quick on her feet.  She must be extremely comfortable interacting and improvising with the audience and have a good, warm energy.


Bernice Boodalay:  40 – 50’s:  Super mom, genuinely sweet and cheerful.  She’s the peacemaker and pie baker, and spreads sunshine wherever she goes.  Maybe a little bit passive aggressive with her friends.


Alison Boodalay:  20’s:  Bernice’s daughter – fresh faced, comedic, driven, passionate, optimistic, perky and quirky.  She is a young character woman in an ingenue’s body.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tucson: Borderlands Theater auditions

-----Original Message-----
From: Eva Tessler []
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 10:19 AM
Subject: Borderlands Theater auditions

Borderlands Theater is a professional Theater company now in its 22nd Season.
Auditions will be held 10am-2pm.  September 29th. 
Please call the Borderlands Theater Office at (520) 882-8607 for more information and to set up an appointment.

Borderlands Theater is looking for professional actors to fill roles in three of Borderlands Theater’s productions this season.

A Tucson Pastorela: This Tucson holiday favorite mixes modern political humor with traditional values in a fun song and dance community production.

The Coyote y Culebra Youth Project: This touring youth production is packed full of laughs and bigger than life characters to tell a desert tail of coyotes, snakes and soulful journeys. 

School of the Americas: Set in the Bolivian jungle, this poignant play by the Oscar-nominated writer of the Motorcycle Diaries, takes us to the last day in the life of Che Guevara.

All Ages and Types.  Hispanics and actors of color strongly encouraged to audition.

Eva Tessler
Artistic Associate
Borderlands Theater

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tucson: ATC Gala 2007 Honors The University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts

From: Arizona Theatre Company []
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2007 3:39 AM
Subject: Arizona Theatre Company Gala 2007 Honors The University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts

Sent by: Arizona Theatre Company
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For Immediate Release
September 22, 2007
Bevan Brunelle Bluemer, Public Relations Manager: 520.884.8210 Ext. 8205

Featuring over thirty UA students performing songs and stunts
Celebrate the launch of Tucson’s arts season with Arizona Theatre Company’s annual Gala Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the historic Temple of Music and Art at 330 S. Scott Avenue in downtown Tucson. Dine and dance under the stars with ATC artists, supporters and staff. Governor Janet Napolitano and UA President Dr. Robert and Mrs. Adrian Shelton serve as honorary chairs. Co-chairs for the 2007 Gala are Harold and Maedell Dixon.

Among those attending will be Honorary Chair UA President Dr. Robert and Mrs. Adrian Shelton, and Mayor Robert and Mrs. Beth Walkup as guests of Shirley Chann.

The evening begins at 5:00 PM with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the courtyard of the Temple, followed by the Gala performance of Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin. After the performance, attendees will enjoy cuisine by Carte Blanche Catering and Café a la Carte. Joe Bourne and Friends will delight audiences with an eclectic blend of popular music themes from the Great American Song Book to dance the night away!

Monsieur Chopin begins at Fryderyk Chopin’s salon in Paris. As Monsieur Chopin’s piano lesson unfolds, he reveals secrets about the art of the piano and composition, as well as secrets about himself. Considered by his contemporaries, and now by history, as the true “Poet of the Piano,” Monsieur Chopin features some of the pianist-composer’s most beautiful and endearing music.

This year, ATC will honor The University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts with the 2007 Georgy Award, named after longtime Tucsonan and ATC Trustee Emeritus George Rosenberg. The Georgy Award is presented annually to recognize the significant impact that certain individuals or organizations have had on ATC and on the arts in Arizona.

Co-chair and University Distinguished Professor Harold Dixon said, “At this year’s Gala, we really want to highlight the great relationship and ‘cross pollination’ between Arizona Theater Company and the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts.”

Over the past ten seasons ATC has been partnered with The University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts and is fortunate to work with the U of A’s talented faculty members as actors, combat instructors, dialect coaches and designers. U of A students perform and understudy roles in ATC shows each year with amazing success.

Accentuating this year’s Gala will be a design show featuring the work of UA Theatre Arts Technical and Design majors; a vocal performance of “Make Our Garden Grow” from the UA Theatre Arts production of Candide; a thrilling staged fight sequence; and a performance of a selection of Rogers and Hart songs by the freshmen Encore performers.

Arizona Theatre Company’s 2007 Gala is its major fundraiser of the year to support education and community-based programs that enhance the theatre experience and foster artists and audiences for the future. Generous support for this event has been provided by Joan and Donald Diamond as Diamond Sponsors; The Jim Click Automotive Team the Platinum Sponsor; and Paul and Alice Baker, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Frances Chapin Foundation, and Wells Fargo as Gold Sponsors.

Tickets for this black tie event are available for $200 each or a table of ten for $2000. For information on sponsoring a UA student or faculty member, reservations or to make a ticket purchase contact Sandra Um at 520.884.8210 x 8302.
For more information about Arizona Theatre Company's 2007-2008 season visit:

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From: Eva Tessler []
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 5:11 PM

Dear friends,
Please mark your calendars for Monday and Tuesday.

 “Our Dad is in Atlantis”/“Papá está en la Atlántida” by Javier Malpica, translated by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas.

The play received the prestigious Mexican award Premio Nacional de Dramaturgia “Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda”en 2005. It is a poignant border story about two young brothers who trek to “el Norte” in hopes of reuniting with their father.  The English version will feature L.A. based Joe Quintero, last seen in Tucson as “Sam” in “Earthquake Chica”, and local actor Robert Encila, and it will be read September 24, 7:30 pm at the U of A Modern Languages Auditorium.

The Spanish version features- along with Quintero- internationally known Mexican actor Vïctor Carpinteiro, last seen in Tucson in the critically acclaimed production of “ Deseo”, and it will be read September 25, 7:30 pm at the Modern Languages Auditorium at the U of A. Directed by Eva Tessler
Hope to see you there,

Eva Tessler
Artistic Associate
Borderlands Theater

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Tucson: El Rio Theatre Projet presents Twelfth Night

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Givens []
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 1:47 PM
Subject: Twelfth Night Performances

For Immediate Release

Tucson Parks and Recreation’s El Rio Theatre Project makes its debut
with a series of eight evening performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth
Night  Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7 at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheater,
1000 N.
Tucson Blvd.

Performances are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m.  Donations
of $5 are suggested.
Two additional special performances will be offered at the Presidio San
Augustin del Tucson, 197 N. Church Ave.,
Oct. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring the family, a blanket and a picnic
basket for an evening of theater in the park.
The play is a comedy that centers on mistaken identity and involves
brother and sister identical twins separated by a shipwreck but later
reunited.  The ensuing confusion, intrigue and love triangle arises
because the sister has been living disguised as a man since the

For information contact Michael Givens, El Rio Center recreation
coordinator and director of the performances, at 791-4196.

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Tucson: ATC presents TOUCH THE NAMES: Letters from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2007

Bevan Brunelle Bluemer, Public Relations Manager: 520.884.8210 Ext. 8205

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Randal Myler and Chic Street Man play marks the 25th anniversary of “The Wall”
Every day, hundreds of mementos are left at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.� Some are souvenirs of times past, some are symbols of patriotism -- most are letters from loved ones, colleagues, comrades and strangers.� TOUCH THE NAMES is an extraordinary theatrical event in which eight actors speak the words and share the emotions from actual letters left at The Wall, accompanied by the soulful music of Chic Street Man, performed live by the composer.� Created and directed by Randal Myler, who brought ATC audiences past favorites such as Love, Janis; Hank Williams: Lost Highway and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, this play is a powerful witness to healing, understanding and love. TOUCH THE NAMES plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from October 16 through November 4. TOUCH THE NAMES continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 8 through November 25. The Phoenix production underwriter for TOUCH THE NAMES is Boeing. Arizona Theatre Company’s season underwriters are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.

The idea for the TOUCH THE NAMES began on Memorial Day in 1996 when Randal Myler and Chic Street Man were working on a play together in Washington, D.C. They had walked down the National Mall past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where a special event was taking place.� Myler noticed that people were leaving items at the base of the Wall and asked a security guard what happened to those mementoes.� He was told that they were gathered every day and stored in a National Archives warehouse in Maryland.� Intrigued, he gained permission to visit the storage facility and read through thousands of letters.� Chic Street Man created music to accompany the letters, as well as turning some of them into stand-alone songs.� The final result is a theatre piece composed of dozens letters, notes and poems spoken by an ensemble cast portraying soldiers, civilians, parents, children, friends and strangers who all had something powerful and urgent to say to the names on the Wall.

Variety said TOUCH THE NAMES “packs an especially potent emotional wallop” and called it “dignified and authentic; very moving.”

The Tucson Chapter 106 of Vietnam Veterans of America will present an exhibit at the Temple of Music and Art of personal memorabilia from the Vietnam War, as well as information about important issues for the veterans who served.� Patrons can view the display before and after the performance, as well as during intermission. In addition, the matinee on Sunday, October 28th will be a free performance for veterans and military personnel.� Veterans and military also receive $10 off tickets for all other performances.

RANDAL MYLER (Co-Conceiver/Director) returns to ATC where he co-wrote and directed the smash hits Love, Janis; Hank Williams: Lost Highway and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues and directed The Immigrant. He was nominated for a 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award in the Outstanding Director category for the New York production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway and was a Tony Award nominee (Best Book of a Musical) for It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues. He has directed at theatres across the country, including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe, the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Auditorium and many others. His other writing and directing projects include co-adapting and directing Fire on the Mountain and Always Heaven and directing Union City.

CHIC STREET MAN (Co-Conceiver/Composer) returns to ATC, having appeared in It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues. He composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe, for which he received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award. Chic composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's A Lesson Before Dying. Chic composed, arranged and was the Musical Director for McCarter Theatre Center’s premiere of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County, for which he won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award. In 2002, Chic released his sixth album, Lullablues.

Vicki Smith (Scenic Designer) returns to Arizona Theatre Company where she designed� Love, Janis; Jitney; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Dirty Blonde and many others.� Other theatres where she has worked include Denver Center Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Minnesota Opera and Anchorage Opera, among others.� Don Darnutzer (Lighting Designer) returns to Arizona Theatre Company, where he designed, among dozens of shows, Love, Janis; I Am My Own Wife; Molly’s Delicious; Hank Williams: Lost Highway and It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues.� He designed the lighting for the Tony-nominated Broadway production of It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues. Kish Finnegan (Costume Designer) has been with Arizona Theatre Company since 1989 and is the Costume Design Manager. Her ATC design credits include I Am My Own Wife, Molly’s Delicious, Tuesdays with Morrie, Drawer Boy, Copenhagen, The Origins Of Happiness in Latin, Fully Committed, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Art, Seamarks, Mascara, and Valley Song. Brian Jerome Peterson (Sound Designer) celebrates his 22nd season and 54th sound design for ATC, where he has designed, among others I Am My Own Wife, Molly’s Delicious, Twelfth Night, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Crowns, Bad Dates, and Macbeth.� His designs have been heard in many theatres including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Tickets range from $26-$50 depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the ATC Box Office at (520) 622-2823. Veterans and military personnel receive $10 off single tickets.� Discounts are available for students and seniors on specific performance days. Half-price student rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability; must show ID). For discounts on groups of eight or more, call (520) 884-8210 x 8204.

ATC offers audio-described performances for patrons who have low vision or blindness on October 18 at 2:00 PM and October 24 at 2:00 PM. Interested patrons may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. Braille and large-print playbills are available upon request from the house manager. An American Sign Language-interpreted performance is offered on October 18 at 7:30 PM. Patrons who have deafness or hearing impairment will receive a biography of the interpreters, a description of the play and name signs of each character.� An open-captioned performance is offered on October 18 at 2:00 PM. As the play progresses, those in open-captioned seating will be able to read the play’s dialogue in large green letters on an LED. The service is for patrons with mild to severe hearing loss who may not be ASL-literate. Tickets for all performances are available through the ATC box office at (520) 622-2823 or online at TTY access for the box office is available via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Tucson: Performing groups wanted for Tucson's Holiday Tree Lighting Event

Performing groups are invited to perform at Tucson's Holiday Tree Lighting Event on Dec. 8 downtown. Groups are asked to have between eight and 20 minutes of material. Call 624-7225 Ext. 203 if interested.


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tucson: Casting Call, "BETTER DAYS"

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 From: Katie Harris <>
 Date: 9/19/2007 11:48:58 AM
 Subject: Media Arts Casting Call

My name is Katie Harris and I am writing to you today to ask you to post on your  list serve a casting call that I and another filmmaker, John McGough, will be  having on Sunday, September 23rd in Harvill 108. We are both BFA Senior Media  Arts students casting for our Senior Capstone films. We have actually both  worked with you on projects last year.

 Below are Character Breakdowns for both films, as well as a synopsis for both.  Please have actors email headshots, resumes and preferred audition times to me  at  Scheduled appointments between 9:30am - 1:00pm, or open casting will be from  1:00 - 4:00.

 BETTER DAYS  (Synopsis)  A passionate musician must find a way to make enough money to buy a new guitar  after his old one is destroyed. He will do anything necessary to further his  musical career, even if it leads to a life of crime. In this comedy of errors  short, Chuck Figgle finds that his true love is not a woman with sexy curves,  but a guitar made out of wood with 6 strings.

 [CHUCK FIGGLE]22-27 (to play 23). A struggling musician, Chuck rigorously plays  his guitar on the street corner with his buddy Glen. Acting as the leader of  the musical duo, he has a sense of vigor salted with lots of sarcasm and humor.  Not taking himself too seriously, yet all the while still trying to progress  his musical career, Chuck will do whatever is necessary to continue his musical  journey.

 [GLEN MYERS] 22-27 (to play 23). A straight faced hillarity with a sense of  humor that would suit a Three Stooges fan, Glen drums to the beat of his own  drum. He plays the bongos along side Chuck on the street corner and is always  his sidekick in Chuck's clever schemes. Sensitive and understanding, he'll  sacrifice himself for the better good of the band.

 [ANNIE SCOTT] 20-25 (to play 24). An attractive, wealthy young woman with a  strong head on her shoulders who often portrays a quirky demeanor that sets her  aside from other attractive young women. Often in her own little world, she'll  be awkward and clumsy, while still eluding a sense of grace. Her ability to  swear like a sailor one moment and be a seductress the next, Annie is a  paradox all rolled into one stunning piece of work.

 FIRST ENCOUNTER  SYNOPSIS:  After spending months entrenched in existential crisis, Jack joins his best  friend for a night on the town in an attempt to re-assimilate into the world.  But after a surreal experience involving a dark haired beauty, Jack finds he  must move beyond physicality if he wishes to enter into a meaningful  relationship.

 [JACK] 21-27 (to play 24). Coming off of an extended relationship that ended  badly, Jack has spent months entrenched in existential crisis. Jack presently  finds himself struggling to connect with women, but agrees to accompany Benji  for a night out on the town. LEAD

 [BENJI] 21-27 (to play 24). Astute and aware of the world around him, Benji is  Jack?s best friend and confidant. He a spiritual being that is liked by  nearly everyone. Benji has taken Jack out for the night to attempt to  re-inject him into the world around them. He is perhaps Jack?s Guru.

 [EVE/ MARIE] 18-25 (to play 21). Beautiful, flawless, and timeless, Eve is  everything Jack never knew he needed. She is, herself, more than just another  girl. She is all that is for Jack ? she is his uninhibited I-Thou relation.  She represents everything he knows and everything he needs.

 [COURTNEY] 19-25 (to play 23). Dark haired, sophisticated, and slender,  Courtney is the physical manifestation of an I-It world. She strives to  experience the world and everything in it, indifferent of potential  repercussions. While she is physically attractive, she lacks an understanding  of self and spirituality, and thus lives an empty, fleeting life. She  ultimately serves as the object of Jack?s I-It experience.

 None of these roles have been cast, and may change if necessary.

 Thank you Brian, I really appreciate all of your help!

 Best,  Katie Harris  520-909-6881


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