Friday, October 26, 2007

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Theatre Company Announces 2007-2008 Season



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Beowulf Alley Theatre

11 South 6 Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701




Beowulf Alley Theatre Company Announces Its 2007-2008 Season of Plays


(Tucson, AZ--October 24, 2007)— Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is pleased to announce its 2007-2008 season.


Season Productions:


Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones, November 10-December 2, 2007.


Directed by Susan Arnold, Stones in his Pockets tells the tale of two local, down-on-their luck Irishmen, Jake Quinn (Matthew Copley) and Charlie Conlon (Jonathan Northover),  who along with others, have been cast as extras in a Hollywood movie being filmed in rural County Kerry, Ireland. Imagine the clash of ideals and the chaos that ensues when Hollywood divas, flamboyant press agents and bigwig Hollywood directors begin trampling on the people who live in the village while searching for the perfect close up. The delight over free food and 40 quid a day for doing virtually nothing gradually turns to resentment and the mood threatens to derail the movie when a tragic event occurs. Copley and Northover portray all of the 15 characters in the play. Stones in His Pockets won the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Production in 1999, The London Evening Standard award in 2000, two Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best Actor and was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2001, and has been produced all over the world in several languages. (Produced by Special Arrangements with Nick Hern Books, Ltd.)


The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, December 7-16, 2007.


Belinda Torrey performs all twenty-four characters in this moving play. The Syringa Tree is directed by Roger Johnson of the Tin Shed Theatre, Patagonia, with special thanks to the Patagonia Creative Arts Center. Eva Wright is the dialect coach. The Syringa Tree is a personal, deeply evocative story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in early 1960s apartheid South Africa and spanning four generations to the present-day free South Africa as seen first through the eyes of a six-year-old Elizabeth Grace.

(Produced by Special Arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)


Fifth Planet and Other Plays by David Auburn, January 19-February 10, 2008.


Directed by Nell Summers, this evening of one-act plays will be a delightful evening of entertainment. Fifth Planet charts the friendship between two observatory workers as it waxes and wanes over the course of a year. Are You Ready examines three people who are drawn to the same restaurant and whose fates are altered in an instant. Damage Control looks a politician and his aide during a moment of crisis. Miss You explores three relationships among four people and exploits the comic possibilities of telephone hold buttons. Three Monologues depicts a young woman's solitude. What Do You Believe About the Future? Ten people answer the title question. We Had a Very Good Time follows a married couple on a journey to a menacing foreign country. (Produced by Special Arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, March 22-April 13, 2008.

This story moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play explores the nature of evidence and truth in the context of modern ideas about history, mathematics and physics. It shows how scholars interpret the clues left by the past. (Produced by Special Arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.)

The Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones, May 10-June 1, 2008

The Humble Boy is a comedy about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of bee keeping. All is not well in the Humble hive. Thirty five year old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astrophysicist in search of a unified field theory. Following the sudden death of his father, Felix returns home to be with his difficult and demanding mother. He soon realizes that his search for unity must be expanded to include his own chaotic life. Howard Allen will direct this winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award and the People’s Choice Best New Play Award, The Humble Boy. (Produced by Special Arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.)

Place:     Beowulf Alley Theatre located at 11 South 6 Avenue on the east side between Broadway Boulevard and Congress Street. 


Cost/Admission:       Season subscriptions are offered for $75 for a five-show season and for $64 for a Flex Pass.  Single tickets to individual events go on sale on October 24, 2007.


Parking:     Theatergoers may park in the at city meters without charge Monday through Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. There is a city garage at 110 E Pennington, at the corner of Pennington and Scott, just 2 blocks from the theatre. Parking fees range from $2-$5, depending on day and period of use.


Ticket Information:     All tickets are held at Will Call for pickup the night of the performance. Purchase tickets online at Alternatively, call our reservation line at (520) 882-0555, leave your name, and phone number. A reservations volunteer will return your call to reserve your tickets. If you wish to make your purchase in person, The Box Office is staffed 45 minutes prior to performances only. There is a handling charge when using a debit/credit card. We will gladly exchange dates within individual productions with 24 hours’ notice at no charge. There are no refunds.


Sponsors:     National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson Pima Arts Council, the Janet S. Brunel Residuary Trust, Pastiche Modern Eatery and Barrio Restaurant.


Media Contact:          Beth Dell, (520) 622-4460, or

Mike Sultzbach, (520) 270-2526,

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