Beowulf Alley Theatre
11 South 6th Avenue · Tucson, AZ 85701
622-4460 · Reservations 882-0555
Beth Dell, 622-4460
Mike Sultzbach, 270-2526
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 SEASON
(April 18, 2008-Tucson, AZ) Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, 11 South 6th Avenue, presented its schedule of plays for next season to its season ticket holders and patrons during its production of Arcadia. When asked about the plays chosen, Mike Sultzbach, Artistic Development Committee Chair said, “Next season brings a new attitude. The goal is to provide a balance of prize winning plays, new works, and cultural diversity that appeal to our audience.” Early Bird season subscriptions are on sale now with prices per subscription of five plays ranging from $50-$75. Before June 30, 2008, buy two season subscriptions and get two season subscriptions free. Subscriptions may be purchased on-line at www.beowulfalley.org or by calling the Beowulf Alley box office at (520) 882-0555. The season productions are:
September 26-October 12, 2008 - Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott, directed by Dave Sewell
TUCSON PREMIER! A Classic Thriller—a story of empowerment and discovery
A drug-filled doll has found its way into the life of Susy Hendrix. Susy is blind, and has nothing to do with drug smuggling. The people who do -- and, who of course want the doll -- are the nefarious Harry Roat and his accomplices, Talman and Carlino. They cook up a scheme to get the doll. When it doesn't quite pan out, and when Susy conjures up a few tricks of her own, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. In the 1966 Broadway hit, Robert Duvall starred as a psychopathic drug dealer and Lee Remick starred as the blind Susy Hendrix. A year later, Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn portrayed these characters in the film adaptation. Four decades later, it is still fresh, relevant and thrilling! The NY World-Telegram & Sun said, "WAIT UNTIL DARK is a tense thriller."
October 31-November 16, 2008 - Noche de los Muertos by Tucson’s Own, Gavin Kayner
WORLD PREMIER! A top ten selection for the Reva Shiner award, a semi-finalist for the Ashland New Play Festival and winner of third prize in the Latino/Chicano Literary Competition - University of California Irvine.
A compelling historical tale with contemporary themes of the power of government and religion. Noche de los Muertos is a highly theatrical, classically based, culturally appropriate drama. Set in a provincial village in the Sonoran Desert in the 1920’s, Noche explores the power of rites and rituals that influence thought to the point of irrationality and how passionate individuals deal with devastating conflicts. A fitting play to present during Halloween and Dia de los Muertos and an essential cultural, spiritual and historical happening by a local, award-winning playwright. Its relevance to over a century of a local Hispanic family living in Tucson makes this World Premier essential, must-see theatre.
January 9-25, 2009, Dinner with Friends by Donald Marguiles, Directed by Susan Arnold
Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and a Drama Desk Award nomination.
A funny, yet bittersweet, examination of the married lives of two couples who have been extremely close for dozens of years. Gabe and Karen, a happily married middle-aged couple, have been friends with Tom and Beth, another married couple, for many years. In fact, it was Gabe and Karen who fixed up their friends in the first place. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen's home one night, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful. Tom, who had been away on business, finds out that Beth has told their friends about the looming divorce, and hastens to Gabe and Karen's home. Tom and Beth had planned to tell their friends about their breakup together, but Tom now believes that Beth has unfairly presented herself as the wronged party, and feels he must present his own side of the story. Over the course of the play, we see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of Tom and Beth's breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage. According to John Simon of the New York Magazine, "Dinner with Friends is entertainment as succulent as it is sobering."
February 13-March 1, 2009, 3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff by Edward Crosby Wells,
Directed by Cynthia Jeffery
2000-2001 Winner of the Spotlight On Best Play Award for Excellence in Off-Off Broadway Theatre
Diva, Lillian, and Tink (three men in drag) are having a yard sale to raise funds for a Faberge egg in which to place the ashes of Diva's dead husband. Diva bosses Lillian, whose principal expertise is making punch with ingredients that could fuel a rocket. Tink is confined to a wheelchair, mostly comatose, but when she does try to make herself heard, the others invariably misunderstand, causing dire consequences. The miscommunications of this misfit trio cause a friend to be run over by a pickup truck while trying to cross the street with her walker. We meet an entire neighborhood of characters through the eyes of the "ladies" during the course of their yard sale, including Diva's mother who has the yard wired with eavesdropping devices and is listening in from her room in a nursing home across the street. Finally, in an explosive climax, the day's shenanigans result in a police shootout when someone plays with a starter pistol filled with blanks. This is a raucous, raunchy, gut-busting, more than a laugh-a-minute play. “This play does what Beckett was trying to do but Beckett was too squeamish to face the decline of the West. Wells faces them with hilarious completeness, and therefore is able to be both funnier and more tragic thank Becket ever was,” says Robert Patrick, Playwright.
April 10-26, 2009, Proof by David Auburn, Directed by Sheldon Metz
2001 Tony Award, 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Drama Desk Award
A comic drama, Proof is about Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a brilliant mathematician in his youth but who was later unable to function without her help. His death has brought into her midst both her sister, Claire, who wants to take Catherine back to New York with her, and Hal, a former student of Catherine's father who hopes to find some hint of Robert's genius among his incoherent scribbling. The passion that Hal feels for math both moves and angers Catherine, who, in her exhaustion, is torn between missing her father and resenting the great sacrifices she made for him. For Catherine has inherited at least a part of her father's brilliance -- and perhaps some of his instability as well. As she and Hal become attracted to each other, they push at the edges of each other's knowledge, considering not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust. "(A)n exciting new drama (.....) This play by David Auburn combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theater." (David Kaufman, Daily News)
Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, is committed to enriching the community and enhancing the appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theater and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production.
Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim for its productions, including seven MAC Awards nominations. The company has presented over 200 performances to Tucson audiences since 2002 and has served hundreds of artists through its productions. The theater also provides performance and rehearsal space for other Tucson theater companies. For more information, log on to www.beowulfalley.org.