For Immediate Release
May 29, 2008
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ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES AN ENCHANTED 2008-2009 SEASON
Packages now on sale for a season to celebrate
Highlights include world premiere comedy by Jane Martin, return of Hershey Felder in his new show about Beethoven, and a 40th Anniversary production of the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Celebrating its 42nd season, Arizona Theatre Company will dazzle audiences with an enchanted season packed with powerful stories, laugh-out-loud comedies, recent Broadway hits, world premieres, and an iconic American rock musical. The 2008-2009 season includes Jane Martin’s hilarious world premiere comedy SOMEBODY/NOBODY about fame in the age of the paparazzi and the return of the acclaimed Hershey Felder with his new show BEETHOVEN, AS I KNEW HIM. ATC visits the sunny Italian countryside in the heartwarming ENCHANTED APRIL, as well as the South Side of 1950s Chicago with a 50th Anniversary production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, which continues the AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative. Get up close and personal in an intimate evening with advice columnist Ann Landers in THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS by David Rambo, while flower-power and sunshine fill the theatre with the revolutionary 1968 rock musical HAIR in a 40th Anniversary production.
“The 2008-2009 season feels like an especially hopeful journey, which seems appropriate to challenging times,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein in announcing the season. “Hope, dreams, renewal and community fill these plays, whether in the powerful drama of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, the hilarious sting of SOMEBODY/NOBODY, or the tribal celebration of HAIR. Wildly divergent in style and diverse in theme, each of these plays has juicy energy and theatricality. Last season was one of ATC’s most successful both artistically and institutionally. Next season is our very best effort to build on that momentum.”
The season opens joyously with ENCHANTED APRIL by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Armin. “To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine. Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy, to be let for the month of April.” That simple newspaper notice seduces a quartet of British women to rent a villa for one blissful spring in 1922, where their lives of ordered regularity blossom into glorious disarray. Seduced by cinnamon breezes, they learn to let their hair, and their guards, down and awaken to the simple joys of friendship, love and marriage. A Tony-nominated Broadway hit based on the best-selling novel, ENCHANTED APRIL is a heartwarming, verdant comedy about the romantic rediscovery of life's enchantments. “A lush, thoroughly refreshing theatrical holiday. A magical triumph!” wrote the Los Angeles Times. Directed by Timothy Near, ENCHANTED APRIL runs from September 13 through October 4 in Tucson and October 9 through October 26 in Phoenix.
The season continues with the Arizona premiere of David Rambo’s popular THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS. “Dear Ann Landers…” began every letter. For decades she allowed lovelorn teens, confused couples and everyone else in need of help to turn to her for advice. No topic was off-limits from love to death to how to properly hang a roll of toilet paper. Now, late on a 1975 night in Ann Landers’ Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of dilemma: her own. Based on real events and actual letters, spend an intimate evening with the queen of advice as she shares secrets, personal revelations and some juicy tidbits from her multitude of readers. “A smile-inducing, tear duct-activating reunion with a woman who might have been a stranger but seemed like family…engaging from beginning to end” - LA Times. Directed by ATC Associate Artistic Director Samantha K. Wyer, THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS runs from October 18 through November 8 in Tucson and November 13 through November 30 in Phoenix.
Let the Sunshine In… I Got Life…I Believe in Love… Good Morning Starshine…It’s the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the year is 1968, and a tribe of hippies in New York’s Central Park is letting down their gleaming, streaming, long beautiful hair – and a revolutionary musical that changes everything opens on Broadway and conquers the world. HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermott gave a generation of young Americans a way to express themselves through music that gloriously combined rock-and-roll with Broadway craft. If you experienced it then, you’ll want to groove to it again. If you were too young the first time around, come discover what the fuss was all about as ATC stages a glorious new production of HAIR to celebrate the production's 40th Anniversary. Directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein with musical direction by Christopher McGovern and choreography by Patti Wilcox, HAIR runs from November 29 through December 20 in Tucson and December 31 through January 18, 2009 in Phoenix. HAIR contains mature language and nudity.
A gripping and explosive tale of one family living and learning together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, A RAISIN IN THE SUN was the first authentic voice of an African American playwright to hit the Broadway stage. In this award-winning drama, the Younger family searches for a way to grab their piece of the dream, even in the face of prejudice and discrimination. Since the play’s premiere exactly 50 years ago, Lorraine Hansberry’s towering masterpiece has moved audiences and broken down barriers wherever it has played. A RAISIN IN THE SUN is the second of ATC’s AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative following the tremendous success of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD this spring. This ambitious multi-year series of American stories will include special public forums, readings, education programs and state-wide community-based free events. It will be directed by Lou Bellamy, Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre and director of ATC's acclaimed production of August Wilson’s JITNEY in 2006. Running from January 10 through January 31, 2009 in Tucson and February 5 through February 22, 2009 in Phoenix, A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a co-production with the Cleveland Playhouse and Penumbra Theatre at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this hilarious world premiere comedy about Hollywood, fame and the TMZ, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity with SOMEBODY/NOBODY. So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and “shark-movie” star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the ‘E! Channel’. But now she can’t stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of naïve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it’s a wild ride on the road to fame. Directed by ATC favorite Jon Jory, returning for his fifth time to ATC, SOMEBODY/NOBODY is a laugh-out-loud look at modern life and our unending quest for fifteen minutes of fame that runs in Tucson from March 7, 2009 through March 28, 2009 and in Phoenix from April 2, 2009 through April 19, 2009.
We embraced him last season as the inimitable New Yorker George Gershwin and the elegant and mystical Fryderyk Chopin. Every one of his ATC performances was greeted with standing ovations and calls for encores. Now, Hershey Felder completes his musical trilogy known as ‘The Composer Sonata’ with his brand new production, BEETHOVEN, AS I KNEW HIM. Based on a true story, the headstrong German genius Ludwig van Beethoven is brought stirringly to life through the eyes of his last surviving friend as well as through performances of some of the most eternally powerful musical masterpieces ever composed. Hershey Felder’s ATC performances have been heralded as “Magic…Sublime!” by the Arizona Daily Star, and “A true passion powers his portrayal…Delightful!” by The Arizona Republic. Directed by Joel Zwick, BEETHOVEN, AS I KNEW HIM runs in Tucson from April 8, 2009 through April 27, 2009 and in Phoenix from May 7, 2009 through May 24, 2009.
Complementing our mainstage season and as a special treat for Arizona audiences, Arizona Theatre Company is presenting for one week only in Phoenix and Tucson the Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company production of William Shakespeare’s KING HENRY V. In this towering classic, Henry V, young, restless and ambitious, inherits a troubled crown and seeks to secure his position at home by launching a hasty invasion of France. This Shakespearean epic balances the thrilling heroics of battle with the painful and complex reactions of men who are sometimes unsure of the justice of their cause. KING HENRY V is a rousing, fascinating story about the power of courage and the price of glory. Directed by Davis McCallum, HENRY V plays a limited run in Phoenix from March 26, 2009 through March 29, 2009 and in Tucson from April 2, 2009 through April 5, 2009. Tickets for this strictly limited engagement are on sale now to renewing and new subscribers.
Season packages for the 2008-2009 season are on sale now. All Tucson performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the Box Office at (520) 622-2823. All Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the Box Office at (602) 256-6995. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.
The season schedule for Tucson and Phoenix:
By Matthew Barber
From the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Timothy Near
Tucson: September 13 - October 4, 2008
Phoenix: October 9 - 26, 2008
THE LADY WITH ALL THE ANSWERS
By David Rambo
Directed by Samantha K. Wyer
Tucson: October 18 - November 8, 2008
Phoenix: November 13 - 30, 2008
The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
By Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermott
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
Musical Direction by Christopher McGovern
Choreographed by Patti Wilcox
Tucson: November 29 - Deccember 20, 2008
Phoenix: December 31, 2008 - January 18, 2009
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Tucson: January 10 - 31, 2009
Phoenix: February 5 - 22, 2009
By Jane Martin
Directed by Jon Jory
Tucson: March 7 - 28, 2009
Phoenix: April 2 - 19, 2009
Hershey Felder in
BEETHOVEN, AS I KNEW HIM
By Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick
Tucson: April 8 - 27, 2009
Phoenix: May 7 - 24, 2009
KING HENRY V
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Davis McCallum
Phoenix: March 26 - 29, 2009*
Tucson: April 2 - 5, 2009
* KING HENRY V will run in Phoenix prior to Tucson.
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