Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tucson: UA Theatre Arts announces ART's 08-09 season



From: Anne Gardner []
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:12 AM
Subject: UA Theatre Arts announces ART's 08-09 season




UA Arizona Repertory Theatre announces its 2008-09 season.


The Arizona Repertory Theatre, the professional training company of the University of Arizona School of Theatre Arts, announces its 2008-09 season.


Season Producer Sponsor: The Harris


Season Productions:


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

June 15-29 & September 3-14, 2008

Marroney Theatre  

In this acclaimed masterpiece by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, family tensions run high and are as thick as a humid southern summer night.  While one brother and his scheming wife are vying for his dying father’s inheritance, the other seeks escape in a bottle as he avoids dealing with his turbulent marriage to Maggie “The Cat,” in a place where the “walls have ears.”  Explosive and poignant, this contemporary drama, made famous by the 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, examines the dysfunctional Southern family’s rivalries, avarice and secrets.  Adult language and themes.

This production is offered through the generous support of the 2008 Summer Arts Festival, a program of the Office of Summer and Winter Session.

Production Sponsor: Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast


Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare

October 12 — November 2, 2008

Tornabene Theatre

A seemingly endless summer abounds in this classic romantic comedy with a contemporary twist, as a young King and his three lords vow to reject temptation and pursue a scholarly and celibate existence for three years.  They are quickly brought back to reality when a Princess and her three ladies arrive in the kingdom, proving that matters of the heart prevail over the mind.  But when a crisis occurs and the lovers are forced apart with inevitable autumn on the horizon, will they find that good things are worth the wait?

Production Sponsor: Green Fields Country Day School


Company, book by George Furth; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

November 9 — December 7, 2008

Marroney Theatre

Robert, a 35-year-old single New Yorker, is relatively content with his life and considers his five married couple friends all the “Company” he needs.  His friends disagree, upholding wedded bliss while displaying each of their dysfunctional relationships.  Robert is convinced that “Someone Is Waiting,” but amid a reluctance to commit to one of three incompatible girlfriends, he wonders if he will ever find the right woman that makes it worth “Being Alive” in this Tony Award-winning musical.  Adult language and themes.

Production Sponsor: Barbara Molotsky


Medea by Euripides

February 8 — March 1, 2009

Tornabene Theatre

This epic Greek tragedy is just as familiar today as it was when originally written.  In a political move, Jason leaves his wife and children to marry a princess and align his fortunes with the throne.  Betrayed and bereft, Medea enters into a ruthless downward spiral of depravity and madness, determined to achieve her revenge, no matter what the cost.  Violence and adult themes.

Production Sponsor: Marriott University Park


Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig

March 1-29, 2009

Marroney Theatre

From the creative mind behind “Lend Me a Tenor,” comes a zany comedy complete with money, motivation and mistaken identities.  When a pair of broke Shakespearean actors discover a dying millionaire who wants to leave her estate to her long-lost relatives, they decide to pass themselves off as the heirs, only to find that the nephews are really nieces.  With some creative costuming, the actors transform themselves, trying to fool the family, but things prove difficult when they become fools in love and risk forfeiting their façade.  Mature themes.

Production Sponsor: Lyn Tornabene


The Music Man, book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson

April 12 — May 3, 2009

Tornabene Theatre

Charming con man Harold Hill has made a living promising to teach children how to play in a band, collecting payment first then skipping town before he is discovered.  Things seem no different in River City, Iowa, until he falls for the town librarian, who rightly suspects his silver-tongued gift is more of a curse.  Filled with familiar tunes, such as “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Trouble,” and “Till There Was You,” this delightful Tony Award-winning musical will have you humming all the way home.

Production Sponsors: Jane & Lee Kivel


Place: The Marroney and Tornabene Theatres are located on the UA campus near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: New season subscriptions will be offered beginning mid-July from $88 - $142 for a six-show season and from $58 - $94 for a four-show season.  Single tickets go on sale to the general public on August 18 for the 2008-09 season.


Ticket Information: The UA Fine Arts Box Office is located at 1025 N. Olive, near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. Phone: (520) 621-1162, Fax: (520) 626-8052.  A convenience fee of $3.00 per order will be charged for phone orders.  If you would like your tickets mailed to you, there is an additional $1.50 fee per order.  Box Office hours are as follows:


Prior to August 18: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After August 18: Regular hours, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1 hour before show time.


Parking: Theatregoers may park in the Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Ave. just north of Speedway Blvd.


Media Contact: Paula Newsome,  (520) 626-2686,



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