Monday, August 04, 2008

Tucson: Public Readings of a New Play by Award-Winning Local Playwright

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company


11 South 6th Avenue · Tucson, AZ   85701

Administration 622-4460 · Reservations 882-0555


Public Readings of a New Play by Award-Winning Local Playwright


(Tucson, AZ, Aug. 4, 2008) Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, at 11 South 6th Avenue (between Broadway and Congress),  has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Tucson Pima Arts Council to workshop the play, Noche de los Muertos, by local, award-winning playwright, Gavin Kayner, directed by Mike Sultzbach.


The staged readings will be held on August 20, 21 and 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre, and the community is invited to “pay-what-you-can” to attend. Season Subscribers and Flex Pass Holders are invited to attend free. Those who pay more than $6.00 will receive an online discount coupon for the fully staged, World Premiere run in November, directed by Sheldon Metz. Following the reading, the public is invited to have a dialogue with the playwright for consideration in the refinement of his work.


Noche de los Muertos was a top ten selection for the Reva Shiner prize, 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, set in a provincial village in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, Noche de los Muertos conveys contemporary themes of the power of government and religion and explores the power of rites and rituals that influence thought to the point of irrationality and how passionate individuals deal with devastating conflicts.

Kayner received critical acclaim for his play, Thumbs, when Piquant Productions produced it on Beowulf’s Baron Stage in February 2007. Thumbs was featured in Old Pueblo Playwrights 2003 Festival of New Plays, was a finalist in both the Long Beach Playhouse and National Arts Club New Works Festivals and a semi-finalist for the Julie Harris Award in 2005.

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