Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tucson: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY - trivia question #2 - win 2 free tickets


From: []
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 11:31 AM
Subject: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY - trivia question #2 - Arizona Onstage Productions


Congrats to the winner of the first question.  If you would like to know the answer, you can email your request. 


Again, the first correct answer to the next question will receive two tickets to opening weekend of Arizona Onstage Productions TELL ME ON A SUNDAY, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Go to - If you think you don't like Andrew Lloyd Webber - think again. 


Question two:


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim have much in common.  Please state three direct connections between the mega-composers.


Send answers to:  The entry with the most exact answers wins, and ANYONE ELSE WHO IS CREATIVE (you can make it up!) will win a two for one for tickets on this weekend's performances.


Good luck, and continue to support local professional theater in Tucson!



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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tucson: "Mary Poppins" auditions - The Childrens Drama Group at The Red Barn Theater

-----Original Message-----
From: E Waugh []
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:50 PM
Subject: "Mary Poppins" Castings

The Childrens Drama Group at The Red Barn Theater invites interested Actors
& Actresses to become a member of the cast for the production of "Mary
Poppins" Directed by Rosemary Snow. Please come to the theater on Jan. 5th
at 6:00 pm Rehearsals will be on Mondays & Fridays from 6-7 PM. Performances
will be Saturday afternoons March 7,14,21,&28 520-622-6973 948 N Main Ave.
Tucson. 1 block South of Speedway on East side of Main

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Tucson: Santa Cruz Shoestring Players presents 'A Woman of No Importance"


Santa Cruz Shoestring Players

“A Woman of No Importance” by Oscar Wilde

January 28, 29 & 31 ~ 7:00 pm

February 1 ~ 2:00 pm

$10 in Advance; $12 at the Door


Tickets are available at the Community Performing Arts Center at 1250 W. Continental Drive, Green Valley or at or call 399-1750.



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Tucson: Casting Call - Actress for leading role in gore/black-humor feature - paid

Casting Actress for SAG ultra-low budget film (Tucson)

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Date: 2008-12-29, 2:45PM MST

Ultra-low budget film seeks strong actress for leading role in gore/black-humor feature. The character is described as: mid to late 20's, caucasian, athletic. Shoot dates are set for February 5th thru the 10th. Applicants must be available for these shoot dates. No nudity. Strong comedic and dramatic acting skills a must. Please attach headshot and resume. Union and non-union welcome to apply.


  • Location: Tucson
  • Compensation: union rate
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
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Tucson: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Trivia Question - Win free tickets! Arizona Onstage



From: []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:31 PM
Subject: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Trivia Question - Win free tickets! Arizona Onstage



For the next few days Arizona Onstage Productions will be having a trivia contest - giving away tickets and offering discounts to their production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's TELL ME ON A SUNDAY - playing January 2 -11th at the Cabaret Theater at The Temple of Music and Art...  Questions will range from Webber to Sondheim, to the two of them working TOGETHER!...


The first winner gets a pair of tickets to Arizona Onstage Productions TELL ME ON A SUNDAY for the first weekend - January 2 - 4th.


Those that come close (or are very creative) will get a two for one pricing on opening weekend...


For more information on TELL ME ON A SUNDAY go to


Complimentary English Tea served during intermission.


Question 1:

When Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS opened in London at The New London Theatre in May of 1981 (closed May 2002), what made this staging so unique as far as the audience and seating?  (no, iit was not 'onstage seating')  - This is a hard one...


Send entries to:




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Monday, December 29, 2008

Tucson: he Red Barn Theater Company presents "Alone Together"

-----Original Message-----
From: E Waugh []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 1:19 PM
Subject: Play opening

The Red Barn Theater Company proudly presents:
"Alone Together" a charming comedy that probably has more relevance today
than it did when it was written in the 80's. The play then delighted
audiences on Broadway with the story of a middle-aged couple whose children
have finally left the nest. The couple are alone together, but not for long.
All three sons come charging back home after experiencing some hard knocks
in the real world, and Mom and Dad have quite a time pushing them out again.
The Red Barn Theater, 948 N. Main Ave., Tucson, 520-622-6973 Jan.
9,10,16,17,23,24, 8:00PM Jan. 11,18,25, 2:00PM $12 Adults $10

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Tucson: Auditions for "Steel Magnolias" - The Red Barn Theater

-----Original Message-----
From: E Waugh []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 1:09 PM
Subject: Auditions

"Steel Magnolias" Directed by Robert Ulsrud. Jan. 13,14,2009 (Tue & Wed)
7:00-9:00pm Needed 2 women about 20, 2 women about 40, 2 women about 60 or
up. Bring headshot or photo and resume. A 30-60 second monologue is
prefered, but cold reading from the script will also be acceptable. Show
opens Mar 6. Rehearsals begin Jan. 20th, @ 7:00Pm. & continue on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, & Thursdays till show opens. The Red Barn Theater, 948 N Main
Ave., Tucson 520-622-6973. 1 block South of Speedway on East side of Main.

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From: Downtown Tucson Partnership []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 9:00 AM
Subject: First Night Tucson 2009



Wednesday, December 31, 2008 • 4pm to midnight

This family-friendly and alcohol-free festival will bring together Tucsonans of all ages in a welcoming and safe atmosphere to enjoy multicultural music, dance, comedy, magic, children's activities and more. Everyone is invited to join in and share the fun and anticipation as the evening builds toward a grand finale of sights and sounds at midnight.

Seven Downtown venues and over 30 acts, learn all about it HERE.


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Tucson: Casting call, male blond skateboarder - paid

Casting Blond Skateboarder - Type Actor For Ultra Low Budget Film (Tucson)

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2008-12-28, 12:51AM MST

Casting for blond "skateboarder type" looking male actor for ultra low budget gore/horror film. Must be at least 18yo and know how to skateboard.
This is an Ultra Low Budget Film under SAG rules (pays SAG minimum). Union and Non-Union actors welcome.
Please email photo and contact info ASAP.


  • Location: Tucson
  • Compensation: Union Rate
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


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Tucson: Stanislavski's Ultimate Acting Technique by renowned instructor Philip Bennett

From: Beth Dell []
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 12:42 AM

Stanislavski’s Ultimate Acting Technique

(An introduction to Stanislavski’s greatest discovery!)

Presented by

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company and Philip Bennett

Although the name of Stanislavski has dominated theatrical methodology for nearly a century, many misunderstandings, assumptions and distortions have taken place. In the United States Stanislavski has been identified with Strasberg’s Method Acting and psychological realism. The “Cold War” and “Iron Curtain” prevented Stanislavski’s greatest Ultimate Acting Technique from reaching the West for decades. In Russia, the Marxist Revisionists censored nearly 50% of the System’s basis in Buddhism and Raja Yoga, subjugating the Master’s teachings to the materialistic designs of the Soviet State.

Philip G. Bennett has been an actor, director and instructor of Stanislavski’s Ultimate Technique of Physical Actions for forty years. He was protégé to the world famous Russian émigré actress, director and teacher, Sonia Moore (author of The Stanislavski System, and Stanislavski Revealed). As Assistant Artistic Director to Ms. Moore and the American Stanislavski Theatre in New York, he trained and directed actors for AST’s professional theatre company. Mr. Bennett founded the San Francisco Theatre Academy, the Bennett TheatreLab and has trained and worked with directors and instructors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Peter Brook. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Hollywood Dramalogue Award and numerous other honors and awards for his work.

Join us as either an observer or jump in the fun as an acting participant.

Non-actors, Novice and Professionals are all WELCOME!

When: Monday, January 12, 2009, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Beowulf Alley Theatre

11 South 6th Avenue, Downtown between Broadway and Congress

Fees: Participants $25.00, limited to 10 persons (Wear comfortable clothing for movement)

Observers $15.00 limited to 25 persons

Call for information or to reserve your place for this exciting event:

Philip at (520)444-5344 or the theatre office at (520) 622-4460.

Beth Dell

Theatre Manager

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company

11 South 6 Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701

(520) 622-4460

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tucson: U of A seeking Director, School of Theatre Arts



Position Title

Director, School of Theatre Arts (Repost)  

Job Number



3506-School Of Theatre Arts  


Fine Arts  

Posted Rate of Pay


Exempt / Non-Exempt



Appointed: Administrator  

Job Open Date


Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Review begins on
(Continues until position filled)


Benefits Eligible


Full Time/Part Time

Full Time  

Days and Schedule to be Worked

M-F, 8:00 - 5:00  

Number of Hours Worked per Week


Limited to current UA employees only


Documents required to be attached electronically with this application

Letter of Interest
Statement of Research and Teaching Interests
Curriculum Vitae  

Documents that may be attached electronically or mailed directly to department per instructions below


Additional application instructions
(include instructions for submission)

Please include with the CV a list of 3 references with names and phone numbers.  

Position Summary

The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts seeks a dynamic, experienced and visionary Director to lead the School of Theatre Arts.

The School of Theatre Arts has been a free-standing academic unit for 71 years earning School status in 2001. It currently has (220) undergraduate majors and (20) graduate students and offers a BA in Theatre, BFA in Musical Theatre, BFA in Theatre Production (Acting, Design/Technology, Theatre History and Dramaturgy), BFA in Education and Outreach, MA in Theatre Studies and an MFA in Design and Technology.

The School of Theatre Arts is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA), which serves to integrate the academic and professional theatres across the nation, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities with exceptionally strong research and academic programs. With world-class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy, plant science, biomedical science, business, law, music and dance, The University of Arizona offers a rewarding educational experience to all who choose to focus on excellence.

The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona, a city of approximately 1 million inhabitants that is 67 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico and is a growing economic and recreational center with a multicultural population reflecting the richness of the Southwest. Spanish, Mexican, and Native American influences mark a city that celebrates its differences and preserves its traditions, and provides a fitting backdrop for a university. The beautiful Sonoran desert, surrounding mountains, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year provide many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Candidate will provide leadership in the pursuit of current and new goals, including:

* Serve as the chief academic and administrative supervisor and chief fiscal officer of the School of Theatre Arts.
* Represent the School on the College of Fine Arts' team-based Strategic Planning Task Force and Executive Committee.
* Serve as Producing Director for the Arizona Repertory Theatre season and guide artistic vision in collaboration with Artistic Director.
* Provide leadership for the School's current and future curricular plans and development.
* Support and balance the needs of the School's divisions and programs.
* Serve as the primary advocate for the School in academia and in the community.
* Expand the School's ability to draw upon the resources of alumni, philanthropic, community and industry-based groups through creative entrepreneurship.  

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.  

Additional Minimum Qualifications

* MFA or PHD and evidence of accomplishments that merit appointment as a tenured full professor.
* Proven record of successful leadership in an organizational or administrative environment.
* Broad-based knowledge of theatre history and production that supports the high profile training programs.
* Demonstrated success in developing and supporting cultural and curricular diversity in the academic community.
* Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising, development and community outreach.  

Preferred Qualifications


Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.  

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is security sensitive due to title or department and requires a finger-print criminal background check  

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


Job Category

Administrative and Professional

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Tucson: Arizona Onstage Productions looking for co - or assistant director for comedy



From: []
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 4:02 PM
Subject: Arizona Onstage Productions looking for co - or assistant director for comedy


Arizona Onstage Productions (Sunday in the Park with George, The Bible Belt, LOST) is looking for a co or assistant director for the upcoming comedy JEWTOPIA, written by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson...


JEWTOPIA is a hysterically funny look of life as a single Jew and a single Gentile - each try to find the Jewish woman of their dreams - someone to make sure that they never have to make another decision again in their lives... The material is bold, R rated, and is the longest running comedy in Los Angeles theater history, playing over 2 years of sold out shows.  It was a sold-out hit in NYC for over three years.


Arizona Onstage, working with the original writers, is one of the first companies in the world to produce this hit comedy.


Go to for more information on this show.  DO NOT contact the writers directly.


We are looking for someone with experience in fast paced comedy, as well as having an intimate understanding and deep respect of the Jewish faith.


Please email resume to founding artistic director Kevin Johnson at:



JEWTOPIA will play the end of March and beginning of April for three weekends, with a possible small tour.

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Tucson: The Vagina Monologues Auditions

From the Tucson Weekly:


The Vagina Monologues Auditions

Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress St. Tucson, Arizona Phone: 622-8848.

Directors interested in participating in an upcoming production of The Vagina Monologues can attend an audition from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4. Volunteers interested in helping out with stage managing, design or technical assistance can also sign up at the audition. Free. The event takes place in the Copper Room. Call 795-8001, ext. 7009, or e-mail for more information.


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Tucson: Host a visiting performance artist for Pocha Nostra in January

Host a visiting performance artist for Pocha Nostra in January! (downtown tucson, near historic Y)

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Date: 2008-12-27, 11:23AM MST

The legendary performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra is holding their annual Performance Art Intensive in Tucson from January 5th-17th. Performance artists from all over the world will be attending, and we are trying to find local artists and supporters of the arts to offer home stays to these traveling artists to offset the costs of traveling, and the workshop. Some artists are coming from as far as South America, and Europe. All of the artists in the program are highly regarded in their field, have a keen sense of the interplay between art and social justice, and create brilliant work.

If you have the ability to open up your home to an artist, please contact Natalie at or 773-507-4776.

The workshop will be located at the Historic Y near downtown, and housing within biking distance is best, but all offers are much appreciated. Participants will be on site at the workshop from at least 1pm-8pm every day, with the possibility of some late nights.

Hosting for one week rather than 2 is appreciated also.

Your information will be completely confidential, and we will send you a short biography and information about a prospective participant for your approval before officially matching you. Please contact me with any questions, or for more information.

A final performance will occur on Jan. 17th and all hosts will receive comp tickets.

A few questions about your space follow.

Name, address, and best way to contact you:
What kind of sleeping arrangements do you have to offer? (guest bedroom, futon in the living room, tent in the backyard)
Is your space wheelchair accessible?
Do you have pets, kids, or smoke inside?
Are you
queer friendly?
up late or rise early?
substance free or substance friendly?
How many people are you open to housing?
Is there anything else you want to tell us about you or your space?

Thank you for your consideration.

Natalie and La Pocha Nostra


  • Location: downtown tucson, near historic Y
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests


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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tucson: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY Selling Out Fast!



From: Christopher Johnson []
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2008 4:21 PM
Subject: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY Selling Out Fast!


Hello Everyone,
Due to record-breaking advanced Ticket Sales, we are encouraging all those who would like to see ETCETERA's upcoming production of HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH at Live Theatre Workshop to MAKE RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Opening weekend is already approaching capacity, as is closing weekend, and we are foreseeing having to turn a lot of people away from the show. Tickets are a paltry $10 a head at the door. To make your reservations call Christopher Johnson at (520) 481-1449 or email
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Lyrics by Stephen Trask
January 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 10:30 PM
Featuring Christopher Johnson as Hedwig and Danielle Dryer as Yitzhak with the band RAINBOW CARNAGE as THE ANGRY INCH
Musical Direction by Nathan Jasensky
Directed by Shana Nunez

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tucson: Auditions for Steel Magnolias - Red Barn Theater

-----Original Message-----
From: E Waugh []
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:33 PM
Subject: Auditions

Steel Magnolias Jan. 13,14,2009 (Tue & Wed) 7:00-9:00pm Needed 2 women
about 20, 2 women about 40, 2 women about 60 or up. Bring headshot or photo,
snapshoot etc. and resume. A 30-60 second monologue is prefered, but cold
reading from the script will also be acceptable. Rehearsals will begin Jan
20 & continue on Tue., Wed, & Thur. from 7-9pm Show opens Mar 6, 2009
The Red Barn Theater, 948 N Main Ave, Tucson 520-622-6973

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Tucson: Casting Short Film in Sedona - Accommodations PAID


Casting Short Film - Zaki Gordon Film Institute
[Student Film]

Zaki Gordon Film Institute student is casting for a short film to be shot in Sedona. In the upcoming months they will be filming a Thesis Film, which deals with illegal immigration.


This production is still accepting submissions.

PAY UPDATE: Hotel and food will be provided


Craig Jenkins - A mid to late 30's, U.S. constitution teacher who hates illegal immigration.
(prefferably English or can speak in an English accent)
Jessica Lee - A high school student who feels the exact opposite as Craig.
Claudia Clowes - Mid 20's Latino female trying to crossover into America.
Romiro Coradova - Mid 20's Latino male trying to crossover into America. (Needs to know Spanish)

Audition date and times: - By Appointment Only!

Audition address:
Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking
4215 Arts Village Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336

Please email heashot, resume, and any questions to: or call (520) 226-1702

Shoot location: Sedona

Pay: Credit/Copy/Food - Arizona Film & Production Resources

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tucson: The Red Barn Theater presents "Alone Together"

The Red Barn Theater Company Presents:
Alone Together
Directed by: Vince Flynn
Mom and Dad have raised the kids. The kids are now on their own.
Mom and Dad are once again alone, but not for long, as the kids
start returning to the nest. A laugh out loud comedy.
Playing: January 9,10,16,17,23,24, 2009 at 8:00 PM
January 11,18,25, 2009 at 2:00PM
$12 Adults  $10 Seniors & Students


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Tucson: PUPPET HOLIDAY at The Red Barn Theater

The Red Barn Theater Children's Drama Group Presents:

Barbara, Eric and Rosemary
Holiday music, poetry, dance, fiddle, guitar, piano, Jokes--and the
Sunday December 21, & 28
1:30 PM    $5 per person



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Tucson: 'First Night' to showcase Downtown


From: William Dell []
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 7:03 AM


'First Night' to showcase Downtown ®

Published: 12.21.2008

'First Night' to showcase Downtown
By Cara Rene


Tucsonans will have a fresh option for celebrating New Year's Eve this year.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership is launching First Night – an eclectic arts and culture festival, and the most ambitious event our city has produced.

First Night will begin at 4 p.m. and end at midnight, with most performances starting every hour on the hour at seven locations Downtown. Each will last 45 minutes, giving you plenty of time to walk to the next venue.

It's a non-alcoholic family affair designed to be welcoming to parents with young children as well as teens and adults of all ages.

There will entertainment appropriate for children, as well as teens and adults. You'll be choosing between live multi-genre music, dance, comedy, magic, visual arts, interactive activities and more.
To get inside some venues, you will need to buy an admission button.

But there also will be continuous free entertainment at La Placita Village courtyard and the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall courtyard. The Tucson Children's Museum will present free entertainment in its outdoor spaces from 4-8 p.m.

First Night is a popular concept in more than 100 American cities including St. Louis, Mo.; Hartford, Conn.; Austin, Texas; Tacoma, Wash., and Boston, where the original First Night was born in 1976.
Many of the First Night events around the country are treasured holiday celebrations that feature extensive community involvement, dozens of entertainment venues, parades and fireworks, and often draw upwards of 30,000 people. We hope to expand our event in the same way over the years to come.
In Tucson's inaugural year, First Night will be on a smaller scale from the long-established sister festivals. Yet it will still offer an impressive program of live performances at several Downtown venues.
The event also is an opportunity to introduce Tucsonans and visitors to changes taking place Downtown. Those who come to the festival may be surprised by additions to the landscape and new businesses, including restaurants.

The Partnership's mission is to revitalize Downtown by creating and supporting business expansion, refurbishing structures, initiating new construction and attracting residents and visitors to the many restaurants, retail establishments and housing options. First Night fits right in.
The festival also will showcase Downtown performance spaces.

The Tucson Convention Center's Leo Rich Theatre and its outdoor plaza, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Fox Theatre, Beowulf Alley Theatre, Tucson Children's Museum and La Placita Village's courtyard will each present a rich schedule of entertainment.

None of the participating venues will be selling alcohol. This aspect makes the event an attractive alternative for families and others for New Year's Eve.

Of course, those who wish to partake in a traditional party scene may do so: Many Downtown bars and restaurants will be open.

First Night will be capped at midnight in the Leo Rich Plaza with a dynamic laser light show paired with the energetic sounds of Brazilian-style music and dance ensemble Batucaxé.
Street parking Downtown will be free starting at 3 p.m. Infrequent visitors to Downtown will learn what the regulars already know — parking is plentiful, affordable and easy to find.
Look for a festival program inserted in today's Star. Please join us for the inaugural First Night. We need you be a part of making this festival a Tucson tradition.

If you go :
Tickets for First Night are colorful admission buttons that are worn at the festival to allow entry into all venues and performances.
Buttons are $12 for adults, $6 for children aged 6-12. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free.
You can buy buttons at Bookmans, Food City, the Tucson Convention Center box office, Fox Theatre and at online.

This is only a partial list of First Night performances. For more information visit online

[insert from ]



260 S. Church Ave. Sponsored by Cox Communications. Featuring a program of Hispanic Roots entertainment.
4-4:45pm: Tucson Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet – Josefina the Javelina (a musical adventure)
5-5:45pm: Mariachi Aguilitas de Davis
6-6:45pm: Nelly y Javier (Las canciones del amor)
7-7:45pm: Ballet Folklorico Tapatio (traditional Mexican dance)
8-8:45pm: Los Cuatros Vientos (mariachi quartet)
9-9:45pm: La Mezcla (Latin salsa & fusion)
10-10:45pm & 11-11:45pm: Santa Cruz River Band (Southwestern folk music)


260 S. Church Ave. Sponsored by Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Ongoing: Art installation by Mat Bevel
3:30-6pm: The Physics Factory
3:30-5:30pm: Amber Norgaard
5:30-6:30pm: The Shantowskis
6:30-7:30pm: The Mission Creeps
7:30-8:30pm: Beatnik Dream Vacation
8:30-9:30pm: Namoli Brennet
9:30-11:30pm: El Camino Royales
12-midnight: GRAND FINALE


Sponsored by Ward VI City Council Member Nina Trasoff.
160 S. Scott Ave.
4-4:45pm & 5-5:30pm: Rodney Housley Children's Magic Show
6-6:45pm: Mirror Image (twin sister jazz duo)
7-7:45pm: Degrazia Spanish Band (Spanish guitar)
8-8:45pm: Silver Thread Trio (folk/jazz/world music)
9-9:45pm: Leila Lopez (folk fusion)
10-10:45pm & 11-11:45 pm: Tim Wiedenkeller (bluegrass)


200 S. Sixth Ave. Sponsored by Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup. All outside entertainment is FREE. A festival badge gets you inside to enjoy the hands-on activities.
4-4:45pm: Thorton Willoughby, the Southwestern Wizard (magic)
5-5:45pm: Human Project New Era (hip hop dance)
6-6:45pm: Sticks and Fingers (percussion group)
7-7:45pm: Puppet Muzik (puppet show)


11 S. Sixth Ave. Sponsored by Tucson Newspapers, Inc.,
4-4:45pm: Stories that Soar!
5-5:45pm: Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen (singalong)
6-6:45pm: Stories that Soar!
7-7:45pm: Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen (blues)
8-8:45pm: LaughingStock Comedy Company (improv)
9-9:45pm: Angel and the Blues Disciples
10-10:45pm: LaughingStock Comedy Company
11-11:45pm: Angel and the Blues Disciples


110 S. Church Ave. Sponsored by Tucson Pima Arts Council. Free children's programming early in the festival moving on to family-friendly singers and bands later in the evening.
4pm-4:45pm: The Dusty Buskers
5pm-5:45pm: The Rosano Bros
6pm-6:45pm: Beatnik Dream Vacation
7pm-7:45pm: Kate Becker Project
8pm-8:45pm: Stefan George
9pm-9:45pm: The Tryst
10pm-10:45pm: The Evolution
11pm-11:45pm: The Dusty Buskers


17 W. Congress St.
Children's movies will show from 4pm to 6pm, with other films running all evening.


Cara Rene is vice president for community development of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Her email is

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tucson: Arizona Theatre Company presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN


From: Arizona Theatre Company []
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 5:12 PM
Subject: Press Release: Arizona Theatre Company Stages the Beloved American Classic A RAISIN IN THE SUN



Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful drama of family, hope and the struggle to realize dreams

Exactly fifty years ago, a play opened that would change American theatre forever.  Written by Lorraine Hansberry, it was the first Broadway play authored by an African American woman and led by an African American director.  Hailed as “a seething interplay of past and present, of wisdom and passion” by The New York Times, A RAISIN IN THE SUN became not only a hit, but an American classic that has withstood all tests of time and relevance.   A RAISIN IN THE SUN, under the direction of Lou Bellamy, plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from January 10 through January 31. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from February 5 through February 22. The Tucson production sponsors for A RAISIN IN THE SUN are Chase and The Stonewall Foundation and the Phoenix production sponsors are Chase and US Airways. Arizona Theatre Company’s season underwriters are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” wrote the poet Langston Hughes. 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 encompasses the themes of race and equality. The story centers on the dream of owning one’s own home, as the Younger family searches for a way to grab their piece of the dream, even in the face of prejudice and discrimination.  When Lena Younger receives a life insurance payout from the passing of her husband, her family must decide how to spend the inheritance.  Her children, Walter and Beneatha, each have dreams of how to invest the money in a better life, but Lena holds onto the dream of moving her family of five out of a one-bedroom apartment into a house of their own.  When the family discovers that the house is in a white neighborhood, they find themselves faced with difficult choices about their future.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN is the second production in ATC’s AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative. This ambitious multi-year series of beloved American classics includes free community engagement activities designed to enhance ATC patrons’ experience of this classic play.  Free events for A RAISIN IN THE SUN include a series of poetry slams and community open mic events centered on Langston Hughes’ poem “Dream Deferred,” an essay contest for youth, pre-show lectures and a community rebuilding event where ATC staff, patrons and members of local housing advocacy organizations work together to build and beautify a home for someone in the local community. All AMERICA PLAYS! events are free and open to the public.

Lou Bellamy (Director) returns to Arizona Theatre Company having directed the acclaimed production of August Wilson’s Jitney two seasons ago. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Under his leadership, Penumbra has produced 23 world premieres, including August Wilson’s first professional production, and is proud to have produced more of Mr. Wilson’s plays than any theatre in the world. Mr. Bellamy is an Obie Award-winning director, an accomplished actor and sought-after scholar. Recent directing credits include Penumbra’s production of Gem of the Ocean presented at the Guthrie Theater, Fences and The Piano Lesson at Penumbra Theatre Company, Two Trains Running at the Signature Theatre in New York, Jitney at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the staged reading of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Kennedy Center last summer.

Playing the members of the Younger family in A RAISIN IN THE SUN are Franchelle Stewart Dorn (Lena Younger), who heads the acting program at the University of Texas. She has spent the past forty years as an actress playing dozens of roles in theatres across the country including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and The Cleveland Play House. Television and film credits include Law & Order, Another World, Literary Visions, The Pelican Brief and Die Hard with a Vengeance; Erika LaVonn (Ruth Younger) has appeared at ATC in Crowns and Seven Guitars. She has performed on Broadway in The Lion King. Ms. LaVonn has also worked at Union Square Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Shubert Theatre in Boston, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House and many others; David Alan Anderson (Walter Lee Younger) is a frequent performer at Indiana Repertory Theatre where his many credits include Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Searching for Eden and Gem of the Ocean. He is a member of Penumbra Theatre Company and his regional credits include appearances at Berkshire Theatre Festival, People’s Light & Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre Center and Syracuse Stage; Bakesta King (Beneatha Younger) resides in Chicago where she is an ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre. Her Chicago credits include A Lesson Before Dying at Steppenwolf Theatre, Crumbs from the Table of Joy at Goodman Theatre, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Deep Azure and Layla's Dream with Congo Square Theatre.

Also appearing are Adeoye (Joseph Asagai) who most recently appeared in Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of Icarus at The Getty Villa in California, and in the Victory Gardens Theater festival IGNITION: Emerging Playwrights of Color. Other credits include Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten at Lookingglass and The Unmentionables at Steppenwolf, Clarence Brown Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Damron Russel Armstrong (Bobo) has performed regionally at Paper Mill Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theatre and others. Kyle Haden (George Murchison) has performed in Defiance at the Arvada Center, Hamlet at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Richard III, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Visit and The Comedy of Errors at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Richard 3 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company. Patrick O’Brien (Karl Lindner) has appeared nationally at the New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles Shakespeare Festivals; the La Jolla, Pasadena, and George Street Playhouses; The Old Globe, Arena Stage, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Old Log Theatre.  Also appearing in the ensemble is Victor Bowleg (Moving Man).

The design team includes Vicki Smith (Scenic Designer) who designed the ATC productions of Jitney; Love, Janis; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Dirty Blonde; Master Class; The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and many others. She has worked for theatres around the country, including Denver Center Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Play House, and numerous others. Matthew J. LeFebvre (Costume Designer) returns to ATC where he designed costumes for Jitney. His Off-Broadway credits include Two Trains Running at Signature Theatre and Bach at Leipzig for New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. LeFebvre has designed costumes for fifteen productions at Guthrie Theater. Other regional credits include The Acting Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Geffen Playhouse, Mixed Blood Theatre and many shows with Penumbra Theatre Company. Michelle Habeck (Lighting Designer) designed lighting for the ATC production of Jitney. Her design work has been seen at many of the nation’s leading theatres including Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, Alliance Theatre and Penumbra Theatre Company, among others. James C. Swonger (Sound Designer) is the Resident Sound Designer at The Cleveland Play House. He has also designed for Cleveland’s Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Pioneer Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre. The Stage Manager is John Kingsbury. A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a co-production with The Cleveland Playhouse and Penumbra Theatre Company.

Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. Audio-described performances are offered on January 28 at 2 PM and January 29 at 2 PM. Interested patrons may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on January 29 at 7:30 PM. Open-captioning allows patrons to read the play’s dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open-captioned performance is offered on January 29 at 2 PM. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large Print and Braille playbills and Infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).

Tickets range from $26-$50 depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military on specific performance days. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Ten Dollar Tuesday for A RAISIN IN THE SUN is January 13. Balcony seats for this preview performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the ATC Box Office starting at 11 AM on January 13. Seating is first-come, first served and is not guaranteed. Cash only, please. Two tickets per person maximum.) For discounts on groups of eight or more, call (520) 884-8210 x 8204.

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