Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Readers Theatre presents Gavin Kayner's Hokey Pokey


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Beowulf Alley Theatre presents

Readers Theatre

Gavin Kayner’s Hokey Pokey


Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 South 6th Ave, between Broadway and Congress in Downtown Tucson, known for its high quality theatrical productions, presents Hokey Pokey by local playwright, Gavin Kayner at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. Admission is pay-what-you-will. Readers Theatre is about the words. The program is designed for the public to hear the words and respond with comments and questions to help the playwright refine the script. Join us for an evening of development and contribute to the playwrighting process. For more information, see or call (520) 882-0555.


The readers for Hokey Pokey are  Tony Ross, Gary McGaha, Brian Taraz, Daved Wilkins and Mary Ellen Thompson.


Hokey Pokey Synopsis: What happens when four mad men discover the Hokey Pokey is what its all about?


They find serenity. The journey they take from madness to serenity describes the arc of the play Hokey Pokey.


Ponzi (a con-artist who actually believes in what he sells), Otto (a clown who has no sense of humor), Roget (a writer who never writes) and Harrison (a black magician who nearly died attempting to resurrect himself as a white man) reside in an institution where a television in their common room has kept them from confronting themselves, one another and the absurdity of existence.


On the day the story begins, Monday, the resident responsible for turning on the television is missing and no one has arrived to take his place. In their world, that means the TV must remain off. Panic ensues, stories are told, secrets revealed, masks removed (literally and figuratively) and finally the men come to acceptance of themselves and their place in the world.


Its sweet.


Kayner's plays have won various awards and been produced to full houses and good reviews. Reviews for the recent production of Noche de los Muertos included “full of lyrical writing”, “a brilliant schematic” and “a fine play”.

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production.  Equal and fair treatment will be provided to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status and/or marital status.  Founded on the basis of dialogues with local theatre artists who wanted a permanent home to practice their craft, its intimate 95-seat theatre provides a facility that meets professional standards where performing artists, educators, and technicians can present their skills.  Because Beowulf Alley engages a talent and volunteer pool that calls Tucson “home” for its productions, the Theatre is committed to helping grow a new generation of Tucson talent with its programs including education for adults and youth, late night theatre to experiment with and gain experience, readers theatre for playwrights’ unpublished works, lunchtime theatre to bring art to the workday and screenings of independent film artists.  And true to its roots, the Theatre maintains ongoing dialogues with the community, including Dialogues with theatergoers after the first Sunday matinee performance of each of its main stage plays, at Readers’ Theatre nights, and other presentations, providing an opportunity for theatergoers to discuss the plays with the director and artists.  Writers who cover the Tucson arts scene say the Theatre provides its audiences with “the best total package”—plays, performances and productions that are high in artistic and technical quality.  Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim, including two Mac Awards and seven MAC nominations.  The company has presented over 325 performances to Tucson audiences since 2002 and has served hundreds of theatre artists.  The theater also provides performance and rehearsal space for other Tucson theater companies.  For more information, log on to  We thank the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Pima Arts Council, the Janet S. Brunel Residuary Trust, and our business sponsors for their support.


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