Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Theatre presents Shining City by Conor McPherson


From: Beth Dell [mailto:theatre@beowulfalley.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:48 AM


Beowulf Alley Theatre

Beowulf Alley Opens Their 2010-2011 Season with

Shining City  by Conor McPherson


(Tucson, AZ) Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 South 6th Avenue, begins the new season with the Tony Award-nominated, Arizona Premiere of Shining City by Conor McPherson. Shining City has been described as a "modern day ghost story about human contact."

Set in a therapist's office in Dublin, the play grapples with faith, guilt and redemption, underscoring the failures of language to communicate the truth. A middle-aged man, John, who has recently seen the ghost of his deceased wife seeks professional help from a priest-turned-therapist, Ian. The travails of the guilt-ridden John offer more than professional fodder for Ian and the routine visits become a gripping struggle to survive.

I was blown away…Conor McPherson's … play is haunting, inspired and glorious. — NY Times Review

One of Ireland’s most prominent contemporary playwrights, Conor McPherson has won overwhelming acclaim for his insightful, meditative plays, which focus with a quiet, unblinking eye on the big themes: the crisis of modern masculinity, spirituality, frailty, solitude and – of course – death. In a review of his twice Tony award-nominated 2004 play Shining City, the Daily Telegraph called McPherson, the finest dramatist of his generation.

Awards for his theatre work include the Laurence Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, George Devine Award, Meyer-Whitworth Award and the Stewart Parker Award.

Susan Arnold, Director, works in theatre and film as an actor, director, writer and producer. Her directorial credits include Last of the Boys, Dinner with Friends, and Stones in His Pockets with Beowulf Alley, where she contributes to the Artistic Development Committee. Susan served as Artistic Director for the Attic Theatre in Detroit, MI and is the recipient of several theatre excellence awards for acting and directing. She has appeared on stage in a number of productions including most recently Big 8 in Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage Beowulf Alley Theatre, Cleopatra in Immortal Longings and Claire in the production of The Maids, both at The Rogue Theatre. She is a member of Screen Actors’ Guild and Actors’ Equity Association and currently serves as Artistic Director for C.A.S.T. Clean and Sober Theatre in Tucson. The cast of Shining City includes Lucas Gonzales, David Greenwood, Laura Lippman and Jared Stokes.

Reservations are encouraged. We recommend this play for 13 years and older.

Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Performances Days, Dates:

Friday, September 10 (Preview);

Saturday, September 11 (Opening Night with reception to follow); This is also Downtown 2nd Saturdays so arrive and park early for a little fun before and after curtain.

Sunday, September 12 (post-show discussion, Dialogues with…);

Thursdays through Sundays, September 16-September 26.

Performance Times and Box Office Information:

7:30 p.m.         -           Thursdays – Saturdays Curtain (no late seating)

2:30 p.m.         -           Sunday Curtain (note new time – no late seating)

Box office volunteers are available by phone Tuesday – Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and in person 45 minutes prior to each performance at the box office when the lobby doors open.

All tickets are held at will call. All sales are final.

Ticket Prices:

$23      -           At door/by phone, VISA, MC, Discover, local check, cash

$18      -           Thrifty Thursdays

$15      -           Preview Performance (Night before official opening)

$12      -           Student/Military/Senior 60+ Rush Ticket (cash at-door, ID Proof of Status required, 5 min. before curtain)

ONLINE ONLY DISCOUNTED SINGLE TICKET FOR EVERYONE at www.beowulfalley.org. Use any credit/debit card accepted by PayPal and Google.


Park at the secure Pennington and Scott Parkwise Garage for just $2 for the evening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and FREE on Thursdays. After 5p weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays, meters are free. The lot at Broadway and 6th Avenue is available for our use after 5 p on weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.




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