Saturday, September 04, 2010

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Theatre 2010-2011 Season Opens with Shining City


From: Beowulf Alley Theatre Company []
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010 10:02 AM
Subject: 2010-2011 Season Opens with Shining City



For Immediate Release

September 3, 2010

Media Contact:
Beth Dell, Managing Director
(520) 622-4460

Beowulf Alley Theatre Presents
Shining City
by Conor McPherson

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

... 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.

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 at Beowulf Alley Theatre's Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage as Big 8, Cleopatra in Immortal Longings and Claire in the production of The Maids 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 includes: Lucas Gonzales, David Greenwood, Laura Lippman, and Jared Stokes.

May be inappropriate for persons under 13 years old.

Presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Performance Dates, Times:

Preview Performance: Friday, September 10, 7:30 p.m. only -
Preview Tickets:
$15 by phone or at the door the night of performance or
$13 advance purchase online only.

Opening Night with reception following performance: Saturday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.
Dialogues with... post show discussion: Sunday, September 12, 2:30 p.m.
Thursdays - Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. September 16, 17, 18 and September 23, 24, 25.
Sundays, 2:30 p.m. (please note new time), September 19 and 26.

Ticket Prices, September 11-26:
General, by phone or at the door - $23 (VISA, MasterCard, Discover)
Online only discount - $21 via PayPal or Google (any credit card they accept)
Student/Military/Senior 60+ Rush ticket- $12 (cash only, ID required, 15 minutes prior to curtain, based on seating availability)

Purchase tickets online

Subscribers can reserve dates online

Front Doors and Box Office open 45 minutes before curtain.

Box Office Phone Number and Reservations: (520) 882-0555. The box office is staffed for phone reservations by volunteers from noon until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. If you receive the voicemail message, please leave your name and phone number and we will return your call. Messages are checked frequently, especially on weekends.

Season Subscribers and Flex Pass Holders may make online reservations by referring to our online Season Subcriber Reservation Form here or by calling the box office. Reminder: To guarantee subcribers dates, we request reservations at least two weeks in advance of opening.

All other reservations for single tickets must be accompanied by payment. Reservations must be made at least 3 hours prior to curtain. Those with accessibility needs are are encouraged to advise us of seating needs at least 48 hours in advance of performance as our accessible seating is limited.

Run Time: 1-3/4 hours. There is no intermission.

Parking: There is no charge for parking on the street or at meters after 5 p.m. weekdays, all day on weekends and holidays! The Pennington Street (at Scott Avenue) garage is $2 after 6 p.m. on weekdays and just $2 for the weekend all day. The lot across from the theatre at 6th Avenue and Broadway is available after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Special Downtown Event Note: Opening night, September 11 is also 2nd Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Plan additional time for parking. Come early, enjoy some of the activities, see the plays then finish the evening in a club, restaurant, shop or just wandering the Downtown outdoor activities!

Photo by Creatista/Scott Griessel.


Don't Miss the Arizona Premiere of this Tony Award Nominee, Shining City!


Graphic Design by Kate Natale.

This is just the beginning of our 2010-2011 season. There's more to see and do beyond our main stage productions. Single ticket purchases can be converted to season subscriptions until the close of Shining City.



Where in the world is our new facade? It's coming. We are experiencing construction delays but plan to get a start on things within the next few weeks! Please keep cheering us on!


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