Monday, December 27, 2010

Tuson: The Rogue Theatre presents THE TEMPEST


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Subject: Experience the magic of THE TEMPEST at The Rogue Theatre

The Rogue Theatre


by William Shakespeare
Directed by Cynthia Meier

January 6-23, 2010


In this last play authored by Shakespeare, we find a Duke and his young daughter, unfairly banished to a mystical island with only a misshapen monster and an inhuman spirit as company. There the Duke studies and masters the art of magic, and through shipwrecks and storms, he wins justice and sets the world aright. When he retires at the end of the play, we hear Shakespeare's own voice at the end of a brilliant writing career displaying his exquisite mastery of dramatic and emotional poetry.

Featuring John Wilson (Professor Emeritus from the UA Dance Department) as Prospero

Of the creative team for this production, Cynthia Meier says, "We've assembled an extraordinary cast for this production, beginning with Dr. John Wilson as Prospero.  Guest Artist Patty Gallagher is returning to the Rogue as Ariel; Equity actors David Morden and Joe McGrath share the stage with newcomer UA Repertory star, Ryan DeLuca; Ballet Tucson's prima ballerina, Jenna Johnson, will also make her first appearance on the Rogue stage.  And the list goes on!--including the musical talents of pianist Dawn Sellers and harpist Paul Amiel.  The cast is the "stuff that dreams are made on" and this production should be an exceptional feast for the New Year."

  • The Tempest previews on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets for the preview performance are $19.
  • Opening Night is on Friday, January 7, 2011.
  • Regular performances of Ghosts continue on Saturday, January 8 through Sunday, January 23, 2011.
  • Curtain times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M.
  • A musical pre-show will begin fifteen minutes prior to every performance.
  • Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling 520-551-2053.
  • Thursdays, January 13 and January 20 are "$25 or pay-what-you-will" performances. Reservations are encouraged.
  • Half-price student rush for remaining tickets begins 15 minutes before curtain with valid student ID.
  • Free parking is available in our lot off Herbert Avenue (the alley just east of the theatre).

Cynthia Meier (Director) is the Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which she has adapted and directed James Joyce's The Dead, directed Nāga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard, and performed in many of the productions including The Goat for which she received the Arizona Daily Star's 2008 Mac Award for Best Actress. A co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, Cynthia has also performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Arizona Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arizona Theatre Company), Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Michigan Repertory Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Chicago Milagro (Borderlands Theatre), A Namib Spring (1999 National Play Award winner), and Smirnova's Birthday, The Midnight Caller, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Tucson Art Theatre). Cynthia is a Faculty member in Speech at Pima Community College and holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. In 2000, Cynthia was awarded the Tucson YWCA Woman on the Move Award.

The cast of The Tempest includes:

  • Nic Adams (Sebastian) is the General Manager for The Rogue Theatre for which he has worked, both onstage and off, in productions of Ghosts, Nāga Mandala, Othello, Krapp's Last Tape, Not I, Act Without Words, Orlando and Six Characters in Search of an Author. He is the artistic director of The Now Theatre, which co-produces the "Rogue After Curfew" series, and can next be seen in The Rogue's production of The Decameron.
  • Philip G. Bennett (Alonso) is a graduate of the American Stanislavski Theatre, where he served as Assistant Artistic Director, actor and instructor. He made his professional debut on the New York stage in 1970 as Lopakhin in Chekhov's, The Cherry Orchard, and played such roles as Cabot in Desire Under the Elms, Horatioin Hamlet, Constantine in The Seagull, and Bird in Peter Brook's Royal Shakespeare production of Convocation of the Birds.
  • Jon Benda (Gonzalo) is a part of "Not Burnt Out, Just Unscrewed" a local improv comedy group.  He studies acting at the Philip G. Bennett TheatreLab.
  • Leanné Whitewolf-Charlton (Ceres) has performed with The Rogue Theatre in Endymion, Red Noses and The Good Woman of Setzuan.   A member of the Arizona Repertory Theatre, she was last seen as Anna Trumbell in the ART production of  What I Did Last Summer, The Widow in The Taming of The Shrew, Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Medea.  Favorite Arizona credits include Maud Moon/Albertinein Borderland's production of Dust Eaters, as well as Linda Waterman in Fiction for Beowulf Alley Theatre.
  • Carrie J. Cole (Iris/Dramaturg) first collaborated with The Rogue Theatre as fight director for last season's Othello, and has joined The Rogue as dramaturg for the 2010-2011 season. Carrie has previously been seen on Tucson stages playing Rosalind in As You Like It, Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost, and Alais in A Lion in Winter. An assistant professor in the UA's School of Theatre, Film, & Television, Carrie oversees the BFA Dramaturgy Program, and serves as Resident Dramaturg for Arizona Repertory Theatre.
  • Ryan DeLuca (Trinculo) has been in Invisible Theatre's Bleacher Bums and many of UA's ART productions, including What I Did Last Summer, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Leading Ladies. Ryan was nominated in Arizona's MAC Awards for Actor of the Year in Arizona Onstage Productions' Falsettoland and won for Arizona Onstage Productions' The Bible Belt. He will also be Jay in Arizona Theatre Company's upcoming performance of Lost in Yonkers.
  • Patty Gallagher (Ariel) is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at University of California Santa Cruz where she teaches movement, mask, Balinese dance, and clown traditions. With The Rogue Theatre she performed the roles of Shen Te in The Good Woman of Setzuan, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Winnie in Happy Days (most recently for Rogue's tour to Bangalore, India), Sonnerie and Scarron in Red Noses, Orlando in Orlando, the Player in Act without Words, Emilia in Othello and Rani in Naga Mandala. She has worked with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, The New Pickle Circus, Ripe Time Theatre, Two River Theatre, Teatro Cronopio and Grupo Malayerba.
  • James Robert Giza (Mariner/Assistant Stage Manager) studies acting locally with Philip G. Bennett at the Bennett TheatreLab. He received his training in assistant stage management at the Juilliard School, where he worked as a production assistant through the school's Professional Intern Program.
  • Jenna Johnson (Juno) graduated as a full scholarship student from Harid Conservatory for Dance.  She attended Indiana University, also on scholarship, before joining Atlanta Ballet.  In 1995, she left for Europe, where she was accepted as a soloist with the Romanian National Opera Ballet in Bucharest where she danced from 1995 to 1997.  She then joined the Oleg Danovski Ballet Theater as a principal in 1997.  Ms. Johnson returned to the United States in 2003 to dance with Oakland Ballet.  She joined Ballet Tucson in 2004 and has performed principal roles in the company's productions of Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Nutcracker.
  • Joseph McGrath (Caliban) is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre for which he has performed in Ghosts, Nāga Mandala, Othello, Krapp's Last Tape, A Delicate Balance (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2009 Mac Award for Best Actor), Animal Farm, Orlando, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Happy Days, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Dead and The Fever. He authored and directed Immortal Longings for The Rogue and has directed The Balcony, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play), Red Noses and Our Town. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. In Tucson, he has  performed with Ballet Tucson, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, and Arizona OnStage.
  • David Morden (Stephano) has directed The Rogue Theatre's productions of Ghosts, A Delicate Balance, The Goat (2008 Arizona Daily Star Mac Award), Six Characters in Search of an Author and Krapp's Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words. David has appeared with The Rogue Theatre  in OthelloOur TownAnimal Farm, Orlando, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Cherry Orchard, the preshow to The Maids and Endymion. He has acted locally with Arizona Opera, Arizona Onstage Productions, Actors Theatre of Phoenix and Green Thursday Theatre Project.
  • Robert Anthony Peters (Ferdinand) has performed with The Rogue Theatre as Oswald in Ghosts, Cassio in Othello, and George Gibbs in Our Town. In 2001, he completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was subsequently a Koch Fellow in Washington, DC, and went on to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. A few of his films that are available to the purchasing public are The Pursuit of Happyness, Revolution Summer, The Village Barbershop, and Wasted.
  • Brian Taraz (Antonio) has appeared with The Rogue as Jacob Engstrand in Ghosts, Kappanna in Nāga Mandala, as the Duke in Othello and as Joe Stoddard in Our Town. Previously, Brian performed the role of Harold in Black Comedy at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. In San Diego, Brian has performed in numerous Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as Marat/Sade, Book of Days, The Trial and I Hate Hamlet.
  • Dallas Thomas (Miranda) last appeared at The Rogue Theatre as Juliet in Immortal Longings. Recent Tucson credits include Don't Talk to the Actors, Natives (Invisible Theatre), Wait Until Dark (Beowulf Alley Theatre), and Prelude to a Kiss (Live Theatre Workshop). Dallas performs with Stories that Soar! and teaches for SharMoore Children's Productions. This spring, Dallas will appear in Invisible Theatre's production of Premiere.
  • John Wilson (Prospero) started his performing life at age four as a hoofer and tapped his way into his teens when he played his first Shakespearean role, Snug the Joiner, in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  In college and summer stock he honed his skills as a both a comical and classical actor in productions of Molière, Pirandello, Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, Strindberg, Congreve, the Absurdists and the Bard. After a tour as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, he completed joint PhDs in dramatic literature and dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has choreographed ninety eight works for college and professional companies during his career as professor of dance and has won eight teaching excellence awards.





Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST:
Romance & Drama

An Open Talk featuring

Peter E. Medine, UofA Professor of English


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5:30-7:00 P.M.

Free and open to the public

Shakespeare scholar Peter E. Medine will give us some insight into this brilliant masterwork of Shakespeare.


Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where he is currently Professor of English.  He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Mr. Medine has directed six summer institutes on Shakespeare and Milton which were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; total funding from NEH for the institutes is over a million dollars. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Mr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books. While Mr. Medine's teaching interests have concentrated on such authors as Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, he has recently taught seminars in a concurrent reading of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and James Joyce's Ulysses.





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