FRONTING THE ORDER
A CO-PRODUCTION OF BEOWULF ALLEY THEATRE AND
Tucson, AZ ---FRONTING THE ORDER, a new play by Warren G. Bodow, will take the stage at Beowulf Alley Theatre on April 8, 2011 for eleven performances.
Directed by Sheldon Metz, who won recent acclaim for his work on THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Beowulf Alley, FRONTING THE ORDER runs five characters through a mill of deception, sexual innuendo, and class warfare. Set in a diner in a small upstate New York town one summer evening in 1959, four encyclopedia salesmen prepare to canvass neighborhoods in Olean, New York, knocking on doors with a patently misleading pitch. The play explores the relationships among the men, with the pretty but aging waitress, and with the changing world around them. With wit and humor, the play reminds us that the ‘50s were far more turbulent than we remember or have been told. Five local actors including Bill Epstein and Denise Blum are featured.
Playwright Warren G. Bodow has been a Tucson winter resident for the past five years. A member of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Playwrights, two of his earlier plays received staged readings in Tucson before going on to showcase productions in New York City. In between his college years at Syracuse University, he sold encyclopedias on the road and remembers those days as exciting and eye-opening.
Tickets for FRONTING THE ORDER are available on the Beowulf Alley Theatre website, www.beowulfalley.org , or by phone, 520-882-0555. Beowulf Alley Theatre is downtown, at 11 S. 6th Avenue, near Congress.
Performance days, dates, times and prices are:
Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. - $15 – Preview
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. - $19 – Opening
Thursday - Saturday, April 14-16, 7:30 p.m. - $19
Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23, 7:30 p.m. - $19
Sundays, April 10 & 17, 2:30 p.m. - $19
Run time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
Parking is available at street meters (no charge after 5 p.m. weekdays or any time on weekends), the County lot at the corner of Broadway and 6th Avenue (weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturdays and Sundays) or, for a small fee at the parking garage at Pennington and Scott Avenues. Please see our website for directions.
Special note: April 9 is the Downtown 2nd Saturdays event, a lively, urban street festival. Plan to arrive a little early for dinner at a Downtown restaurant and stay after the play to experience the fun and vitality of our revitalized city.
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