Saturday, April 09, 2011

Tucson: UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre Announces its 2011-12 Season


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CONTACT: Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Marketing & Development 520.626.2686 University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television

April 7, 2011

UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre presents its 2011-12 Season!

Tucson, Arizona – The Arizona Repertory Theatre will kick off its 2011-12 season on September 11, 2011. Single tickets go on sale during late July through the Fine Arts Box Office at 520.621.1162 or online at, with new subscriptions available in June.

“Each year, students with a tremendous amount of talent come to the University of Arizona to hone their skills and develop their craft,” said Artistic Director , Brent Gibbs. “The Arizona Repertory Theatre allows us to showcase the work of these up-and-coming new artists. Developing emerging talent takes a variety of resources and one of the most important resources we have is our wonderful patrons. Your support and attention allow us to attract the highest level of students and to, in turn, produce the best work that we can.” Gibbs is pleased about the new season’s varied messages & how each will take us someplace geographically different. “During the 2011-2012 season, we will travel around the world to tell six stories that remind us of the beauty and the tragedy that define the human experience. Each of the stories will take us to places we never could have experienced if we did not have you. So from the students, faculty and staff of the Arizona Repertory Theatre, we say, ‘Thank you.’”

The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive

Directed by Brent Gibbs

September 11 – October 2, 2011

Back in radio’s early days, one voice could mesmerize an audience across the “magical ether.” Transporting seamlessly between 1895 and 1923, this theatrical folk tale weaves together the homespun threads of Davey Quinn and his childhood adventures with a spirited blind girl named Frankie. Davey, like his “Poppy” before him, is a natural-born storyteller, who goes from place-to-place, sharing his tales with all who will listen. Warm with American nostalgia and tender with clouded memories of a first love, this is a compelling, sweet story from a bygone time.

Hay Fever by Noel Coward

Directed by Stephen Wrentmore

October 9 – 30, 2011

Meet the eccentric Bliss family: David, a narcissistic novelist, and Judith, a recently retired stage actress, plus their two, equally quirky children. In their world, reality can smoothly glide into fiction. Meanwhile, unsuspecting weekend guests who enter the peculiar world of the Blisses – a timid flapper, a fit boxer, a respectable diplomat, and a fashionable sophisticate – are repeatedly thrust into melodramatic scenarios wherein their hosts profess emotions and react to situations that do not truly exist. The comedic chaos that ensues is a laugh-out-loud riot.

The Secret Garden music & lyrics by Marsha Norman & Lucy Simon, book by Frances Hodgson Burnett Directed by Rob Gretta

November 6 – December 4, 2011

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely, rich and spoiled girl who is sent to live with her uncle Archibald in Yorkshire after being orphaned by a cholera epidemic in India. Archibald casts a dark shadow over the manor, still grieving losses of his own. All appears grim until Mary discovers a secret garden that had once belonged to her Aunt Lily. With the help of new friends, Mary embarks on a journey to decipher the mystery of the garden, and to bring it back to life. This beautifully vibrant, musical tale reminds us about love, friendship and most of all, family.

Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler

Directed by Cathy Hartenstein

February 5 - 26, 2012

Two American women in war-torn Bosnia - one, a New York City psychiatrist, and the other, a journalist who routinely embeds herself in war and trauma - attempt to help a group of female refugees during the immediate aftermath of the Yugoslavian Civil War. Based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with Bosnian women, this psychological drama protests war and violence against women. Haunting, empowering and unflinching, Necessary Targets explores the passion, pain, humor, and the humanity alive within war's most undeserving victims. Adult themes and violence

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Directed by Brent Gibbs

February 26 - March 25, 2012

Julius Caesar's growing ambition threatens the Republic, so the blades are out. Leaders are made and then sacrificed as alliances are formed and just as quickly shattered. Brutus is an honorab le man who must navigate the treacherous floods that threaten to overrun Rome. Which of the factions are simply consumed by envy and a thirst for power and which are acting in Rome’s best interest? Shakespeare's captivating political thriller is alive with assassination plots, murder and conspiracies as it asks the constant question: “Who decides what is best for their country?” Violence.

Bat Boy: The Musical music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming Directed by Rob Gretta

April 8 - 29, 2012

When a half-bat, half -human boy is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia, a family takes him in to raise him as one of their own and names him Edgar. Ripped from the 1992 headlines of The Weekly World News, this satirical musical tells the astonishing story of Edgar’s struggle to find a place in a world that snubs him, and the love that can create both foolishness and miracles. Comical, yet brutally honest and tragic, Bat Boy questions how love is possible for someone so different and how we all seek out our own place in life. Adult themes and violence.

Media Contact: Lisa Pierce, (520) 626-2686,


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