Friday, May 24, 2013

Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA!) presents STAGED THEATRICAL READINGS, Admission is Free


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May 23, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                 FOR INFORMATION:

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In 2012, the new Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists, known as TADA!, presented a challenge to writers, nationwide. Submit a new play, never-produced, script; something every theatre hasn’t produced at some time or other. The criteria was that the play had to be relevant. That could mean socially, historically, politically or religiously; just relevant.


Through the course of the year, 52 scripts were submitted, from Maine to Hawaii. Some were humorous some were serious, but they were all apropos. They were subjected to study by some of Tucson’s best writers, directors and actors. The final four were selected. 


The June show, Eighteen Fourteen, will be on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

The July show, Emmett, Down in My Heart, is Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

August's show, Love Conquers is Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m.



The Christian Way, written by Kris Bauske and directed by John Vornholt, was presented to an enthusiastic audience at the Hotel Congress on Thursday, May 16, the first of the four finalists,. The audience gave their opinions and an interesting talk-back was held. Performers included: Denise Blum, Bree Boyd-Martin, Saralyn Cano, Lillian Delamere, David Sewell and Jared Stokes.


The next reading will be held on Thursday, June 20 at the Hotel Congress. That play is Eight Fourteen, written by Hal Corley Jr. and directed by Esther Alamazon. Actors include: Nicholas A. Filip, Brittney L. Vega, Natalia Alvarado, Armen Sarrafian, Mike Saxon, Paul Barby, Cindy Blue, Angelica Rodenbeck and  Meagan Jones.


Having had a serious breakdown after 9-11, New York City-dweller Henry moves with his wife to Mount Morris, NJ, Henry’s childhood home, seeking solace in the suburbs. Then the great blackout of August 14, 2003 occurs trapping Susannah in NYC and the jobless Henry at home. Eight Fourteen, with deft wit and great insight, examines both the fear engendered by 9-11 and the quiet desperation of men forced out of work by a bad economy.

On July 18, TADA! will present a reading of Emmett, Down in My Heart, written by Clare Coss and directed by Sheldon Metz. Based upon a true event in our history, this incident is the catalyst that made Rosa Parks refuse to move to the back of the bus.   

In Emmett, Down in My Heart, two women characters, Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley and a white teacher, Roanne Taylor, frame the 1955 kidnap, torture, murder of 14-year old Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta. Roanne is haunted by her silence and confronts her need to take responsibility and speak. Mamie Till-Mobley, through outrage and grief, is transformed from a private citizen to an activist for justice. Her insistence on an open casket sparked the modern civil rights movement.Three months later in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks said Emmett Till was on her mind when she refused to move to the back of the bus. This reading stars T. Loving, Elizabeth (Carley) Preston, Je Moore, Joan O’Dwyer and Jared Stokes. 


The quartet of finalists is complete with the August reading of Love Conquers, written by Sharon Talbot and directed by Vince Flynn.The reading stars: Roxanne Harley, Tony Ekstat, Sydney Flynn, Robyn Austin, Scott Berg and Mark Klugheit.

It’s New York, 1990.  With a dead husband who gave her AIDS on purpose managing her life, and disease eating her up, 50-year-old Diane’s got a choice: cling to the Vodka bottle or allow Richie to shove her towards health.  In this whimsical comedy based on a ditzy woman who made it through the system, Love Conquersfinds drollery in a dread disease.  Diane thrives in New York today, her sense of humor intact. 

Where: All performances are in The Hotel Congress’ Copper Hall

The June show, Eighteen Fourteen, will be on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

The July show, Emmett, Down in My Heart, is Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

August's show, Love Conquers is Thursday, August 15 at 7 p.m.


Tickets: Admission is Free for all shows. Donations are excepted

Dinner is available at the Cup Cafe.



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