Monday, September 30, 2013

Waypoint Theatre Company of Tucson auditioning Christian male, theatre artists


From: Melanie David <>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 2:56 PM
Subject: acting op TTA posting


Waypoint Theatre Company of Tucson will be auditioning Christian male, theatre artists to join Waypoint's theatre ministry volunteer company. Both men would be cast in both shows:


                               THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

                        adapted by Jon Jory based on the O. Henry classic



                             by Joe Landry, based on the film classic

                         starring Jimmy Stewart and Lionel Barrymore


ROLES:  Jim/Gift of the Magi (20s-early 30s), baritone, also able to

                vocalize many characters for Wonderful Life Radio Play


               George Bailey (20s-early 40s),baritone, also able to read

               music/sing for caroler quartet and two smaller roles in Magi


DATES:   Rehearsals begin Nov. 2 (Sat/Sun/Tue/Thu- east side)

                Performances:  Dec. 13-15, 2013 at Scottish Rite Cathedral

                                          160 S. Scott Ave (downtown)


AUDITION DATES:  October 2-18, 2013.  Call 742-9079 or email Artistic

                                  Director, Melanie David @


                         to schedule an



WHAT TO BRING:    Please bring recent headshot, resume and 2 min monologue to showcase.  There will also be a reading from both scripts.


OTHER: Scripts may be read online at and

Magi runs 45 min with Wonderful Life at 50 min. 


For more information about Waypoint Theatre, season, etc., please visit:


Melanie David,  Founder/Artistic Director
Celebrating the joys of faith and family    



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The DANCE FESTIVAL OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA is held  Oct.19-20 (classes & performances)

Those who love ballet, modern/contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip hop get their chance to see it all at the STEP to the Rhythm, DANCE to the Rhythm performance on Saturday evening, Oct.19, 7 pm, at University High School.


It is being produced by the Arizona Dance Coalition ~ the same organization that produced three National TAP Dance Day Celebrations in Tucson (2009-11). 


Performers will be announced on Sept.1. Tickets will be available at $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for children under 12, seniors 65+, and military in advance, $15 at the door.


This time the Dance Festival encompasses all of Southern Arizona, offering dance classes to high school age students and older and dance instructors.


The general public will get an opportunity to “sample” dance classes during this time through participating ADC members in the community who will be offering classes in Flamenco, Modern, Middle Eastern, Aerial Dance, Tango and more, at discounted rates. Details are updated on an ongoing basis on the website:


Visit the respective websites for details. To learn more about the Arizona Dance Coalition, contact or call 520-743-1349. The Arizona Dance Coalition is a statewide nonprofit organization connecting dance communities with each other and the general public.


Their website contains a “Calendar of Events” listing dance events throughout all of Arizona. You can subscribe (free) to their monthly publication ~ the Arizona Dance e-Star ~ on their homepage:




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Saturday, September 28, 2013


By Chuck Graham,


Golshifteh Farahani confesses all to her comatose husband.

Symbolism runs deep in the modern Afghan film, “The Patience Stone,” directed and co-written by Atiq Rahimi, who also wrote the successful novel on which it is based. The performance of Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani is one of the most startling you will ever see.

Though her emotions are largely internalized, we can feel every shiver of helplessness and hopelessness in her deep, dark eyes and tightened jaw.

The film’s setting is a desolate and shattered dirt road village, presumably in Afghanistan though it is never identified. War’s ravages have taken their toll, with bombed out buildings and only a few villagers scuttling about in the background whenever Farahani (she is only called “the woman”) runs between her threadbare apartment and her aunt’s better furnished home down the street.

Her aunt, we learn later, runs a charming brothel which takes pride in keeping all the soldiers content.

“Men who don’t make love, make war,” is the aunt’s cynical motto.

But what Rahimi and French co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière really have in mind is dramatizing the injustice, particularly against women, that fills Islamist fundamentalism. Foolish pride takes a beating, too.

At the very literal heart of the film is Farahani’s dilemma. A mother with two small children, she has been deserted by her family and her husband’s family. Her husband lies paralyzed and comatose on a pallet, unable to move or speak.

But his injury wasn’t from the war, though he was once a fierce soldier. During the calm between battles, he got in a bar fight because someone insulted his dignity. A bullet went into his neck. Now he is helpless.

But Farahani feels it is her responsibility to care for him, even though we learn that he has always been cruel to her.

The story is the wife’s own mental struggle in isolation as she begins talking to her husband about daily subjects, but soon finds her talking gathers momentum as she describes her personal struggles at his uncaring hands.

Flashbacks to her arranged marriage (when he wasn’t even present, he was off fighting somewhere), and other customs that seem so arbitrary to our minds, fill in the details of a harsh life for women in this culture.

The resolution of her bleak circumstances is also handled symbolically, though in an artistically satisfying way.

In real life, Farahani is an Iranian exile with a history of running afoul of the Islamic Republic through her art. She fled the country in 2008 and has since settled in Paris. Her film career includes a sizeable role in the Ridley Scott thriller, also about Middle East terrorists, “Body of Lies.”

Director and writer Rahimi fled his native Afghanistan years earlier, during the Russian occupation.

In Persian, with subtitles.



By Chuck Graham,


James Hunt and Niki Lauda love their red Formula One race cars.

Although that title “Rush” doesn’t tell us much, it refers directly to the adrenaline rush that fueled the drivers of Formula One cars racing through Europe’s twisting road courses in the 1970s – before the annual fatality rate of Formula One drivers finally forced them to face their own suicidal death wish.

Actually, it wasn’t a death wish so much as it was a fantasy of invincibility in a world of millionaires willing to spend vast sums of money to build race cars that kept getting lighter and faster. Since ordinary safety equipment adds weight without contributing to speed, it wasn’t very high on any car owner’s list of requirements.

As for the Formula One drivers themselves, few pursuits in Europe had more cachet. The grounds of Formula Two and Three race tracks were full of bravado and guys willing to risk a fatal crash to win a race.

Two of them were English playboy James Hunt and Austrian gear head Niki Lauda. Both came from extremely wealthy families. Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) was the daredevil with lightning reflexes. Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) was the auto analyst who could squeeze more performance from any machine.

Taken together, their fabled duels for dominance in the mid-1970s personified the classic clash in all of art between impassioned intuition and fabled technique.

Howard’s most brilliant film yet captures this magnificent conflict in ultra high definition cinematography on giant screens with beefed up theater sound systems able to reproduce the chest-pumping roar of those unrestricted engines.

Yes, race fans, the track scenes of actual racing feel absolutely authentic. And there are lots of them. Eschew the special digital effects and artificially pumped up engine screams. Part of the film’s mythology is that several days were reserved for getting in the cars, with cameras mounted all around, and going racing.

The film roughly spans 1975-76 when Hunt and Lauda were rising fast through the Formula One ranks as Howard hones his edge to this high octane duel of RPMs at the redline.

What’s best is the quality of off-track acting as Hemsworth and Bruhl deepen the driven personalities of these two competitors.  

Hunt’s easy charm and world class bank account are only the surface of a man determined to show he is worth something more.

Lauda is equally brutal with recognizing his own lack of social skills as he is sizing up an inferior race car. But Lauda also knows he has some genius qualities in setting up and driving these cars. What he lacks in charisma he is determined to make up in racing success.

The stage is set, and history has already recorded the result.  If you know who won this competition, keep it to yourself. Screen writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Last King of Scotland) does an excellent job putting in enough racing terminology to keep the most unaware audience member up on the importance of this competition.

In the pantheon of sports movies, “Rush” easily secures its place among the front-runners.


Casting Call, ad for a kickstarter company


Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:49 AM
Subject: posting a message.


I am shooting an ad for a kickstarter company I am starting up with 2 others.

We are looking for actors and extras to help us make this video. Sorry, we don't have the funds to pay anyone. 


Date: Oct. 5 (Saturday)

Time: Main actors -- about 3 pm to 9 pm (times will vary)

              Extras--  about 7 to 9 pm

Place: Vail, AZ  (exact location will be given to those attending)

If you have trouble with transportation, let me know. Also, if you are driving yourself, I think we can help with gasoline costs ($15)


Food will be provided.


This video will be less than 5 minutes long.  We can provide you with a DVD burned copy.


Questions?  Call me.





PS-- I will be making a feature movie soon, so if you are interested, leave me your email address and I will contact you when the time is near. I am a new moviemaker with a low budget. I will provide food, and possibly can pay lead actors (but it won't be much).

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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By Chuck Graham,

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus share a laugh.

There’s a lot more to mid-life romance than flowers and candy. That’s the center of Nicole Holofcener’s reality-based film “Enough Said,” now playing at the Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. The late James Gandolfini and the perennial Julia Louis-Dreyfus star as genuine adults looking for love in all the wrong places.

Other reviewers have noted a similar tone to Woody Allen’s Manhattan favorites such as “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan.” Similar in that all the people seem to live in the same befuddled demographic grappling with the emotional confusions, self-deceptions, uncertainties and misguided decisions that can torment otherwise bright and sensitive people.

Is this better than the mumble core films of a younger generation? If you are already older, maybe “Enough Said” would feel more comfortable.

Gandolfini in one of his last screen performances is certainly a lovable bear of a guy and genuinely good-hearted in trying to decide if a September romance is his best way to go.

Louis-Dreyfus, maturing from her Seinfeld days, is a more neurotic version of Allen’s favorite female actresses. Louis-Dreyfus has more than a touch of Allen’s own stuttering dufus character. Generally this makes her more endearing, certainly more approachable as she fumbles her way toward love in a time of melancholy.  

The story is set in west Los Angeles where Gandolfini plays Albert, curator of a television film archive. He’s divorced and has a daughter about to leave home for a college back East.

Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a masseuse who makes house calls. She is divorced and her daughter is about to leave home for a college back East.

Apparently, Stanford University just wasn’t good enough for either of them.

That title refers to the difficulty everyone in the movie has of knowing when to stop talking, to stop ruining a good impression, to reveal too much about a bad experience, that sort of thing.

The set-up begins when Eva attends a nice civilized party full of strangers and purely by chance, it seems, meets her new best girlfriend Marianne (Catherine Keener) and the rollie-pollie Albert, who’s fun to talk with.

Unknown to Eva, Marianne and Albert were once married to each other. So we watch and smile as Eva listens to Marianne complain about her ex-husband’s faults.

And then Albert starts telling Eva about his ex-wife’s faults. All the while, Albert and Eva keep picking up on each other’s idiosyncrasies, silently wondering to themselves if any of these are deal-breakers.

“Enough Said” is definitely a female flick, good for bonding buddies on a weekend afternoon. It could be a good date movie for that elusive middle-age audience, too, but only if the guy is a big fan of Gandolfini. The actor does deliver a fine performance.


Friday, September 27, 2013



From: UA School of Theatre, Film & Television []
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 4:10 PM






Click Widescreen Wednesdays! Click


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 7:00pm

at The UA Center for Creative Photography
1030 N Olive Road across from the Marroney Theatre on The UA campus.

Click here for map. Park in the Park Avenue Garage on the NE corner of Speedway/Park for $4.


Learn about the film version of BOEING BOEING immediately following the hilarious screening, as Film & Television Faculty

Professors Brad Schauer & Mary Beth Haralovich lead an exciting discussion that explores the art of the film vs. the art of the stage play.

Professor Mary Beth Haralovich teaches film & television history. Her research examines how popular entertainment emerges from contemporary culture & the film-television industry.

Need a laugh? Don't miss this farce on film!

Also, enjoy the 5-minute, UA student film short, HOME EARLY, by Christopher Cegielski & Andrew Katsinas - nothing like a birthday surprise!

No tickets necessary. Seats are first come, first served.



Click the Widescreen Wednesdays link above

to see the schedule of additional, free screenings this season!

Questions? Please contact the Marketing & Development Office

at 520.626.2686 or



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Casting Call, short film, female to play an angel - paid


From: []
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 1:22 PM
Subject: Short Film Casting Notice


Conjunction Entertainment is casting a young female between the ages of 18 and 28 years old to play an angel. It is a substantial part in a short film. Pay involved. Must fit size 4-6 costume. No visible non-ear piercings or tattoos. This is a spiritual film with no profanity or nudity.



Please e-mail photo and resume to Shooting in Tucson.


Camille Harman, Casting Director

Conjunction Entertainment




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Call for Directors, UofA Studio Series


From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) []
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:20 AM
Subject: Fwd: studio series call for directors



University of Arizona

The School of Theatre, Film and Television

Call for Directors/Director Application

Studio Series   TAR 497W/597W


The School of Theatre, Film and Television produces a season of Studio Series productions each year for majors in the BA program in Theatre Arts or majors in the BA in Film and Television.  The Studio Series is dedicated to supporting original, contemporary, and experimental pieces of performance through a “bare essentials” production format that draws primary focus to the artistic and intellectual labor of theatre students.  Its community-centered, people-generated approach to performance provides creative learning opportunities for student artists, thought-provoking experiences for audiences, and occasions for productive dialogue around topics relevant to student populations and the broader Tucson community.


The Studio Series productions are coordinated by a committee that includes faculty and student representatives from the School.  The School provides a stock set of scenery, props and costumes as well as limited lighting and sound.  Productions are housed in the Harold Dixon Directing Studio which is a black box theatre that seats about 80. The playing space is approximately 14’ x 25’ with a 9’ ceiling/grid.  Due to the small space and ceiling height, smoking, the firing of guns, and video projections are not possible.


Directors are also instructors for the course TAR 497W and are responsible for the course as well as the production. Our goal is to offer 5- 10 roles per production. Given our population, we encourage scripts with a strong cast of women characters.  We also encourage full act plays that embrace a variety of styles as well as contemporary new works.


There are four productions in the season – two during fall semester and two during spring. At least one of the productions (usually the second production in fall) is a devised play.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester (Aug/Sept for Fall; January for Spring).  Rehearsals are four weeks with a fifth week of dress rehearsals and four performances.  Devised productions usually rehearse for six weeks in order to accommodate script development.


Please submit a cover letter with your resume and up to three play titles and/or up to three ideas for a devised play you would like to direct in the series.  If you have a copy of the play script, please include.  For each devised play idea and/or script suggested, please include a statement that addresses the following:

  • Conceptualization for the production
  • How the devised play or script fits the mission of the Studio Series
  • # of Characters



  • How the Design/Technical Requirements fits with the “bare essentials” production format
  • Marketing and Outreach ideas for the play


Please address and send your application (either as hard copy or as PDF) to:

Bobbi McKean, Studio Series

School of Theatre Film and Television

University of Arizona

PO Box 210003

Tucson, AZ 85721






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Anna Anderson this Monday! at Z Mansion


From: Lisa Otey []
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 7:48 AM
Subject: Anna Anderson this Monday!









Monday, Sept. 30, 7:00pm
Z Mansion, 288 N. Church
$15,, 370.5912 

Hi everyone,

The Hill family has graciously opened their home to us again for the Lisa Otey & Friends Concert Series! The parlor of Z Mansion will become an intimate cabaret space, filled with the sounds of the grand piano and the amazing performers we have in this fall lineup.

To open the series, we have invited R&B/Soul singer Anna Anderson to come in from NYC for one night only! Anna has taken center stage most recently as Bobbi in Ha! The Musical on Broadway in New York City and as a featured performer at Brooklyn PrideFest 2013.

You may have seen Anna as Billie Holiday in the Arizona Onstage production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," Tucson Music Theatre's Broadway Revue (Cabaret-Sally Bowles) and Beowulf Alley Theater's production of The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler (Mammy). Past regional productions include Hats! The Musical (Dutchess DeLovely), Sweeney Todd, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Ain't Misbehavin', The Color Purple, Working and Wicked.

You can find out more about Anna at: 

All seats are reserved for the Z Mansion concerts. If you want to pay at the door, please call me at 520.370.5912 to reserve your seats. You can also take care of your tickets online, using Paypal or Google, at Tickets are $15.

See you there!





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Casting Call, UA Senior Thesis Film - "Spatial Recognition"


From: Samantha M Taylor <>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 12:01 AM
Subject: Casting Call at the UA


Spatial Recognition

A comedy about our solar system

Writer/Director Andrew Katsinas

Producer Sam Taylor


Casting Call


Saturday, September 28th (9:00am - 5:00) Dixon Directing Studio, (Drama 116) 1025 N Olive Rd Tucson, AZ 85721


Taking place approaching the year 5 billion, the planets begin to align one final time around the dying Sun. At the brink of the solar apocalypse, the interstellar reunion provides for the clash of eccentric planets with large personalities, but also forces Earth to make a choice. At the end of the worlds, will Earth stand alone or will he find his place in space?

Contact Information

Andrew Katsinas (Director, Producer, Writer)


Cell:                             (520)-591-8082


Character Breakdown:

·                EARTH - 20s-30s; feels neglected, emotionally-spent and unloved by his inhabitants and alone in his orbit. He has always been in love with Venus, but has never been able to approach her confidently with his feelings. The planet that was once full of life seems to have given up on himself. He sees Mercury as his rival and Mars as his close friend and confidant. LEAD.

·                VENUS  - 20s; the pixie-manic dream girl of Earth. She is striking and attractive in both her looks and her free-spirited, independent personality. Being the only girl in the solar system, she receives a lot of unwanted attention, but is certainly capable of taking care of herself. She is more than aware of Earth's infatuation for her, but waits for him to make a move. Unlike Earth, she is cool, collected and confident. STRONG SUPPORTING

·                MARS - 20s; sassy and jealous of the attention Venus receives from Earth. He is Earth's best friend in the solar system, yet he wishes their relationship was more than just platonic. Instead he is just Earth's Friend (with a capital F). He could not be anymore in the "friend-zone". As much as it tortures him to do so, he is always encouraging Earth and cheering him on. STRONG SUPPORTING

·                MERCURY - early 20s; energetic, focused and aggressive. Being so close to the Sun, Mercury often feels as though the rest of the planets truly revolve around him. He is in peak physical condition, which is essentially all he has going for him. He is constantly showing off for Venus, unaware of her disgust for him. SUPPORTING (CASTED)

·                NEPTUNE - 40-50+; short-tempered, zealous and disillusioned. Spends most of his orbit alone in the far outer rim of the solar system professing the inevitable doom and gloom of the Sun. He has a soft spot for the vulnerable Uranus, but expects the rest of the planets to burn in Hell. MINOR SUPPORTING

·                JUPITER - 20s-50s; quiet, awkward, observant and reserved. The red giant of the planets never says a word, but gets off in watching the drama that ensues around him. He is a binge eater when engrossed in spectating on the four closest to the Sun. He does not like attention drawn to him and finds Saturn extremely irritating. MINOR SUPPORTING

·                URANUS - 20s-40s; disfigured and seemingly deranged, the only word Uranus can speak is his own name. (Like a Pokemon or Hodor from Game of Thrones) He behaves like a pet of Neptune's and is very sensitive and impressionable. MINOR SUPPORTING

·                SATURN - 20s; Saturn tries too hard to fit in. He is always trying to be heard, but unfortunately is always cut off mid-sentence due his rotation. He remains completely unaware that no one can hear him when he rotates around his axis. MINOR SUPPORTING

·                PLUTO - open; small in stature. No longer classified as a planet. Drifting in the outer regions of space and somehow survives the solar apocalypse. CAMEO

Headshots and resumes are accepted.



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

St. Francis Theatre presents The Skin of Our Teeth


From: david goguen []
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:56 PM
Subject: Opening of The Skin of Our Teeth on 09-27-13



THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH by Thornton Wilder


A Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama by the author of OUR TOWN.


One critic called this play "Wilder's masterwork, a love letter to the human spirit."


In a world divided by vicious politics and marred by insidious global ills, Thornton Wilder will be there to remind you that there's more than meets the eye, that we are in fact endowed with a strength and resilience beyond our capacity to understand. The Skin of Our Teeth is an epic tale about you and me and the spirit that won't let us surrender no matter what naysayers do or say. 
-Robert Encila, Director

"Wonderfully wise.... A tremendously exciting and profound stage fable.

-Herald Tibune


Fridays and Saturdays, September 27th - October 5th at 7:30

Sundays - September 29th & October 6th at 2:30


St. Francis Theatre: 4625 E. River Rd. (NW Corner of River and Swan)

Tickets are $12 for Seniors and Students, $15 General Admission and $20 for preferred seating

Best option for tickets is at:

Or call 520-499-7842 with questions or to make a reservation


Dave Goguen,

Producer St. Francis Theatre

Blue Alley Productions presents "The Sound of Music"

Blue Alley Productions presents "The Sound of Music"


Due to the overwhelming response to our production of  "The Sound of Music", we are bringing it back  October 11-19, 2013!  You can purchase your tickets on!current-production/cb3i.



Juan Aguirre

Janet Roby


Berger Performing Arts Center

Arizona School of the Deaf and Blind- Tucson

1200 W Speedway, Tucson, Arizona 

West Parking Lot 

Tickets $15.00 General Admission 

Group Rates Available 520-477-8377


October 11th, 7pm

October 12th, 7pm

October 18th, 7pm

October 19th, 2pm (Scout Day)

October 19th, 7pm


Blue Alley Productions LLC, produces concerts and main stage musicals!  We are dedicated to serving our community through quality performing arts, arts education and fundraising opportunities.




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