Saturday, September 21, 2013

Café Bohemia 2013-14, ATC's Play Reading Series

Café Bohemia 2013-14

ATC’s Play Reading Series

Hear original plays at the Temple Lounge in Tucson!

Café Bohemia, a season of play readings, jams, and ideas, features diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights. Tucson audiences are invited to enter the dramatic process at its inception, being among the first people in the world to hear these stories come to life and investing in the future of the American theatre by starting relationships with new playwrights and new audiences.

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2013 -2014 Schedule


by Caridad Svich

October 12, 2013 at 9:00pm – at The Temple Lounge
October 13, 2013 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)

Co-Winner of ATC’s 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award

Spark is a play about three sisters living in the US, caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.

Playwright Caridad Svich has received the National Latino Playwriting Award twice. Other awards include the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize. Among her major works are Archipelago, 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Mans' Blues, and The House of the Spirits (based on the Isabel Allende novel). Her plays and translations have been produced across the US and abroad at diverse venues including Borderlands Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood, 7 Stages, 59E59, Repertorio Espanol, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Teatro Mori (Chile). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK and Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal. She is published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Backstage, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Eyecorner Press, Manchester University Press, StageReads and more. This season, In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the Julia Alvarez novel) receives its English language premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Carthage is work-shopped with Signdance Collective International, and she is developing a new piece with DC-based ensemble force/collision. Visit her at

Director Katherine Monberg’s recent directing work includes Elephant’s Graveyard at ATC’s Summer on Stage, Tortilla Curtain for ATC’s Café Bohemia, and Savage Bond at the OPP New Play Festival, which she will also direct as part of Beowulf Alley Theatre Company’s current season, opening in November. Ms. Monberg is also the Literary Associate at Arizona Theatre Company, where she works as the staff dramaturg, coordinator of the Café Bohemia new play reading series, and manages the National Latino Playwriting Award and dramaturgical internship program, in collaboration with the University of Arizona.

Los Matadores

by Silvia Gonzales S.

December 7, 2013 at 10:00pm – at The Temple Lounge
December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)

Finalist for ATC’s 2012 National Latino Playwriting Award

A broken, aging bullfighter buys a painting from a blind man and from the oils a flamenco dancer and guitar player emerge to sing and dance for him. A boarding house maid appears to be educated in the art of bullfighting and passes him her talents and the confidence to face the bull, but his success turns to grief when he discovers at whose expense he triumphed.

Silvia Gonzales S. began her playwriting in Arizona, after acting in numerous Yuma Community Theater productions.  Her play El Vagon/Boxcar was a National Winner of VOCES at Repertorio Espanol (NYC). Subsequently, it was produced by Phoenix’s Teatro Bravo with Borderlands Theater.  Spindrift Theater in San Francisco produced the play and members remounted the play and named their new theater El Vagon Theater after the play. Theater for Young Folk at Arizona State University produced Alicia in Wonder Tierra (Or I Can’t Eat Goat Head) directed by Pam Sterling. The play was also produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, Cara Mia Theatre Company with The Dallas Children's Theater, Utah State Theater, and Teatro Humildad. Alicia was a Kennedy Center New Voices/New Vision participant, and Silvia garnished a commission from John F. Kennedy Center and the Oregon Commission on the Arts.

Director Stephen Wrentmore is the Associate Artistic Director at Arizona Theatre Company and the Curator of Café Bohemia. His recent directing work includes Café Bohemia’s presentations of Kill Shakespeare: A Live Stage Reading and War of the Worlds; The Importance of Being Earnest, Freud’s Last Session and The Great Gatsby at Arizona Theatre Company, and ATC’s Jane Austen’s Emma, co-directed with ATC Artistic Director, David Ira Goldstein.



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