Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"PURGATORIO" CAPTURES POSSIBILITY

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

Dante (Ryan Parker Knox) and the poet Virgil (David Greenwood) search for wisdom.

Such is the depth of its meaning, you could watch “Dante’s Purgatorio” seven times (one for each of the Seven Deadly Sins) and come away with seven different impressions of the Rogue Theatre play adapted by Patrick Baliani and directed by Joseph McGrath.

Rest assured this robust production is no precious exercise in literary snobbery by academic elitists staged for the benefit of a lettered few. Baliani and the Rogue’s band of earthy artists are dedicated to the bumper sticker commandment “Eschew Obfuscation.”

Maybe you can’t recite a line from Virgil’s epic poem, “The Aeneid,” but everybody in the audience will get it when Virgil (David Greenwood) receives a rock star’s reception from a starry-eyed young poet (Holly Griffith). 

We might also note that such excessive adoration is also one of the deadly sins – being covetous; expressing excessive concern for earthly goods.

“Dante’s Purgatorio,” the middle section of the inspired poet’s “Devine Comedy” written from 1308 to his death in 1321, brings a uniquely long view to the Rogue’s versatile performance space. Everyone who loves pure theater will connect with the modern directness of this “Purgatorio.”

If you don’t think our Christian civilization has lost a significant amount of its moral fiber over the last 700 years, consider the likelihood of a comparable major metaphorical masterpiece being written these days.

In the shattered and scattered society we live in today, dominated by survival and selfishness, there simply are no monolithic beliefs of any consequence. Even the power of secular thought dedicated to scientific truth is challenged by the obligations of political correctness on the left and fevered demands disguised as tradition on the right.

Time and again we are indirectly reminded how there are no modern philosophical ideas able to hold sway with the lofty certitude of Christianity in14th century Europe.

Yet, Baliani’s translation bridges this difference by providing pungent flavors from that rigid society so convinced of its holy values, and then with language crisp as today’s television newscasts, gleefully lops off pertinent parts to make a point.

Time and the quality of public education being what they are, brushing up on your Dante may not be a practical approach to appreciating Baliani’s “Purgatorio” at the Rogue anyway. There is just so much to learn.

That’s why it's so great to know the language of the play itself will do all the heavy lifting for you. There is clarity and life in every line.

Ryan Parker Knox has a modern brightness as Dante, being led by Virgil from the lowest level  to the highest level of Purgatory.

Greenwood by contrast maintains a classical mien and palpable bittersweet regret as Virgil, the tour guide who knows he will never be admitted into Paradise.

Representing purity and the gateway to Paradise itself is Marissa Garcia in the small but glowing role of Beatrice.

Peopling Purgatory with a rich variety of characters are cast members Gabriella De Brequet, Patty Gallagher, Christopher Johnson, Cynthia Meier, David Morden, Lee Rayment and Griffith.

“Dante’s Purgatorio” continues through May 11 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. plus Saturday, May 10, also at 2 p.m., always at the Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd. Tickets are $32, with student rush and other discounts offered. Reservations recommended.

 For details and reservations, 520-551-2053, or visit www.theroguetheatre.org

 

BORDERLANDS THEATER 28TH ANNUAL P A C H A N G A !

 

From: bltheater+aol.com@ccsend.net
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:34 AM
Subject: Exciting information from Borderlands Theater and PACHANGA 2014!

 

 

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY FOR: 

BORDERLANDS THEATER

28TH ANNUAL

P A C H A N G A !

 

 

 

Dance the night away with Gertie and The T.O. Boyz Waila Band! We will be having a no-host bar, and chow down on some delicious comida catered by El Saguarito Restaurant and stick around for our exciting silent auction!

 


SPECIAL HONOREES: Gertie Lopez, Melissa Fitch, Raul Aguirre & Denise Uyehara!


WHEN: Saturday, May 10th, 2014 6:00pm-10:00pm


WHERE: Charles O. Brown House 40 W. Broadway Blvd. 85701 (Borderlands Office, Broadway and Stone)


COST: $60 per person, $100 for two & $500 for a table

$10 for All Tucson Theater Artists

 

 

RESERVATIONS:

(520) 882-7406  

 

 

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Teen Film Acting Camp with Steve Anderson, MFA

 

From: Steve Anderson [mailto:steve@steveandersonacting.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:01 AM
Subject: Teen Film Acting Camp

 

TEEN FILM ACTING CAMP

with Steve Anderson, MFA

 

June 16-20, 2014

9am-4pm - (late pick-up available)

Cabaret Theatre, Temple of Music & Art

330 S. Scott Avenue - Tucson, AZ 

 

**Limited to 8 participants

 

REGISTRATION:  First-come, first-served.  Email Steve at steve@steveandersonacting.com to reserve your spot.

 

FEE:  $350.00  (some partial scholarships available - please inquire)

 

Participants will receive advanced actor training while rehearsing scripted scenes, which will then be shot by a professional film crew, edited, and provided to participants on DVD.

 

“In a few months with Steve, I went from having absolutely no actor training to being accepted into one of the top college programs in the country - with scholarships.”

-Andrew Gleckler, Actor

 

“Steve’s approach is powerful and simple; he really puts you into the moment as an actor.  His coaching has helped me burst through personal blocks and nail auditions.”

-Kate Cannon, Theatre Student, University of Arizona

 

520.981.0145

 

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Tucson International Mariachi Conference

Tucson International Mariachi Conference

2014 Conference Dates
April 30 - May 3, 2014

Join us as we celebrate four days of mariachi music, dance,
food, community events and cultural celebration.

CASINO DEL SOL

5655, West Valencia Rd

Tucson, AZ 85757

 

Festival performances open with Thursday's Showcase Concert, which features students enthusiastically demonstrating their skills. It's the grand finale to the workshops, and the lineup includes as many as 15 student bands.

 

Friday night's Espectacular Concert is the most formal event of the series, showcasing big-name bands.

Fiesta De Garibaldi, at Casino Del Sol is an all-day event. Named for Mexico City's famous mariachi plaza, the Plaza Garibaldi, it's an informal gathering where people mingle, carne asada sizzles at food booths, and families spread folding chairs across the lawn. This event's special charm also comes from the young performers and professional musicians that entertain the crowd all day and until the late hours of the evening.

 

Tickets and info: https://www.tucsonmariachi.org/events.html

 

 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Readers Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird at St. Francis Theatre

 

 

From: David Goguen [mailto:theplaysthethingdg@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: To Kill a Mockingbird opens at St. Francis Theatre on 05-03-14

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

Christopher Sergel's powerful stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.  Set in America's Deep South in the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird explores the racial injustice that envelops a small town. The author skillfully portrays the magic and innocence of a child's world while weaving a poignant tale that explores the timeless themes of prejudice, love, courage, faith and redemption.

A black man, Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white woman. With courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his daughter Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a community in turmoil.

Don't miss this poignant dramatization of Harper Lee's touching classic story that is one of our culture's most meaningful works!

Directed by Michael Wilkinson.

 

Performances at 7:30 pm on May 3rd, May 9th and May 10th.  3:00 matinee on May 4th.

 

St. Francis Theatre is located at 4625 E. River Rd on NW corner of River Rd. and Swan Rd. on the campus of St. Francis UMC

 

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company.

In Readers Theater, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story and identify with the characters using minimal visual storytelling effects such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking. This is a Dynamic Reader's Theater production that is performed in an intimate setting in such an manner that the audience will feel fully immersed in the action.  Seating is in the round. 

 

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Great American Playhouse Auditions for Naomi & Michelle’s Excellent Adventure

 

From: info@gaplayhouse.com
Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2014 6:06 AM
Subject: Great American Playhouse Newsletter - 04/27/2014

 

 

The Great American Playhouse

Oro Valley's New Musical Theater

 

 

Auditions for Naomi & Michelle's Excellent Adventure

By Nancy LaViola on Apr 26, 2014 11:17 pm

The Great American Playhouse is holding auditions for our summer show "Naomi & Michelle's Excellent Adventure!" and our 2014 season!

Saturday, May 3, 2014 11AM-1:30PM

This is an open casting call for ALL roles!

Come audition to become a part of the most talented ensemble of actors in Southern Arizona!

Auditions will be held at:

The Great American Playhouse

13005 N. Oracle Rd, Suite 165

Tucson, AZ 85739

We are located at the Rancho Vistoso Center

Please prepare 32 measures of a song, preferably uptempo. Bring sheet music, headshot and resume.

You will be seen in the order you arrive. Come prepared with a song. You will be asked to read from a script, and there will be a dance combination to learn.

An accompanist will be provided.

We thank you for your interest!

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fluxx Studio Announces Closure | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly

Fluxx, Tucson's LGBT community performance space, will close its doors at the end of June 2014, according to an email announcement from Executive Director and co-founder Dante Celeiro.



More info:

Fluxx Studio Announces Closure | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly

I Dream in Widescreen Returns to the Fox on Sunday, May 18

I Dream in Widescreen Celebrates Film Fest Invites, Returns to the Fox on Sunday, May 18

 

I Dream in Widescreen

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Fox Tucson Theatre

Doors open 2:00pm; Screening at 3:00pm

Admission: Free

Tucson, Arizona – I Dream in Widescreen: 2014 BFA Thesis Films from The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television, will return this year to the Fox Tucson Theatre on Sunday, May 18, at 3:00pm. Over 1,000 people are again expected to attend this popular film screening of UA thesis films, featuring personal documentaries, family dramas and romantic comedies set in outer space. Past senior thesis films that have premiered at I Dream in Widescreen have been chosen by highly competitive film festivals, including Sundance, Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Aspen International ShortsFest Competition, and the Los Angeles ShortsFest. 

This year’s BFA thesis film competition will be juried by Claudette Godfrey, the Short Film Programmer and Operations Manager for the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas; Joe Garrity, Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence in Production Design at the American Film Institute Conservatory, and the production designer of such films as Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind; and Herb Stratford, Programming Director, Napa Valley Film Festival. (Read more about the I Dream in Widescreen 2014 jurors here.)

The School is delighted to welcome back Entertainment Partners, creators of the industry standard, Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling, who continue with their third year of support, recognizing the work of two University of Arizona student producers with the Entertainment Partners Award for Excellence in Producing, gifts of Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling software packages.

Longtime sponsor, The Hanson Film Institute, will recognize the work of a UA student production designer on a thesis film with The Hanson Film Institute Award for Best Production Design, as well as recognize a cinematographer with The Hanson Film Institute Award for Best Cinematography.

This year, the School is delighted to welcome a new sponsor, the Los Angeles postproduction house, Fancy Film. Fancy Film is supporting the event with the Fancy New Filmmaker Award, a festival and exhibition services grant that will allow the winning filmmaker to professionally present his or her film at the top international film festivals on the festival circuit. The Fancy New Filmmaker Award grant includes an HD Cam master, a 2K unencrypted DCP, a professionally created DVD master and 10 DVD copies, a professionally created Blu-ray master and five Blu-ray copies, plus a professionally created streaming QT for Vimeo presentation.

I Dream In Widescreen is made possible with support from The UA School of Theatre, Film & Television’s Student Differential Tuition Funds, UA Hanson Film Institute, UA Student Faculty-Interaction Program, The Tucson Fox Theatre, Ricoh, UA BookStores, and Xerox.

Graduates from the UA Film & Television program are working across the film and television industry in writing, directing, development, production, talent management, cinematography and Visual FX. Other graduates gain admission to prestigious, professional programs, such as the American Film Institute Conservatory.  Notable alumni include producer Scott Stuber, 20th Century Fox’s John Kilkenny, and director Tyler Gillett (Devil’s Due, now in theatres).

An online screener of this year’s films will be available on April 22, 2014.  Please contact Professor Beverly Seckinger at (520) 621-1239 or bsecking@email.arizona.edu. Films may contain mature themes, adult language and/or graphic images.

 

More info: http://tftv.arizona.edu/news/258

 

 

 

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PAY WHAT YOU CAN - Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat - Only for 4/26 3pm show only

 

From: Kevin Johnson [mailto:kjohnson.stage@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 9:46 PM
Subject: PAY WHAT YOU CAN - Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat - Only for 4/26 3pm show only

 

We would love the cast to have a full audience.  If you have kids, or friends who have kids and want them to experience live professional theater for young audiences, come down to the Temple of Music and Art Saturday April 26th for the 3pm (only) The Cat in the Hat.

 

This is a great chance to round up a last minute group of eager theater lovers to be...

 

No advance notice/reservation needed.  Think about neighbors, friends, etc, who might not go to see live theater for young audiences and let them know that this is a perfect time for trying it!

 

 

--

Kevin Johnson

Founding Artistic Director

Arizona Onstage Productions

TPAC City Draft Budget Update

 

From: info@tucsonpimaartscouncil.org
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:01 PM
Subject: TPAC News & Opps April 25, 2014


www.TucsonPimaArtsCouncil.org

 


City Draft Budget Update
On Wednesday night TPAC's Operations Manager, Debi Chess Mabie, delivered a petition to Mayor and Council that asked the City Manager to reconsider his proposed cuts to arts funding. Over 1,500 signatures and thousands of emails were generated in support of the arts.
 
Thanks to all of your advocacy efforts, the City Manager has now submitted a draft budget in which TPAC's budget is trimmed by 12.5%, not by 75% as originally planned. Speaking for the arts community on Wednesday night, downtown artist Athena Hagen noted, "We 'creative types' – we're not the fringe of society, we're the foundation. We're the ones who enrich the cultural soil from which any prosperous city grows. But, without your support, we cannot continue to create and innovate and inspire."
 
TPAC looks forward to partnering with the City in advancing our community's quality of life and economic prosperity. We'll keep you informed as budget negotiations proceed. The budget isn't set in stone until May 20thso stayed tuned!


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Art and music mix at Arizona Repertory Singers 30th anniversary events

 

 

From: Sarah Mauet [mailto:sarah@sarahmauet.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:45 PM
Subject: Art and music mix at ARS 30th anniversary events

 


Arizona Repertory Singers to premiere four original compositions and four artworks

at 30th anniversary concerts April 27 and May 4

New season finale event: ARS Open Rehearsal/Choral Singing Workshop May 6

TUCSON, Arizona – Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS), Tucson’s premier choral ensemble, will conclude its 30th anniversary season with Voices at an Exhibition on April 27 and May 4. The multimedia concert and art show will premiere four original commissioned compositions and four visual artworks by local artists in addition to showcasing music-inspired art by children in the Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) program.

“To premiere four pieces of music and four pieces of art at once – you won’t find that being done anywhere else in the nation,” said ARS Music Director Jeffry A. Jahn. “We are very excited to be part of something unique.”

Inspired by “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a Russian composition depicting a tour of an art collection, ARS has commissioned four original art-inspired choral compositions for Voices at an Exhibition. The artwork that inspired the music is by artists who are also ARS singers: Sheryl Holland, abstract painter; David Neve, U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. and photographer; Jan Sturges, photographer; and Ingrid Williams, casein painter.

“I wanted to show the diversity of talent in this group for our 30th anniversary,” Jahn said of the 45-voice ensemble. “We have a lot to celebrate and we wanted to do a lot to celebrate it.”

Experienced composers Ray Braswell and Dave Plank and accomplished young composers Anthony Constantino and Grant Jahn each wrote an original choral composition inspired by a different piece of art. The composers all have a connection to ARS so while the lyrics and styles vary, each piece is a great fit.

“When you get the opportunity to rehearse a piece that no one has ever sung and perform a piece that no one has ever heard, it’s tremendously cool – and it becomes personal and emotional,” Jahn said.

As part of its mission to support music education, ARS has teamed with Tucson Unified School District’s OMA program for a musical art project. Through careful listening, elementary students will use instrumental music as the inspiration for visual artwork. Their art will join the ARS art on display at Voices at an Exhibition.

To thank its loyal fans and the local music community for three decades of support, ARS is holding a special 30th anniversary season finale: the inaugural ARS Open Rehearsal/Choral Singing Workshop on May 6. Music aficionados can observe ARS behind the scenes at a working rehearsal and join in the singing.

“We wanted to do this to support and strengthen the singing community in Tucson,” Jahn said. “We want to show what ARS does. Maybe some people will realize they can do it too and will audition for ARS in August.”

ARS’ 30th Anniversary Spring Events


Voices at an Exhibition

3 p.m. April 27

Fountain of Life Lutheran Church,

710 S. Kolb Road

Open to the public. Tickets: $15


Voices at an Exhibition

2 p.m. May 4

Christ Church United Methodist,

655 N. Craycroft Road

Open to the public. Tickets: $15


Open Rehearsal / Workshop

7 p.m. May 6

Fountain of Life Lutheran Church,

710 S. Kolb Road. Ages 18+

Tickets: $8 advance/ $10 door


Purchase tickets online starting Feb. 15 at http://arsingers.tix.com. Visit arsingers.org for more information.

Arizona Repertory Singers is a 45-voice choral ensemble that has been critically regarded as “Tucson’s crown jewel of choral groups.” Known for its extensive repertoire, ARS has performed at more than 65 venues in Southern Arizona. Under the direction of Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn, ARS is in its 30th season. Tucson Pima Arts Council awarded ARS a grant for 2013-14.

 

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LTW's Etcetera presents SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

 

From: angela horchem [mailto:publicity@livetheatreworkshop.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:25 AM
Subject: Etcetera presents SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

 

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ETCETERA presents the “Favorites” edition of . . .

 

 SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

 

30 Original Plays in 60 Minutes. 

 

Only two performances!

May 10 & 17 at 10:30 PM

 

Tickets $10 at the door • 327.4242 for tickets

Live Theatre Workshop • 5317 E Speedway Blvd. 

www.livetheatreworkshop.org/shows/etcetera

 

Full of our favorite plays from the past season.

 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE is going on the road this summer to perform at the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Before they leave Tucson, the SAST Ensemble will present their touring show for two nights only at Etcetera.

 

“It's a half-marathon of theatrical creativity. A sprint of skill and originality. It's 30 plays in 60 minutes in which the audience is critically involved.”

~Tucson Weekly

 

The goal? All 30 plays must be performed in 60 minutes, and the clock is ticking.

The catch? The audience decides the order of the plays.

The reward? If the actors meet their 60-minute deadline, they get to eat cookies. If they don’t meet it, they get to watch the audience eat the cookies.

 

What is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival?

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, is a collaborative organization striving to provide opportunities and exposure to artists who are willing to take a risk. Our artists push the boundaries of the “norm” and continually experiment with style and content. During the festival local, regional, national and international artists invade downtown Cincinnati for 12 days of artistic celebration in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. These artists represent a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and beyond.

 

What is the SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE?

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE is an original, ensemble-written show featuring 30 short plays in 60 minutes. Based on The Neo-Futurists’ TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND, these performances will take place on the second and third Saturday nights of nearly every month throughout the 2013-2014 Etcetera season. Each show will be performed in an entirely new order, decided by the audience. Each month will feature new, original material. 

 

Originally created in the Fall of 2011 at the University of Arizona, this revival of SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE pushes the boundaries of what a two-minute play can be. SAST involves a mixture of sketch comedy and devised work.  The ensemble-written plays may be fiction or non-fiction, realist or abstract, movement-based or focused on spoken text. The only restriction upon the scripts is time. As a result, the show comments on current events, personal experiences, or any other pressing issues that the creators believe are important. SAST’s main goal is to explore theatrical expression within a time limit. Rather, we’re exploring 30 different theatre experiences within 60 minutes.

 

 

 SAST Writing Ensemble Members (PICTURED L TO R): *Catherine Cosentino, *Rainey Hinrichs, *Simon Ridley, *Andrea Head, *Andy Gonzalez, *Heather Meza, *Elijah Renteria, *Keyanna Khatiblou (Project Director),  NOT PICTURED: Shelby Athouguia, Laura Bargfeld

 

*denotes May Performing Ensemble

 

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LTW presents LOOT

 

From: angela horchem [mailto:publicity@livetheatreworkshop.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:32 AM
Subject: LTW presents LOOT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Live Theatre Workshop proudly presents

 

LOOT

By Joe Orton

 

Directed by Annette Hillman

Featuring Rhonda Hallquist, Steve Wood, Stephen Frankenfield, Michael F. Woodson, Rick Shipman, & Ed Fuller

 

May 8-June 7, 2014

Preview Performances: Thursday, May 8 & Friday, May 9 at 7:30 PM

Opening Night Performance: Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 PM

Performances: Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM

with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM

 

Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242

 

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes with one intermission

 

For more information go to www.livetheatreworkshop.org

LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP * 5317 E. Speedway * Tucson, AZ 85712

Located on the north side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

Considered one of the funniest plays of all time, this biting British comedy spins a frenzied web of conspiracies fueled by greed, lust, and hypocrisy. Inept bank robbers hijack mom's coffin to stash the loot from a recent heist in a farce as macabre as it is hilarious.

 

"...comic time bomb going off exactly on schedule and obliterating all in its radius with outlandish entertainment" - Huffington Post

 

"Get your handkerchiefs ready - not for tears - for ways to stifle your laughter" - Middletown Press

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

 

Joe Orton (1933 – 1967) was born John Kingsley Orton in Leicester and from the age of two, lived on the Saffron Lane council estate. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Joe Orton contributed to an exciting working class culture that swept through the nation. A promiscuous and openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was actively persecuted by the police, Orton was the rising star of an "alternative British intelligentsia." His first stage play, ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE, was a huge success while his second, LOOT, won the coveted Evening Standard award for Best Play.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Annette Hillman (Director) received her BA in Theatre at California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in Theatre from Purdue University. She apprenticed at Actors Theater of Louisville. She made her directing debut at LTW last year in the standing-room-only hit, THE CHOSEN. Annette also directed JEWTOPIA (Arizona MAC Nominee, Best Comedy) and GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL! (Arizona MAC nominee, Best Director) for Arizona Onstage Productions, and VILNA’S GOT A GOYEM and BEAST ON THE MOON for Borderlands Theatre (Tucson Weekly ‘Best Of’ Winner).

 

Stephen Frankenfield (Dennis) was last seen on LTW’s Mainstage in TWO INTO ONE (Richard Wiley). He wrote and directed All Together Theatre’s production of THE GREAT ZANTINI AND THE MAGIC THIEF, and he was a creative collaborator for Etcetera’s production of MIXTAPE. He most recently directed BOEING BOEING and SOUVENIR. Other directing credits include SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and, for ATT, DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE and PETER AND THE WOLF. Notable acting credits on the mainstage, where he has been a staple for over 12 years, include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I HATE HAMLET, DEARLY DEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 4 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.

 

Ed Fuller (Meadows) is thrilled to be back at LTW. He was last seen in WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY. Ed is a transplant from Philadelphia, PA where he appeared in many regional community and dinner theatre productions. Other LTW productions include MOUSE TRAP, BROADWAY BOUND, and INSPECTING CAROL. He has worked with TACT, SALAAC, Tucson Parks and Recs, Catalina Players, and Arizona Opera. Favorite roles include Ben in BROADWAY BOUND, Joe in GOD’S FAVORITE, Andy in LOVE LETTERS, Senex in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and the fathers in THE FANTASTICKS. Love to my wife Edie, for her support and understanding.

 

Rhonda Hallquist (Fay) was last seen onstage at LTW as the wacky maid Myra Kesselman in REGRETS ONLY, and in Arizona Onstage Productions’s ALL IN THE TIMING. Other favorite LTW roles include Mary (MAURITIUS), Rachel (RECKLESS -- 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), Lane (THE CLEAN HOUSE -- 2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy), Betty (WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY), and Suzanne (DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE -- also a 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), and Beth (DINNER WITH FRIENDS). For Sacred Chicken Productions, she played Casey (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS -- 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy). She also enjoyed directing VISITING MR. GREEN (2013 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award winner for Best Comedy and for Best Director, Comedy) HOLIDAY MEMORIES, and THE COCKTAIL HOUR for LTW, and BECKY'S NEW CAR for Sacred Chicken Productions.

 

Rick Shipman (Truscott) has been acting for 17 years. Most recently he appeared in LTW’s mainstage productions of BOEING BOEING, THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, THE FOREIGNER, HALF & HALF, THE DINNER PARTY, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He also directed LOBBY HERO for the mainstage. He worked in Tucson with Arizona Repertory Theatre in RUM AND COKE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, The Rogue Theatre in THE GOAT and RED NOSES, Studio Connections’ SYLVIA and Beowulf Alley’s DINNER WITH FRIENDS. Rick would like to thank the cast and crew of this wonderful production.

 

Steve Wood (Hal) previously appeared with Etcetera in THE BOOK OF LIZ, SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, ROBOTS VS. FAKE ROBOTS, KILLER JOE, and KITTY KITTY KITTY. He appeared in LTW’s mainstage productions of CLOUD 9, ALL MY SONS, MAURITIUS, and VISITING MR. GREEN. Steve performed locally with Alternative Theatre Company (BEYOND THERAPY, DIRTY SECRETS, THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER), Winding Road Theatre Ensemble (A HUMAN EQUATION, THE LION IN WINTER, ROW AFTER ROW, BURN THIS), and Studio Connections (BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, TICK TICK...BOOM!, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and ALL IN THE TIMING). He was also seen in PCC's productions of 42ND STREET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, to name a few. He is a proud member of the Winding Road Theatre Ensemble. You can see him next as Happy in the upcoming production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN with Winding Road in November.

 

Michael F. Woodson (Mr. McLeavy) appeared last month as Gus Klingman in SOUTHERN COMFORTS. Last season he was Sam the Butcher in THE CEMETERY CLUB, Jack McCullough in REGRETS ONLY, Freddie Filmore in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and Philip the philatelist in MAURITIUS. Michael has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse, and Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he was seen in the television series Legend and The Young Riders as well as the television movies Gunsmoke III, To the Last Man, and Geronimo. Commercial work includes Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery, and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. He spends his off hours with his lovely wife, Kitty, gardening and taking care of their 2 Welsh Corgi dogs, 2 black cats, and other assorted wildlife that happen by their home.

 

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UA’s dancers will be Grimm indeed

UA’s dancers will be Grimm indeed



“Spring Collection” faculty showcase concert
Presented by: University of Arizona School of Dance
Featuring: “Tales and Rhymes” choreographed by Sam Watson
When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1:30 Sundays through May 4.
Where: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1713 E. University Blvd. on the UA campus.
Tickets: $27, with discounts available.
Information/reservations: 621-1162, www.tickets.arizona.edu

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Season Auditions for The Rogue Theatre

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Director [mailto:director@theroguetheatre.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:20 PM
Subject: Season Auditions for The Rogue Theatre

 

 

The Rogue Theatre

Auditions for the 2014-2015 Tenth Anniversary Season

 

The Rogue Theatre will hold auditions for the following roles on Saturday, May 3rd, 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

Please email director@TheRogueTheatre.org for audition appointment.

 

“AWAKE AND SING!” by Clifford Odets, directed by Bryan Rafael Falc√≥n

September 11-28, 2014, rehearsals begin July 24, 2014

            Sam Feinschreiber (20 to 35-year-old man)

            Schlosser (40 to 70-year-old-man)

 

“JERUSALEM” by Jez Butterworth, directed by Cynthia Meier

November 6 - 23, 2014, rehearsals begin September 16, 2014

            Male                                                    Female

            Davey (18 - 28)                                   Phaedra (15 - 20)

            Lee (15 - 25)                                        Tanya (15 - 25)

            Marky (6 - 10)                                     Pea (15 - 25)

            Luke Parsons (20 – 60)                        Dawn (35 - 45)

                                                                        Linda Fawcett (25 - 60)

  

“WAITING FOR GODOT” by Samuel Beckett, directed by Cynthia Meier

January 8 - 25, 2015, rehearsals begin November 11, 2014

            The Boy (6-12 years old)

 

“THE LADY IN THE LOOKING GLASS” adapted from seven stories by Virginia Woolf

Directed by Joseph McGrath, Feb. 26 - March 15, 2015, rehearsals begin Jan. 13, 2015

            2 - 3 female ensemble members, any age

 

“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE” by William Shakespeare, directed by Cynthia Meier

April 30 - May 17, 2015, rehearsals begin March 2, 2015

            Male                                        Female

            Lorenzo                                   Nerissa/Stephano

            Balthazar                                 Jessica

            Gratiano                                   Prince of Morocco

            Salerio

            Salanio/Leonato

            Old Gobbo/Duke

 

All actors who have not previously worked with The Rogue Theatre should bring a headshot and resume and prepare a 2-minute classical monologue. Actors who have previously worked at The Rogue will read at callbacks on May 17th.  Sides will be available beginning May 3rd.

 

Please email director@TheRogueTheatre.org for audition appointment.

Callbacks will be held Saturday, May 17th from noon – 4:00 p.m.

All actors are paid a stipend.  AEA welcome.

More information on next season can be found at www.TheRogueTheatre.org 

 

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