Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Playwright Will Attend Opening of Vital Play at UA


From: Pierce, Lisa Ann - (lisapierce) [mailto:lisapierce@email.arizona.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 9, 2015 3:38 PM
Subject: Playwright Will Attend Opening of Vital Play at UA

Come see a gritty, vital piece of theatre about a Chicana/o family that you'll still be thinking about weeks later.  Intimate theatre (66 seats) & only $7 for a seat. How's that for accessible culture?



CONTACT: Lisa Pierce, Dir. of Marketing & Development • 520.626.2686 • lisapierce@email.arizona.edu
University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television

Approx Run Time: 80 minutes - No Intermission • Directed by Marc Pinate • pinate39@gmail.com
February 9. 2015

Playwright Virginia Grise Will Be At Opening Night Feb 26

for University of Arizona's Theatre Studio Series

Directed by Marc Pinate, Producing Director at Borderlands Theater

Published by Yale University Press, and winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award, Director Marc Pinate says, "blu is an epic poem for the stage and traces the explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. The play follows a queer Chicana/o family as they try to envision an earth and sky without police and their helicopters."

Meet playwright Virgina Grise on opening night, February 26, and participate in the Q&A with Ms. Grise and the cast immediately after the performance. There will be Q&A with cast members after all performances in the run, but only opening night will feature playwright Virginia Grise.

About Virginia Grise: Ms. Grise is an innovative playwright living on the East Coast. She won the Yale Drama Award for blu and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award. Grise received her MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and is a recipient of the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Theater Directing. Her play b/u was also a finalist for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Latino/a Playwriting Award and the Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Award.

About Marc David Pinate: Mr. Pinate is a director and actor who has worked with noteworthy theaters across the country. Pinate was the recipient of a three-year directing residency at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, California, where he founded the Hybrid Performance Experiment (The HyPE) known for their site specific performances on commuter trains. He was part of the theatre faculty at San Jose State University and has an MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is the Producing Director at Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona.

Dates & Times: Evenings: Feb 26 - 28 at 8pm I Matinee: Mar 1 at 2pm

Place: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg, Rm #116, on UA campus (SE corner of Speedway Blvd/Park)

Cost/Admission: All seats $7

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or tickets.arizona.edu

Parking: Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd. Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park. If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550.

WARNING: Profanity is used, a rape is described, violence is described. Teens welcome with parent or adult

guardian. No children under 13, please.

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