Thursday, April 02, 2015

ATC presents A Weekend With Pablo Picasso


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                TUCSON, Ariz. (March 24, 2015): Pablo Picasso, the rock star artist who forever changed the way that the world looks at art, comes to full, ferocious, thundering life in Herbert Siguenza’s one-man, multi-media tour de force during Arizona Theatre Company’s A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, from April 4-26 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are Arizona Theatre Company’s 2014-15 Season Sponsors.

The schedule also includes special added performances in Spanish at 4 p.m.,

Sunday, April 19 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

                A founding member of the acclaimed satirical troupe Culture Clash, Siquenza wrote and performs this original play based on Picasso’s writings, recreating many paintings and sculptures live and in real time during every performance.  Siguenza brings his virtuostic writing, acting and design skills for an intimate and revealing weekend at Picasso’s private studio, “Le Californie,” on the coast of France circa 1957.

                Delving into the creative mind and work of one of the most inspiring artists of modern history, the performance explodes with color as Siguenza rages, dances, takes a bath, admonishes, philosophizes, scolds and paints on stage in a performance the San Francisco Chronicle called a “thoroughly engaging portrait of boundless genius in a flawed man.”

On his inspiration for the play, Siguenza says “when I was in second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Sharp, would pull me out of the reading circle and have me draw on giant rolls of butcher paper instead.  She kept everything I drew … That same year, my mother took me to the dentist.  While we waited in the reception area, I picked up a photo book by Douglas Duncan called The Private Life of Pablo Picasso.  The beautiful black-and-white photos showed a shirtless old man who painted and played like a child. He also had doves, several dogs and a goat.  I turned and said to my mom, ‘When I grow up, I want to be that old man.’ ‘That’s Pablo Picasso,’ she said.  “Es loco.’ My dear mother did not discourage me.  I knew better.  The old man was not crazy but rather unconventional and free which inspired me profoundly to later live my own life in that manner.”

“It is such an inspiring story about Picasso’s passion to create and his talent for being an artist who was ‘forever young,’” said Todd Salovey who directs the show. “I love working with Herb who paints, writes, and channels Picasso. I love exploring the work of this master painter who kept changing and transforming and finding new ways to celebrate freedom and express his world.”

Tickets for the Spanish-language performances are on sale at the Arizona Theatre Company box office and through the website at  Special Spanish language programs and materials also are available.

Ticket prices range from $37 to $67. For more information call (520) 622-2823 or visit



Herbert Siguenza (Pablo Picasso) is a founding member of the performance group Culture Clash. Along with Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas, Culture Clash is the most-produced Latino theatre troupe in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Culture Clash has performed on the stages of America’s top regional theatres including Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla

Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Huntington Theatre Company and countless universities and colleges. Mr. Siguenza has co-written and/or performed in the following Culture Clash plays: American Night (Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Palestine New Mexico, Water and Power, Chavez Ravine (all three commissioned by Mark Taper Forum); Peace (commissioned by Getty Villa); Zorro in Hell! (commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Birds (commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory); Bordertown (commissioned by San Diego Repertory Theatre); Radio Mambo, Nuyorican Stories, Anthems, S.O.S., A Bowl of Beings, The Mission

and others. As a solo writer and performer Mr. Siguenza has produced Cantinflas! and A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, currently on national tour. His latest plays Steal Heaven and El Henry (Best New Play, San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014) have been produced at San Diego Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California. TV and Film credits: Ben Ten Alien Swarm for Cartoon Network and Larry Crowne, a feature film directed by Tom Hanks.

Todd Salovey (Director) has directed A Weekend with Pablo Picasso at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, San Jose Stage and Center Rep. He is in his 25th season as San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, where he has directed the American protest musical A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing, which he also co-wrote; Steal Heaven and In the Time of the Butterflies with Herbert Siguenza; The Blessing of a Broken Heart, which he also adapted; the world premiere of Yehuda Hyman’s The Mad Dancers; Hamlet starring Jefferson Mays; Uncle Vanya; Death of a Salesman; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; King Lear; The Illusion; The Dybbuk; The Imaginary Invalid; Doubt; The Road to Mecca; Three Hotels and A Christmas Carol. He has won numerous West Coast and national awards, and is on the theatre faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Salovey is the Artistic Director of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival.



Todd Salovey, Director

Giulio Cesare Perrone, Scenic and Costume Designer

Ross Glanc, Lighting Designer

Victoria Petrovich, Projections Designer

Bruno Louchouarn, Sound Designer

Omar Ramos, Assistant Projections Designer

Glenn Bruner, Production Stage Manager

Timothy Toothman, Stage Manager


Tickets for A Weekend with Pablo Picasso start at $37 and are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823.  Discounts are available for seniors and active military.  A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances.  Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability).  Pay What You Can is April 7 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for this performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served.  Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823.


Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances.  Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system.  An Audio-Described performance is offered on Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m.  Interested patrons with vision loss may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment.  An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Open captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses.  An open captioned performance is offered on Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m.. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets.  Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).


Fact Sheet:
A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

By Herbert Siguenza

Directed by Todd Salovey

The Temple of Music and Art

330 S. Scott Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701


Previews Begin:
Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Closing Performance: Sunday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Spanish Language Performances: Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Ticket Info:

Ticket prices currently start at $37 and are available in-person at the Temple of Music and Art box office, via phone at (520) 622-2823 or online at
About Arizona Theatre Company:

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona committed to inspiring, engaging, and entertaining - one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the U.S. that is fully based in two cities providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region. Now in its 48th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend our performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of home-grown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs. Designated The State Theatre of Arizona, ATC is led by Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, Interim Managing Director Matt Lehrman, Managing Director Emeritus Jessica L. Andrews, and a dedicated Board of Trustees.  


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