Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Arts Foundation: GOS Grant Workshop Location Change!


From: Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona <info@artsfoundtucson.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:35 PM
Subject: EXTRA! EXTRA! GOS Grant Workshop Location Change!





The Arts Foundation is a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona


GOS Grant Workshop Location Change!

August 22, 2017


Updated location

In order to accommodate demand, we are moving the GOS Workshop - held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23 - to the Joel Valdez Main Library at 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. We have the Children's Meeting Room reserved, where we will have a larger meeting space. 

The workshop will still take place from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 

Should this prevent you from attending, or if you have any questions, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants Program Coordinator, at ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org.



Thank you for supporting the arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona!




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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Opera, “the ultimate art,” combines every style of creative expression into one, overwhelming experience for its audiences! Join Arizona Opera at the Tucson Museum of Art to explore how opera is created. Featuring creative stations throughout the TMA Historic Block, patrons will hear live performances, participate in Q&A sessions with singers, watch theatrical make-up demonstrations, and so much more! This event is a part of Arizona Opera’s OperaCon.



Hercules vs Vampires [1]


Tucson Museum of Art [2]

Source URL: http://www.azopera.org/events/operacon-extravaganza

[1] http://www.azopera.org/performances/hercules-vs-vampires
[2] http://www.azopera.org/attending-opera/maps-and-directions/tucson-museum-art



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Borderlands Theater presents "Building the Wall"


From: Borderlands Theater [mailto:milta@borderlandstheater.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:07 AM
Subject: Rehearsals start for WALL



Borderlands Theater

Our 32 Season begins!! 


Rehearsals for the rolling world premiere of Building the Wall began last week! We are thrilled to produce the Arizona premiere of this play by one of America's top writers of stage and screen, Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, Hacksaw Ridge). Director Marc David Pinate states, "This is a masterful script with layered, complicated, three dimensional characters. Im glad we've got two of Tucson's best actors on this. It's going to be intense and engaging." A timely meditation on the politics of race and privilege. Exactly what you'd expect from Borderlands Theater.  Get your tickets soon! 



Building the Wall

Written by Robert Schenkkan

Directed by Marc David Pinate

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret

September 27 - October 15, 2017


In the tradition of Hamilton and Angels in America, a powerful, politically charged, dystopian drama that couldn't be more timely. 


Written in a "white-hot fury" on the eve of the 2016 election, the stunning new play by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning dramatist Robert Schenkkan is creating a nationwide sensation.


Building the Wall lays out in a harrowing drama the possible consequences of Donald Trump's anti-immigration campaign rhetoric turned into federal policy. Two years from now, that policy has resulted in the mass round-up of millions of immigrants, with their incarceration overflowing into private prisons and camps reminiscent of another century. The former warden for one facility is awaiting sentencing for what happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with a historian who has come seeking the truth, he gradually reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable, and the faceless people under his charge became the face of tragedy. 







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Gaslight Theatre: *2 for 1 Tickets for select times at Spider Guy- LAST CHANCE!


From: The Gaslight Family [mailto:thegaslighttheatre@qwestoffice.net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Subject: Gaslight Theatre: *2 for 1 Tickets for select times at Spider Guy- LAST CHANCE!



The Gaslight Theatre


"The Incredible Spider Guy"


*2 for 1 Tickets for the following:

Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 PM


Last Chance to see this hit melodrama production at The Gaslight Theatre! 




Call to Book this Deal!





 Mild mannered student, Billy Baker is just like any other student at Excelsior Junior College until a science experiment goes terribly wrong. When he is bitten by a genetically altered spider, Billy assumes powers he never dreamed of, but now he faces a difficult choice! Should he remain an average college student or use his new powers to help the imperiled citizens of Center City? Also, he must decide if his superpowers will help him get noticed by the lovely new student, Mary Lou. Will Billy defeat the dastardly Gremlin and his criminal associates and will Spider Guy find true love with Mary Lou? Find out as the Gaslight Theatre swings into action with its musical spoof....The Incredible Spider Guy!




*While supplies last. Cannot be combined with other offers.

"2 for 1 offer" applies to "Spider Guy" on

Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 PM


"2 for 1 offer" cannot be split between performances.


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The Gaslight Theatre

7010 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85710



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Monday, August 21, 2017


By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com


Max Bialystock (Dennis Tamblyn), left, and Leo Bloom (Matthew Holter) star in "The Producers."

Plowing head-on into the real and rising popularity for neo-Nazi ideology in America, doughty Arizona Onstage Productions blows away Hitler's iconography with its scrappy presentation of the Mel Brooks musical, “The Producers.”


Swastikas are flying, along with anything else that isn't nailed down, in the company's unabashed enthusiasm for taking everything way over the top at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.


The pretzels are bigger, the beer steins taller, the sausages beyond belief when the dancers open their “Springtime for Hitler” number, a focal point of fun co-choreographed by Karrie France and Carrie Silverman.


While Broadway productions of “The Producers” have enjoyed many kinds of success over the years, the AOP version directed by Annette Hillman will be remembered most for filling the stage with joyful dancing.


An eager ensemble of 20 selfless performers threw themselves into more than a dozen big and busy numbers filled with catchy costumes designed by Shana Nunez and Stephanie Frankenfield.


Although a recorded soundtrack provides all the musical accompaniment, and the stage sets themselves only hint at the details they provide, so much positive energy keeps pouring across the footlights that mundane details just don't matter.


As for the tent pole roles of Max Bialystock (Dennis Tamblyn) and Leo Bloom (Matthew Holter), Tamblyn's big voice leads him to that larger-than-life personality we expect from a flailing Broadway producer who gets all his financial support by romancing lonely and rich little old ladies.


Leo Bloom is a quieter sort, but even as the accountant who innocently tells Max he could make a lot of money producing a flop Broadway show, Holder holds his own in the part.


This delicate balance of show biz personalities is completely upset by the free-loving Swedish housekeeper Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yansen Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson, given a super-hot melting point performance by Liz Cracchiolo.


So as boisterous Max devotes his life to creating the worst Broadway show ever directed by the worst director ever – Roger DeBris (Steve McKee) – and Leo the accountant diligently keeps two separate sets of books, Ulla encourages both men to join her daily for “sex at 11.”


Though their roles are smaller, McKee and Jacob Brown as Roger's common law assistant Carmen Ghia are having the most fun. Knowing that if it wasn't for their flamboyant lifestyle they wouldn't have any lifestyle at all, Roger and Carmen convince us they can live forever on pink air and lipstick.


Be aware “The Producers” does run a full three-hours with one regular-sized intermission. But be sure to stay for the end because Brown steps up after all the applause to firmly place the importance of this show's anti-Nazi message front and center.


"The Producers" plays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.

Tickets are $42.50, with discounts available. For details and reservations, 882-6574, and arizonaonstage.org



By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com


Dimas (Jeremy Vega) goes for the apple from Leonide (Erin Anderson) while Corine (Kelli Workman) and Harlequin (Chach Snook,standing) keep an eye out.

And now for something completely different, the Roadrunner Theatre Company has opened a quirky musical comedy for the modern ear, based on an 18th century play by Pierre de Marivaux, “Triumph of Love.”

Built from a lovely mix of clever puns and vaudeville schtick, this flowering show with 16 pieces composed by Jeffrey Stock, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and book by James Magruder, has great fun with the classical stage farce form which the cast presents in stylish period costumes.

For compulsive readers of the fine print in theater programs, “Triumph of Love” ran briefly on Broadway in 1997. Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham played the two responsible adults (relatively speaking), Hesione and Hemocrates.

Announced as the final production in Roadrunner's 2016-2017 season of eight shows, “Triumph of Love” is the young company's most ambitious production yet.

Chach Snook directs and plays the energized comic role of Harlequin, leading six additional players through an evening of joyful double entendre and mistaken identities, women pretending to be men and (if I counted correctly) Princess Leonide (Erin Anderson) wooing three lovers that included representatives from both sexes.

At Roadrunner, Jodi Darling plays Hesione and Kit Runge is Hemocrates. While bringing to their own roles more maturely shaded moments of rapture and rue, it is still the younger lovers who steal each night with the touching fragility of their unguarded hearts.

All of this becomes possible with only a modest suspension of disbelief. The dialogue is quite clever, sounding classical but feeling modern in its springboard of love at first sight. That bouncy romantic would be Leonide who has already tumbled head over heels over Agis (Tyler Wright), a dashing young prince who would much rather make love than war.

Completing the coupling opportunities are Kelli Workman as Corine, maidservant to Princess Leonide and, in a mostly comedy role, the bearded Jeremy Vega as the gardener Dimas.

Our setting is the Italian-flavored garden of siblings Hesione and Hemocrates, a philosopher committed to the power of reason. In this elegant setting, the exiled Prince Agis of Sparta feels forced to seek revenge and regain his throne by assassinating Princess Leonide, whose unseen family has usurped the throne from his family.

Leonide knows nothing of this revenge thing, she only knows she loves Agis, even though they have never met. Being female, Leonide and Corine decide they will dress as men and go calling on Agis, bravely entering the court of Hemocrates where reason reigns in perpetuity and matters of the heart have no consequence.

So, right away you can see the possibilities. The music is varied and delightful, at times somewhat operatic, at other times reminiscent of Sondheim, along with lots of other stops among the pops, as well. All the voices, being some of Tucson's best known, are strong and clear.

The cast is nicely supported by the piano accompaniment of music director Marie Sierra.

“Triumph of Love” runs through Aug. 27 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., in the Roadrunner Theater, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Road.

Tickets are $24 general admission, $22 students/seniors, $18 military and groups of 10 or more. For details and reservations, 520-207-2491, or visit roadrunnertheatrecompany.org


CASTING NOTICE - Mystery and Magic Dinner Theatre at the Five Palms - paid


From: magicdone@aol.com [mailto:magicdone@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 12:47 PM





picture of our actual dinner theater showroom: www.mysterydinner.theater


Great pay - P/T permanent


Casting for various Male/Female Leads

Send Headshot/Resume: MagicDone@aol.com

Location: 3500 E. Sunrise Dr. (at the Five Palms)


The Mystery and Magic Dinner Theatre at the Five Palms is seeking swing performers for "Murder at the Magic Show," an interactive murder-mystery dinner show performing weekly at the beautiful Five Palms restaurant in the foothills. This is a scripted, four person show, with roles for two men and two women with impeccable comedic timing and a flair for improv. One of the men's roles is performed in drag, and requires an over-the-top personality. Actors entertain as well as perform light food service. All roles are paid (stipend plus gratuities have consistently averaged $100-$150 per performance). Please send a head-shot and resume. Call Fred at 520-624-017213 with any questions or to schedule an audition time.   


Call or Text - 520-624-0172

Email: MagicDone@aol.com



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Sunday, August 20, 2017



From: philipgbennett@yahoo.com [mailto:philipgbennett@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 4:44 PM






Classes Begin on September 9 through October 23, 2017








A supportive environment for artistic and spiritual growth.

Visit us on YouTube @

Bennett TheatreLab




Philip G. Bennett, Artistic Director, is a graduate from the renowned American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York, where he served as actor, instructor and Assistant Artistic Director to Sonia Moore, émigré actress/director from the Third Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre. Mr. Bennett founded the San Francisco Theatre Academy in 1976 and is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Hollywood Dramalogue Award.


Author:  Mr. Bennett’s co-authored new textbook Experiencing Stanislavsky Today: Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor, Routledge Academic Publishers, London and New York is available at Amazon.com world-wide.



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Auditions for a new devised piece

----- Original Message -----
From: "George McConnell" <georgedavidmcconnell@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 1:16:43 PM GMT -07:00 U.S. Mountain Time (Arizona)
Subject: Fwd: Audition promo help?

My name is George McConnell and I moved to Tucson a year ago. I am getting ready to make a new devised piece in Tucson. 

To get an idea of my work, check out:

The show will happen on Thursday, 10/19/2017, Friday 10/20/2017 and Saturday 10/21/2017.

On Saturday and Sunday September 9th and 10th I will have an audition in the form of a workshop. It is 4 hours each day from 1pm-5pm. There is no cost to participate. There is also no commitment to make the piece. The audition in the form of a workshop will allow you to see how I work, and for me to see how you work. Details of what the piece will be and when it will rehearse will be discussed. 

There are 20 spots open for the audition in the form of a workshop. You need to be able to attend both days for the 4 hours each day. 

To sign up for an audition spot, find out the location of the audition in the form of the workshop weekend, or to ask other questions, please feel free to contact me at georgedavidmcconnell@gmail.com

I hope to hear from you if you're in Tucson and interested in making non-conventional theatrical performance.



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"The Phantom of the Opera" at The Gaslight Theatre!  Aug. 31-Nov. 5, 2017


From: Heather.Gaslight@gmail.com
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 12:33 PM
Subject: "The Phantom of the Opera" at The Gaslight Theatre!  Aug. 31-Nov. 5, 2017




Special 40th Anniversary Edition of


"The Phantom of the Opera!"

Don't miss this hit melodrama production at The Gaslight Theatre!

*This Anniversary Edition of this popular spoof features our two most famous Phantoms from the last 4 decades, Armen Dirtadian (Aug. 31-Oct. 1) and David Fanning (Oct. 3-Nov. 5). Local celebrity and Gaslight favorite, Joe Cooper, also returns to reprise the hilarious role of Madame Giry! Heather Stricker returns for the third time as Christine, having played it opposite both Armen and David in two past productions. Comedic actor,Todd Thompson, plays the part of Raoul. This production celebrates The Gaslight Theatre's 40th Anniversary of entertaining Tucson!

Running August 31-November 5, 2017



  Will chorus girl, Christine, rise to the occasion after diva soprano, Carlotta, storms off the stage? Who will be seated in the mysterious Box #5...where programs disappear and ghoulish laughter echoes? Join the Gaslight artistes as they transform the stage back to post-Revolution Paris to revive The Phantom Of The Opera – a love story of musical inspiration and hidden longing, along with a palate-pleasing portion of goofy song and dance!



For press inquiries, actor interviews, or media tickets, please email our Media Relations Director at heather.gaslight@gmail.com.




Call the box office today before tickets are gone!
The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson

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The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre 2017-18 season


From: The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre <director@scoundrelandscamp.org>
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 7:50 AM
Subject: What's Happening at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre


Join us for our inaugural season




Construction in our new home at The Historic Y is underway...and so is our Kickstarter campaign! 


Framing is just about complete, after which we begin the drywall process. It is so exciting to step into our newly defined rooms for the first time and dream a bit of what is to come in each new space. 


More info: https://scoundrelandscamp.org/







The Scoundrel & Scamp MainStage season offers audiences three plays selected to engage hearts and minds, ages fourteen to one hundred fourteen. 

This season we are excited to offer a slate of plays carefully selected to engage and immerse, with strong focus on inquiry and language, blended with darkness and wit, beauty and challenge.

Our first season features Victorian horror, mystical Appalachian spirits, Salomé dancing for the head of John the Baptist, and survivors of an apocalyptic event finding solace in the lost tales of the Simpsons.

Dark and beautiful fare, all.


We look forward to sharing these plays with you for our inaugural season.


Tickets are available for purchase via our website. 




In addition to our web ticket platform also offer tickets by phone. 
If you are interested in talking to a box office agent, please call (520) 448-3300.

Are you a teacher? We appreciate you and what you do for our children - please call for special rates. 

Under 30 years of age? We want to cultivate the next generation of theater goers. Please call for special rates.





Two Plays for Lost Souls
(October 19-29, 2017)

The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre is pleased to present a double feature, with two short plays just right for the All Souls season with The Love Talker and The Yellow Wallpaper.

The Love Talker

by Deborah Pryor

In the award-winning Humana Festival play, The Love Talker, thirteen-year old Gowdie lives with her older sister Bun, deep in the woods of Appalachia.  Despite being surrounded by spirits aiming to seduce and deceive them, Bun has managed to keep her sister safe behind the walls of their cabin. Then one day Gowdie strays from the path...from which there is no coming back.  

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Adapted by Christopher Johnson

In the Gothic literature classic, The Yellow Wallpaper, a woman is isolated from her family and confined to a hideously wallpapered room.  She soon becomes aware of another woman trapped behind the yellow pattern, struggling to escape.  The Yellow Wallpaper has been described by scholar Alan Ryan as "one of the finest, and strongest, tales of horror ever written. It may be a ghost story. Worse yet, it may not." 

Directed by Bryan Rafael Falcón





Oscar Wilde's Salomé
(February 8-18, 2018)

King Herod's stepdaughter, Salomé, grows fascinated by the imprisoned Jokanaan, even as he hurls insults and threatens devastation. As mad ravings - or perhaps prophetic truths - fall from his lips,

Salomé strikes a bargain with her lecherous stepfather - she will dance for him, in exchange for Jokanaan's head.

Oscar Wilde's gorgeous play, banned by The Lord Chamberlain in 1892, reimagines the biblical story of the legendary dance of Salomé and the abhorrent death of John the Baptist.

Directed by Bryan Rafael Falcón





Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
(April 12 - 22, 2018)

by Anne Washburn

Seven days after a cataclysmic event, survivors gather around a fire and find comfort in retelling the stories of Itchy and Scratchy, Bart and Lisa, Homer and Marge.

Seven years later - electric power a fading memory - the episodes and commercials survive among theatrical troupes as oral tradition.  

Seventy years later, the tales - now musical pageant - are imbued with religious significance for a society still reeling from near extinction.  Mr. Burns won the 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.

The New York Times compared Mr. Burns to Boccaccio's The Decameron and the grand musical finale was described by Vulture Magazine as "equal parts Brecht and Bart, Homer and the other Homer."

Directed by Christopher Johnson




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Thursday, August 17, 2017

TIM Comedy Theater, August Comedy Heats Up


From: Tucson Improv Movement <justin@tucsonimprov.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:00 AM
Subject: Funny on 4th: August Comedy Heats Up


TIM Comedy Theater
improv | shows | classes | comedy


Final 2 Weeks in Theaters

The Movie is a fully improvised Hollywood blockbuster inspired by your suggestion!  Each week the cast creates a feature film with silly, new characters, a distinct genre, and a plot that unfolds once and then will never be seen again! Be sure to stick around after the credits and for the second half of the show to see the cast and crew participate in a 'Behind the Scenes' interactive Q&A Session! 

So, catch The Movie live on 4th Avenue in its last two weeks in theaters, because you won't be able to find it on DVD no matter how long you wait!



This Week's Show Schedule

Friday Night
7:30 PM - Improv 301 Student Showcase + 3rd Beats
9 PM - The Soap Box w/ Cameron Rau

Saturday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - The Movie



Hip Hop Improv Returns

Get ready for some sick beats, dope rhymes, and fresh improv comedy with the hip-hop improv team, The 3rd Beats! They take your suggestion and make up a whole comedy world in front of your eyes, mixed with the freshest improvised raps, complete with an award winning beat boxer!

Enjoy 3rd Beats and our coolest comedy school graduates in an Improv 301 Showcase, Friday night at 7:30pm!

Two teams battle for your laughs and the coveted "street cred" Saturday at 7 PM!


Tucson Improv Movement

329 E 7th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705



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Arizona Rose Theatre presents 'The Musical World of Disney'


From: Arizona Rose Theatre [mailto:azrosetheatre@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:18 AM
Subject: Arizona Rose Theatre presents 'The Musical World of Disney'


The Arizona Rose Theatre


The Musical World of Disney

playing AUGUST 25, 26 & 27
Friday and Saturday at 7pm
Sunday at 2pm

The Arizona Rose Theatre presents a show for children of all ages!  Come and enjoy all of the magical Disney songs that you know and love.  Favorites include "A Whole New World," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Circle of Life," and many, many more.  Watch as each song is brought to life with amazing production values, beautiful singing and fantastic dancing.  This is a show that's sure to delight the whole family.  Come Sing Along!!

Adults $15, Senior/Military $13, Children (12 & under) $8
(add $2 at the door)




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