WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES 10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Three Main Stage productions and three Staged Readings highlight 2018-2019 list of shows
Tucson, AZ, March 19, 2018 – Winding Road Theater Ensemble today announced productions for its 2018-2019 season, celebrating the Company's tenth anniversary of quality theater in Tucson, Arizona.
Main Stage Productions
The season opens with the Fall 2018 main stage production of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by the Ensemble's Co-Artistic Director Glen Coffman, this darkly hilarious play was nominated for two Tony awards in 2011, including Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play (Frances McDormand).
The Company's Winter 2018 production is Stupid F#!*ng Bird, a hilarious contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull written by Aaron Posner, co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Maria Caprile, the play takes a satirical spin on a theatrical classic, yet captures the essence of Chekhov's play about the creation of art.
Both productions will be staged at The Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 Scott St. in downtown Tucson.
Company Founder and Co-Artistic Director Glen Coffman said, "The 2018-2019 season builds on our commitment to giving local audiences great performances and an eclectic theater experience. In addition to our main stage productions, we will be taking theater out to the community with our staged readings and opening up opportunities for more theater artists to work with us through our new 10-minute play festival."
Ten Minute Play Festival
For its third main stage production in the Spring of 2019, Winding Road will launch Eight 10s in Tucson, a festival of eight original 10-minute plays all staged in a single evening of theater. Modeled on the wildly successful 8 10s @8 festival in Santa Cruz, Calif., the festival's eight shows will be selected from submissions to the Company's 10-minute play script writing contest, open to playwrights in all 50 states. In line with the Company's mission to present original works and foster participation in theater by Tucson-area youth, one selection will be reserved for an Arizona playwright and one for a student playwright (age 16 to 24). Contest details will be announced in early April, 2018.
"We are particularly excited to announce this new venture to Tucson audiences," said Maria Caprile, Co-Artistic Director for Winding Road. "We think the festival offers a very special opportunity for playwrights, directors, actors, and designers to collaborate with each other and create a unique evening of entertainment, full of comedy, drama, and everything in between."
"Winding Read" Staged Readings
In between main stage productions, Winding Road will also present "Winding Reads", a series of four full-length plays presented as staged readings at venues throughout the Tucson area.
The first reading, in September of 2018, will be of an original script by local playwright and Ensemble member emeritus Toni Press-Coffman, Consolation. In this play, a 21st Century Woman meets the unsung First Ladies of American history in an other-worldly evening of confrontation, contemplation and celebration.
The second reading will be It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, and staged in November of 2018. Based on Lewis' eerily prescient 1935 novel, this play is a cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and the ease with which fascism can take hold, even in the land of liberty
The third reading, to be held in the Winter of 2019, is Chosen Child by local playwright and author Monica Bauer – an intergenerational family drama, played out over more than six decades, about mothers, memories, and the ties that may (or may not) bind.
The fourth and final reading will be a special benefit performance, staged in the Spring of 2019. Details are to be announced.
Winding Road Theater Ensemble is a non-profit Tucson-based theater company. Co-founded in 2008 by Glen Coffman and Toni Press-Coffman, the Company is committed to telling dynamic theatrical stories that illuminate the human condition and celebrate theater's power to entertain diverse audiences. More information is available at the Company's web site, www.windingroadtheater.org
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