Thursday, August 30, 2018

Setting the Stage - Tucson Weekly, The curtain rises on a new season of theater

Setting the Stage 

Tucson Weekly


The curtain rises on a new season of theater productions

By Sherilyn Forrester

If you think fall means leaves turning to reds and golds, a gentle nip in the air and the rotation in your closet from shorts to sweaters, Tucson is not the place for you. However, if you love the performing arts—theater, symphonies and such—fall in Tucson is the perfect place to be. That's because groups that have taken a summer-long siesta resting their production passions are collectively awakening like a long-slumbering giant, ready to fill your mind with the wonder and substance and magic of their efforts.

For a city of its size, Tucson has a wealth of theaters doing interesting, entertaining, thoughtful and even sometimes flat-out jaw-dropping work. There are some groups who have spent years mining resources and now use them to deliver consistently solid work. And then there are some that often struggle to find their voice and the resources to make that voice heard. 

But all of the theaters in Tucson work their best to deliver a product that does them proud. And the dam holding back pent-up production dreams is ready to burst. The new theater season is upon us.

Arizona Theatre Company is called the state theater, maybe because it performs its entire season both in Tucson and Phoenix. It's certainly been around long enough to snag the title. Or maybe it's because ATC is a fully professional nonprofit theater operation, with staff, both managing and artistic, and actors being paid legitimate bucks for their efforts.

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·         Posters from this year’s ATC shows.

This is the first season that will have ATC's new artistic director's David Ivers' full stamp on it. (He was around last year but the season had been chosen before he was hired.) First up is Native Gardens, by Karen Zaharias. A fairly new comedy, it confronts border issues—but not the kind that might pop into the mind of us locals. A Latino couple move into an old neighborhood filled with well-to-do folks in Washington, D.C. Property lines become the focus. And although this is a much lighter version of a border dispute, it dances around substantive themes not unlike those we here think about by default. It runs Sept. 8 through Sept. 29. Next up is a one-woman show, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, about the funny but not entirely frivolous columnist who always managed to find a comic slant to some serious issues. It runs Oct. 20 to Nov. 10.

Then, just to ensure that there's plenty of merriment as we welcome our version of winter, ATC will bring us The Music Man. Yes, the mighty musical that burst on the scene in 1957 with tunes we all know and love, like "Trouble in River City," "Marian the Librarian" and "Seventy Six Trombones." It runs Dec. 1 to Dec. 30.

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·         Posters from this year’s ATC shows.

The Invisible Theatre has been around for almost as long as ATC, but it's quite a different beast. Artistic director Susan Claassen has made sure that, while the theater occupies a small space, their productions are expertly done and please audiences that have been fans for a long time. From Sept. 4 through Sept. 16, the lights will come up on The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Perkey by James Lecesne. It's an Arizona premiere of the play, a one-person show that causes a town to question its values and identity after an unusual 14-year-old boy goes missing. It runs from Sept. 4 through Sept. 16. Then The Busy World is Hushed runs from Oct. 30 through Nov. 11. "Faith, love and loss collide in this staggering beautiful new play," says IT's promotional materials. A review in Broadway World UK called it "a wonderful script" about the the complexity of religion, and "a reminder to us all that we must give ourselves the ability to love."

Over at the Rogue Theatre, which always gives us theater we can sink our teeth into and chew on for a while, the first show of the new season is Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, which fictionalizes Galileo's clash with the Catholic Church when he confirms the Copernican model of the solar system. It's a battle of science vs. religion, an issue that is still in today's news, making it a relevant and timely piece. It runs Sept. 6 through Sept. 23. That will be followed by a relatively new play that garnered great attention when it ran in New York. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, won Tony Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Scenic Design, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design and Best Play in 2015. How's that for credentials? Fifteen-year-old autistic Christopher has great intelligence but cannot make sense of everyday life. He is suspected of killing his neighbor's dog, and when he determines to identify the true culprit, he embarks on a life-changing journey. This show runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 18.

Rogue also runs a series of play readings. More information can be found on their website.

Live Theatre Workshop is currently bringing us Every Brilliant Thing, a one-person show with Tucson actor Steve Wood, about a young man trying to make sense of his complicated circumstances, which includes a suicidal mother. The New York Times said it "offers sentimentality without shame." It runs through Oct. 6. Then comes Death by Design, a light-hearted mystery that combines an Agatha Christie-like plot with the wit of Noel Coward. The setting is a weekend in an English estate with uninvited guests, creating a story ripe for murder. Then from Nov. 29 through Dec. 29, they will offer cheery musical fun, Snoopy!, a sequel to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. It's a story for all ages, and it, too, is based on Peanuts, the comic strip by Charles Schultz.

Winding Road Theater Ensemble has done some personnel revising, and their fall season offers Good People, by David Lindsay-Abaire, for the first time ever produced in Tucson. It takes place in Southie, the tough neighborhood in Boston, so tough that it's hard for its residents to imagine more for themselves. On Broadway, it featured Frances McDormand, and it's hard to believe this fine actress would lend her talents to an inferior script. It runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 18. Like Rogue, WRTE is also offering a series of play readings, the first of which is Consolation by Toni Press-Coffman, a well-known name in Tucson theater circles and one of the founders of WRTE. It will happen Sept. 22 through Sept. 23. 

The rather oddly named Something Something Theatre Company has named their season of plays To Boldly Go. They will offer two productions this fall. The first is Men on Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus. The theater's press material proclaims it is "a mostly true, gender-bent historical comedy" about John Wesley Powell's discovery of the Grand Canyon. It has an all-female cast. It runs Oct. 12 through Oct. 28. Next up is Constellations by Nick Payne, a love story with a big twist, involving "string theory, relativity and quantum mechanics," said theater critic Ben Brantley of the New York Times. It runs Dec. 6 through Dec. 23.

Borderlands continues to make changes in the way it goes about its theater-making. This fall, they will offer only one show, but it has been months in the making and unmistakably conforms to the theater's wish to be relevant to our community. It's called Sanctuary, and it was developed by playwright Milta Ortiz, who spent months researching the sanctuary movement that had its origins here in Tucson after thousands sought refuge in the U.S. after civil wars erupted in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the 1980s. Humanitarians and religious activists, especially here at Southside Presbyterian Church, stepped in, and the play looks at the people and events at that time. Of course the theme resonates anew with current issues of border crossing to escape certain death. It will be presented at Southside Presbyterian Church Sept. 6 through Sept. 23.

The new Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre, which opened its doors in 2017, will present Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, running Oct. 10 through Oct. 28. The much-lauded play retells the story of Orpheus, who descended into the depths to rescue his wife, from his wife's Eurydice's point of view as she plunges into the depths. In 2007, when the show opened in New York, drama critic Charles Isherwood in the New York Times called it "a tender-hearted comedy" in which Eurydice "learns about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory." The theater will also present in their Theater for Scamps season, which presents shows for most ages, This Girl LaughsThis Girl CriesThis Girl Does Nothing Nov. 10 through Nov. 25. Cloud Soup, written and performed by physical theater artist Wolfe Bowart, runs Dec. 5 through Jan. 13. 

Arizona Onstage gives us Mamma Mia for five performances, Nov. 24 through Dec. 2. This is the Tucson group that has given us very respectable productions of huge shows like Les MiserablesSweeney Todd and The Producers, as well as smaller more intimate musicals.

Arizona Repertory Theatre, the performing arm of the University of Arizona's theater program, has three upcoming shows this fall. The Arizona Premiere of Like Heaven, by UA professor Elaine Romero, will run from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7. It's a tale of four women from Independence, Missouri, told with "heart and humor," promises the press materials. Then, everyone get ready to sing along with the spirited chorus of Sister Act, the 2006 musical based on the 1992 movie. It runs from Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. The first half of the ART's season will conclude with The Cripple of Inishmaan, a coming-of-age story told with wit and irony by the talented Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. It will run Nov. 7 through Dec. 2.

Pima Community College's theater program churns out some fine shows as well. The Magic of the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure will run Sept. 26 through Oct. 7. And Moliere's classic Tartuffe will run Nov 8 through Nov. 18.

The Community Players have been around for years, making it the oldest community theater in town. They will present The Merrimakers, Sept. 7 through Sept. 23; The Spinoff, Oct. 5 through Oct. 21; and The Foreigner, Nov. 2 through Nov. 18. Roadrunner Theatre Company, having found a happy home on the east side in recent years, will present The Underpants, Sept 14 through Oct. 7; The Real Machiavelli by Tucson playwright Monica Bauer will run Oct. 19 through Nov. 11; and Inspecting Carol, Nov. 11 through Dec. 23. The newest kid on the community theater block is Oro Valley Theatre Company, and it will produce a female version of the Neil Simon's The Odd CoupleNov. 14, 15 and 18.

Broadway in Tucson brings us professional touring productions of big-name shows. This season will feature the ever-popular Les Miserables, running Sept. 4 through Sept. 9. If you've never seen this show, treat yourself. There's a reason why it wows audiences. Next up is On Your Feet!, the story of Cubans Emilio and Gloria Estefan, who became pop sensations in America before misfortunes threatened their careers and their lives. It runs Nov. 13 through Nov. 18. Next comes Waitress, the musical based on the movie about a young woman trying to find her way out of an unsuccessful marriage and a dead-end town. The show was developed and produced by an all-female creative team, and Variety praised it because it's "not simply about getting Prince Charming, but getting its heroine to take action and discover her worth." It runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 9.

There's an unusual theatrical event being sponsored by St. Francis PlayersTucson Labyrinth Project and Apparent Artists. It's called Dogs of Rwanda, and it's a one-person show about how, as a young missionary, a 16-year-old boy witnessed the genocide happening there and its imprint on his adult life. Ten performances can be seen at three locations Sept. 27 through Oct. 14.

Finally, there's the wacky wonderful fun to be found at the Gaslight TheatreThe Vampire will run Aug. 30 through Nov. 4, and their special holiday show, Scrooge, runs Nov. 8 through Jan. 6.

Hear that? That's the buzz of anticipation. Tucson theaters, bring it on!


TIM Comedy Theater Throwdown is Back


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TIM Comedy Theater

Improv Throwdown Returns

"If you can dodge a joke you can dodge a ball!" Improv Throwdown features fast paced short form comedy, and probably a stadium anthem.  Two teams of three rock onto the stage, and at the end of the night one team will be crowned the winner of the show.  Your love and laughs determine the champs, and there probably will be a Sweet Caroline sing along.

Improv Throwdown is a great introduction to the comedy that we do, and an awesome place to bring the whole family for a cool laugh filled evening.  The eternal red versus black battle returns this Saturday at 7:30 pm.



This Week's Show Schedule

Friday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Happy Hour (Improv 501 Student Showcase, Killer Cathy's + Choice Cut)
9 PM - The Soap Box

Saturday Night
7:30 PM - Improv Throwdown
9 PM - Sketch Show + The Dating Scene







Fall Classes Begin Soon

Kick off the fall semester with adding a comedy class to your schedule.  Let us help you be more creative, spontaneous and playful while you have fun and make new friends.

Psychologists and Business Schools continue to recommend improvisational comedy, the art of humor and applied improv to help develop communication and public speaking skills and to foster collaboration, nurturing empathy within relationships and increasing leadership potential.  You can develop all this skills in our introduction classes to sketch, stand up, and improv.

Improv 101 Starts on Saturday, September 8th
Youth Improv 101 Starts on Saturday, September 29th




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ORO VALLEY THEATRE COMPANY Auditions for The Odd Couple, Female Version by Neil Simon


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Subject: Open Auditions for The Odd Couple, Female Version by Neil SImon




Directed by Judi Rodman.


Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.


Auditions are September 4 and 6, 2018 from 6-9 pm at the Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N Oracle Rd., Oro Valley  Callbacks will be held on September 8 at the Gaslight Music Hall, 6-9 pm.  Readings will be taken from the script.   


Only 3 Performance dates:

November 14 and 15, 2018 at 6 pm

November 18 at 2 pm

The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley. Tickets at 520-529-1000 (beginning in September).


Our last show was a sellout and we expect this one will be too!


Contact or call 520-505-1856 with questions.



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Monday, August 27, 2018

Auditions for St Francis Theater Production of Calendar Girls


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Auditions for St Francis Theater Production of Calendar Girls


Auditions will be held for St Francis' production of "CALENDAR GIRLS" on Sunday, September 16 from 2:00 p.m.  to 5 p.m. in Room 30/31 at St. Francis, 4625 E River Rd (Northwest Corner of River & Swan). 

Please bring recent photo and a resume'. Cold readings from the script will suffice.

9 women and 4 men are needed. Varying ages. There will be two read throughs, December 11, and 18 at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsals will start January 9 with the show opening March 8, running for three weekends.  There will be a stipend. It will be directed by Robert Ulsrud


Summary of Calendar Girls, the Movie:

Based on a true story, eleven middle-aged Englishwomen pose nude for their annual Women's Institute calendar as a fund-raiser for the local hospital. Chris (Helen Mirren) gets the idea to raise money for the hospital after Annie's (Julie Walters) husband dies of leukemia. The calendar is a little different in that each woman is posing behind a different task that the Women's Institute teaches their members, such as making bread rolls, knitting, planting flowers, and playing the piano. Before they know it, the calendar is a big hit in England with tremendous sales. Eventually, they are flown to American to be interviewed by Jay Leno. The calendar has made almost a million dollars for the local hospital. -Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)



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ARTIFACT DANCE PROJECT - A FREE EVENT: Inside Positions of Power - Sunday, September 9th


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Inside Positions of Power
Sunday, September 9, 12PM-2PM | Stevie Eller Dance Theatre




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Attend this free event where audience members experience the inner workings of our creative process and meet the artists who make it all happen. This collaboration between the public and Artifact Dance Project ends with a Q & A hosted by Board Chair, Fran Griesing.

Artistic Director and Choreographer Claire Hancock will rehearse her latest piece "A Painted Devil" on stage in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.  The audience will get an up close and personal perspective of the work as Claire choreographs and coaches the dancers.

RSVP with number of guests to General Manager, David Shack |





Artifact Dance Project presents


Two works directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Claire Hancock
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

Thursday, September 20 | 7:30pm
Friday, September 21 | 7:30pm
Saturday, September 22 | 7:30pm
Sunday, September 23 | 2:00pm

Concert length: approximately 1.5 hours
plus 20-minute intermission
Single Tickets $32
Season Subscriptions $90

The Oval Portrait
Original Score by Dan Coleman

A Painted Devil
Original Score by Vin Calianno

Artifact Dance Project tells two stories of manipulation and malice. Artistic Director Claire Hancock premieres her adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's novel, A Painted Devil, about a Union soldier who finds himself in an all-female boarding house entangled with rivalries and jealousies in the Confederate South. Music by Vincent Calianno for strings, piano, percussion and electronics. Hancock remounts her version of Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Oval Portrait", about a painter who becomes so obsessed with creating a lifelike painting of his wife that he deprives her of real love in the process. Music by Dan Coleman for string quartet.




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Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:36 PM
Subject: Please post




Where's the Tucson VO community at?

Once a month, I would love to get experienced/working voice actors together to collaborate on the art, business, and technical aspects of voiceover. Come network and learn from one another!

We would meet at a restaurant where you can purchase food or drink while meeting other VO peeps in your community who share your passion!

If interested please e-mail Emily Mares at

Thank you!



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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Old Pueblo Playwrights: This Monday night, workshop on writing exposition, presented by John Vornholt


Happy Saturday, OPP fans! Though our weekly meetings usually feature readings of work in progress by our members, we occasionally put aside days for special workshops that may be of interest to our members and visitors. And while some of our lectures and workshops feature outside guests, we have a tremendous professional knowledge base among our members.

Member (and president emeritus) John Vornholt is a case in point. John is not only an avid playwright, but he is a published novelist and noted screenwriter. This Monday night, John will present a workshop on effective expositions. I think most writers--regardless of the medium--find expositions to be tricky. How much is enough to clue the audience in to what's happening, without bogging down the action? John is bringing in a distinguished group of actors to read some examples. This should be fun, so come join us!

BTW, OPP will be DARK for Labor Day (Monday, September 4th). However, we will be back on Monday, September 10th with a reading of a new full length play by Dave Sewell. See you around!

Old Pueblo Playwrights
Next meeting: Monday night, August 27th, 7:00 P.M.
ATC rehearsal hall (upstairs, behind the Cabaret Theater) 
at the Temple of Music and Art
330 S. Scott Ave.
Downtown Tucson



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Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Gaslight Theatre auditions for upcoming Christmas show, "Scrooge!"



The Gaslight Theatre is holding auditions for their upcoming Christmas show, “Scrooge!”

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at 1PM

Auditions will be held at:


The Gaslight Theatre

7010 E. Broadway Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85710

Box Office: 520-886-9428


The Gaslight is seeking strong singers and actors ages 18 and older. Previous stage and performing experience required. Please prepare one uptempo song, 32 bars only. Sheet music needs to be in your appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided, no recorded music. Please also bring your headshot and resume. You will also be required to do a cold read. All Gaslight actors are contracted and paid. *Please be ON TIME at 1PM if you wish to audition. Seeking several actors for this show.

For questions or more information, please email



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Part time temporary (non-exempt)
(Updated 08/06/18)


Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona’s first professional theatre company, seeks qualified crew members to add to our overhire list. ATC maintains an overhire list in Carpentry, Props, Costumes, Wardrobe, Electrics, and Deck Crew in both Tucson and Phoenix. Daytime, Night, and Weekend opportunities are available throughout our season, which runs from September to May.


To Apply:

If you are interested in being added to our Production Overhire list, please send a resume and references, along with which department you are interested in and your general availability to Tajh Oates, Assistant Production Manager at

Arizona Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or national origin.



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ZUZI! Dance: Fly Into Fall with ZUZI! classes and workshops


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ZUZI! Dance


Fall Classes Begin September 10th




Aerial Trapeze Dance

Students combine dance with low-flying single point trapeze in a supportive & safe environment. In addition to learning aerial skills, students work on incorporating floor dancing with aerial, building spatial awareness, trust, & cooperation. All levels welcome.


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Beginning Aerial Silks


Students explore the basics of aerial silks. Our goal is to gain familiarity and comfort with the silks. Students will learn poses and build a basic foundation of skills required to start a path in aerial silks. No prior aerial experience needed.


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Physically Integrative Creative Dance

This is a bi-weekly integrated dance class geared towards movers of all levels, experience, ages, and abilities. These inclusive classes offer a unique way for all movers to experience the joys of dance & movement through creative dance group improvisation. 


* Classes Begin October 1


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Contemporary Dance


Develop and tone your muscles and core, while enhancing your sense of flow and coordination in space and rhythm. Gain some solid technical skills that you can apply to any dance form, while also contributing and understanding your own creative style.


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Improvisational Dance

No prior dance experience needed. These classes are designed to encourage movement expressions through improvisation techniques. Students will be guided through movement explorations to build self awareness, expand movement vocabulary and discover new ways to dance. Together we create an inclusive, participatory and collaborative environment where each dancer can contribute his/her unique creative energy to the group.


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Skinner Releasing


No experience is necessary to enjoy this innovative approach to creativity and the healing arts (yoga, body work etc.) which promotes postural alignment, movement efficiency, and tension reduction. This class weaves poetic imagery, music & tactile exercises to integrate the whole self and tap into the creative process for each individual.


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Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons are an amazing way to learn to move with more confidence, elegance and power and improve the quality of all your actions. Specific verbally guided movement sequences present an opportunity to recognize personal movement habits that enable you to move well and also those that interfere with your intentions. The lessons range from early learning of infants and children to highly complex skills required for sports, yoga, performing arts and the martial arts. An atmosphere of non-judgment allows individuals of a wide range of ages and abilities to learn at their own pace.


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Aerial Dance Choreography


This class is an approach to aerial dance through choreography (making your own dances) both in the aerial and on the floor, in a supportive and fun environment. We will explore approaching the trapezes as a way to create crafted solo dances within an image based landscape. Formal aspects of trapeze technique will also be addressed as needed but the majority of the class will be compositional and experiential. Aerial experience is required to attend these classes.



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We'd like to welcome Lorena Carrion to the ZUZI! family...

Lorena will be teaching Adult Contemporary Dance this fall!


She graduated as a Dancer and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Vocational Art School in Cuba in 2003 and has taught and studied in Cuba, Spain, Venezuela, United States, and Mexico.

Currently, she is an independent dancer and is studying at Pima Community College in the ESL program. She believes dance brings discipline, responsibility, and respect as a way of life and that passion for dance brings one closer to the world of sensitivity and perception.







ZUZI! Happenings




"No Frills" is an opportunity for local choreographers to show new work or work in progress. As the name suggests, there really are no frills… fancy lights, no fancy sets….just dancers, choreographers, experimentation, and a great show!

"No Frills" has become a popular venue for youth performers, schools, and youth choreography, and has continued to be an important venue for local choreographers to showcase new work, which can be quite experimental in nature.


Saturday, November 3rd, will showcase independent adult choreographers as well as youth performances. This showcase is truly about the process, so that you do not have to have a finished product to show your work.


We'd like to invite you to consider showing your work on one of these shows!


If you are interested in showcasing work, please contact Nanette at, Attn: ZUZI! No Frills or call (520) 629-0237.


All submissions are due on October 13th



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Youth Solstice Workshop

We are looking for experienced Youth Aerial Dancers ages 8-15 to be a part of our annual Solstice Performance 


Versatility and a willingness & commitment to DANCE, with all of its rigor and fun, is necessary! Experience in improvisation, aerial, and partnering is a plus. Dancers must currently be enrolled in an Aerial Class and have some dance experience.






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Solstice Community Workshop

Men and women of all ages and experiences are invited to participate in this 5 week workshop that combines dance, writing, and poetry. The use of playful improvisation scores & choreographic structures will culminate in performance at ZUZI! Solstice Celebration.





As a non-profit, we depend on you to keep us moving so we can keep you moving...










ZUZI! mission is to illuminate and empower personal expression, particularly for those who do not have full agency for their internal voices. Our classes and camps, our biannual No Frills variety show, biannual Solstice Concerts, Community Workshops, Residencies, and the many dance and theater groups, all support individuals and groups in creating live art.


We believe dance is the voice of the soul and that individual perspectives shared and shaped with others create a healthy community. Your contributions are what allow us to continue our work. Your direct financial contribution, which is fully tax-deductible, will make it possible for ZUZI! to continue to develop the creativity and identity of our community.


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Friday, August 24, 2018



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The Invisible Theatre presents






Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7:30 PM

Invisible Theatre
1400 N. 1st Avenue
(at Drachman)

$10 per ticket

Must call and subject to availability!

(520) 882-9721

An Inspirational Story of Acceptance!!
Starring David Alexander Johnston



Invisible Theatre continues its 48thAnniversary Season with the award winning THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY by James Lecesne and directed by Susan Claassen. David Alexander Johnston portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town's citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. (In physics, the term "absolute brightness" is defined as the apparent brightness a star would have if it were placed at a standard distance of 10 parsecs, or 32.6 light years, from Earth.) Leonard, though never seen, injects in each character the possibility of spontaneity, change and growth.


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