Sunday, July 21, 2019

Club Congress presents Let's Talk About Sex, Baby

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby

presented by the Hotel Congress



Join an orgy of local comics as they host a f*%cking comedy talk show with stand-up, interviews, and (maybe) sexual insight.


Thu, August 1, 2019, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM MST


It's basically an hour and twenty minutes of sex jokes...and you'll be in and out and home by 10pm!




Rebecca Tingley is a comedian and author who recently moved to Tucson from Los Angeles. She is an alumnus of The Comedy Store and The Groundlings School. Charles Ludwig is a local favorite and a big funny guy. Cami Anderson is new to the team and absolutely hilarious.



General Admission

$3.00+$1.51 Fee


7:30 PM – 10:00 PM MST

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Club Congress

311 E Congress St

Tucson, AZ 85701


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The Community Players Audition Notice


From: Streetlamp Productions <>
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:32 PM
Subject: Audition Notice


Audition Announcement 

The Community Players,

Open auditions

Ellen Craft, Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom

Written by E. Reid Gilbert 


The play centers around the real-life journey to freedom of

 Ellen and William Craft, from a plantation

 in Georgia to Philadelphia and beyond. 

Based on writings chronicling their brave journey to freedom.

 We are seeking men and women, ages 18 +,

 African American and white to fill numerous roles. 


Contact Edward Young at 520-345-7578 to receive

 sides prior to auditions.


Auditions are being held

Wednesday, July 31st,

from 6-8 pm

at Homer Davis Elementary School

4250 N. Romero Rd. (parking on the South Driveway near rear of school by the fence.)

Callbacks will be held on Sunday, August 4th pending a call from the director.



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Friday, July 19, 2019

A Monsoon of Comedy is Waiting For You at TIM!


From: Tucson Improv Movement <>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:30 AM








A Monsoon of Comedy is Waiting For You at TIM!




Justin's Corner

One of the things I am most proud about with TIM is the creativity our members display when they develop new show concepts and Indie teams.  When I first started TIM my whole goal was to give the community a well rounded grounding in the art of improv, and then spur that creativity with a stage to put up shows and try new things.  We've had some really successful examples of this with Pilot Season, which originally started out as a group of people putting together an improvised television show under the direction of the super talented Brooke Hartnett, and has now become one of our most popular shows.  Right now, Laugh Tracks is growing into that next break out hit, Rafi Herreras-Zinman came to us with an idea and its been running monthly for over a year.  Some of our more advanced company members are working on a more complicated format the deconstruction, something totally different than we traditionally do, and I can't wait to see what that grows into.

While a full team is doing that is cool, I think my favorite part of TIM is our duo and trio shows!  These smaller groups push people in new directions, and you can watch people grow as improvisers while doing it.  This weekend is a great time to catch some of these teams, on Saturday at 9 pm when Rough Around the Curves and Well Read Take the stage.  Rough around the Curves is last year.s 3V3 Champion, and their talent is incredible, so didn't miss out on an opportunity to see them

Like Disneyland, TIM is always growing and changing.  Oh wait, even better than Disneyland, it won't cost you a ton of money to go through our doors.  So I hope to see you this weekend, celebrating TIM's creativity!




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Upcoming Shows

Friday Night
7:30 pm - Improv Happy Hour (Alpha + the Openers)
9:00 pm - The Soap Box
10:30 pm - Beginners and Veterans

Saturday Night
7:30 pm - Match Game
9:00 pm - Well Read + Rough Around the Curves + Pilot Season





This week's Soap Box Monologist - Brad Poole

Brad Poole has been a southern Arizona journalist since 1998. His work has appeared in virtually every major newspaper from Chicago west to L.A and Seattle, People Magazine, Yahoo News, and South African Soccer Today, and he was the Tucson Weekly weed columnist from 2011-14. He is not 100 percent sure why people still hire him ...








Upcoming Classes

Improv Comedy
101 - Monday, July 29th with Justin Lukasewicz



















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WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE - Call for 10-minute play Submissions


From: Chad Davies <>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 5:38 PM
Subject: Winding Road - Call for 10-minute play Submissions Announced



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Contact: Chad Davies

Phone: 831-325-7200


10-minute plays for the Second Annual "Eight 10s in Tucson"

Tucson, AZ, July 19, 2019 – Winding Road Theater Ensemble today announced a call for 10-minute play submissions for production in the Second Annual Eight 10s in Tucson play festival. Eight 10s will run for two weekends only, April 16 through April 26, 2020, at the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre at the Historic Y.

The submission window opens at midnight PST on Thursday, August 1, 2019, and will remain open throughout the month of August or until a maximum of 300 qualified scripts have been received, whichever occurs first. There are no submission fees.

Submissions must be delivered electronically via the Winding Road website. Basic criteria include:

·      Script should be written so as to have a minimum run-time of 8 (eight) minutes up to a maximum of 10 (ten) minutes

·      Submissions must be original works

·      All themes/genres accepted

·      Legal clearance of materials is the full responsibility of the playwright

·      Standard Dramatists Guild play formatting is required (fonts, margins, page numbering, etc.)

·      Scripts must be submitted as PDF files (no exceptions)

·      ONLY 1 (ONE) submission per playwright

·      IMPORTANT: ALL SCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BLIND - no identifiable personal information (names, addresses, titles, industry associations, review quotes, endorsements, etc.) may appear anywhere in the script 2018

Detailed guidelines and instructions are available now at About the Festival

For the third main stage production of its 2018-2019 season, Winding Road launched Eight 10s in Tucson, a festival of eight original 10-minute plays all staged in a single evening of theater. The festival’s eight shows were selected from more than 350 submissions received from playwrights in all

50 states. The Company reserves one selection for an Arizona playwright; for the inaugural festival, that selection was Intermission by Joe Bardin of Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Our first festival established that Tucson audiences are hungry for variety,” said Chad Davies, Managing Director for Winding Road. “Of course, we also see Eight 10s as a wonderful opportunity for Tucson's performing artists to collaborate with others and try their hand at new things. It's sort of like theater cross-training for playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and technicians."

Winding Road Theater Ensemble is a non-profit Tucson-based theater company. Founded in 2008, 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,   




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The Circus Academy of Tucson fall schedule and Upcoming Events


From: The Circus Academy of Tucson <>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 3:44 PM
Subject: Fall 2019 Circus


Can't believe summer is almost over, but we're so excited for our fall schedule!!!



Fall Classes!

August 7th

Our fall schedule is available here:

All new and returning students must fill out a new registration form here:

We have some awesome new stuff on the schedule including a new section of youth contortion, advanced silks, silks transitions, "other" apparatus (rope, web, cloud swing, etc.), a slower-paced aerial foundations class, parent and baby/toddler classes, a Saturday morning "parent" workout class and more!!!!

An important schedule change is that we will start classes on Wednesday, August 7th. This will allow us to take Thanksgiving weekend off and not mess up the payment schedule, yay!


Upcoming Events

Violet Hour: Advanced Camp Show


July 25th at 4:30. $10 donation to attend. These amazing kids always put on an awesome show! Can't wait to see what they do this year!


Currents: Adult Intensive Show

7pm of August 2nd! Last year was such an amazing show and this year will be even better, mark your calendars, this is not to be missed!!! $12


Back to School Family Circus

Saturday, August 24th at 5:00. A great time to share circus with your family and try out some new stuff! $5 per person.


Fall Break Camp

October 7th to 11th.

A great way to spend your school break learning new skills, getting in some extra practice and having fun! Register here:


Stilts and T-Shirts for Sale!!!

We have T-Shirts and Tank Tops for sale for $20.

Stilts are available as well, order now!



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Tucson Fringe Festival: Art! Food! Free Stuff!


From: Tucson Fringe Festival <>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 1:33 PM
Subject: Art! Food! Free Stuff!






Saturday July 20th, 2019 5pm-9pm @Steinfeld Warehouse


An Interactive, Multi-Media Arts Event

featuring poetry, music, visual art, storytelling and more












This Saturday join Tucson Fringe Festival at the Steinfeld Warehouse  Community Art Center for our summer event featuring interactive art exhibits, performances, music, food trucks and more. It's like a mini-Fringe Festival all in one evening. In addition we'll have a huge raffle with prizes from Bookmans and several local theatre companies. Bring a Fringe Button from any previous festival to increase your chances of winning.

More information and a schedule for the evening can be found on our website
Follow us on social media  to meet the artists

Special Thanks to our event sponsors:
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Culinary Graduate, and
Creatista Photography




More Info about B/lending Forms






Are you a performer?
 Have a great idea for a performance
but don't know how to get it on its feet?

Applications are open now through August 31st for the 2020 Tucson Fringe Festival, to be held January 9 - 12, 2020. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Head to and fill our our application
  2. Pay your $20 application fee
  3. 20 performers or performing groups will be chosen at our Lottery Party on Thursday, September 5th

Our staff will be on hand at B/lending Forms to answer any questions you may have about applying, or email us at




Apply Now




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Something Something Theatre 2019-2020 season


From: Something Something Theatre <>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:59 PM
Subject: Single tickets now on sale!









SINGLE TICKETS are on sale for all five plays.



We're excited for you to look over our
2019-20 offerings and choose
the one or two you'd most love to see.


Season tickets are still available
for three, four or five plays
at only $15 each.


Our popular post-show discussions
continue after each performance,
where we often learn as much
from our audiences 
as they do from us.

This is our first play!









TICKETS to 'The Revolutionists'



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Winding Road Theatre 2019-2020 Season


From: Winding Road Theater Ensemble <>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:40 PM
Subject: Winding Road Subscriptions available now for our 2019-2020 Season





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Unscrewed Theater: On Stage This Weekend

From: Unscrewed Theater <>
Date: Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 11:02 AM
Subject: We're SO Proud!


On Stage This Weekend

We now return to our totally irregularly scheduled broadcasting.



Friday, July 19



We call this game...MANNEQUINS.

Tonight - join Ryan, Dawn, Jon, Rosanne, Cam, Alan - & your very special host, Chris Seidman! - for a night of improv that may (or may not) involve cougar spotting.

$5 for kids, $8 for adults







Saturday, July 20




Improv games that'll please the whole family!

Bring your whole crew out to watch Ryan, Chris, Monica, Cy, Gail, Cam - & your host, Rob Sparks! -  give you some of the funniest moments Tucson has to offer.

$5 for Kids, $8 for Adults




Ever been to an improv double feature?

Two teams - one night! Leaky faucets + From the Top! Who knows where you'll end up - maybe even a farm in Hillshire.

$8 for adults



Unscrewed Theater

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

Tucson, AZ 85712


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019


By Chuck Graham,


Claire Voyient (Joanne Mack Robertson), left, shares some whimsy with Lafayette, who at other times believes he is the psychotherapist Carl Jung and also Professor Inanis (Mike Manolakes).

Tucson playwright Gavin Kaynor is diving straight into the rhythm of life with his new play “Identity Crisis,” a dance in the subterranean shadows of the subconscious that is definitely worth taking.

Flashing the cleverness and wit for which his writing is known, Kaynor has added a whole new side of personality – imagining what if that voice in your head became the sock puppet on your hand.

Kaynor uses this stage shtick for adding depth to the five troubled personalities at play in “Identity Crisis.”

He is also the director, setting the story in England, in the somewhat sterile Paradise Found Care Home. This is kind of a well-meaning mental institution for patients who are harmless but have serious problems with their own identity.

Nulla (Erin Hepler) is a young, repressed woman who is also a ventriloquist (maybe) whose hand puppet named Phanta often speaks for her, and also to her.

From the audience we see Nulla holding Phanta, and we hear Phanta's voice (Jessica Spenny) coming from behind a screen off to one side as Nulla moves about the stage. So we wonder if Phanta is supposed to represent a voice in Phanta's head – but maybe not.

Regardless, the device is a wonderful way to enrich the psychological mystery Kaynor constructs.

Such layers of reality are encouraged as we meet the care home's other patients, Claire Voyient (Joanne Mack Robertson) believes she has supernatural powers to see into the future.

Professor Inanis (Mike Manolakes) believes he is the American patriot from France, Gilbert du Motier the Marquis de Lafayette, speaking with a French accent.

The professor also believes he is the pioneering psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, who never stops grumbling in a German accent about how people always quote Freud but never quote Jung.

Setting “Identity Crisis” in motion is David Gunther playing the new patient who arrives with no name. He suffered a fall that has taken away his memory, and so is placed in the care home for his own protection. The patient refers to himself as “a voice without a narrative.” The others decide to call him Nemo.

Nemo is desperate to remember his past. Claire Voyient tells Nemo to forget the past. Instead, start building his future. The Professor agrees with Claire, mostly because the Professor has some sweet ideas about Claire's future. But Claire insists she can only be interested in the Professor when Jung and Lafayette stop coming around.

Meanwhile the reserved and repressed Nulla, always with Phanta on her arm, begins to have attractive thoughts about Nemo. Quickly, Phanta gets very upset about this. Is Nulla arguing with herself...or is there something else?

That is the set-up for 95 minutes of subtle laughs and pondering, without an intermission. “Identity Crisis” easily asks us to wonder, here in a time of “global warming” and “fake news,” if reality is not the ultimate fantasy.

My favorite question was wondering if each of us would be a different person if we had been born to different parents, or had different playmates in our earliest years. Or if just about anything from our childhood had been different.

Kaynor also tosses in a twisting plot of romance and mysterious events. Claire Voyient conducts a séance with unexpected results and argues that maybe love is the mysterious ingredient that defines our identity.

“Identity Crises” runs through July 28 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, in the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre at the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $20 at the door. For details and reservations, 780-7476.


The Wild Bunch Film Festival - October 4/6 - Willcox, AZ


From: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 3:21 PM
Subject: The Wild Bunch Film Festival - October 4/6 - Willcox, AZ


It's almost time once again for the 4th Annual Int'l Wild Bunch Film Festival in Willcox, AZ. The film festival directors are film producer Rock Whitehead and his wife, actress/screenwriter Brenda-Marie Whitehead: The film festival will feature Multiple Screenings, Special guest and more! It will be Oct 4/6, and in conjunction with the 68th Annual Rex Allen Days. If you have a western genre or western sub-genre film or screenplay, the submission late deadline is Aug 1st. 


Friday Oct 4th: The festival starts at 4:00pm with screening until 10:00pm. A special 50th Anniversary screening of "The Wild Bunch" along with special guest. 

Meet author, filmmaker & Sam Peckinpah historian, Paul Seydor.  Also Meet Author, Susan Compo, and the daughter and son of actor Warren Oates, Torrey & Cody Oates. Q&A's will follow the event!


Saturday Oct 5th: Indie western genre film screenings all day at the Willcox Historic Theater (134 N Railroad) from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and from 3:00pm to 10:00pm. Rex Allen JR, will perform a free concert at 2:00pm in between the Willcox Historic Theater and the Rex All JR Museum. 


Sunday Oct 6th: Indie western genre film screenings all day at the Willcox Historic Theater (134 N Railroad) from 10am to 9:00pm. The Award Show will begin at 9:00pm and will be hosted by our emcee

 Charlie LeSueur. The award show will be co-hosted by Bobbi Jeen Olson. She's also the host of the Western Trading Post TV show, on the cowboy channel.


Sunday Oct 6th: TWBFF AFTER-PARTY will be held at Cattlerest RV Park and Saloon from 10:30pm to 12:30am! It's FREE to attend and late night food and drink will be available for purchase. See you there!! Use hashtag #TWBFF and #rexallendays


The Wild Bunch Film Festival details and tickets/passes will be on the official website at when they become available in the days ahead.



Volunteers contact the festival at for details.


So giddy up and get your passes, and bring your camera!




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By Chuck Graham,


photo by Tim Fuller

From left, Bryn Booth, Holly Griffith, Kathryn Kellner Brown, Ryan Parker Knox and Hunter Hnat (in the space suit).

No one is better than the Rogue Theatre when it comes to presenting shows that make you laugh and think...all at the same time.

"Middletown” by Will Eno is the company's latest triumph in this category, the perfect play for a desert summer night when monsoon pressures are building outside in the dark.

The plot is more about expressing a philosophy than telling a story. Eno enjoys toying with the idea of how we in the audience know that the people onstage are actors. But it is lots more fun if we pretend the actors are real people doing real things.

Just like we do in our own lives, where all events are extra-ordinary but some events keep recurring so often they become ordinary.

For example, we meet a sad-faced doctor (David Greenwood) who has become so weary over the years helping women through the wondrous miracle of childbirth, this wondrous miracle has become his ordinary routine.

Meanwhile just down the hospital hall is a depressed handyman kind of guy (Ryan Parker Knox) who doesn't feel like his life has amounted to much. He's afraid to express his true feelings about almost everything. But he does know how to clear the clogged drain pipe that is ruining your day.

There are many such comparisons in “Middletown.” Eno isn't interested in weighing out the merits of these viewpoints. That's up to each person in the audience,

But Eno definitely wants to remind us these inequalities are found everywhere, all while continuing to layer on the most droll and delightful humor to describe daily small town life in homey tones somehow reminiscent of Garrison Keillor's “Prairie Home Companion” radio show.

Some reviewers have compared “Middletown” to Thornton Wilder's “Our Town,” but there is little to compare. Wilder sees his town of Grover's Corners as a microcosm of life itself.

Eno sees each detail not as a microcosm of the whole world, but as a new world unto itself. We don't appreciate the exceptional nature of the ordinary, he insists..

Consider the basic human body, all the bones and arteries and organs that must stay in perfect working order every second just so a person can sit still. Whether or not that person is happy or sad doesn't really matter to the body.

Equally masterful is how the director, Christopher Johnson, keeps all of Eno's abstract stage bits swirling and darting in the same direction at all times to create a delightful collection of eccentric characters in the first act who gather momentum in the second act to bring a resolution as heart-breaking as it is heroic.

Creating this symphonic ensemble effect are Bryn Booth, David Greenwood, Holly Griffith, Hunter Hnat, Kathryn Kellner Brown, Ryan Parker Knox, Aaron Shand and Leah Taylor.

"Middletown” runs through July 21 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, at The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd. All tickets are $38; student rush $15, on sale 15 minutes before curtain. For further details and reservations, 520-551-2053, or visit


Monday, July 15, 2019

LAST WEEK of Sizzling Summer Sounds 2019


From: Suz, Janos and Invisible Theatre <>
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 12:25 AM
Subject: LAST WEEK Sizzling Announcement from Suz!


Last Week!

Six More Sizzling Summer Sounds Shows

and dinner at DOWNTOWN KITCHEN!


 thing to do on a HOT summer night!!



What do Khris Dodge,

Christine Vivona, Rob Boone,

 Jose "Chach" Snook, Jodi Darling, Crystal Stark, 

Armen Dirtadian, Daniel "Sly" Slipetsky, 

Joe Bourne, John Bucchino, 

and Ann Hampton Callaway have in common?


They are all featured in the  


Invisible Theatre's  




$35 General Admission

Call the Invisible Theatre Box Office

(520) 882-9721

for information and reservations! 


Join us for a pre-show dinner at  

DOWNTOWN KITCHEN and receive a 20% discount 

and reserved seating in the showroom! 

(excluding alcohol/Happy Hour).  


After dinner stroll over to the Carriage House  

and receive reserved showroom seating.


Please make your dinner reservations directly with
DOWNTOWN KITCHEN (520) 623-7700  

and let them know you are attending the cabaret! 


All Events at Janos Downtown Kitchen/Carriage House | 125 S. Arizona Ave.  




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