ATC’s Play Reading Series
Hear original plays at Arizona Theatre Company!
Tucson: October 12 – May 10, 2014
Phoenix: October 13 – April 13, 2014
Café Bohemia, a season of play readings, jams, and ideas, features diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights. Tucson audiences are invited to enter the dramatic process at its inception, being among the first people in the world to hear these stories come to life and investing in the future of the American theatre by starting relationships with new playwrights and new audiences. Café Bohemia is sponsored by Providence Service Corporation. Admission is only $5!
“Café Bohemia is a space for new voices, sharing ideas and asking questions,” said ATC Associate Artistic Director Stephen Wrentmore. “It partners and reflects our main stage season, but also offers an opportunity for us to spotlight a new generation of artists with our audiences. What I love is the transparency of process and the excitement of creating a play-jam. It offers a rough and ready authentic response to a play by a group of talented actors who are responding, like a jam session, to the play as they read it. And with the continued commitment of ATC in supporting the National Latino Playwriting Award these works could become nationally significant over time.”
Contains mature themes and language.
Café Bohemia also presents the second season of Intermezzo, poetry, prose and performance. Please see the poster [PDF] for more information and upcoming events.
A fresh new opportunity for local playwrights, poets, writers and storytellers to stretch their creative muscles and develop new works with the support of ATC’s professional literary staff. Please see the poster [PDF] for more information and upcoming events.
ATC Book Club
Read a book, see a play, and join the discussion with ATC’s literary staff. Please see the poster [PDF] for more information.
For more information about Café Bohemia performances and satellite events, you can also visit the blog at www.atccafebohemia.blogspot.com.
2013 -2014 Schedule
by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett
Adapted from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
April 12, 2014 at 9:30pm – at The Temple Lounge
April 13, 2014 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)
Albatross brings Samuel Taylor Coleridge's immortal poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to life as a tour-de-force solo performance piece. It blends the vivid language of the poem with original material that unveils the history of the fated Mariner and his life on the high seas in the 1720s. The immortal Mariner is doomed for all eternity to re-tell the harrowing tale of his tragic sea voyage to "those who need to hear it". Complete with privateer battles, tempests, icebergs, and the thoughtless killing of a majestic bird, the Mariner's tale leads him and us into a mystical world of sin, expiation, horror and wonder. The play explores the interconnectedness of all living things, and the necessity for us to be mindful of our actions and their consequences.
Playwright Matthew Spangler’s plays have been produced by theatres across the country and internationally including Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Liverpool Playhouse, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Avignon Theatre Festival, among others. . He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Phil in Theatre from Trinity College in Dublin, and a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Mr. Spangler is currently an Associate Professor of Performance Studies at San Jose State University in California.
Playwright and performer Benjamin Evett returns to the ATC stage after appearing in Freud’s Last Session and God of Carnage. Mr. Evett is the founding artistic director of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston where he performed Hamlet, Coriolanus, Petruchio, Edmund, and Caliban. At the New Repertory Theatre, he performed in Cherry Docs (Danny), Opus (Dorian), and Quills (Coulmier), among others. He was a member of the Resident Company at American Repertory Theater from 1993 to 2003, where he performed in over 50 productions including Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Phaedra (Hippolyte), The Tempest (Ariel), The Bacchae (Pentheus), and Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Son). He has also performed at Huntington Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Hartford Stage, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland Play House, and others. Internationally, he has performed at La Biennale di Venezia, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Taiwan’s National Theatre, and the Moscow Art Theatre.
Previously This Season:
by Caridad Svich
October 12, 2013 at 9:00pm – at The Temple Lounge
October 13, 2013 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)
Co-Winner of ATC’s 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award
Spark is a play about three sisters living in the US, caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.
Playwright Caridad Svich has received the National Latino Playwriting Award twice. Other awards include the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize. Among her major works are Archipelago, 12 Ophelias, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Mans' Blues, and The House of the Spirits (based on the Isabel Allende novel). Her plays and translations have been produced across the US and abroad at diverse venues including Borderlands Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood, 7 Stages, 59E59, Repertorio Espanol, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Teatro Mori (Chile). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK and Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal. She is published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Backstage, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Eyecorner Press, Manchester University Press, StageReads and more. This season, In the Time of the Butterflies (based on the Julia Alvarez novel) receives its English language premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Carthage is work-shopped with Signdance Collective International, and she is developing a new piece with DC-based ensemble force/collision. Visit her at http://www.caridadsvich.com.
Read an AZLatinos.com article featuring Caridad Svich.
Director Katherine Monberg’s recent directing work includes Elephant’s Graveyard at ATC’s Summer on Stage, Tortilla Curtain for ATC’s Café Bohemia, and Savage Bond at the OPP New Play Festival, which she will also direct as part of Beowulf Alley Theatre Company’s current season, opening in November. Ms. Monberg is also the Literary Associate at Arizona Theatre Company, where she works as the staff dramaturg, coordinator of the Café Bohemia new play reading series, and manages the National Latino Playwriting Award and dramaturgical internship program, in collaboration with the University of Arizona.
by Silvia Gonzales S.
December 7, 2013 at 9:30pm – at The Temple Lounge
December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)
Finalist for ATC’s 2012 National Latino Playwriting Award
A broken, aging bullfighter buys a painting from a blind man and from the oils a flamenco dancer and guitar player emerge to sing and dance for him. A boarding house maid appears to be educated in the art of bullfighting and passes him her talents and the confidence to face the bull, but his success turns to grief when he discovers at whose expense he triumphed.
Silvia Gonzales S. began her playwriting in Arizona, after acting in numerous Yuma Community Theater productions. Her play El Vagon/Boxcar was a National Winner of VOCES at Repertorio Espanol (NYC). Subsequently, it was produced by Phoenix’s Teatro Bravo with Borderlands Theater. Spindrift Theater in San Francisco produced the play and members remounted the play and named their new theater El Vagon Theater after the play. Theater for Young Folk at Arizona State University produced Alicia in Wonder Tierra (Or I Can’t Eat Goat Head) directed by Pam Sterling. The play was also produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Coterie, Cara Mia Theatre Company with The Dallas Children's Theater, Utah State Theater, and Teatro Humildad. Alicia was a Kennedy Center New Voices/New Vision participant, and Silvia garnished a commission from John F. Kennedy Center and the Oregon Commission on the Arts.
Director Stephen Wrentmore is the Associate Artistic Director at Arizona Theatre Company and the Curator of Café Bohemia. His recent directing work includes Café Bohemia’s presentations of Kill Shakespeare: A Live Stage Reading and War of the Worlds; The Importance of Being Earnest, Freud’s Last Session and The Great Gatsby at Arizona Theatre Company, and ATC’s Jane Austen’s Emma, co-directed with ATC Artistic Director, David Ira Goldstein.
by Lauren Yee
March 8, 2014 at 9:30pm – at The Temple Lounge
March 9 , 2014 at 7:00pm – at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (147 E. Adams St, Phoenix AZ)
Katie and Craig are having a baby…with a surrogate…who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig reluctantly travels to the subcontinent, where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three “parents” anxiously wait for the baby to be born, flights of fancy attack them from all sides, in the form of an unctuous Frenchman and a smart-mouthed fetus. A whimsical take on modern day colonialism.
Lauren Yee’s work explores the line between humor and heartbreak to create wildly theatrical plays. Credits include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions); Crevice (Impact Theatre); The Hatmaker's Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn); Hookman (Company One workshop); in a word (Hangar and Williamstown workshops); Samsara (O'Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Victory Gardens' IGNITION Festival); and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund grant, Mu Performing Arts). Lauren’s plays have been also developed at Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, The Magic Theatre, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and Orlando Shakespeare Festival. She has been a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, and a Public Theater EWG member. She was a finalist for the Jerome, the PONY, the Princess Grace, and the Wasserstein Prize. Current fellowships include Women’s Project Lab, Ma-Yi Writers' Lab, Second Stage playwright-in-residence, Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright, and Playwrights' Center Core Writer. Current commissions: Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, and Encore Theatre (supported by the Gerbode Foundation). She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
Director Katherine Monberg’s recent directing work includes Savage Bond at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company, Elephant’s Graveyard at ATC’s Summer on Stage, Spark and Tortilla Curtain for ATC’s Café Bohemia. Ms. Monberg is also the Literary Associate at Arizona Theatre Company, where she works as the staff dramaturg, coordinator of the Café Bohemia new play reading series, and manages the National Latino Playwriting Award and dramaturgical internship program, in collaboration with the University of Arizona.