Our Season at a Glance

The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Stephen Wrentmore

Tucson: September 14 – October 5, 2013
Phoenix: October 10 – 27, 2013

At a refined bachelor flat trouble is brewing! In Oscar Wilde’s most beloved and endlessly delightful classic, Jack is in love with Gwendolen, Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who in fact does not exist. In a tangle of mistaken identity and delicious wordplay, the lovers also face the indomitable force of Lady Bracknell. Full of sparkling wit, provocative remarks and with satirical humor at every turn, this truly is one the most loved and enduringly popular plays of all time, brought to new life with ATC's panache.

The Mountaintop

Arizona Premiere

The Mountaintop

Written by Katori Hall
Directed by Lou Bellamy

Tucson: October 19 – November 9, 2013
Phoenix: November 14 - December 1, 2013

The Lorraine Motel. Memphis. 1968. In this gripping re-imagining of the events on the eve of his assassination, we find Martin Luther King Jr. in his hotel room after delivering his most memorable speech - when an unexpected visitor arrives with surprising news. Through this encounter, Dr. King is forced to confront his doubts, destiny and legacy to his people. A soul-stirring hit in London and on Broadway, The Mountaintop’s dramatic, magical storytelling gives us insight into King, the man, and reaches a summit that might surprise you.

mature language.



Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne
Directed by David Ira Goldstein

Tucson: November 30 – December 22, 2013
Phoenix: December 31, 2013 – January 19, 2014

It's hilarity on wheels in this hit, award-winning musical comedy for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. In this smash Broadway hit, Kira, a beautiful, magical Greek muse, is sent on a quest from the heavens to inspire a young artist to achieve his greatest dream – to build the first roller disco. (Hey...It's 1980!) A delightful musical spoof of the classic Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film, this hilarious roller-skating, disco-dancing adventure weaves a tale of endless fun perfect for the whole family. Featuring popular '80s songs like "Magic," "All Over The World," "Suddenly," "I'm Alive," "Evil Woman," and "Xanadu."

Run time is 2 hours and includes a 15 minute intermission.

Other Desert Cities

Arizona Premiere

Other Desert Cities

Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by James Still

Tucson: January 18 – February 8, 2014
Phoenix: February 13 – March 2, 2014

Meet the Wyeths, a seemingly-perfect upper middle class family replete with wealth, political influence and A-list connections “living the dream” in Palm Springs. Then their daughter Brooke arrives home for the holidays to reveal the impending publication of her 'tell-all' memoir. In this critically acclaimed Broadway hit the truth crackles with wit, razor-sharp one-liners, a fierce cast of characters, and a storyline that grabs you from the opening scene to the riveting conclusion.

"The Best New Play on Broadway!" 
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.

Around The World In 80 Days

Around The World In 80 Days

Written by Mark Brown
Based on the novel by Jules Verne

Directed by David P. Saar

Tucson: March 1 – 22, 2014
Phoenix: March 27 – April 13, 2014

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. In 1872 London, Phileas Fogg believes that, with modern transportation, it's now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. Impossible! It's a whirlwind journey filled with exotic locales and great fun. Beware! There's villainy, a damsel in distress and narrow escapes. Jules Verne's masterpiece will keep you on the edge of your seat and rolling in the aisles in this whirlwind adventure across seven continents.

Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.

Venus In Fur

Arizona Premiere

Venus In Fur

Written by David Ives
Directed by Shana Cooper

Tucson: April 5 – 26, 2014
Phoenix: May 1 – 18, 2014

One of the sexiest, intelligent, most acclaimed new plays in recent Broadway history. Venus in Fur introduces us to Vanda, a startlingly talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on a classic erotic novel. When Vanda shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances. Her emotionally charged audition for Thomas, the demanding playwright/director, becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex.

"All the hype is true!" – Newsday

mature themes and language.

Café Bohemia 2013-14

Café Bohemia 2013-14

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.


Los Matadores

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.

Special Thanks to ATC's 2013-2014 Full Season Sponsors
I. Michael and Beth Kasser

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