OUR SEASON AT A GLANCE

SEX WITH STRANGERS

By LAURA EASON


Phoenix: 09/24/15 – 10/11/15
Tucson: 02/11/16 – 02/21/16

Letting a stranger in can always be dangerous. A new comedy about the calculations people are making to find love or fame in an age of social media, brightly-lit phone screens, and blogging. A raging snowstorm traps two beautiful strangers in a secluded cabin. Opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites, and sex is imminent. As dawn rises, however, what could have been just a one-night stand transforms into something much more complicated.

Arizona Theatre Company has added a seventh show to the 2015-16 season as it presents a very special production from Stray Cat Theatre, one of Arizona’s leading indie theatre companies.

 

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HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN

Lyrics & Music by
IRVING BERLIN
Book by HERSHEY FELDER


Tucson: 09/16/15 – 10/04/15
Phoenix: 10/08/15 – 10/25/15

From the depths of Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes the American dream. Hershey Felder, a bravura performer, compelling storyteller, and superb concert pianist, who thrilled us with George Gershwin Alone, returns to ATC in another tour-de-force. This time, Felder brings to vibrant life the remarkable story of “America’s Composer.” Featuring Irving Berlin’s most popular and enduring songs – from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “God Bless America” to “White Christmas” – Hershey Felder’s performance makes this evening an unforgettable journey.

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HERSHEY FELDER’S GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SING-ALONG

By HERSHEY FELDER


Tucson: 10/03/15 – 10/03/15
Phoenix: 10/25/15 – 10/25/15

Known for his musical character creations from Gershwin to Bernstein, Chopin to Beethoven and now Irving Berlin, Hershey Felder will present a special one-night-only performance, featuring his signature style and lots of audience participation. Hershey will take you through 100 years of American music from the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, through Bernstein, Sondheim, and many more – and you’re invited to sing along!

From his very first performance of Gershwin Alone, it became clear that the audience wanted to participate once they heard the familiar notes of their favorite songs. Felder is a master at giving the audience what they want, and this show is made just for you. Feel free to belt out your favorites while one of the masters of musical performance leads you in song.

This special performance is Satuday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. (Tucson), and Sunday, October 25,at 7:00 p.m. (Phoenix).

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DISGRACED

By AYAD AKHTAR


Tucson: 10/17/15 – 11/07/15
Phoenix: 11/12/15 – 11/29/15

There are some topics you just shouldn’t discuss at a dinner party. Disgraced is the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning current Broadway hit about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves. Written by one of the most astonishing new voices in American theatre, this provocative tale dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. In Disgraced, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards. We are thrilled to bring you the regional premiere of this blistering Broadway hit.

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SNAPSHOTS: A MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK

Lyrics & Music by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Book by DAVID STERN


Tucson: 11/28/15 – 12/19/15
Phoenix: 12/30/15 – 01/17/16

This new romantic musical comedy blends some of the best-loved songs from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows (Wicked and Godspell) with some of his lesser-known gems. Meet Sue and Dan, a couple who after 20 years of marriage have drifted apart. Together they discover a box of photographs that leads them to relive the memories of their past selves. Snapshots re-imagines favorites from Stephen Schwartz’s vast catalogue in new and exciting ways in a story in which every couple will see themselves. A moving, gorgeous new musical from one of Broadway’s superstars.

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THE SANTALAND DIARIES

By DAVID SEDARIS
Adapted by JOE MANTELLO


Phoenix: 12/10/15 – 12/23/15

Feeling a little NAUGHTY this holiday season? You’ll fit right in at David Sedaris’s cult classic The Santaland Diaries. The show stars Valley favorite Ron May, who brings down the house in the irreverent and wickedly true tale of an Elf in Macy’s Santaland display. If a hilariously funny anti-holiday tale is what you need in your stocking, Crumpet the Elf is providing just the thing!

This is a special, limited-run production in Phoenix

Presented in association with the Herberger Theater Center.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By CHARLES DICKENS


Phoenix: 12/11/15 – 12/26/15

Have you been NICE all year? Santa has just the thing for you. Don’t miss one of the Valley’s most celebrated comedic actresses, Katie McFadzen, as she brings to vivid life Charles Dickens’s famous A Christmas Carol – all by herself. Using Dickens’s own immortal words, this one-woman tour-de-force will bring you the heartwarming story like you’ve never seen or heard it before. Dickens’s famous Christmas message is sure to be just the sugarplum your family is looking for this holiday season.

This is a special, limited-run production in Phoenix.

Presented in association with the Herberger Theater Center.

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FENCES

By AUGUST WILSON
WINNER of the Pulitzer Prize
WINNER of the Tony Award for Best Play


Tucson: 01/16/16 – 02/06/16
Phoenix: 02/11/16 – 02/28/16

One of the most beloved plays of our time, Fences tells the gripping story of sanitation worker Troy Maxson, a star baseball player whose career was blunted by the racism prevalent in pre-Jackie Robinson America. Feeling his world rapidly changing, Troy builds a fence to protect what is familiar and hold off what threatens. Muscular and lyrical, this August Wilson blockbuster shows what can happen when a strong man is robbed of his dreams. Fences tells the searing story of a man who stepped up to the plate too many times only to go down swinging. Fences is a stunning play that is as American as baseball itself.

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OF MICE AND MEN

By JOHN STEINBECK
WINNER of the NY Drama
Critics Circle Award for Best Play


Tucson: 03/05/16 – 03/26/16
Phoenix: 03/31/16 – 04/17/16

Emotional and stirring, John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice And Men follows two friends – Lennie and George – as they drift from job to job across the fields and farms of Central California during the hardship of 1920s America. In a time when dreams seemed a thing of the past, these two unlikely friends dare to believe in a better life. This timeless tale of friendship, loneliness, loyalty, sacrifice, and the human connections that are our bedrock for survival in desperate times are as vibrantly resonant and relevant now as ever before.

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY:DISCORD

A new play by SCOTT CARTER


Tucson: 04/09/16 – 04/30/16
Phoenix: 05/05/16 – 05/22/16

A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you’ve heard this one. Join us for a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy as Discord takes the third U.S. President, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace, locks them in room with ‘no exit’, and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence. A blistering battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.

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MEN ARE FROM MARS – WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS – LIVE!

By ERIC COBLE
Based on the book by JOHN GRAY


Tucson: 08/22/15 – 08/22/15

A one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, Men Are From Mars — Women Are From Venus LIVE! is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults, but it will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!

Performances are Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., at the Temple of Music and Art.

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