OUR SEASON AT A GLANCE

2017 / 2018 SEASON


Tucson: 09/09/17 – 05/12/18
Phoenix: 10/05/17 – 06/03/18

The season ahead is chock-full of surprises to transport you out of the humdrum of the everyday.

We begin our 51st season with Chapter Two, Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about a recently widowed writer and his new lady love, written as a tribute to Mr. Simon’s second wife, Marsha Mason – and Ms. Mason herself will be returning to ATC to direct the show! Then, you’ll be romanced by our long-awaited production of National Latino Playwriting Award-winner The River Bride: a heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation, and the struggle to stay true to your family while staying true to yourself. Next, you can “dream the impossible dream” with our exciting new flamenco-influenced production of the Tony-winning favorite Man of La Mancha.

The spring half of the season begins with Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland and penned by John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt and Moonstruck. Then, the creative team that tore down the house at ATC with It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (2003/2004) and Love, Janis (2006/2007) turns up the heat with a uniquely rousing, raucous musical event in Low Down Dirty Blues. We’ll finish the season with one of the most powerful and moving stories of the 20th century: The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Show Sponsors: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

MACBETH (Summer on Stage 2017)

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by JASMINE ROTH


Tucson: 07/27/17 – 07/27/17

Summer 2017 is the SOS/SBS Summer of Horror!

Part supernatural horror story, part high-stakes political thriller, Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a chilling tale of ambition, deception, and murder in the royal court of Scotland. William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy comes to life in a post-apocalyptic teenage world. The young Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of Weird Sisters that he will one day be king. Consumed by his ambition and urged by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan to take the throne for himself. Then, wracked with guilt and paranoia, he continues to murder others in order to protect himself, which eventually leads to civil war, madness, and death.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or at the door.

Our featured food trucks for this performance are Tri-Tip Man and Bella’s Gelato. Enjoy food and beverages outside in the courtyard or indoors in the air-conditioned lounge space from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.! The lobby bar will be available before the show and at intermission.

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program for high school students interested in developing advanced skills in theatre arts. By training with the professionals at Arizona Theatre Company, the students gain real world experience by helping to create two fully produced productions – one play and one musical – while also training in onstage and backstage techniques. The Onstage students learn skills in auditioning, voice, dance, movement, text analysis, Shakespeare, acting methods, improvisation and stage combat; and the Backstage students develop skills in lighting, sound, paints and props, stage management, and set design, while also helping to create the design elements for the productions. This year, Summer on Stage is culminating with our production of Macbeth on July 27th at 7:00 p.m., and The Addams Family on July 28th at 7:00 p.m.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Summer on Stage 2017)

Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on characters created by CHARLES ADDAMS

Directed by ISRAEL JIMENEZ


Tucson: 07/28/17 – 07/28/17

Summer 2017 is the SOS/SBS Summer of Horror!

Everyone’s favorite lovable family of creepy, kooky eccentric characters takes the stage in The Addams Family, the musical. Gomez and his ever-devoted wife, Morticia, are thrown for a loop when their daughter, Wednesday – who is now 18 – finds herself falling in love with a quite ordinary boy, Lucas Beineke. When Wednesday invites the “normal” Beineke family to dinner at the Addams mansion for the families to meet, comic chaos ensues.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or at the door.

Our featured food truck for this performance is JoZarelli’s Food Truck. Enjoy food and beverages outside in the courtyard or indoors in the air-conditioned lounge space from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.! The lobby bar will be available before the show and at intermission.

Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program for high school students interested in developing advanced skills in theatre arts. By training with the professionals at Arizona Theatre Company, the students gain real world experience by helping to create two fully produced productions – one play and one musical – while also training in onstage and backstage techniques. The Onstage students learn skills in auditioning, voice, dance, movement, text analysis, Shakespeare, acting methods, improvisation and stage combat; and the Backstage students develop skills in lighting, sound, paints and props, stage management, and set design, while also helping to create the design elements for the productions. This year, Summer on Stage is culminating with our production of Macbeth on July 27th at 7:00 p.m., and The Addams Family on July 28th at 7:00 p.m.

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Join us at the Temple of Music and Art this summer for a special film event! Throughout the summer, we will be opening the Temple of Music and Art to screen eight classic films. For each screening, we will be hosting a featured beverage donor and food truck, AND there will be live music in the courtyard before the film starts. Your $10 ticket also gets you free popcorn and 1 free beverage!

You won’t want to miss this limited-time opportunity to escape the Tucson heat and eat, drink, and enjoy these wonderful films on the big screen!

The Marx Brothers’ comedy classic A Night at the Opera (1935) features Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, and Walter Woolf King in a comedic take on high society. In their first film for MGM (and after the departure of Zeppo from the troupe), the Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protege’s romance with the leading lady. It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 1993.

The screening begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door.

Show Sponsors:

Join us at the Temple of Music and Art this summer for a special film event! Throughout the summer, we will be opening the Temple of Music and Art to screen eight classic films. For each screening, we will be hosting a featured beverage donor and food truck, AND there will be live music in the courtyard before the film starts. Your $10 ticket also gets you free popcorn and 1 free beverage!

You won’t want to miss this limited-time opportunity to escape the Tucson heat and eat, drink, and enjoy these wonderful films on the big screen!

The 1955 landmark film Rebel Without a Cause stars James Dean in his iconic role as Jim Stark, an alienated teenager with a troubled past, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo as his equally damaged friends, and Jim Backus as his henpecked father. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and was added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 1990.

The screening begins at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door.

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CHAPTER TWO

By NEIL SIMON
Directed by MARSHA MASON


Tucson: 09/09/17 – 09/30/17
Phoenix: 10/05/17 – 10/22/17

Love always deserves another chapter. Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful and performed playwrights in the world. Chapter Two is his semi-autobiographical comedy about recently widowed writer George Schneider, who is introduced by his press agent brother to soap opera actress Jennie Malone. Both are trying to come to terms with starting from scratch, and through their friends – who are determined to see the two happy again – the pair meet and begin a whirlwind romance. The play was written as a tribute to Marsha Mason, Mr. Simon’s second wife, who was also nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for playing the lead role in the film. Ms. Mason, who wowed us last season with her direction of An Act of God, will be with us at ATC to direct this comedy filled with truth and wisdom.

Show Sponsors: SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

THE RIVER BRIDE

By MARISELA TREVIÑO ORTA


Tucson: 10/21/17 – 11/11/17
Phoenix: 11/16/17 – 12/03/17

Winner of the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award.

Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister, Belmira’s, wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers! And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation, and the struggle to stay true to your family while staying true to yourself.

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Show Sponsors: SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Book by DALE WASSERMAN
Lyrics by JOE DARION
Music by MITCH LEIGH
Directed by DAVID BENNETT
Choreography by KATHRYN VAN METER


Tucson: 12/02/17 – 12/31/17
Phoenix: 01/05/18 – 01/28/18

A new dream for a new era. Following the record-breaking success of ATC’s Fiddler on the Roof, we bring you a thrilling new production of the brilliant Tony Award®-winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream. Our quest is to bring you a Man of La Mancha that fully realizes the triumphant story and the score of beloved songs including the iconic “Impossible Dream,” while pulsating with the vibrant culture of Spain. This exciting new staging takes inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance – focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the performers/musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes. This thrilling new staging will amplify the lasting power and potent emotions of this beloved musical.

Show Sponsors: PRODUCTION SPONSOR (TUCSON): Jim & Dolly Moran ♦ PRODUCTION SPONSOR (PHOENIX): Joanie Flatt & Michael Flatt ♦ SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

By JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY
Directed by DAVID IVERS


Tucson: 01/20/18 – 02/10/18
Phoenix: 02/15/18 – 03/04/18

*Tony Nominee for Best Play*

From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes this charmer of a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony is painfully shy and has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland. Rosemary lives right next door and is determined to have him – at all costs! She has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Poetic, uplifting, dark, and funny, Outside Mullingar is a compassionate work about how sometimes the very things we’re looking for happen to be right in front of us the whole time.

Show Sponsors: SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES

By RANDAL MYLER and DAN WHEETMAN
Directed by RANDAL MYLER


Tucson: 03/10/18 – 03/31/18
Phoenix: 04/05/18 – 04/22/18

The club may be closed, but the party is just heating up! This sizzling musical revue finds a group of veteran blues musicians assembled for an after-hours jam session to swap stories and share their favorite low down dirty tunes, pulled from the greatest hits of Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and many others. Featuring nearly two-dozen smokin’ songs filled with passion, soul, and a love of life, these hot rhythms celebrate the bawdier side of the blues and are guaranteed to keep the theatre sultry and steamy from the first note to the last. The creative team that tore down the house at ATC with It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and Love, Janis turns up the heat with this uniquely rousing, raucous musical event!

Show Sponsors: PRODUCTION SPONSOR (TUCSON): Margaret E. Mooney Foundation ♦ 2017/2018 SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Dramatized by FRANCES GOODRICH and ALBERT HACKETT
Adaptation by WENDY KESSELMAN
Directed by DAVID IRA GOLDSTEIN


Tucson: 04/21/18 – 05/12/18
Phoenix: 05/17/18 – 06/03/18

Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY.

Finding hope in the darkest corners. One of the most powerful stories of the 20th century, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Anne’s daily existence – her fears, her hopes, her laughter, her grief, and her family’s desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world – drive this transcendently powerful true-life tale. Incorporating newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank – as well as survivor accounts – to create an impassioned story of lives of Jews persecuted under Nazi rule, it is a story that continually lingers in our minds throughout the generations because of its optimism and intrinsic truth: the idea that no matter how dire the circumstances, faith in the good of people is what keeps the world in balance – even when all seems lost.

Show Sponsors: PRODUCTION SPONSOR (TUCSON): Shirley Estes ♦ PRODUCTION SPONSOR (PHOENIX): APS ♦ 2017/2018 SEASON SPONSOR: I. Michael and Beth Kasser