Chapter Two

Chapter Two

Tucson: 09/09/17 - 09/30/17*

Phoenix: 10/05/17 - 10/22/17*

LOVE ALWAYS DESERVED 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 a recently widowed writer George Schneider whose press agent brother introduces him 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.

“A comedy with plenty of laughs and more profundity than you might anticipate.” – Chicago Tribune

“Snappy, funny, and artistically honest … will have you simultaneously laughing and crying.” – New York Times

The River Bride

The River Bride

Tucson: 10/21/17 - 11/11/17*

Phoenix: 11/16/17 - 12/03/17*

A SECRET THE RIVER WON’T GIVE UP. 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.

“A mesmerizing, magical tale of heartbreaking romance. A shining example of what live theatre is all about: superb storytelling; marvelous actors; and technical expertise that transcends into seamless, stunning reality right before the audience’s eyes.” – Times Standard

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Tucson: 12/02/17 - 12/23/17*

Phoenix: 01/11/18 - 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.

“And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.” – “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha

We’re thrilled to share with you an advance look at our 2017/2018 season! The season ahead is chock full of surprises to transport you out of the humdrum of the everyday. New subscriptions can be purchased soon, but for the meantime, renewals are open only to current subscribers and Flex Pass holders.

Outside Mullingar

Outside Mullingar

Tucson: 01/20/18 - 02/10/18*

Phoenix: 02/15/18 - 03/04/18*

FROM THE AUTHOR OF DOUBT AND MOONSTRUCK comes this charmer of a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland. Anthony and Rosmary 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.

“Both funny and poignant. John Patrick Shanley has not written a more beautiful or loving play than Outside Mullingar.” – Variety

Low Down Dirty Blues

Low Down Dirty Blues

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! A group of veteran blues musicians are 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 bluse 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!

“Highly recommended … a unique combination of complete authenticity and theatrical polish.” – Chicago Sun Times

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Tucson: 04/21/18 - 05/12/18*

Phoenix: 05/17/18 - 06/03/18*

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 the lives of Jews persecuted under Nazi rule, this is a story that continues to linger in our minds throughout the generations because of its optimism and intrinsic truth: No matter how dire the circumstances, faith in the good of people is what keeps the world in balance – even when all seems lost.

“It shatters the heart. Never lets us forget the inhuman darkness waiting to claim its incandescently human heroine.” – New York Times

Welcome to the 2017/2018 Season*!

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Everyone at Arizona Theatre Company is euphoric that our loyal subscribers showed up in such force to participate in our 50th Anniversary Season. We were thrilled to share with you an array of work that revealed a wide spectrum of how theatrical stories can be told. It is because of you that ATC is poised to have one of its most successful seasons to date! Your attendance, spirit, and support of ATC completes the beautiful equation that makes our great form so unique and so vital.

It is with great excitement that we would like to share with you an advance look at ATC’s 51st Season. It includes:

  • The return of Marsha Mason to direct the Neil Simon classic Chapter Two (It is said that Ms. Mason was the inspiration for the play, and she received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance in the film);
  • The lyrical and enchanting The River Bride, a tale of true love and transformation;
  • A grand reimagination of the classic musical Man of La Mancha;
  • Outside Mullingar, an offbeat romantic comedy set in rural Ireland – from the author of Doubt and Moonstruck.
  • Low Down Dirty Blues, a rousing, raucous musical event from the creative team that brought you ATC’s It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues and Love, Janis.
  • And a new production of The Diary of Anne Frank that has extraordinary relevance in today’s world.

We are humbled by the support and commitment of our loyal subscribers and we continue to strive to live up to your vote of confidence in us to bring the kind of theatrical work that you have shown is important to the cultural life of Arizona.

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*Plays and dates are subject to change.