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ATC's 2010-2011 Season

Woody Guthrie's American Song

Arizona Theatre Company announces a food drive for the Community Food Bank to help feed those in need during the holidays with a "Soup for Seats" promotion during performances of Woody Guthrie's American Song. Patrons who bring a can of soup (or other non-perishable, unopened food item) to the Arizona Theatre Company's Tucson Box Office will receive a free ticket with the purchase of a regular price ticket, valid on December 22, 2010 at 2PM and 7:30 PM.

Woody Guthrie's American Song runs through December 22 in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art and then continues in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center, December 30, 2010 through January 16, 2011. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the ATC Box Office at (520) 622-2823.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

October 16 - November 6, 2010 at the Temple of Music and Art in Downtown Tucson.

A gripping drama about a time when even the most legendary blues singer of her day had to fight for every scrap of respect she could get.

It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is getting ready to record the jazz songs that she sings like no one else. As she strides into the recording studio, she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians, a tight-fisted producer and her manager who's just trying to keep the recording session on track. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a riveting drama from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson, stars renowned actor and recording artist Jevetta Steele as Ma Rainey. Contains mature themes and language.

Photo left: Renowned recording artist Jevetta Steele stars as "Ma Rainey" in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM.

The season continues with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM. "You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life."

It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is getting ready to record the jazz songs that she sings like no one else. As she strides into the recording studio, she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians, a tight-fisted producer and her manager who's just trying to keep the recording session on track.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom gives us a gripping look at a time when even the most legendary singer of her day had to fight for every scrap of respect she could get. Starring renowned recording artist Jevetta Steele as Ma Rainey and directed by Lou Bellamy (Jitney and A Raisin in the Sunat ATC), it is co-produced with Penumbra Theatre at the Guthrie Theater.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom runs from October 16, 2010 through November 6, 2010 in Tucson and November 11, 2010 through November 28, 2010 in Phoenix. Contains mature themes and language.

Romeo and Juliet

November 11-14, 2010
 
By William ShakespeareDon't miss your chance to see "the greatest love story ever told" performed by two of America's premier classical theatre companies. Shakespeare's brilliance was never brighter and more piercing than in this tale of young lovers who triumph over, and then fall victim to, two families at war. This masterpiece lives anew for every generation and paints a vivid picture of the moment when the intoxication of youthful passion soars highest. In poetic language unmatched by any writer, the story of two star-crossed lovers has never been so gripping, or so dangerous, as in this stirring new production. 
 
This is the second co-production of the renowned Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company, following on the success of last season's Henry V, which Christopher Isherwood of The New York Timescalled "Magnificent and unexpectedly moving." ATC subscribers receive discounts on all tickets to Romeo and Juliet. 

Photo left: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS explores the life of movie legend Ginger Rogers.

The season opens with the new musical BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern with book/original songs/arrangements by Christopher McGovern and featuring the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern.Ginger Rogers danced her way into our hearts in the arms of Fred Astaire, setting the gold standard for grace and elegance on the silver screen.

In her surprising true-life story, we follow her from the vaudeville stage at the age of 15 to the Golden Age of the musical and her ascension to Hollywood goddess. Accompanied by the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern combined with new songs, Backwards in High Heels is the story of Virginia McMath, a small-town girl from Texas who dazzled the whole wide world as Ginger Rogers, playing everything from 'the girl next door' to the modern woman with a mind of her own. 

It's a candy box of show-stopping dance numbers, great songs and some surprising revelations about the movie legend. Backwards in High Heels will be directed and choreographed by Broadway veterans Scott Schwartz and Patti Columbo.

It runs from September 10, 2010 through October 2, 2010 in Tucson and October 7, 2010 through October 24, 2010 in Phoenix. It is a co-production with the Asolo Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse and San Jose Repertory Theatre.

Gala 2010 Georgy Awards presented

The Arizona Theatre Company has named Dr. Mary Jo Ghory and Maurice J. Sevigny PhD as recipients of the 2010 "Georgy" Awards. The award will be presented at ATC's GALA 2010: A NIGHT IN LIGHTS, presented by, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, September 25 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S Scott Ave.

The "Georgy" Award was created to honor George Rosenberg, an Arizona Theatre Company Trustee Emeritus and longtime benefactor of ATC, at the first Gala in 1990.  Since then, the "Georgy" Award has been presented annually to individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding commitment to the theatre and a meaningful contribution to ATC.

Both recipients this year have been driving forces in the Tucson community and for ATC as advocates for Arts Education. Dr. Mary Jo Ghory has a been a longtime benefactor to Arizona Theatre Company and has provided ongoing support to our Summer on Stage program.

The program, designed for high-school students, helps to develop creative potential through an intensive process that leads to full theatre productions. Dr. Ghory has also been an essential presence in the theatre helping to underwrite, contributing time as a board member, actively bringing new patrons to events and seeking out new subscribers. Dr. Ghory has chaired the past two "Dudes, Dolls and Divas" fundraising events for ATC.
 
Maurice Sevigny has a long history of supporting the arts in our community.  He served as the Dean of the University of Arizona's College of Fine Arts. Under Sevigny's direction, Theatre Arts programs were redesigned to offer a unique blend of professional training and real life theatre production experiences.   Through his leadership, the College and ATC partnered to offer internships and understudy opportunities to up and coming theatre students.  This partnership continues today.

It is through the passion and philanthropy of supporters like Dr. Ghory and Maurice Sevigny that Arizona Theatre Company has become the highly awarded and celebrated statewide theatre of Arizona.  The Georgy Award is ATC's way to celebrate and honor their commitment to the theatre. 

The Gala committee is chaired by Beth A. Bank, Vice President of ATC board, and chair of the board Development committee.  Committee members include Betsy Bolding, Eileen Lamse, Gail Giclas, Jan Copeland, Linda Pedrigi, Mac Perlich, Gina Murphy-Darling, Rhonda Knotts, Rob Glaser, Sasha Clements and Tori Hill. 

For her efforts chairing the Gala the past three years, ATC is also honored to be presenting Beth Bank a Spirit of Philanthropy award during the Southern Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day luncheon. The Spirit of Philanthropy Awards recognizes those who demonstrate philanthropy through their contributions of time, efforts and/or resources.

"Beth's support and dedication to ATC has made a significant impact."  Said ATC Director of External Affairs Erin Erickson, "Her continued dedication to our organization and our annual Gala is why we wish to honor her efforts with this award."
Gala events kick off at 5:00PM with a wine reception, followed by a performance with this year's headliner Megan Hilty as she Sings the Blonds, a compilation of songs from famous blond performers. After the show the "Georgy" awards will be presented, followed by dinner, live auctions, and dancing to Katy & Co.

Presenting Sponsor for this Year's Gala is Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Other notable sponsors are (Gold Sponsors) Donald and Joan Diamond with The Diamond Foundation, Paul and Alice Baker, (Silver Sponsors) The Clements Family with Golden Eagle Distributors, PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services, Harris Private Bank, The Jim Click Automotive Team and Mr. & Mrs. M. Langdon Hill.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the ATC Box Office at 520.622.2823 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

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ATC's 2010-2011 Season


ATC's 2010 Schedule / 2011ATC


BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
Conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern;
Book/Musical Arrangements/Original Songs by Christopher McGovern
With music by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern
Directed by Scott Schwartz
Tucson: September 10 – October 2, 2010
Phoenix: October 7 – 24, 2010

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by August Wilson
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Tucson: October 16 – November 6, 2010
Phoenix: November 11 – 28, 2010

Arizona Theatre Company Presents The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater production of ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
Tucson: November 11 – 14, 2010
Phoenix:November 4 – 7, 2010

WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG
Songs and writings by Woody Guthrie
Conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer
Directed by Randal Myler
Tucson: November 27 – December 18, 2010
Phoenix: December 30 – January 16, 2010

See ATC 2011 Season Schedule

ATC's Latino playwriting award-winner a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Arizona Theatre Company's own Latino Playwriting Award-Winner, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz, was honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer was awarded to Next to Normal, the Tony Award-winning rock musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Continue reading about Kristoffer DIaz.

World premiere of TEN CHIMNEYS by Jeffrey Hatcher, musicals about Ginger Rogers and Woody Guthrie, and MA RAINEY by August Wilson

LOST IN YONKERS continues AMERICA PLAYS! series, revival of IRMA VEP and visit of ROMEO AND JULIET also highlight the season Read about ATC 2010-2011 season.

Arizona Theatre Company creates the most thrilling professional theatre in the Southwest in 2010-2011, with electric moments of pure beauty, magic and deeply felt emotion in a mix of comedy, drama, classics and musicals.

The new season opens with the Southwest premiere of the musical BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS, about the journey of Hollywood goddess Ginger Rogers; followed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, directed by Lou Bellamy and starring renowned recording artist Jevetta Steele as Ma Rainey. 

ATC's new season follows with the Arizona premiere of WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG, directed by ATC favorite Randal Myler, followed by the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's TEN CHIMNEYS set at the legendary summer estate of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.  Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play LOST IN YONKERS continues ATC's AMERICA PLAYS!

Celebrating Great American Stories initiative for a fourth season; and a twelfth anniversary revival of audience favorite, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, with the original ATC cast and designs. The 2010-2011 season also includes a limited engagement presentation of The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater's production of ROMEO AND JULIET. Read about ATC 2010-2011 season.

ATC's third year of the AMERICA PLAYS!

The Glass Menagerie sparkles at ATC in 2010

Celebrating Great American Stories series will be held in conjunction with its production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE.

This season ATC will offer, in addition to a regularly scheduled series of post-performance discussions, and pre-performance talks, other free activities including a contest about "finding your voice" which will culminate in a graffiti/spoken word event, a reader's theatre experience, an acting workshop, and a glass blowing demonstration. All events are free and open to the public. 
 
Arizona Theatre Company's production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE is sponsored in part by The Stonewall Foundation in Tucson and JP Morgan Chase in both Tucson and Phoenix.
 
Considered by many to be Tennessee Williams' greatest play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, is an achingly beautiful story of longing and love that has touched generations of theatergoers with its delicate story of romantic dreams and shattered illusions. THE GLASS MENAGERIE plays at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson from February 27 through March 20, 2010 and at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix from March 25 through April 11, 2010.
 
Now in its third year, AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories is a five-year initiative for Arizona Theatre Company. Each year, ATC will produce one classic American play dealing with aspects of the American experience, and will include plays that examine social, personal and political issues still relevant today. To encourage a diverse group of participants to add new voices to the conversation, ATC will offer free supplemental community activities tailored to each classic production. Continue reading about the upcoming performance of The Glass Menagerie.

"Finding Your Voice" Contest and Lobby Display

The characters in THE GLASS MENAGERIE are on journeys to "find their voices." ATC invites community members, students and patrons to submit stories on the theme of "finding your voice." The writings will become part of a lobby display and will be part of the Voice and Vision events in each city. For more information, contact Jenny Bazzell, Literary Manager at [email protected] or visit arizonatheatre.org.
 
Voice and Vision: A Graffiti/Spoken Word Explosion
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 3 PM in the Courtyard of the Temple of Music and Art
The collected stories about "finding your voice" will burst forth during an event where ATC staff and volunteers will read them aloud as four talented artists paint a graffiti-art mural ignited by the stories they hear, as well as their own personal tales.
 
Reader's Theatre
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12 PM during the Food for Thought series at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library
Join Arizona Theatre Company as we bring scenes from THE GLASS MENAGERIE to life by inviting members of our community to portray the characters in the play, under the guidance of trained acting professionals.
 
The Actor's Lab
Saturday, March 20 from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Rehearsal Hall of the Temple of Music and Art
This workshop will use scenes from THE GLASS MENAGERIE to teach participants to analyze the written words of the playwright in order to clarify character choices, objectives and conflicts, and to understand these critical aspects of character development. For registration information, contact Alison C. Terry at [email protected] .
 
Glassblowing Demonstration
Saturday, March 20 at 2 PM at Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 633 W. 18th Street.
Watch as local glass artists teach us about the process of glassblowing and flameworking. (A limited number of spaces are available to try your hand at glassblowing after the demonstration.) Please RSVP to Alison C. Terry at [email protected]
 
From Page to Stage
Saturday, March 20 at 1 PM at the Temple of Music and Art
A pre-show event where patrons can learn from ATC Properties Master Paul Lucas how THE GLASS MENAGERIE went from the literary page to the Arizona Theatre Company stage.
 
Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, March 9 following the 7:30 PM performance
Wednesday, March 10 following the 7:30 PM performance
Wednesday, March 17 following the 2 PM performance
 
Ask questions of the show's cast and ATC staff in this open-format discussion.  All post-show discussions take place at the Temple of Music and Art.
  
Prologue: A Pre-Show Talk
Saturday, March 6 through Saturday, March 20 at the Temple of Music and Art
Join us one half-hour before each performance and learn more about THE GLASS MENAGERIE from a member of the show's cast or crew. You'll hear about the play, its history and the process involved in its creation.
 
For more information about Arizona Theatre Company's AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative contact Alison C. Terry at [email protected], call 520.884.8210x 8506 or visit arizonatheatre.org.

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The 2010 ATC season schedule for Tucson, AZ and Phoenix performances:

[title of show]
Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
Musical Staging by by Patti Wilcox
Musical Direction by Christopher McGovern
Southwest Premiere
TUCSON: January 23 - February 13, 2010
PHOENIX: February 18 - March 7, 2010

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By Tennessee Williams
Director TBA
Part of AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories
TUCSON: February 27 - March 20, 2010
PHOENIX: March 25 - April 11, 2010
THE SECOND CITY DOES ARIZONA, OR

CLOSE BUT NO SAGUARO
By The Second City
World Premiere
TUCSON: April 3 - 24, 2010
PHOENIX: April 29 - May 16, 2010

All Tucson, AZ performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the Box Office at (520) 622-2823.

All Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the Box Office at (602) 256-6995.

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) Web Site: http://www.aztheatreco.org/

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