Arizona Theatre Company's new year starts with old classics
Photo left: WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG celebrates the great American story.
ATC produces an Arizona premiere when we journey with America's greatest folksinger in a musical voyage conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer, WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG. Bound for Glory, Nine Hundred Miles, Lonesome Valley, This Land Is Your Land.
We all know them and we've all sung them - songs about the open road, fighting for one's rights, and the beauty of nature.
Now meet the man that brought them all to life. As he looked for work and his next meal, Woody sang the stories of a whole nation determined to survive the Great Depression.
Pull up a chair and join with us in discovering and celebrating the great American who gave our country its voice. Woody Guthrie's American Songwill be directed by Randal Myler, who previously brought Arizona Theatre Company audiences to rousing standing ovations with Hank Williams: Lost Highway, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Touch the Namesand Love, Janis. Woody Guthrie's American Song runs from November 27, 2010 through December 18, 2010 in Tucson and December 30, 2010 through January 16, 2011 in Phoenix.
Photo left: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are at the center of TEN CHIMNEYS, a new play commissioned by ATC.
The season continues with the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's TEN CHIMNEYS, a new play commissioned by Arizona Theatre Company. "Not many people know what it's like to be an artist, an actress. "I'm a sea gull! I'm a sea gull!" How do you say, "I'm a seagull, I'm a seagull," and not have the audience laugh at you?"Love, intrigue, romance and suicide. And that's just in the play they're rehearsing.
In the late 1930s, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the two most revered stars of the Broadway stage, decide to perform Chekhov's masterpiece The Sea Gull. But first they must retreat to 'investigate' the play at Ten Chimneys, their legendary Wisconsin estate, where they are surrounded by actors, family and hangers-on. When a young actress named Uta Hagen arrives, a romantic triangle begins to mirror the events in Chekhov's play about passion and art.
The result is a sweet, sad, funny and revealing look at the private lives of artists who are always on the stage. Ten Chimneys is a world premiere by Jeffrey Hatcher, author of ATC's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ellaand Tuesdays with Morrie. Ten Chimneys runs from January 22, 2011 through February 12, 2011 in Tucson and February 17, 2011 through March 6, 2011 in Phoenix.
The fourth installment of ATC's AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Storiesinitiative is Neil Simon's LOST IN YONKERS. "There's nothing like family, boys! The one place in the world you're safe, is with your family ... right?"Meet the Kurnitz family. Grandma is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about duty, devotion, trust and love. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and as comical as it is poignant, Lost in Yonkersis the masterwork of Neil Simon's career and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears. Past AMERICA PLAYS! productions include The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun and To Kill a Mockingbird. This unique initiative is designed to engage audiences both through the onstage performance and community activities designed to enhance the understanding of this classic play. Directed by Arizona Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Samantha K. Wyer, Lost in Yonkers runs from February 26, 2011 through March 19, 2011 in Tucson and March 24, 2011 through April 10, 2011 in Phoenix.
Photo left: Bob Wright and Bob Sorenson reunite for the 12th anniversary of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP.
ATC brings back a comedic classic with the reprise of Charles Ludlam's THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. "It's hard to convince people of the supernatural. Most people have enough trouble believing in the natural." Audiences laughed until they couldn't breathe when we produced this virtuoso quick-change horror story a dozen years ago.
You asked for it - so we're bringing it all back to endanger your funny bone again! Two lightning-fast actors portray all the residents of the Mandacrest estate--as well as a host of vampires, werewolves, mummys and things that go bump in the night--who travel from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again. With Gothic plot turns thrown out like thumbtacks in the road, along with a stage full of outrageous sets and costumes, Irma Vep will keep you in stitches right up until the final twist. Featuring the same two comic geniuses in the cast, Bob Sorenson and R. Hamilton Wright, and directed once again by Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, The Mystery of Irma Vep runs from April 9, 2011 through April 30, 2011 in Tucson and May 5, 2011 through May 22, 2011 in Phoenix.
Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers
This spring Arizona Theatre Company journeys to the New York boroughs and into Neil Simon's masterwork, LOST IN YONKERS, the fourth installment of ATC's AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories series. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, LOST IN YONKERS is as funny as it is poignant and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears.
Featuring Tony Award-winner and Arizona favorite Judy Kaye, and directed by Samantha K. Wyer, LOST IN YONKERS plays in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art from February 26 through March 19, 2011.
It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from March 24 through April 10, 2011. LOST IN YONKERS is sponsored in part by JP Morgan Chase, Shirley Estes, and The Stonewall Foundation. AMERICA PLAYS! is sponsored by The Johnson Family Foundation, and Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Foundation. The Tucson media sponsors for the 2010-2011 season are KGUN9, MIX-FM and Tucson Lifestyle. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.
LOST IN YONKERS tells the story of a family coping with the challenges of keeping together during World War II and the struggles to balance love with tough times. Grandma Kurnitz is the matriarch with a will of iron and a hardwood cane who spared no rod in raising her four children. When her two teenage grandsons are forced by circumstances to live with her for a year, the clash of generations and battle of wills leads the whole family to learn important lessons about Love, duty, devotion, and trust.
"Neil Simon is at his best in LOST IN YONKERS, writing a tale that combines his delightful humor with surprising pathos in this story of a multi-generational family who struggles to find room to breathe under the oppression of a strong-willed matriarch with eyes in the back of her head," said Director Samantha K. Wyer. "Simon draws the audience into the world of the play effortlessly, and soon the family's dreams for the future become our own as we cheer for them to triumph."
LOST IN YONKERS is the first Neil Simon play produced by ATC since The Sunshine Boys 36 years ago in 1975. NEIL SIMON (Playwright) has been represented on Broadway by Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me; Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; Chapter Two; They're Playing our Song; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues (1985 Tony Award); Broadway Bound; Lost in Yonkers (1991 Pulitzer Prize; Tony Award); Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and many more. His films include The Out-of-Towners, Plaza Suite, The Heartbreak Kid, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, The Goodbye Girl, The Cheap Detective, California Suite, Chapter Two, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues.
For more information about Arizona Theatre Company and the 2010-2011 season, call the ATC box office in Tucson or Phoenix. All Tucson performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson (330 S. Scott Avenue); call (520) 622-2823. All Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix (222 E. Monroe Street); call (602) 256-6995. Or, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.
Tours of the Tucson Temple of Music and Arts
Arizona Theatre Company now provides tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art.
This spring, tours are conducted at 11:30 AM on the following dates: February 12, February 26, March 5, April 16, 2011.