Tucson / Phoenix: Arizona Theatre Co.: 2008-2009 Season

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

Season includes Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed THE CLEAN HOUSE, HERSHEY FELDER AS GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE, and start of ATC’s America Plays! Initiative with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

(Photo above: Ken Ruta in Arizona Theatre Company's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde")

Delighting audiences with a thrilling variety of dramas, comedies and musicals, Arizona Theatre Company artistic director David Ira Goldstein has announced a 41st season of ambition, excitement and variety.

Among the works selected for the 2007-2008 season are the world premiere Broadway-bound musical MASK; the world premiere of Jefffrey Hatcher’s chilling version of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee; HERSHEY FELDER AS GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE; and THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl. A sixth play is still to be finalized and will be announced on April 2.

A new musical headed to Broadway starts its journey on ATC’s stages this winter. Created by some of Broadway and Hollywood’s most acclaimed talents and based on the Oscar-winning 1985 film, Mask is the true story of fifteen-year- old Rocky Dennis, whose unusual face gives the appearance of a mask. His tough-talking biker mother, Rusty, gives him the strength to face the world, but, ultimately, he is called upon to save her. This emotional and uplifting musical presents a unique look into a world where the most unlikely people can be heroes.

Music and lyrics are by Academy Award nominees and multi-Grammy Award winners Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who created dozens of hit songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Here You Come Again,” “On Broadway,” and “Somewhere Out There.” In an astonishing career as one of pop music’s most successful song-writing teams, Mann and Weil mark their first full- length musical theatre score with Mask. The book of Mask is authored by Academy Award nominee, Anna Hamilton

Phelan, screenwriter of the original film which won a Writer’s Guild of America Best Screenplay award. Richard Maltby, Jr., creator and director of the Tony Award winning musicals Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Fosse and the co-writer of the international hit Miss Saigon, directs this not-to-be-missed event. Mask runs from November 24 – December 15, 2007 in Tucson and December 31, 2007 – January 20, 2008 in Phoenix. Mask is a co-production with the Pasadena Playhouse, where it will play in March and April in 2008.

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

R. Hamilton Wright and Anna Bullard in Arizona Theatre Company's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

What happened the night that Henry Jekyll died? Against the backdrop of Victorian London, the respected Dr. Jekyll has begun to display alarmingly erratic behavior toward his friends. At the same time, a brutal figure has begun to haunt the city’s streets, committing assault and murder under the cloak of darkness and the dismal London fog.

In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll’s friend and lawyer confronts the monstrous Mr. Hyde in a series of Rashomon-like scenes that attempt to answer the puzzles at the heart of a tortured soul. Nationally renowned playwright and ATC favorite Jeffrey Hatcher (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Turn of the Screw, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, Tuesdays With Morrie, Ella) bring Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of inner demons and evil unchecked to ATC’s stage in a theatrically intense, intimate and fiendishly clever world premiere.

Phot: R. Hamilton Wright and Mark Anderson Phillips in Arizona Theatre Company's
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This new spin on one of literature’s great masterpieces will be directed by ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, who previously directed the world premieres of two other Victorian classics for ATC, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and Dracula.

A co-production with San Jose Repertory Theatre, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde runs from January 12 – February 2, 2008 in Tucson and February 7 – 24, 2008 in Phoenix.

Watch and download the original 1920 motion picture "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"

"To Kill A Mockingbird"

A great American classic and one of the most beloved coming-of-age stories ever written, Harper Lee’s moving tale of life in rural Alabama during the Depression is filled with heartache and joy, conflict and conciliation.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout, a six-year-old tomboy, grows up quickly as her father, Atticus Finch, defends a legal battle that reveals fired of prejudice burning through the South where black and white, rich and poor, young and old struggle to find common ground and survive. To Kill A Mockingbird is the first production in ATC’s AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative. This ambitious multi-year series of American classics will include special public forums, readings, education programs and state-wide community-based events.

To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel, is a co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre. It runs from March 1 – 22, 2008 in Tucson and March 27 – April 13, 2008 in Phoenix.

"The Clean House"

Matilde is the child of the two funniest people in Brazil. She has gotten a job as a cleaning woman for an American doctor with no sense of humor – which doesn’t really matter since all her jokes are in Portuguese anyway. And even though she’s a complete failure at dusting, ironing and vacuuming, she is still a catalyst for cleaning up the lives of the people she meets.

The Clean House is a mischievously comic look at the dark secrets we sweep under the rug. This off- Broadway hit was written by Sarah Ruhl, who this year was a McArthur Genius Award-winner and is one of the brightest new playwriting talents of the American stage.

The New York Times called it, “One of the finest and funniest new plays you’re likely to see this season ... a play that keeps revealing surprising insights, whimsical images and layers of rich feeling as it goes along.” The Clean House runs from April 5 – 26, 2008 in Tucson and May 1 – 18, 2008 in Phoenix.

Sixth Upcoming Play

We are still finalizing plans for the sixth play of our season which will run in Tucson from October 20 – November 10, 2007 and November 15 – December 2, 2007 in Phoenix. An announcement will be made on April 2. Plays and dates are subject to change.

Subscriptions for Arizona Theatre Company’s 2007-2008 season are currently on sale. All Tucson 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. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.

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Subscriptions for Arizona Theatre Company’s 2007-2008 season are currently on sale.

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. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.

The season schedule for Tucson and Phoenix:

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Jeffrey Hatcher. Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Directed by David Ira Goldstein.
Tucson, January 12 – February 22, 2008; Phoenix, February 7 – 24, 2008

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, adapted by Christopher Sergel. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.
Tucson, March 1 – 22, 2008; Phoenix, March 27 – April 13, 2008

THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl
Tucson, April 5 – 26, 2008; Phoenix, May 1 – 18, 2008

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