Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Events: December

LOOKING FOR MAGIC

December 1, 2015
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue

IT continues its 45th anniversary season with a reading of LOOKING FOR MAGIC, a semi-autobiographical play about one family’s experiences with coming out and living with HIV/AIDS. This inspirational play written by Beverly King Pollock and directed by Fred Rodriguez is on December 1, 2015 in observance of World AIDS Day. LOOKING FOR MAGIC features Roger Owen, Jeffrey Baden, Morgan Fitch, Pat Fitch, Steve Wood, Sarah MacMillan and Ellie Vought.

Beverly King Pollock and husband Mel lost both of their sons to AIDS in the 1990’s. Beverly says, “I had been auditing a playwriting course at the U. of Pittsburgh before we flew to L.A. to take care of our precious son. To try to help me cope, I found myself looking at the strange, tragic scene before me as if it were a play, a drama unfolding in which I was one of the lead characters. It was a play I hated to end.” The play was originally produced by the Pitt Men’s Study, University of Pittsburgh. The play is dedicated to all who lost their battle to this insidious disease and to the brave families, friends and organizations that will not let them be forgotten.

World AIDS Day Tucson is an event held on December 1st to honor and celebrate a community of people living with and to educate about HIV/AIDS.

Events like this one work to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS in communities all over the world. The World
AIDS Day Tucson committee is a group of community members and representatives from local non profits/businesses who are working to reduce new HIV infections and spread knowledge about HIV/AIDS.


LOOKING FOR MAGIC READING AND RECEPTION
December 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719.


THE INVISIBLE THEATRE

The Invisible Theatre (IT) of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to producing quality theatre and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and staged readings.

Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, Associate Artistic Director James Blair, and PR Director Cathy Johnson, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs. The company's current season includes a six play Main Stage season, many special events, a world class cabaret series, organizational collaborations, educational tours, seminars that encourage community dialogue and Project Pastime – an educational theatre program for the mentally challenged youth.

The Invisible Theatre, the recipient of the first Arizona Theatre Association Award for Best Producing Theatre Company, is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and has long enjoyed both local and national recognition for its strong leadership role in the arts community. Productions take place in an intimate 80-seat converted laundry building. IT celebrates its 45th season with an even greater commitment to professionalism, artistic excellence, accessibility, freedom of expression, diverse programming and creative challenge – thus making the Invisible Theatre a very visible force in Tucson's cultural community.


ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Beverly King Pollock (Playwright) served as Director of Communications for The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and studied playwriting at the University of Pittsburgh. Her column “Quoth the Maven” which originated in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, has appeared in 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada. IT’S BUSINESS, her first play, had professional staged readings at the Pittsburgh JCC. With Shirley Katz, she co-wrote short scenes for Pittsburgh organizations and co-hosted a daily radio show “Those Two” for the average housewife and everyday, ordinary nuclear physicist. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette honored her with the “Community Champion Award” because of her work in the AIDS community. As a tribute to her two precious sons who died of AIDS, Robert in 1991 and Larry in 1995, she and her husband Mel (who passed away in 2008) founded Jews With AIDS in the Family (with the support of Jewish Family and Children’s Service and The Federation). Beverly has two wonderful daughters, Sally Bedrick and Susan Stein. At 92 years young, Beverly is working on her memoirs, “Every Story Has a Story”.


FACTS ABOUT LOOKING FOR MAGIC

WHO:
Written by Beverly King Pollock

WHAT:
Arizona Premiere of LOOKING FOR MAGIC

WHERE:
The Invisible Theatre
1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ. 85719

WHEN:
December 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
A conversation with Beverly King Pollock and reception will follow the reading.

RUNNING TIME:
90 minutes with no intermission

FOR INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE A COMPLIMENTARY TICKET:
Call our Box Office at (520) 882-9721

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:
The Invisible Theatre is fully accessible to patrons using wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. Seating areas to accommodate persons using wheelchairs are located in the theatre.

If patrons require special seating they should inform the Box Office at (520) 882-9721.

 


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