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Arizona Theatre Company 2016 season

Arizona Theatre CompanyArizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) Board of Trustees announced that the curtain will rise on its 51st anniversary season.


King Charles (September 10-30, 2016)

Arizona Theatre Company opens its 50th anniversary season with Mike Bartlett’s award-winning exploration of the people underneath the crowns, King Charles III, September 10-30 at the Temple of Music and Art

ATC's Successful Fundraiser

“To say we are thrilled to be able to make this announcement is the understatement of all understatements,” said ATC Board of Trustees Chair Lynne Wood Dusenberry. “These last two weeks have caused many sleepless nights, but the outpouring of support, even from those who were unable to contribute to the effort, has been simply overwhelming. And to those who so generously donated to the effort, at whatever level they could afford, we can only offer our deep thanks and a promise to take every necessary step to ensure that ATC is in a position to produce 50 more seasons. At the same time, as wonderful as this day is, there is still much work to be done on both the fund-raising side and organizationally to ensure ATC’s long-term financial and artistic stability.”

Tucson business leader Mike Kasser, who guaranteed that $1 million would come from Tucson if the second million could be raised from donors in Phoenix said that “I’m so happy that this effort came together and reached the goal. With over 700 small-to-medium size donors, It was like a crowd-funding campaign without the Internet. I also very much appreciate the support from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as well as several large donors. We know that this does not represent the end of our fund-raising focus, but now ATC can move forward with a very exciting season and plan for the future.”

The fund-raising effort included 448 donors in Tucson and 320 in Phoenix. Going forward, Arizona Theatre Company will continue its considerable fund-raising efforts for its annual campaign and recapitalization of the institution.

Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, for whom the 2016-17 season will be his 25th, expressed his “heartfelt and abiding gratitude for this outpouring of support from across the state and throughout the country. It makes it possible for Arizona Theatre Company to continue building the legacy of a remarkable professional theatre for diverse audiences, students and families throughout the region. I assure our community that we understand our responsibility as the stewards of this great organization, now entering its sixth decade.”

Goldstein also thanked Phoenix Mayor Stanton, Tucson Mayor Rothschild, Phoenix Council member and Arts Subcommittee Chair Laura Pastor and individual donors “for their heroic efforts on behalf of Arizona Theatre Company. Our artists are chomping at the bit to get back to telling stories that move, enlighten, entertain and connect us to our world. Starting today, it’s full speed ahead towards our first performance of the season.”

Managing Director Billy Russo said ATC senior management and board members have already begun strategic discussions to determine “the shape and scope of the 2016-17 season so that we can reduce production and operational expenses where possible and assess projected revenues to ensure that ATC produces this season with maximum efficiency.”

The 2016-17 season is scheduled to open with King Charles III, Sept. 10-30 in Tucson and Oct. 6-23 in Phoenix. The opening show will be followed by An Act of God, Oct. 22-Nov. 2 in Tucson and Nov. 17-Dec. 4 in Phoenix; and Fiddler on the Roof, Dec. 3-31 in Tucson and Jan. 6-29 in Phoenix.

Season ticket packages offering full-season access and individual show packages are on sale immediately. Single tickets to King Charles III and An Act of God will go on sale in the next two weeks. Call the box office in Tucson at (520) 622-2823 or in Phoenix at (602) 256-6995.

ATC's 2016 Schedule

Single tickets for Arizona Theatre Company’s upcoming 50th anniversary season of six of the finest contemporary and classic American theatre productions at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., go on sale Monday, July 25.

The season includes acclaimed Broadway hits King Charles III; An Act of God, by 13-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of The Daily Show With John Stewart; the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire; an epic revival of the beloved musical about family, faith and tradition, Fiddler on The Roof; and two world premieres: the ATC-commissioned mystery Holmes and Watson from the screenwriter of the recent film Mr. Holmes, and ATC’s 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award winner, The River Bride.

Tickets for King Charles III and Act of God go on sale on Monday, July 25; for Fiddler on the Roof and The River Bride on Monday, Sept. 12; and for Ring of Fire and Holmes and Watson on Monday, Nov. 7.

Single tickets prices range from $25 to $100, including fees. Additional fees may apply. Group ticket prices range from $30-$50 for groups of 10 and more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the ATC box office in Tucson at (520) 622-2823.

“Next season will be a year-long celebration of a half-century of unforgettable theatre in Arizona,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein in announcing the 2016-2017 season. “It will be an opportunity for the thousands of professional artists and staff, and the audiences of millions who have joined with us over that time, to take a deep bow. In putting together this Golden Anniversary season, we have tried to assemble an exceptionally ambitious season that reflects many of the strands of our diverse, wide-ranging and exciting history.”

  • Tucson, AZ performances for ATC take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the ATC Box Office at (520) 622-2823.
  • Phoenix performances for ATC take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the Arizona Theatre Company Box Office at (602) 256-6995.
  • Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) Web Site: arizonatheatre.org


The 2016-17 Arizona Theatre Company season

King Charles III
By Mike Bartlett. Sept. 10-30, 2016

The Queen is Dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Prince Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how will he rule?

This thrilling new Broadway and West End hit draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, but with modern verve, a comic subplot, and even the occasional appearance of a significant ghost. This provocative new drama of political intrigue explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play and hailed as the 2015’s No. 1 Play of the Year by The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the Associated Press.

An Act of God
By David Javerbaum. Oct. 22-Nov. 12, 2016

After conquering Broadway, God has come to Arizona for the very first time! Described by The New York Times as “deliriously funny!”, this sinfully hilarious and critically acclaimed new play brings us God and His devoted angels to answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation and to give us a new Ten Commandments.

He’s finally arrived to set the record straight… and boy is He not holding back! Written by the 13-time Emmy Award winning writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, this sweetly outrageous and gently irreverent new comedy is sure to be a heavenly highlight of the season.

Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Book by Joseph Stein; Dec. 3-31.

L’Chaim! Our Golden Anniversary season will feature an epic production of a beloved theatrical tradition and one of greatest musicals in history. This richly heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define and test faith and family will be the largest production on our stage in over 30 years. Featuring such classic songs as “To Life”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, this production raises its cup to love, to life, to community and to faith in all its joy and its trials. Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score and Book.

The River Bride
By Marisela Treviño Orta.
Winner of ATC’s National Latino Playwriting Award. Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 2017

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 work of great beauty, at once transcendent and triumphant” – Ashland Daily Tidings

Arizona Theatre Company presents the acclaimed world premiere production by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade. March 4-25, 2017

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Called “a show ablaze with fire and unmitigated fun” by the Chicago Sun Times, the show’s 38 classic hits -- including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune -- performed by a multi-talented cast of ten, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Johnny Cash's remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate!

Holmes and Watson
By Jeffrey Hatcher. A thrilling new World Premiere Sherlock Holmes Mystery. April 15-May 6, 2017

Following Holmes’ “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped-up claiming to be Holmes all over the world. Then…a newspaper clipping arrives. A remote mental asylum on an island off the coast of Scotland reports that three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective.

Each matches Holmes’ physical description. But one of them is quoted saying something only the real Holmes could possibly know. Watson travels to the asylum to confront the three patients, convinced that one of them must be the real Sherlock Holmes. Commissioned by ATC especially for our 50th anniversary, Holmes and Watson is a devilishly clever and thrilling new mystery from the celebrated writer of the recent film Mr. Holmes and many past ATC hits including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ten Chimneys, and Ella.

For more information about Arizona Theatre Company, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

About Arizona Theatre Company

Touching lives through the power of theatre, Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the US that is fully based in two cities providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region.

Each season of home-grown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives.  David Ira Goldstein is the Artistic Director and Jessica Andrews is the Managing Director.

ATC Accessibility Options

Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances.

Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets.

Large Print and Braille playbills and Infrared listening amplificationdevices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).

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