Scottsdale Players Present REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL July 23 – August 1, 2021

For Immediate Release through August 1, 2021
Contact: Maureen Watson 480-949-7529

Scottsdale Players Present REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL July 23 – August 1, 2021

Inspired by the original 1936 fear film of the same name, Reefer Madness is a is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

This musical is performed by Scottsdale Community Players with actors ages 18-24.

This show is not recommended for children.  Rated age 16+

Production Details

Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney / Music by Dan Studney / Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
Director: Pete Bish
Musical Director: Lorenzo Slavin
Choreographer: Dale Nakagawa
Stage Manager: Becca Courtney
Lighting Design: Stacey Walston

Rundates: July 23 – August 1, 2021

Showtimes:

Friday July 23, 2021 – 07:00 PM
Saturday July 24, 2021 – 07:00 PM
Sunday July 25, 2021 – 02:00 PM
Friday July 30, 2021 – 07:00 PM
Saturday July 31, 2021 – 07:00 PM
Sunday August 1, 2021 – 02:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $22

Box Office: 480-949-7529    Greasepaint.org

Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL Scottsdale Community Players July 23 – August 1, 2021 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org L to R: Cate Carlino (Mary) Trevon Powell (Lecturer) Jack Walton (Jimmy) Photo credit: Laura Durant
REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL Scottsdale Community Players July 23 – August 1, 2021 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org L to R: Reefer den Hayden Skaggs (Jack) Trevon Powell (Lecturer) Tawny Audi (Mae) Photo credit: Laura Durant

Black Theatre Troupe Presents TROUBLE IN MIND Feb. 7-23, 2020

For Immediate Release through Nov. 10, 2019
Contact: David Hemphill at (602) 258-8128 ext 2

Black Theatre Troupe Presents TROUBLE IN MIND Feb. 7-23, 2020

As the 1950’s draw to a close, a newly integrated theatre company prepares to open a progressive, but misguided new play on Broadway. This troubled production of a fictional anti-lynching play will feature renowned actress Wileta Mayer. She has the opportunity to become the first leading lady of color on the Great White Way, but is she willing to compromise her beliefs to make history and take the giant career leap this role will bring.

Production Details:

Written by: Alice Childress

Starring: Eric Banks, Ken Milder, Lydia Corbin, Emily Mohney, George Peterson-Karlan, Mike Traylor, Rico Burton, Joe Kearns, Jason Davids Scott

Director: Pam Fields

Run dates:   Feb. 7 – 23, 2020

Fri, Feb 7th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 8th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 9th, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Thu, Feb 13th, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Feb 14th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 16th, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Fri, Feb 21st, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 22nd, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 22nd, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 23rd, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Tickets – $41
– box office at 602-258-8129
– purchase online at: http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/box-office/

Venue
The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Phoenix
at 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Black Theatre Troupe TROUBLE IN MIND Feb. 7-23, 2020 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Joe Kearns, Jason Davids Scott
Black Theatre Troupe TROUBLE IN MIND Feb. 7-23, 2020 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Emily Mohney, Eric Banks
Black Theatre Troupe TROUBLE IN MIND Feb. 7-23, 2020 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Mike Traylor, Lydia Corbin, Rico Burton

Greasepaint presents Spring Awakening – Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2020

For Immediate Release through February 2, 2020
Contact: Maureen Watson 480-949-7529

Greasepaint presents Spring Awakening – Jan. 24 – Feb. 2, 2020

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.

Production Details

Starring: Wendla / Ainsley Orozco, Martha / Liv Boscardin, Thea. Kori Schwarz, Anna. Elle Feinstein, Ilsa. Tatum Grell, Melchior. Riley Thornton, Moritz. George Nassar, Hanschen/Rupert. Kevin Wang, Ernst/Reinhold. Alex Flores, Georg/Dieter. Grady Svetly, Dani Obergh, Amanda Fischer, Lex Cobb

Director: Bob Sorrenson,
Musical Director: Curtis Moeller
Choreographer: Johnna Watson
Assistant Choreographer: Olivia Parker-Swenson

Rundates:  Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2020

Showtimes:

Friday January 24, 2020 – 07:00 PM
Saturday January 25, 2020 – 07:00 PM
Sunday January 26, 2020 – 02:00 PM
Friday January 31, 2020 – 07:00 PM
Saturday February 1, 2020 – 07:00 PM
Sunday February 2, 2020 – 02:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20
Box Office: 480-949-7529    Greasepaint.org
Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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B3 & ATCo: Empty Words, an Adaptation of Crime & Punishment – 12/6-22/19

For immediate release through December 22nd, 2019
Contact:  ilanaB3Productions@gmail.com

B3 & ATCo: Empty Words, an Adaptation of Crime & Punishment – 12/6-22/19

Everyone knows the story of Crime & Punishment, where Raskolnikov justifies murdering an old woman with an axe based on her cruelty, only to have her innocent sister walk in on the deed, and as a knee-jerk reaction, he slaughters her too.  The story is of Raskolnikov’s unbearable guilt as he slowly descends into madness.  His one hope, that he may be an extraordinary man to whom laws do not apply, evaporates in front of him.  But what happens when “Raskolnikov the axe murderer” is no longer the most dangerous character in the story—and what might that mean for the audience, peering into the murder scene?  Calling to mind the world of 1984 or Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Empty Words is a moonless-night retelling of surveillance, the nature of performance, and delusions of grandeur.   Trigger warnings apply.

Written by Bryant Mason
Directed by Ilana Lydia
Produced by Ilana Lydia, Nathaniel J. Burns, and Virginia Senior

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Faith Decker as Razumihin
Ivy Worsham as Sonia
Jesse Abrahams as Porfiry
Randy Rice as Raskolnikov
Victor Arevalo as Svidrigailov

Artistic Input from: Composition by Rob Loya, Costume Design by Judi Peters, Lighting by Emeka K. Ukaga, Graphic Design by Sara Wheatcroft, Makeup and Hair Design by Brian Flesher, Marketing by Rosie Chavez, Masks and Prop Design by Ric Alpers, Set Design by Mychal Leverage, Sound Design by Rob Loya and Rosie Chavez

Production Details

Rundates:  12/6-12/22, 2019

Showtimes:
Friday, 12/6 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 12/7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, 12/8 @ 2:00 PM
Monday, 12/9 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 12/21 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, 12/22 @ 2 PM
Friday, 12/13 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 12/14 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, 12/15 @ 2 PM
Friday, 12/20 @ 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices:  $20
Box Office:  www.asidetheatre.com,  (520) 261-0288
Venue:  3508 N 7th Street suite 130B, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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EMPTY WORDS: An Adaptation of Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Aside Theatre Dec. 6-22, 2019 www.asidetheatre.com L to R: Jesse Abrahams as Porfiry, Randy Rice as Raskolnikov Photo Credit: Laura Durant
EMPTY WORDS: An Adaptation of Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Aside Theatre Dec. 6-22, 2019 www.asidetheatre.com L to R: Victor Arevalo as Svidrigailov, Randy Rice as Raskolniko Photo Credit: Laura Durant
EMPTY WORDS: An Adaptation of Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Aside Theatre Dec. 6-22, 2019 www.asidetheatre.com L to R: Victor Arevalo as Svidrigailov, Randy Rice as Raskolniko Photo Credit: Laura Durant

Greasepaint Presents MAMA MIA December 6-15, 2019

For Immediate Release through December 15, 2019
Contact: Maureen Watson 480-949-7529

Greasepaint Presents MAMA MIA December 6-15, 2019

Emotions run high and surprises abound in this story set to the music of ABBAs greatest hits! Set on a colorful Greek island, Sophie is getting ready to marry her fiancée Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him to be there for the big day. She discovers the names of three men in her mother’s diary, and secretly invites them back to the island they last visited 20 years ago, on the hunch one of them is her father.

Production Details

 Starring: Donna- Grace Carlson, Sophie- Eden Tornquist, Sam- Hayden Skaggs, Harry- Owen Stewart, Bill- Andy Wissink, Tanya- Tatum Grell, Rosie- Maile Griego, Sky- Preston Kersting, Pepper- Bennett Curran, Eddie- Riley Thornton, Ali- Sydney Volker, Lisa- Sophia Penn

 Production Staff: Director: Rebecca Courtney, Assistant Director: Emma Sucato, Musical Director: Mary Ellen Loose, Choreographer: Madison MacDonald, Stage Manager: Andru Moeller, Lighting: Bob Nelson, Sound: Pete Bish, Set: Tom Holmberg, Costumes: Ben Bozovich, Scenic: Karina Bland

Playwright: Catherine Johnson
Lyricists: Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson
Composers: Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson

Rundates: December 6-15, 2019

Show Dates:
Friday December 6, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Saturday December 7, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Sunday December 8, 2019 – 02:00 PM
Friday December 13, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Saturday December 14, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Sunday December 15, 2019 – 02:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20
Box Office: 480-949-7529    Greasepaint.org
Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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MAMA MIA Greasepaint Youtheatre December 6-15, 2019 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant R to L: Sophie- Eden Tornquist Donna- Grace Carlson Sam- Hayden Skaggs Harry- Owen Stewart Bill- Andy Wissink
MAMA MIA Greasepaint Youtheatre December 6-15, 2019 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant R to L: Harry- Owen Stewart Bill- Andy Wissink Sophie- Eden Tornquist Sam- Hayden Skaggs
MAMA MIA Greasepaint Youtheatre December 6-15, 2019 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant R to L: Harry- Owen Stewart Bill- Andy Wissink Sam- Hayden Skaggs
MAMA MIA Greasepaint Youtheatre December 6-15, 2019 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant R to L: Bill- Andy Wissink Harry- Owen Stewart Sam- Hayden Skaggs Donna- Grace Carlson
MAMA MIA Greasepaint Youtheatre December 6-15, 2019 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant R to L: Sophie- Eden Tornquist Donna- Grace Carlson

Black Theatre Troupe Presents The Musical Celebration BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019

For Release through Sept 30,2017
Contact: David Hemphill at (602) 258-8128 ext 2

Black Theatre Troupe Presents The Musical Celebration BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019

One of the most renowned musicals of the holiday season, BLACK NATIVITY, returns to Black Theatre Troupe. December 6-22, 2019. This annual, legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, returns again to the BTT stage. Black Nativity is a joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, delivering a powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year.

Writer Langston Hughes referred to the show as a “Gospel Song-Play.”  BLACK NATIVITY was first produced in December 1961 at New York’s 41st Street Theatre. Hughes wrote an eight-page script around a series of traditional gospel songs.  Upon its premiere, it became and has remained an international success. After its New York debut, the show ran at President Kennedy’s International Jazz Festival and then lauded at the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto, Italy.  The New York Times reported that the “sophisticated Italian audiences greeted BLACK NATIVITY with enthusiasm, taking part in the singing and hand clapping and insisting on curtain call after curtain call.” The Rome newspaper Il Tempo added, “The elegant festival public appeared to have forgotten itself, lost in this rhythmic wave that overwhelmed it, an integral part itself that bound stage and auditorium in a mystical fusion.”

Book: Langston Hughes
Music & Lyrics: Traditional gospel spirituals chosen by Langston Hughes

CAST
Narrator: Jeremy Jones, Joseph: Alexander Patrick, Mary: Shaniece Brazwell, Angel: Brittney Johnson

Ensemble (adults): Cherylandria Banks,Trevell Chappell, Zinia Chappel, George Johnson, Shara Jones, E. Lamont Leonard, Lorraine Taylor, Nancy Taylor, Lori White-Lyons, Tyra Yvette, Whitnie Young,

Ensemble (children): Jaelyn Walker, Bailee Chisholm, Madilyn Chisholm, Taylor Chisholm, Lonnie Taylor, Joy Skinner, Brieyah Young, KeMyah Johnson

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Walter Belcher, Stage manager: Ben Vining, Music director: Brenda Hankins, Musical supervisor: Jennifer Robinson, Choreographer: Alexander Patrick, Costume designer: Carol Simmons, Sound designer: Derek Stevenson, Lighting designer: Drake Dole, Scenic designer: Brunella Provvidente, Technical director: Gerald Willow

Run dates: December 6 – 22, 20198.

Fri, Dec 6th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 7th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 8th, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Thu, Dec 12th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Dec 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 14th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 14th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 15th, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Fri, Dec 20th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 21st, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Dec 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Dec 22nd, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Tickets – $41
– box office at 602-258-8129
– purchase online at: http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/box-office/

The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Phoenix
at 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 # #

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BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant Pictured: Ensemble cast of Black Nativity
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Mary: Shaniece Brazwell Joseph: Alexander Patrick
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Mary: Shaniece Brazwell Joseph: Alexander Patrick
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLACK NATIVITY December 6-22, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Mary: Shaniece Brazwell Joseph: Alexander Patrick

Black Theatre Troupe Presents BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, 2019

For Immediate Release through Nov. 10, 2019
Contact: David Hemphill at (602) 258-8128 ext 2

Black Theatre Troupe Presents BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, 2019

We are invited to eavesdrop on the volcanic conversations between Robert Mugabe, controversial president of Zimbabwe, and his psychiatrist as he seeks help. He is being haunted by a vengeful spirit, the ghost of a former revolutionary comrade turned potential rival. In this suspenseful historical thriller we explore whether or not Mugabe is a monster or a victim, freedom fighter or dictator. Breakfast With Mugabe is a taut meditation on guilt and power-A look into one man’s sick conscience.

Production Details:

Written by: Fraser Grace

Starring:
Mike Traylor as Robert Mugabe
Duane Daniels as Doctor Andrew Peric
Ryan L. Jenkins as Grace Mugabe
Jordan-Kerry Mitchell as Gabriel

Director: Louis Farber

Run dates: Oct. 25 – Nov. 10, 2019

Fri, Oct 25th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Oct 27th, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Thu, Oct 31st, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Nov 1st, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 2nd, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 2nd, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 9th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Nov 9th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov 10th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Tickets – $41
– box office at 602-258-8129
– purchase online at: http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/box-office/

Venue
The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Phoenix
at 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

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BLACK THEATRE TROUPE Breakfast With Mugabe Oct 25 - Nov 10 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Duane Daniels as Doctor Andrew Peric Mike Traylor as Robert Mugabe
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE Breakfast With Mugabe Oct 25 - Nov 10 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Grace Mugabe: Ryan L. Jenkins as Grace Mugabe Duane Daniels as Doctor Andrew Peric
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE Breakfast With Mugabe Oct 25 - Nov 10 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Mike Traylor as Robert Mugabe
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE Breakfast With Mugabe Oct 25 - Nov 10 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Duane Daniels as Doctor Andrew Peric Jordan-Kerry Mitchell as Gabriel

Greasepaint Presents Disney’s FROZEN JR. October 11 – 20, 2019

For Immediate Release through Oct 20, 2019
Contact: Maureen Watson 480-949-7529

Greasepaint Presents Disney’s FROZEN JR. October 11 – 20, 2019

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Production Details

Winter Cast: Young Anna: Anna Swingler, Young Elsa: Riley Mellon, Anna: Sophie Swingler, Elsa: Jessica Mangels, Hans: Carson Doan, Olaf: Luke Chester Kristoff: Declan Skaggs,  Sven: Claire Filipowicz

Summer Cast: Young Anna: Anna Scales, Young Elsa: Petra Danek, Anna: Noelle Krugman, Elsa: Nora Palermo, Hans: Declan Skaggs, Olaf: Chase Harris, Kristoff: Nathan Sullivan, Sven: Ellie Sachs

Director: Maureen Watson,  Choreographer: Abby Searles, Musical Director: J’ana De La Torre

Music & Lyrics – Kristen Anderson-Lopez,  Robert Lopez
Book – Jennifer Lee

Rundates: October 11 – 20, 2019

Summer cast performs:
Friday October 11– 7:00 PM
Saturday October 12 — 2:00 PM
Saturday October 12 — 7:00 PM
Sunday October 13 — 2:00 PM

Winter cast performs:
Friday October 18 — 7:00 PM
Saturday October 19 — 2:00 PM
Saturday October 19 — 7:00 PM
Sunday October 20 — 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $17
Box Office: 480-949-7529    Greasepaint.org
Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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FROZEN JR. Oct 11-20,2019 Greasepaint Youtheatre 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant WINTER CAST - L to R Young Anna: Anna Swingler, Young Elsa: Riley Mellon, Elsa: Jessica Mangels, Anna: Sophie Swingler
FROZEN JR. Oct 11-20,2019 Greasepaint Youtheatre 480-949-7529 www.greasepaint.org Photo credit: Laura Durant SUMMER CAST - L to R Elsa: Nora Palermo, Anna: Noelle Krugman, Young Anna: Anna Scales, Young Elsa: Petra Danek

Black Theatre Troupe Presents BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 – 29, 2019

For Immediate Release through September 29, 2019
Contact: David Hemphill at (602) 258-8128 ext 2

Black Theatre Troupe Presents BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 – 29, 2019

The universal language of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night – a dynamite “dramatic revue” of twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell the sweet, passionate and sorrowful experiences of three women and a saloon singer. Their interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs which cover the range of this indigenous American art form. The timeless music of Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more telling of the pain and misery of life and love and the dogged determination to get through all of it. That is the essence of the blues – good music, hard lives, and dreams that stretch on long into the night.

Production Details:

Written by: Conceived And Originally Directed By Sheldon Epps
Starring: Pierre Brookins, Rico Burton, Sharmaine King, Nancy Taylor
Director: David Hemphill
Music Director: Brenda Hankins
Choreographer: Alexander Patrick

Run dates: April 12-28, 2019

Fri, Apr 12th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Apr 14th, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Thu, Apr 18th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Apr 19th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr 20th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Sep 22nd, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Fri, Sep 27th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat, Sep 28th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Sep 28th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Sep 29th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Tickets – $41
– box office at 602-258-8129
– purchase online at: http://new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org/box-office/

Venue
The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Phoenix
at 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

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BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 - 29, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Nancy Taylor, Rico Burton
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 - 29, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Sharmaine King, Rico Burton
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 - 29, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Pierre Brookins, Nancy Taylor
BLACK THEATRE TROUPE BLUES IN THE NIGHT Sept 13 - 29, 2019 blacktheatretroupe.org Box Office 602 258-8129 Photo credit: Laura Durant L to R: Pierre Brookins, Sharmaine King, Rico Burto

Greasepaint Presents COLUMBINUS Sept. 6-8

For Immediate Release through Sept. 8, 2019
Contact: Maureen Watson 480-949-7529

Greasepaint Presents COLUMBINUS Sept. 6-8

Greasepaint presents columbinus for three performance only. Sept 6 through Sept. 8.  columbinus is staged through Greasepaint’s Bare Bones program, an annual production that focuses on social justice.

columbinus, a play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, is a meeting of fact and fiction that illuminates the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the shootings. The play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence

This play was requested by Greasepaint’s own high school students and will no doubt generate a great deal of audience conversation.

To facilitate, there will be a talkback immediately following each show. These will be led by Gerry Hills, one of the founders of  Arizonans for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization whose missions is to “engage individuals, organizations and public officials from diverse communities in a statewide campaign to end gun violence.”

When columbinus premiered in 2005 at the Round House Theatre, Peter Marks of the Washington Post called it, “An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil,” and the play went on to receive five Helen Hayes Award nominations including the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.

Following the off-Broadway opening at New York Theatre Workshop one year later, Variety proclaimed: “This one comes straight from the gut—a wrenching return to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in which 12 students and a teacher were killed when two senior classmates went on a shooting rampage. The United States Theatre Project’s smart and sensitive treatment of the event, which traumatized a suburban Colorado community and shocked the entire country, stirs up thought and feeling in this clean ensemble production, drawn from interviews, public records and the private diaries of the shooters.”

Please note:  Due to language and subject matter, it is up to the discretion of parents as to the appropriate age for kids to see this production. We don’t recommend for younger than high school students

Production Details

Cast: Nainoa Aguano, Spencer Blanchard, Bennett Curran, George Nassar Sophia Penn. Ever Ruiz, Ali Tichavsky, Eden Tornquist

Director: Pete Bish    Created by the United States Theatre Project    Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli

Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch     Conceived by PJ Paparelli

Rundates: Sept. 6-8, 2019

Showtimes – THREE performances only
– Talkbacks
immediately following each show

Friday September 6, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Saturday September 7, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Sunday September 8, 2019 – 02:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20
Box Office: 480-949-7529    Greasepaint.org
Venue: The Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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