ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

Presents its 2019/2020 Season

illustrations courtesy of Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company theatergoers are accustomed to being treated to Pulitzer Prize-winners, Tony Award-winners and new works from Broadway and major regional companies. The upcoming 2019/2020 season, themed The Curtain Rises, will not disappoint. 

The newly-appointed Artistic Director, Sean Daniels, was given the task of choosing two productions to round out the lineup. He selected The Royale and Women in Jeopardy!, introducing us to “two of the most exciting voices in the American Theatre today.” 

“Both of these playwrights will be coming to Arizona to be a part of our community,” Daniels said. “It’s the beginning of how, in addition to the fantastic artists we have here, more and more of the best in our business will start to call Arizona their artistic home.”

Managing Director Billy Russo added that “these two productions complete a full and exciting season that continues Arizona Theatre Company’s mission of producing plays and musicals that illustrate the gloriously wide-ranging ways that stories can be told in the theatre. It is an essential value to what we strive to bring to the citizens of our great state.”

Be prepared to be inspired, absorbed, challenged, moved, amused and entertained. Here are the six shows that comprise ATC’s 53rd year; 

THE ROYALE

“Original and graceful. The Royale packs a punch!” – The New York Times

This power-packed boxing drama is the winner of two Obie Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama Desk Award and multiple other awards and sold out houses in London, New York and LA. The Royale is not your usual sports play. First of all, it is not really about life in the ring. Second, not a single punch will be thrown, at least not with fists. The play is a deeply theatrical and emotionally moving piece about the life of the outsider in American culture. Set in 1910, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, it explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. It is also a play about a brother and his sister – his sister, who as he climbs for glory and respect, remains his greatest adversary and strongest motivation.

Tucson: September 7 – 28, 2019; Phoenix: October 3 – 20, 2019.

SILENT SKY

“Bottom line: Heavenly” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A celebration of discovery, originality and curiosity, the play is based on the true story of the 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Astonishing discoveries await in this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love. A passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

Tucson: October 22 – November 9, 2019; Phoenix: November 14 – December 1, 2019.

CABARET

“…a masterpiece of musical theatre” – Chicago Tribune

Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! A powerful, musical love story centered on Sally Bowles, a talented cabaret performer at Berlin’s Kit Kat Club and Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration. Set in 1930’s Berlin during the Nazi’s regime rise to take over the German government, Cabaret is a big award-winning critique of apathy, and a chilling look at totalitarianism.

Tucson: November 30 – December 29, 2019; Phoenix: January 4 – 26, 2020.

MASTER HAROLD …AND THE BOYS

“…a blistering fusion of the personal and the political.” – New York Times

A semi-autobiographical masterwork, Master Harold… And The Boys takes place in South Africa during the early years of apartheid. A stunning masterpiece, one of the most powerful coming-of-age plays ever written, and still timely, still compelling, still profoundly moving.

Tucson: January 18 – February 8, 2020, Phoenix: February 13 – March 1, 2020.

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE

“Stitch-in-your-side funny! Full of sass and good spirits.” – New York Times

A big-hearted, FIERCE, music-filled comedy tells the tale of an Elvis impersonator is pushed to transform into an all-out queen with the help of new friends. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly funny and entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.

Tucson: March 7 – 28, 2020, Phoenix: April 2 – 19, 2020. 

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!

“The laughs in Wendy MacLeod’s play, come fast and furious…It’s all good, silly fun, directed with precise comic timing by the seasoned Sean Daniels, a new work that’s modern, lively, and loads of fun.” – Boston Globe

A riotous comedy! Screw the mid-life crisis; let’s solve some crimes! Middle-aged mom Liz has a new man. And let’s face it… he’s just plain creepy. When a mysterious disappearance sets the community on edge, Liz’s best friends leap to the rescue as the zany caper flings them from the ‘burbs’ to the wilds of Utah; because there’s no danger great enough to stop women from solving crimes if they want to! A riotous comedy about trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the mid-life crisis just isn’t your speed.

Tucson: April 18 – May 9, 2020; Phoenix: May 14 – May 31, 2020.

For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org