ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY
Announces Its 2021 Season
ATC is committed to bring our communities opportunities
to share in the creativity of theatre in the safest ways possible
Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is committed to returning on stage in a healthy way. Ensuring the well-being of its patrons, actors, staff and volunteers is, and will remain, the top priority. Current plans call for a Mainstage six-show season that will kick off in January 2021. ATC is working through details and dates, and look forward to sharing additional information shortly.
For those who may not be ready to come back to the theatre, all Mainstage plays will be professionally recorded with three cameras on Opening Night. This means that whether you’re in the theater or at home, your tickets will let you experience the plays. If you feel unsafe attending during the run of the show, as a ticket holder, you will be sent a link to watch the taped production.
Based on the number of performers in the shows, ATC has opted to do shows with fewer actors starting in January to minimize the risk to performers and audiences. The Mainstage lineup includes these six productions:
My 80 Year-Old Boyfriend
In this delightful new musical, Charissa, a quirky, twenty-something actress, meets Milton, a quick-witted, eighty-something millionaire who loves Schubert, Shakespeare, and Dallas BBQ. From a chance encounter to the unlikeliest of friendships, Charissa discovers there’s much she can learn from her surprising new companion. Based on the true story of performer Charissa Bertels, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend reveals the thrill of chasing a dream, the power of living in the now, and all that can happen when we let ourselves say “yes.” February 18 – March 7, 2021
NINA SIMONE: Four Women
A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius.
Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women”, her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragic 1963 bombing of the Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation, often through music, between Simone and three African-American women from varied walks-of-life. Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, who is the current Resident Director on Broadway’s Hamilton. May 20 – June 6, 2021
The Legend of Georgia McBride
This big-hearted, fierce, music-filled comedy is a theatrical cornucopia of camp, country music, drag, domestic dilemmas, and larger-than-life divas. Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth. . October 21 – November 7, 2021
JUSTICE, A Musical
It’s 1993 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just joined as the second woman on the United States Supreme Court. The first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, is there to greet her. In an intimate, epic three-person musical built of urgent and honest conversations, sweeping songs, and gripping monologues, we come to know these two iconic women at the height of their power. Ruth and Sandra confront each other about law, strategy, civil rights, husbands, kids, dreams, sorrows and the past and future of this country. Their differences compel them, their sex unites them – together, and famously separately they will set the course for our country and the world. April 8 – 25, 2021
Women in Jeopardy
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. July 1 – 18, 2021
How to Make an American Son
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. August 12 – 29, 2021.