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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- Will you be a part of the future of the Poetry Center?

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Borderlands Theater- Presents RIVER CITY & Barrio Stories & Ajo Memory Project & Barclay’s Tribute

Borderlands Theater– Presents RIVER CITY & Barrio Stories & Ajo Memory Project & Barclay’s Tribute 
In This Issue
Barrio Stories Launches!
Producing Director in Ajo!
Barclay’s Tribute
Borderlands E News:

March 9, 2015

Barrio Stories Launches

Last weekend, project playwrights Virginia Grise, Elaine Romero and Martin Zimmerman,  anthropologist Darlene Villacaña, historian Lydia Otero, Project Coordinator Milta Ortiz and Project Director Marc David Pinate convened over two days to launch the development phase of the Barrio Stories project. The team set out on a tour – led by historian, Dr. Lydia Otero – of the Tucson Convention Center grounds and La Placita area, which used to be part of Barrio Viejo. Dr. Otero authored the book La Calle, which has become the foundation for the project. Many lively discussions around the form of the play and the goals of the project in relation to place and audience took place. Our emphasis on reclaiming place and bringing attention to the rich history of Tucson’s Barrio Viejo continue to be our guiding principle. Community member Cecilia Hunter, also came to share her first hand memories of the area providing the team with rich context and inspiration. Check out the short interviews with the playwrights below:


Playwright Virginia Grise on Barrio Stories
Playwright Virginia Grise on Barrio Stories


Playwright Martin Zimmerman on Barrio Stories
Playwright Martin Zimmerman on Barrio Stories
Playwright Elaine Romero on Barrio Stories
Playwright Elaine Romero on Barrio Stories
The Theatricalizing Oral Histories class at Pima College is underway. Nine young ladies have been selected to be part of the project. They understand the importance of their work, as they go into the field with UA ethnographer, Darlene Villacaña, to interview community members. The interviews will be transcribed and will be used by the students to write and perform monologues back to the community à la Anna Deveare Smith in the first phase of Barrio Stories. Then the transcriptions will be utilized by the playwrights as source material in Phase 2 to write a site specific theatrical event, which will take place in the Spring of 2016. The pictures below are from last Satruday’s class:

Borderlands Theater Marketing/Outreach Director & Barrio stories Pima College class instructor, Milta Ortiz with Trio Upward Bound students

UofA graduate ethnographer, Darlene Villicaña teaches Trio Upward Bound Students at Pima College

We are thrilled to embark on this project with such a fabulous team!


Producing Director in Ajo
Ajo Memory Project Phase 2: Redemptive Remembering

Borderlands Theater is honored to conduct an interdisciplinary, site specific performance based on oral histories of Ajo residents. This will take place during the week-long gathering of artists hosted by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) in Ajo, Arizona, March 14 – 18, 2015. Borderlands Producing Director, Marc David Pinate, will work with local musician, Ted Warmbrand, and the members of Ajo’s Nano Players theatre troupe for a five day residency.  Video and transcripts of interviews from local residents conducted during the first phase of the Ajo Memory Project in 2010 led by anthropologist, Maribel Alvarez, will be used along with music and movement to devise a performance piece honoring the oral histories of Ajo’s citizens.

The gathering of artists sponsored by ISDA is a ground breaking event bringing  artists from the entire state and around the country.  For a full listing of the five day gathering’s events, speakers, workshops and performances check out their schedule here!
This project was made possible through the generous support of the Tucson Pima Arts Council Pima County Arts Project Grant.
Tickets on sale for River City!

Shaken by her father’s death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations’ worth of secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. River City charts Mary’s discoveries, which span four decades, and investigates race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American family.



Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M.

Opening Night April 10th $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available)


Call (520) 882-7406 to purchase tickets and make your reservations.

Or Buy tickets online!


Tickets on sale for Barclay’s Tribute Dinner

Call (520) 882-7406 to purchase tickets ($50 per person) or buy a table (seats 8 people $400.)

Or Buy individual tickets online for Barclay’s Tribute Dinner!

Saturday April 26th 6pm
525 N Bonita Avenue Tucson, AZ

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. See you at the theater!

Borderlands Theater
40 W. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Office: (520) 882-8607
Box Office: (520) 882-7406

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Writers Studio- Free class is tonight! & Other Writing Classes

Writers Studio- Free class is tonight! & Other Writing Classes
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Tonight March 19, 2015 : Free Class

RSVP Here! Discover how we can help you achieve your writing goals. Our students publish, win awards, and join a life-long, supportive writing community. Registration is required. To learn more about the Writers Studio, including our upcoming spring class schedule, visit us at writerstudio.com.

TONIGHT, March 19th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

3861 N. First Ave.
(south of Roger on west side of street, look for the red mailbox, parking behind the building)

Reneé Bibby, Janelle Drumwright, and Lela Scott MacNeil, Writers Studio teachers, will offer an introduction to The Writers Studio method. Learn about the elements of craft and receive a writing exercise to begin a story or a poem. A Writers Studio student will present an example of his or her work in response to the exercise.Beginners and advanced writers welcome!

Sign up now for Spring Classes:

Spring classes are filling up fast! Make sure you get your spot, sign up today:

Starting Saturday, March 28th, Spring Workshop, taught by Lela Scott MacNeil, Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm, classes meet at 3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719,SIGN UP NOW

Starting Thursday, April 2nd, Spring Workshop, taught by Reneé Bibby, Thursdays 6:30pm-9:00pm, classes meet at 3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719, SIGN UP NOW

RENEÉ BIBBY is the assistant director of The Writers Studio Tucson and a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method. She graduated from Grinnell College. She has been published in Black & BLUE and Crack The Spine.

LELA SCOTT MACNEIL is a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method. Lela has a BFA in Screenwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona. She is the Sales Manager at the University of Arizona Press. Her work has been published in Gertrude and alongside Dennis Lehane in the Springsteen inspired Noir anthology Trouble in the Heartland.

And in case you don’t already know about us…

The Writers Studio, a 27-year-old writing school founded in New York City by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, began its first highly successful 10-week creative writing workshop in Tucson in June 2005.  Since then, The Writers Studio Tucson has grown, offering three levels of classes, and helping students get published and achieve their writing goals. Attend a free introductory class and learn about The Writers Studio’s unique, craft-oriented method, which for the last ten years has helped advanced and novice Tucson writers realize their full creative potential. More at www.writerstudio.com.

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