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Beowulf Alley Theatre Company- 2011-2012 Season Begins

Don your life jacket and get ready …

at Beowulf Alley Theatre
September 8-October 2

Batten Down the Hatches and Enjoy Advanced-Purchase Discounts!

ROUGH CROSSING, by Tom Stoppard with select music by Andre Previn and directed by Dave Sewell is a lighthearted evening of fun. It’s the late 1920s and the famous playwrighting team of Turai and Galare are onboard the cruise liner, Italian Castle, bound for New York. They are facing a deadline: the final act of their next smash hit is not yet finished, and their young composer and protégé, Adam Adam, is hitting rough seas with his fiancée, Natasha Navratilova, the love interest in the play. It seems Natasha has just rekindled a romance with former boyfriend and current co-star Ivor Fish, and Adam is about to tear up the score and jump ship. Will Turai and Gal avert disaster, calm their neurotic composer and finish the play before ship arrives in New York? Of course they will: it’s a romping 20s-style farce! The hero may well turn out to be Dvornichek, the amazingly resourceful cabin steward with the unpronounceable name.

When asked why he wanted present this play to Tucson audiences, Director Dave Sewell replied,

“ROUGH CROSSING features a delectable assemblage of show business egos, preposterous situations, and silly musical numbers delivered in a semi-coherent but hilarious soufflé by acclaimed British playwright Tom Stoppard. The inspiration for this insanity comes from Ferenc Molnar’s Play at the Castle. Stoppard adapted Molnar’s script and contributed lyrics to musical numbers scored by noted composer/conductor Andre Previn. The result could best be described as no less than a retro-romp on the high seas! I think we need a little comedy. Don’t you?”

The playwright, Tom Stoppard, born Tomas Straussler, is a Czech-born British playwright. He is considered to be a master of comic invention, visual humor, and remarkably witty wordplay, using his considerable skills to investigate philosophical questions in an extremely entertaining manner. After living in East Asia with his family during World War II, he moved to England and adopted his stepfather’s surname. His first play, A Walk on the Water, was televised in 1963, and he won fame with the absurdist Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966; film, 1990). His later plays, marked by verbal brilliance, ingenious plotting, and a playful interest in pivotal historical moments, include Jumpers (1972), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1977; with music by André Previn), The Real Thing (1982), and Arcadia (1993). He has also written radio plays and screenplays for films such as Empire of the Sun (1987) and Shakespeare in Love (1998, Academy Award). Stoppard was knighted in 1997.

Dave Sewell has over thirty-five years of theatre experience. A native of Southern California, Dave received his degree in Theatre from the University of California, Riverside. He has directed over thirty productions and participated in countless others as an actor, set designer, production manager or technician. Since moving to Tucson in 1995, Dave has worked with Catalina Players, Desert Players, Old Pueblo Playwrights, Stark Naked Productions, Tucson Theatre Ensemble, and Stories that Soar! He has directed plays in a wide variety of genres, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, ‘night, Mother, Measure for Measure, Galileo, and Deathtrap, among others, and has designed many of the sets for the shows he has directed. For Beowulf, Dave has directed Arcadia, Wait Until Dark, and The First Third, and this past season Dave directed and co-designed The Transylvanian Clockworks. Dave also has experience in nonprofit theatre management, having served as board member, managing director, and grant writer, among other roles. Dave currently serves on Beowulf Alley’s Artistic Development Committee.

The cast includes Bree Boyd-Martin, Matt Brown, Richard Chaney, Amy Gallegos, Bri Giger, Brian Hale, Shannon Rzucidlo, David Swisher, and David Zinke.

The production team includes Jim Ambrosek, Susan Arnold, SaraLynn Cano, Bill Dell, Bill Galbreath, Meagan Jones and Taryn Wintersteen.

Performance Dates/Times:

7:30pm Thursday, September 8

7:30pm Fridays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30
7:30pm Saturdays, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1

2:30pm Sundays, September 11, 18, 25, and October 2

Approx. Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission


$15 by phone, online, at the door
$20 in advance, $23 day of performance by phone or at the door. Specially priced reserved tickets for each performance may be purchased on our website (click here) or by phone at (520) 882-0555 until 4 hours before the performance, then tickets are available by phone or at the door only for $23.

Location, Accessibility, Parking and Other Information:

– Beowulf Alley Theatre is located at 11 South 6th Avenue, just off-Broadway.
– We are wheelchair accessible.Please call the box office at (520) 882-0555 for assistance.
– Parking is available at street meters (no fees on weekdays after 5 p.m., all weekend days. The County lot at 6th Avenue and Broadway is open during those hours as well.
-Secured parking in several City garages within a short walk is available for an after-hours fee of $3.

Leave home a little early to enjoy the active, vibrant Downtown shops, restaurants and bars before and after the play and find a great parking spot! For parking locations and a map, please use the City’s website at http://parkwise.tucsonaz.gov/index.pho?q=parkwise.

We thank our wonderful sponsors: Lewis S. Jones, Ruth Baron and the Janet S. Brunel Residuary Trust for making this production possible

Produced by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.

Please Donate Today!

Summertime, and the lifestyle is slower. Many of our patrons head for points North and East. Our locals head for vacations and our programming slows down as many of our volunteers and performers are students who take summer internships around the country. Beowulf still has a responsibility to pay our utilities and rent during those summer months and we’re stretched a little thinly.

We have a terrific season of theatre planned for you. We are thrilled to have our first production sponsored by Lewis Jones, Ruth Baron and the Janet S Brunel Residuary Trust. We invite you to consider sponsoring one of our remaining main stage productions or one of our extended programs. Please contact Michael Fenlason, Development Director, or Beth Dell, Managing Director at (520) 622-4460 if you would like to explore the benefits of sponsorship.

The 2011-2012 Wall of Fame has begun.

If you are an individual donor and would like to have a name inscribed on this year’s Wall, it’s just a $30 donation per name or two names for $50. Individual donations of $70 or more will also receive a choice of a Beowulf Alley coffee mug or t-shirt. All donations of $10 or more will be listed in our main stage programs. Please help us bring the joy of theatre to our community. Your fully tax-deductible support helps us keep our ticket prices affordable and our doors open to the community.

Business contributions begin at just $100 to have your name on the wall and posted in our program. At $250, we will add your logo on the wall, a 1/2 page ad in the program and a link to your business on our website.

To make a donation and have your name placed on the Wall of Fame, click here or call (520) 882-0555, and thank you for your continued support!

Performances for the Month of September, 2011

Enjoy Radio Stories Just Like You Were in the Studio Audience

Performances by our Old Time Radio Theatre Company are usually on the first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets purchased online (click here) at least the day before a performance are $8.00. On the day of performance, tickets by phone or at the door are $10. Children 12 years and under are free. The box office phone number is (520) 882-0555.

September 20, 2011
EASY ACES: Jane Thinks Mink and ESCAPE: The Abominable Snowman

EASY ACES, a long-running American serial radio comedy, ran from 1930-1945. It was trademarked by the low-keyed drollery of creator and writer Goodman Ace and his wife, Jane, as an urbane, put-upon realtor and his malaprop-prone wife. A 15-minute program, it aired three times at week at first and later, twice a week for 30 minutes. Its unobtrusive, conversational, and clever style, and the cheerful absurdism of its story-lines, built a loyal enough audience of listeners and critics alike to keep it on the air for 15 years. “The laughs on the other foot.”

ESCAPE was first performed on September 13, 1953. The famous opening to the show, often worded to suit the events of the moment or season, warns the intrepid radio listener of adventure that is anything but … everyday. Like its sister show on the radio, Suspense, it is considered one of the top shows ever performed on radio. Escape takes you on a ride into a world where danger comes in many forms, and you are on the edge of life and death, and perhaps you are being pushed! When Escape says romantic, we’re not talking kissing, perhaps those kisses might be from teeming piranha! Escape is more Devil’s Island than Fantasy Island. And it is wonderful adventure radio for the whole family, especially Dad.

The Abominable Snowman begins in Darjeeling, India as three men are about to embark on an expedition to capture one of the Yeti, the mysterious creatures reported by mountain climbing expeditions in the Himalayas since the early Twentieth Century. They hire a sherpa guide named Nasang who claims to have seen one. We learn from Nasang that the Yeti, also called the “Metoh-Kangmi”, have evil faces. Nasang informs them that he is unable to hire any porters for their expedition because the locals are afraid of upsetting the Yeti, who are cannibals. So, the four men start climbing Mt. Everest on their own. One by one, their small expedition faces the challenges of the mountain and an Abominable Snowman. They sometimes leap and sometimes they run in great strides. He warns them that trying to capture one “will be a difficult thing.” Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of … romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you … ESCAPE!

Directed by Sheldon Metz, the OTRT Ensemble Company includes: Jon Benda, Denise Blum, Butch Bryant, Samantha Cormier, Gerri Courtney-Austein, Laura Davenport, Samuel DeJesus, Evan Engle, Bill Epstein, Sydney Flynn, Vince Flynn, Audrey Ann Gambach, Brian Hale, Meagan Jones, Elizabeth Leadon, Lois Lederman, Butch Lynn, Steve McKee, Charlie Middagh, Whitney Morton, Joan O’Dwyer, Robert Anthony Peters, Shannon Brooke Rzucidlo, Mike Saxon, Ina Shivak, Pat Timm, Terry Thure, Jared Stokes, John Vornholt.

Come on Down to Casey’s Watering Hole

Out to Lunch Theatre presents
Episode Three: Hang Down Your Head, Doris Dooley
Fridays, September 16, 23, and 30 at 12:15 p.m.

Developed with the intent to provide downtown employees a mid-day escape but fun for everyone, Out to Lunch Theatre delivers half-hour performances based on original material by local playwrights. Lunches may be ordered a day ahead of time or patrons may opt to bring their own brown bag.

The current productions are based on one of our OTL last season openers: Waiting for Norma by Dave Sewell. Set in Casey’s Watering Hole, a place on the way to somewhere else, Virge the Barkeep and Crazy Sadie act as a backdrop for the various and sundry characters drifting in and out of the hole, serving up sunflower seeds and the spirit of the moment.

Tickets: $6 play only and $13 when we add a lunch ordered from us (sandwich, chips and drink) at least the day prior to the play. Click here to purchase online or call (520) 882-0555.

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes, no intermission

Location, Accessibility, Parking and Other Information:

– Beowulf Alley Theatre is located at 11 South 6th Avenue, just off-Broadway.
– We are wheelchair accessible.Please call the box office at (520) 882-0555 for assistance.
– Parking is available at secure City garages within a short walk, some with the first hour free.
– For parking locations and a map, please use the City’s website at

Back By Popular Demand! One Night Only!

Fringe Festival Favorite
“an enthusiastic musician, a quick-witted comic and a really funny storyteller”
Pre-Performance Special Pricing!

An Evening with Kevin J. Thornton is a throwback to the golden age of entertainers on the vaudeville circuit — he sings poignant songs and tells hilarious jokes but the twist is, Thornton is anything but old fashioned. This comedian’s stories comment on sexuality (the straight and gay kind), religion and American life in a new century.

Returning to Beowulf Alley Theatre on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., after a successful run during the 2011 Tucson Fringe Festival, Kevin will include new materials, some he’s perfected after 8 months of touring, as well as some of his favorite songs from prior shows and personal favorites. If you loved him last March or missed him then, don’t miss this event now!

Tucson is part of a 2011,15-city tour in which Thornton has already won the Audience Choice Award for Favorite Showand the Fringe Crush Award in Orlando as well as the Cincinnati Acclaim Award for Best Writing and Performance. Earlier this year the prolific songwriter released his latest recording January Dream, which includes a Kacey Musgraves (Nashville Star) co-write, Up to No Good, and recorded the EP with 2-time Grammy nominee Mark Chevalier (Margaret Cho).

The storyteller, who has been compared to David Sedaris with a guitar, returned to DC’s Capital, Indianapolis and Cincinnati Fringe Festivals this year where he first explored his fusion-style of performance with his 2009 Sex, Dreams & Self Control. That national tour caught the attention of the LA Times and NPR’s All Things Considered.

The self-proclaimed “gay male Oprah” has a weekly Podcast, Strange Dreamz with Kevin J. Thornton, an active blog on his website http://www.thekevinthornton.com and a business blog with manager Carol Buttenham. Thornton and Buttenham discuss their insights on the entertainment business, what has worked for them creating the Kevin J. Thornton brand, touring and being successful through social media at http://www.famousontheinside.com.

Tickets are available for $12 online at beowulfalley.org or by phone at (520) 882-0555 and just $15 at the door the night of performance. Content is for mature audiences only.

Active Imagination Theatre

A stuffy princess wants to ban Halloween from her kingdom, so she instructs her evil wizard to erase everyone’s memory of it. Candy, black cats, pumpkins, everything to do with Halloween is banned, but one little girl remembers that she used to have a black cat named Spookers. With help from the audience, our heroine goes in search of Spookers and rediscovers the fun of Halloween. This play runs approximately 45 minutes and is ideal for children ages 4 – 8.


Directed by John Vornholt, the Active Imagination Theatre Ensemble Company includes: Saralynn Cano, Meagan Jones, Charlie Middagh, Robin Carson and Mike Saxon. Active Imagination Theatre performs original plays in which children from the audience are invited onstage to enjoy the fun and creativity of theater. We also tour schools, churches, and community events to foster an appreciation of theater.

Parking near the theatre

Parking is available on the street at meters Monday-Friday after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays except when meters are hooded. The County lot is available to us Monday-Friday after 5 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. There are three parking garages and two public parking lots within a two-block walk of the theatre. Each charges a small fee for secured parking. We suggest you refer to the Parkwise map at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/sites/default/files/parkwise/DT%20Parking%20Map.jpg to locate parking areas downtown.

All Tickets may be purchased on our website. Season Tickets are still available. Save at least 20% of the “At-the-Door” price and take advantage of subscriber discounts, preferred seating and special benefits.

About Beowulf Alley Theatre Company

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production. Funding is provided through ticket sales and the generous support of individuals and businesses, with smaller support from granting agencies and foundations. Founded in 2001, the intimate, 95-seat theatre provides a facility that meets professional standards where performing artists, educators and technicians can present their skills. Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim, including five Mac Awards and eleven MAC nominations. The company has presented over 400 performances to Tucson audiences since and provides performance and rehearsal space for rent by other organizations.

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Beowulf Alley Theatre & Active Imagination Theatre- Presents COWBOYS AND FAIRIES

Beowulf Alley Theatre & Active Imagination Theatre Kicks Off COWBOYS AND FAIRIES

With Craig Howard, Janet Henderson, SaraLynn Cano, Charlie Middagh

When greedy developers want to spoil a magical part of the desert, cowboys and fairies have to band together to stop them. This is the story that will be developed with the help of children ages four to eight on the stage with our Active Imagination Theatre at Beowulf Alley Theatre each weekend through May 29, 2011 at 12 noon. This 40-minute venture into creativity is both fun and educational for children and will bring joy to the hearts of their parents as they help to develop the story and find a resolution to save the desert. We encourage them to dress in their cowboy and fairy outfits and help our team of adult actors. Each performance is just a little different as the children who are present help to create the story through their active imaginations.

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon:

May 8, May 14, May 15, May 21, May 22, May 28, May 29

There will be no performance on Saturday, May 7.

Online tickets: $8 adults, $5 children 4-12, children 3 and under are free when seated in parents lap. Tickets at the door or by phone are $10 for adults with children the same price as online.

To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.beowulfalley.org/html/tickets.html, or call (520) 882-0555.

Beowulf Alley Theatre is located at 11 S. 6th Avenue. Doors to the lobby open 30 minutes before performance.

Out to Lunch Theatre’s Back with THE RELUCTANT REUNION

For those of you who like to get out for a different kind of lunch, give Beowulf Alley’s Out to Lunch Theatre a try. It’s a 30-minute play to entertain you and your friends for a little break in your day. Bring a lunch with you, or, if you like, you can order a lunch from us at least a day ahead of time and we’ll have it waiting for you when you arrive. A ticket to see the play is just $6 in advance and $8 the day of the show. Lunches ordered from us are $7 and include a bag of chips and a drink.

Performances are on Fridays, May 13, 20 and 17 at 12:15 p.m. Order your tickets and meals online at http://www.beowulfalley.org/html/tickets.html.

This month’s story is The Reluctant Reunion. Out to Lunch Theatre is fun for all ages!

Old Time Radio Theatre, Tuesdays, May 3 and 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The OTRT Company with director, Sheldon Metz.

MAY 3, 2011

OUR MISS BROOKS: Friday the 13th (May 15, 1948)
5-Minute Mystery: MY PAL PATSY
Columbia Radio Workshop: Meridian 7-1212 (August 24, 1939)

May 17, 2011

The Whistler: Return to Riondo (Jan 08 1950)

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for adults. Children 6-13 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free.

Online purchase at http://www.beowulfalley.org/html/tickets.html or by phone at (520) 882-0555.

2011-2012 Season Subscriptions Are On Sale Now!
Save Money by Subscribing to
Our 5-Play Season or
4-Admission Flex Pass.
Keep the Arts Alive and in Your Heart!

About Beowulf Alley Theatre Company

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production. Founded in 2002, the intimate, 95-seat theatre provides a facility that meets professional standards where performing artists, educators and technicians can present their skills. Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim, including five Mac Awards and eleven MAC nominations. The company has presented over 400 performances to Tucson audiences since and provides performance and rehearsal space for rent by other organizations.

11 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Box Office: by phone (520) 882-0555, Tues.-Fri noon – 4 p.m. (Please leave a message if voicemail picks up) or e-mail boxoffice@beowulfalley.org.

Administration: by phone (520) 622-4460, Tues.-Fri 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Please leave a message if voicemail picks up) or e-mail theatre@beowulfalley.org.

Lobby doors and box office window open 45 minutes prior to performances. Seating in the theatre will begin following the actors’ warm-up and is on a first-come, first-served basis unless there are ADA needs and we have received advanced notice. All sales are final.

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Beowulf Alley Theatre- Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Beowulf Alley Theatre Company.

The first six months of our 2010-2011 season have been a combination of artistic successes and financial challenges. Some accomplishments we are proud of include:

During the summer, Our Page on the Stage program, created to workshop and develop new plays from local playwrights, provided a dialogue between actors, directors, playwrights and our audiences. A great deal of hard work and collaboration by many volunteers resulted in entertaining evenings for our local residents and summer visitors, some from as far away as Norway and England.

•Our Main Stage Productions have continued to entertain and provoke thoughtful discussions of the topics and elements of each play.
•Old Time Radio Theatre has expanded its programming of nostalgic stories to include new, contemporary radio plays from local playwrights. The company includes participants, ranging in age from the 20s to beyond the 60s, who enjoy bringing these great stories to life for generations of families and are taking their programs to retirement communities in Tucson.
•The Active Imagination Theatre program was launched and has been met with wonderful response. It is designed to encourage young minds to think, imagine and create.
•Our Late Night Theatre group continues to grow. Their enthusiasm, perspective, energy, and use of new technologies provides a glimpse at the future of theatre while building future leaders at Beowulf Alley and beyond.
•Construction of our lobby entrance, including a theater marquee, was completed as a part of the City’s block grant downtown revitalization program. Painting will be completed by the first of the year.
The greatest challenge has been to find ways to financially sustain these valuable community programs.

Operating as a non-profit, 501(C)(3), community theatre company, our ticket sales cover only about 40% of our operating budget, which is close to the national average. The 60% balance must be made up through grants, corporate and private donations and these have been less than in past years. Donations of cash, goods and services have helped to defray operating costs, but with the giving level lower than in previous years, we struggle to meet our financial needs. I believe this is reflective of the general economic conditions that we all are currently experiencing.

Your support of Beowulf Alley Theatre is greatly appreciated. Subscribers, who invest in us and introduce us to their friends through the Early Bird Ambassador program, help us expand our audience. Our Volunteers give generously of their time and expertise with no expectation of monetary reward. But there are still costs associated with the operation of a facility and associated productions expenses that must be paid.

The media reports that we’re on the road to economic recovery and that the worst is over. Based on the number of shoppers actually carrying packages at our shopping malls this holiday season, this may be true but it will be several years before a recovery reaches the artistic community.

Please consider making a fully tax-deductible contribution to Beowulf Alley Theatre this season to continue the gift of arts, culture and education to our community. Simply click here for our online donation link or mail your check to Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon!

Board of Directors

Don’t forget to make your reservations for Eurydice, January 21-February 6.

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Beowulf Alley Theatre- Last Three Performances of BLACKBIRD

Beowulf Alley Theatre
11 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 882-0555

Presents BLACKBIRD by David Harrower

.. a powerful play that grabs you by the throat and the heart from the first moments and doesn’t let go until the curtain comes down… it’s meaty, provocative theater that will remind you how thrilling, and how disturbing, going to see a good play can be.
Kathleen Allen Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010

Silence punctuates riveting ‘Blackbird’ at Beowulf Alley
Still looking for that special gift? This is it!

by David Harrower

Directed by Laura Lippman

Cast includes: Art Alquist, Elizabeth Leadon-Sonnenfelt and Christine Peterson.

Thursday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Lobby doors and box office open 45 minutes prior to performance.

Discussion to follow each performance.

David Harrower’s electrifying and explosive play, Blackbird, has Ray confronting his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office. Guilt and raw emotions run high as they recollect the passionate love affair they had fifteen years earlier. As tensions rise, we are left to question: When is love abuse? And can we ever break free from the shackles of the past? A hit of the Edinburgh Festival, and a critically acclaimed hit in New York and London, Blackbird is a provocative, no-holds-barred drama that both chills and thrills.

A fascinating and unnerving … cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and sexual intrigue, with genuine theatricality and undeniable shock value. -Associated Press

Buying Tickets and Parking the Car!

Box Office Information:
Box office volunteers are available by phone Tuesday – Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and return messages on weekend days and are in the box office 45 minutes prior to each performance when the lobby doors open.

All tickets are held at will call. All sales are final.

Reservations are encouraged.

We recommend this play for 17 years and older.

Run Time is approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Ticket Prices:

$23 – At door/by phone, VISA, MC, Discover, local check, cash
$18 – Thrifty Thursday, December 16 and Saturday December 18.
$12 – Student/Military/Senior 60+ Rush Ticket
(cash at-door, ID Proof of Status required, 15 min. before curtain)

ONLINE ONLY DISCOUNTED SINGLE TICKET FOR EVERYONE at http://www.beowulfalley.org/html/tickets.html.
Use any credit/debit card accepted by PayPal and Google.


Park at the secure Pennington and Scott Parkwise Garage for just $2 for the evening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. After 5p weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays, meters are free. The lot at Broadway and 6th Avenue is available for our use after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

December’s Old Time Radio Theatre, Some Holiday Refreshments and Mayor Walkup, too!

The Company of Old Time Radio Theatre
Refreshments will be shared following each December presentation

December 20, 2010 – Special Holiday Feature with our own MAYOR BOB WALKUP!

Two wonderful holiday stories, The Great Gildersleeve Christmas Show (December 22, 1948) and A Christmas Carol (December 24, 1934), will be presented for a family holiday treat.

The Great Gildersleeve ran on radio from 1941-1957 and was one of broadcast history’s earliest spin-off programs. Built around Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a character who had been a staple on the classic radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve enjoyed its greatest success in the 1940s. Actor Harold Perry played the character during its transition from the parent show into the spin-off and later in a quartet of feature films released at the height of the show’s popularity.

On Fibber McGee and Molly, Peary’s Gildersleeve was a pompous windbag who became a consistent McGee nemesis. “You’re a haa-aa-aa-aard man, McGee!” became a Gildersleeve catch phrase. The character was given several conflicting first names on Fibber McGee and Molly, and on one episode his middle name was originally revealed. Gildy admits as much at the end of “Gildersleeve’s Diary” on the Fibber McGee and Molly series. In this episode, Gildy invites the Judge to Christmas dinner, and a simple dinner turns into the party of the year.

Back before television, a holiday season tradition in America was listening to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as performed on radio by Lionel Barrymore and narrated by Orson Welles with the Mercury Theatre group. The music was composed and conducted by the legendary Bernard Herrmann. Few actors ever gave more meaning to the character of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge than Lionel Barrymore who first took on the radio role in 1934.

Originally aired live on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1934, this radio broadcast will live in the memories of those that heard it for a lifetime. If you remember listening, and want to recapture those magical days of your childhood Christmas, or have never heard it, but want to experience the magic of live radio theatre and create new memories for you and your family, Beowulf Alley Theatre presents this special holiday treat and allows you and your family to use your imagination in recreating one of classic literature’s most read pieces. “God bless us, everyone.”

Active Imagination Theatre
Livens Up the Stage for the Younger Crowd with

Elves Gone Bad!

Jon Benda and Sheldon Metz
When the reindeer go on strike and children only want video games, Santa closes down the North Pole toy factory and lays off the elves. The elves take an old pirate ship that was abandoned in the ice and turn to a life of piracy (after going to a pirate boot camp), but they end up having to save Christmas after all.

Under the supervision of adult actors, children 4-8 years old from the audience will be invited to participate in stories created to inspire imagination and story-telling skills. Children and their parents are invited to share this exciting performance and be a part of the action.

Performance dates are December 16, 17, 18, 19,23, 24, 26, 30, January 1, and 2 at 12:00 noon and one special New Year’s Eve performance at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children 4-12 and $10 for ages 13 and older. $2 OFF every Adult Ticket purchased ONLINE at http://www.beowulfalley.org using PayPal or Google before December 16th. Enter coupon code AIT1011. Children 3 and under, seated in parents’ laps, are free.

Estimated Run Time: 40 minutes

We can accommodate a maximum of 3 wheelchairs per performance with advance notice.

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Beowulf Alley Theatre- Presents A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro & Fronting the Order by Warren Bodow, Kid’s Summer Camp & More

ubscriptions, Readers Theatre,
Radio Plays, Youth Activities, Late Night and
A Piece of My Heart
Extra Presentation!
A Piece of My Heart
Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard
Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard

by Shirley Lauro

directed by Whitney Morton

May 28th-June 13th

Special Thanks to our Play Sponsor, Ruth Baron

Special Ticket Pricing for 2009-2010 Season Subscribers and Flex Pass Holders

We Honor the Sacrifice Made by All Military Families with Special Ticket Prices

Ticket prices range from $10-$20. Click here for more information

Summer Kids@the Alley

Theatre Arts Enhancement Camp
June 7th-August 6th

Get the kids out of the house and away from the video games and TV this summer! Give them a 3-D experience without the silly glasses. Be a part of the action, not just an observer.

Our summer program for students ages 9-17 offers a lively, interactive, performance-based experience that will provide an expressive outlet through theatre.

Each two-week session is priced at an affordable $290.

There are four sessions from which to choose: Attend One…Or Come Back For More!

Students taking more than one session will build on what they’ve learned. Each session will feature at least one or more special guests who specialize in acting, directing, playwriting, design or technical skills. There’s plenty to learn, more friends to meet, and plenty of fun! Click here for a description and dates of this exciting opportunity to create new experiences.

And speaking of Education…
Thanks to our students from the U of A Retailing and Consumer Sciences who worked with us on projects throughout the season. Your creativity was invaluable and we’ll be putting your projects to good use in the near future.

Performances of
Classic Radio Shows

1st and 3rd Tuesday each month
7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
General seating.

$8 for adults and $5 each for the first two children ages 6-12
Cash at the door, no reservations required

The Old Time Radio Theatre company of performers have some terrific scripts to present to you through July with more coming in August. Directed by Sheldon Metz, the Old Time Radio Theatre Company includes Jacob Brown, Jon Benda, Warren Bodow, Janet Bruce, Joel Charles, Geri Courtney-Austein, Sydney Flynn, Vince Flynn, Audrey Ann Gambach, Barbara Glover, Bill La Point, Steve McKee, Mark McLemore, Joan O’Dwyer, Jessica Risco, Jeff Scotland, Ina Shivack, Jared Stokes, Pat Timm, John Vornholt, and Brian Wees plus occasional guest performers and the technical genius of Mike Saxon and Samuel De Jesus.

A sample of what’s in store:

Tuesday, May 18th
The Bickersons: Tax Refund begins this evening’s performance. Starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford, The Bickersons began as a radio sketch comedy that ran as part of other shows until 1946, when it became its own series. After a turn on NBC, it moved to CBS and ran until 1951. John and Blanche Bickerson spent their entire time in a relentless verbal war. Their quick dialogue brought laughter to all.

John: “You can accuse me of being selfish or inconsiderate, or anything else, but drinking is not one of my failures.”

Blanche: “No, it’s one of your few successes.”

Leiningen vs. the Ants was a short story published in December, 1938, in Esquire Magazine. It later became one of radio’s most famous thrillers. The story will keep people on the edge of their seats. The story centers on a scrappy, no-nonsense plantation owner called Leiningen, and his stubborn refusal to abandon his plantation in the face of a seemingly unstoppable mass of army ants, described as “an elemental act of God!” These are ants that can devour a horse to the bones in two minutes. It was adapted to radio on January 14, 1948 as an episode of Escape on CBS Radio. It subsequently became the famous film, The Naked Jungle, with Charlton Heston, who later recreated the role originally performed by William Conrad.

“Ten miles long, two miles wide-ants, nothing but ants!”

2010-2011 Early Bird Subscriptions

 On sale now until June 30th!

Save at least 20% over Single Ticket Price

To read the Arizona Daily Star’s coverage of our 2010-2011 season, click here. For the third year, we are offering affordable Early Bird Subscriptions. Buy Two, Get Two Free Full Season Subscriptions is good for our 5-play season PLUS special discounts on other presentations.” The price for the First Sunday Subscription is just $60 each and for all other performances, the Full Season subscription is $80 each. The Buy Two, Get One Free Flex Pass Subscription is a pass good for 4 admissions any way you like – 4 admissions to one play, 2 admissions to 2 plays, etc and is just $74 each. With this Early Bird option, you can mix and match 12 admissions. It’s a great opportunity to save 20% or more over the single ticket price and enjoy special offers from restaurants, other Beowulf programs and discounts for merchandise. When you do the math, you’ll agree that seeing a live theatre performance at Beowulf Alley is less than a trip to the movies! Seniors, students, and starving artists will benefit from these great prices, too! Click Here to learn more.

Fronting the Order

by Warren Bodow
directed by Sheldon Metz
Tuesday, May 11th at 7:15 p.m.
Admission: Pay what you will
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The five character play is set in 1959 in upstate New York and deals with the clash between fast profits and long-term good. Four encyclopedia salesmen are about to canvass the town, getting into homes with a patently deceptive pitch. Deception plays a leading role in the relationships of the men, as well. The play’s theme is developed with a lot of humor, sharp witty characters, and multiple turnabouts.

After the performance, you are asked to help Warren with your comments and observations. Like his last play, RACE MUSIC, which enjoyed a three-week run in New York this past September, our goal is to develop this play for New York and other theater venues.

For More information about the staged reading presentation, Warren Bodow and Sheldon Metz, click here.

The members of the readers group for this play are Mary Ellen Thompson, Roger Owen, Todd Fitzpatrick, Robert Anthony Peters, Jake Chapman and Denise Blum.

Late Night Theatre for the Night Owls in the Crowd

La Llorona/Medea adapted from Euripides
Jealousy, Rage and a Ghost Story

June 4, 5, 11 & 12
7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

General seating
$8 Cash at the door, no reservations required


La Llorona/Medea is the classical Greek tragedy of one woman’s horrible crime, spurred on by jealousy and rage told through the mirror of the Latino folktale, La Llorona, the weeping woman. Part tragedy, part ghost story, La Llorona/Medea is a scary story to tell in the dark, Hell has a fury like a woman scorned, and it is Medea. This play has adult themes.

The production team includes Danielle Shirar, Nicole Scott, Tristyn Tucci, Michael Fenlason, Evan Engle and Josh Parra.

We’re just off-Broadway! Beowulf Alley Theatre is located at 11 South 6th Avenue (downtown north of Broadway and south of Congress). For more information, please refer to the website,
www.beowulfalley.org or call the theatre at (520) 882-0555.

It is our mission to create captivating experiences for our patrons, students, and the Tucson community through the highest artistic and technical quality productions and education programs and to provide a theatre where performing artists, educators and technicians can develop and present their skills and art.

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Beowulf Alley Theatre Company- SEASCAPE by Edward Albee

       Our 8th Anniversary on 6th Avenue! Tucson

      Beowulf Alley Theatre Company presents A Romantic Comedy 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama



     Edward Albee

     directed by

      Michael Fenlason

      “Hats off, and up in the air!  A major dramatic event.”  NY Times

      A mature, married couple picnicking on a deserted beach discusing their future together encounters a strange couple also comtemplating major life changes.  Once the couples recover from mutual surprise and fear, the two couples engage in conversation, sharing thoughts and ideas that lead to solutions to their future lives.

      Preview Performance: Friday, September 25  $10.00

      September 26- October 11, 2009.  Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays- 7:30 p.m.  Sundays- 1: 30 p.m $20.oo  Discount prices available only at www.beowulfalley.org

      Produced by special arrangements with Dramatits Play Services, Inc. 

      Special Community Service Benefit Perfomance with Reception for La Fontera Center, Inc on Thursday, October 8- $30  ($10 of every tickt will be donated to La Frontera.)

      Check the website for our other programs: Education; Out to Lunch; LNT (late night); Readers Theatre; Old Time Radio Theatre and Indefliks!  So much to enjoy.

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