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Beowulf Alley Theatre- Extra Presentation of A PIECE OF MY HEART & LA LLORONAL MEDEA & OLD TIME RADIO & THEATER CAMP

Last Weekend to See A Piece of My Heart and Late ight’s LaLlorona/Medea plus More!
Extra Presentation! Final Four Performances of
A Piece of My Heart
  Front: T Loving; Back: Janet Bruce, Catherine Killough, Maria Rallings, Jennifer Roberts and Steve McKee. Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard
Front: T Loving; Back: Janet Bruce, Catherine Killough, Maria Rallings, Jennifer Roberts and Steve McKee.
Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard
by Shirley Lauro

Call the theatre for special pricing for select performances

“I never even thought about this side of the Vietnam War…what brave women!” – Audience Member

directed by Whitney Morton

June 10th- 12th at 7:30 and
June 13th at 1:30

The true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them…

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

Special Thanks to our Play Sponsor,
Ruth Baron

 Summer Kids@the Alley-No Experience Needed! 

Theatre Arts Enhancement Camp
June 21th-July 2nd

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 two additional sessions from which to choose following this one: July 12th-July 23rd and July 26th to August 6th – 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.

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. 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 on June 20th:

My Friend Irma continues to be the most popular request and this evening’s episode, The Boss Buys a Racehorse is one of their funniest. Irma’s boss, Mr. Clyde is buying a race horse. Irma comments,

“Well, Mr. Clyde wouldn’t buy any old animal. He’s very particular. Remember what I went through before he hired me?”

Dependable, level-headed Jane Stacy narrated a weekly misadventure of her innocent, bewildered roommate, Irma, a dim-bulb stenographer from Minnesota, both in their mid-twenties, who lived in an apartment rented from their Irish landlady, Mrs. O’Reilly. Irma’s boyfriend Al was a deadbeat, barely on the right side of the law, jobless, with many crazy, failed, get-rich-quick schemes. Al planned to marry Irma at some future date so she could support him. Professor Kropotkin, the Russian violinist at the Princess Burlesque theater, lived upstairs and greeted Jane and Irma with remarks like, “My two little bunnies with one being an Easter bunny and the other being Bugs Bunny.” The Professor insulted Mrs. O’Reilly, complained about his room and reluctantly became O’Reilly’s love interest in an effort to make her forget his back rent. Irma’s boss, attorney Mr. Clyde, once fired Irma but had to hire her back because she had such an odd filing system he couldn’t find anything. Useless at dictation, Irma mangled whatever Clyde dictated. Asked how long she had been with Clyde, Irma said, “When I first went to work with him he had curly black hair, then it got grey, and now it’s snow white. I guess I’ve been with him about six months.”

The second presentation for this evening is Dragnet: The Big No Tooth. Dragnet, most noted as one of early television’s first police dramas, created by and starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, Badge number 714, was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers. In it’s short run, It was one of radio’s top-rated shows. While “Just the facts, ma’am” has come to be known as Dragnet‘s catchphrase, it was never actually uttered by Joe Friday; the closest he came were, “All we want are the facts, ma’am” and “All we know are the facts, ma’am”.

“Just the facts, ma’am” comes from the Stan Freberg’s parody in St. George and the Dragonet.

 Late Night Theatre for the Night Owls in the Crowd 

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

June 11 & 12
10:30 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.

Page on the Stage:
The Outrageous New Play Festival SeriesSummer Theatre Fun Coming June 30th

 

Monsoon season is coming and we have some terrific fun in the works.

Picture this: Three Tucson playwrights presenting their unpublished plays for public viewing after several weeks of working with actors and directors to give their words on the page a place of the stage.

Beginning on June 30 and running until July 18, plan to spend time engaging with playwrights, directors and actors as they workshop three new stories on our stage. From Wednesday to Sunday evenings each week, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, playwrights will work with minimal sets, lighting, sound effects, props, and costumes to create an intimate environment where their words are the focus and the audience is the judge.

You’ll have the opportunity to see one play or all three and could even achieve that in a single weekend. Tickets will go on sale on June 1st with reduced prices for advanced purchases until June 25th . And, just for fun, you can support your favorite plays in our “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is,” fun-draiser to help us develop a seed money for next year’s Play on the Stage program.

Who knows? We might even discover a play this summer to fully mount at the end of our 2010-2011 subscription season. Anything can happen!

Click here for a description of the plays and more information about tickets!

2010-2011 Early Bird Subscription Offer Ends June 30th
Save at least 20% over Single Ticket PriceTo 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.

We’re Putting on a New Face This Summer
Construction begins in a few days on our new facade. We’ll send you updates! Keep an eye on the website for new activity!
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.
Please visit our business sponsors and thank them for supporting the arts. We thank HiFalutin’ Restaurant, The Cup Cafe in the Hotel Congress and Pastiche Modern Eatery for their support. When you visit Pastiche Modern Eatery during June and October . When you choose Beowulf Alley on their Philanthropy with Phlavor list of organizations, Pastiche donates 5% of your check to us and your meal becomes a tasty way to support the Arts. Dining becomes a community service! ating experiences for our patrons, students, and the Tucson community through the highest artistic and technical quality productions and education rogramsand 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- 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- Presents LAST OF THE BOYS by Steven Dietz & A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro

Beowulf Alley Theatre Presents
Last of the Boys by Steven Dietz
To Honor All of Our Military Families

Last of the Boys, by Steven Dietz, directed by Susan Arnold, will be presented by Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. 6th Avenue, 85701, downtown between Broadway and Congress. Last of the Boys, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize nominee, is presented in recognition of and to honor our American military families for their shared sacrifice.

“Ben and Jeeter fought in Vietnam, and for thirty years they have remained united by a war that divided the nation. Joined by Jeeter’s new girlfriend and her off-the-grid whiskey-drinking mother, these friends gather at Ben’s remote trailer for one final hurrah. As the night deepens, the past makes a return appearance, and its many ghosts come flickering to life. This is a fierce, funny, haunted play about a friendship that ends-and a war that does not.”

Dramatists Play Service

May be inappropriate for persons under 13 years old.

Last of the Boys is about the way the past creates the present and the present repeats the past.”

The Cast includes Royah Beheshti, Mary Davis, Lucas Gonzales, Gabe Nagy, and Clark Ray.

Susan Arnold works in theatre and film as an actor, director, writer and producer. Her directorial credits include Dinner with Friends, and Stones in His Pockets with Beowulf Alley, where she contributes to the Artistic Development Committee. Susan served as Artistic Director for the Attic Theatre in Detroit, MI and is the recipient of several theatre excellence awards for acting and directing. She has appeared on stage in a number of productions including most recently Big 8 in Beowulf Alley’s Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage; Cleopatra in Immortal Longings and Claire in the production of The Maids at The Rogue Theatre. She is a member of Screen Actors’ Guild and Actors’ Equity Association and currently serves as Artistic Director for C.A.S.T. Clean and Sober Theatre in Tucson.

Steven Dietz is an American playwright whose work is largely performed regionally, i.e. outside of New York City. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, he moved to Minneapolis and began his career as a director of new plays at The Playwrights’ Center and other local theaters. During these years he also formed a small theatre company (Quicksilver Stage) and began to write plays of his own. Commissioned by ACT Theatre in 1988 to write God’s Country, he lived and worked in Seattle, WA from 1991 to 2006. He now divides his time between Seattle and Austin, Texas where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin. Awards include a PEN U.S.A. Award in Drama (for Lonely Planet); the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award (Fiction and Still Life With Iris); the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award (The Rememberer); the Yomiuri Shinbun Award for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence; and the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery for his adaptation of William Gillette’s and Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1899 play Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Dietz is also a two-time finalist for the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award.

Performance Dates, Times and Ticket Prices:

Preview: Friday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – All tickets $10 this performance only
Opening Night with reception following performance: Saturday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Dialogues with… post show discussion following Sunday, April 11, 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 17 and April 22, 23, 24.
Sundays, 1:30 p.m., April 18 and April 25

Ticket Prices, April 10-25:

General, by phone or at the door – $20 (VISA, MasterCard, Discover)
Online only discount – $18 via PayPal or Google (any credit card they accept)
Advance Military Discount – $15 (must present military ID at will call night of performance)
Student/Military Rush – $12 (cash only, ID required, 15 minutes prior to curtain, based on seating availability)

Box Office Phone Number: (520) 882-0555

Run Time with intermission: 2 -1/4 hours

Parking: There is no charge for parking on the street or at meters on weekends and holidays! The first hour of parking at the Pennington Street (at Scott Avenue) garage is free and $2 per hour after that (up to $8 max.). The lot across from the theatre at 6th Avenue and Broadway is available after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Special Downtown Event Note: Tucson Weekly’s Club Crawl will take place in the evening on Saturday, April 17, but traffic patterns will be adjusted earlier in the day. Please see our website for suggested routes and plan to leave home a little early. The two main streets that will be closed off for the event are 5th Ave between Toole and Broadway (at 8am) and Congress Street between 4th Ave and 6th Ave (closed starting at noon). The City will re-route west bound traffic from Congress Street down Broadway which becomes two way traffic from 4th Ave to 6th Ave. The normal west bound traffic flow on Congress Street resumes at 6th Ave. Come see the play and then join in the festivities of the Tucson Weekly’s Club Crawl!

Photo by Creatista/Scott Griessel.

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Our Extra Presentation, A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
  Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard.
Graphic Design by Kathy Liddiard.

As a follow up to our April production of Last of the Boys honoring our American soldiers’ families for their shared sacrifice, Beowulf Alley Theatre will continue its recognition of our military families with a three-week run of A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, adapted from the Keith Walker book of the same name. Whitney Morton will direct this poignant chronicle of the women of the Vietnam War.

This play will replace the originally scheduled Extra Presentation! selection, The Vertical Hour, with performances from May 28, 2010 through June 13, 2010. Season Subscribers and Flex Pass Holders will receive special pricing for A Piece of My Heart. Members of the military, past or current, will receive a ticket price of $15. Proof of service must be presented at the box office when tickets are picked up. For more information, please consult our website at www.beowulfalley.org or cal the box office at (520) 882-0555.

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