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Beowulf Alley Theatre- Presents the World Premiere of Warren Bodow’s FRONTING THE ORDER

World Premiere of Warren Bodow’s FRONTING THE ORDER

Opens This Week!


Directed by Sheldon Metz

Eleven Performances Only

Set in a diner in a small upstate New York town one summer evening in 1959, four encyclopedia salesmen prepare to canvass neighborhoods in Olean, New York, knocking on doors with a patently misleading pitch. The play explores the relationships among the men, with the pretty but aging waitress, and with the changing world around them. With wit and humor, the play reminds us that the ‘50s were far more turbulent than we remember or have been told.

Directed by Sheldon Metz, recently acclaim for his work on The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Beowulf Alley, FRONTING THE ORDER runs five characters through a mill of deception, sexual innuendo, and class warfare. Five local actors, Denise Blum, Dan Colecchia, Bill Epstein, Tenoch Gomez and Josh Silvain are featured.

Playwright Warren G. Bodow has been a Tucson winter resident for the past five years. A member of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Playwrights, two of his earlier plays received staged readings in Tucson before going on to showcase productions in New York City. In between his college years at Syracuse University, he sold encyclopedias on the road and remembers those days as exciting and eye-opening.

Tickets for FRONTING THE ORDER are available on Beowulf Alley Theatre’s website, http://www.beowulfalley.org , or by phone, (520) 882-0555. Beowulf Alley Theatre is downtown Tucson, at 11 South 6th Avenue, near Congress.

Performance days, dates, times and prices are:


Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. – $15 – Preview

Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – $19 – Opening

Thursday – Saturday, April 14-16, 7:30 p.m. – $19

Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23, 7:30 p.m. – $19


Sundays, April 10 & 17, 2:30 p.m. – $19

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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!”

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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 Theater- PROOF, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play opens this weekend

Proof by David Auburn Opens This Weekend!



      Tickets are selling quickly for this weekend’s performance of Proof, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play.   Director Sheldon Metz and the very talented cast comprised of Jill Baker, Chris Farishon, Jonathan Northover and Roberto Guajardo are ready to offer you an evening or Sunday afternoon of entertainment for the next three weekends.   Preview tickets are $10, this Friday night only.   General admission tickets are $20.   There is a discount when tickets are purchased online.   Opening night’s performance will be followed by a reception and this Sunday’s performance will be followed with Dialogues with…, a discussion session with the actors, director and production team.   On April 23, there is a special benefit performance and post-performance reception hosted by The Cup Cafe for the U of A Math Department’s Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Math Teachers.   Tickets for this performance are $30 with $10 of each ticket contributed to CRR.   Just click here for all tickets or call (520) 882-0555 between the hours of noon and 4.   If our phone lines are busy, just leave your name and number and we’ll call you back.       Performances are on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.   (The Sundays were not listed on the postcard.   We’re human and do occasionally make mistakes.)   There are three weekends of performances with a closing date of April 26.

      Director Metz says, “Proof superficially explores topics of mental stability and genius.   More significantly, it’s a play about character, about finding solutions to life’s problems, the trust we place in these solutions, in ourselves, and in each other.   The proof in Auburn’s play is less about mathematics than it is about putting trust to the test.   Elegant in its structural simplicity, Proof is an emotionally complex play rich with the motivational calculus of father/daughter, sister/sister, student/teacher and romantic relationships.   But it’s the wonderful characters and relationships, that first drew me to it.”
We’ll see you soon!


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      There are more performances in April!      Join us on Tuesday, April 14, 7:15 p.m. for Readers Theatre, RT@the Alley. This month we are presenting Warren Bodow’s play, Race Music.   There will be a post-reading discussion with the playwright to enhance the development of this nearly completed work. Admission is by donation.      Each Wednesday in April, we will present an eclectic array of performances for our Out to Lunch Theatre program, OT@the Alley. Bring your lunch and eating while enjoying 30 minutes of theatre, poetry, music or comedy. $6 ticket.   Order a brown bag lunch prepared by Chris Cafe for another $6. 12:15 curtain – don’t be late!

      And on April 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 10:30 p.m. and April 18 at 7:30 p.m., join us for or late night series, LNT@the Alley, for Brian Hanson’s I’m Sorry I Liked You. Tickets are just $8 bucks!

Proof - Roberto Guajardo as Robert and Jill Baker as Catherine
Proof – Roberto Guajardo as Robert and Jill Baker as Catherine

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