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My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend

Tucson: 9/25/21 - 10/16/21*

Phoenix: 10/21/21 - 11/7/21*

What happens when a 20-something Broadway baby meets a Shakespeare- and Schubert-loving octogenarian? Much to their surprise, a friendship blossoms. A delightful award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we throw aside our fears and cross generational barriers. Based on the true story of Broadway performer Charissa Bertels, and winner of the Kleban award for best new libretto, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is a loving musical tale about a most unlikely pair discovering themselves as well as each other. 

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Tucson: 11/6/21 - 12/4/21*

Phoenix: 12/9/21 - 1/2/22*

From the pen of the writer of last season’s hit Silent Sky, and America’s most produced playwright, comes this charming and cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It is two years later and the Bennet family gathers at Pemberley to celebrate Christmas together. Unlike her witty and vibrant sisters, Mary Bennet is unmarried, nerdy, and growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister. But an unexpected guest gives Mary the boost she needs to embrace her independence and find true love. Miss Bennet is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family, awkward nerd love and personal transformation that will delight and en-chant Jane Austen aficionados and newcomers alike. 

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Women in Jeopardy!

Tucson: 1/15/22 - 2/5/22*

Phoenix: 2/10/22 - 2/27/22*

Liz’s best friends want her to be happy, but the dentist she’s smitten with is just plain creepy. And they can’t help but wonder if he may be a serial killer. When he is linked to a mysterious disappearance, they turn their book club into a mash-up of Nancy DrewMurder She Wrote and Sex and the City. This hilarious comedy reminds us about the value of friendship and the potential value of trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the mid-life crisis just isn’t your speed. 

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Welcome to ATC’s 54th Season!

A season to embrace the unexpected joy in everyday life!

As Arizonans emerge from this incredibly challenging year, ATC has carefully curated productions that tell stories about how we learn to heal and love each other — stories of reemergence, rebirth, and rejuvenation. Audiences will experience world-class theatre about what it means to be alive today – inspiring curiosity and creativity, sparking empathy and joy – bringing all Arizonans together. 

The 54th Season includes three musicals and three plays, five of which are written by female playwrights. This season will feature nationally noted female directors, including Kimberly Senior, who is the director of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced and will direct ATC’s how to make an American Son, and Tiffany Nichole Greene, resident director of Broadway’s Hamilton and director of Nina Simone: Four Women.

ATC’s lineup includes two world premieres: Justice, a musical about Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and how to make an American Son, a moving new play about the complexities of privilege, citizenship, and family. Audiences will be the first to see productions that begin their journey at ATC and continue to national and world tours, a strong point of pride for Arizonans.  

ATC is committed to protecting the health of our audiences, artists, and staff. Information about safety requirements can be found here. For ticket holders who are unready to return to the theatre, all Mainstage plays will be professionally recorded with three cameras on Opening Night.

Although ATC’s stages have been dark, audiences nationwide have tuned in to the theatre’s digital play readings for more than a year. The offerings gave audiences a peek into the play-making process and provided a welcomed option when live theatre was not possible. In addition to Mainstage productions, ATC will continue to provide digital play readings throughout the coming season.

Nina Simone: Four Women

Tucson: 2/26/22 - 3/19/22

Phoenix: 3/24/22 - 4/10/22*

A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius, activist, and musician that is Nina Simone.  Following the 1963 bombing by the Ku Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, she rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Infused with traditional hymns along with her own songs and covers, Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation between Simone and three Black women from various back-grounds and experiences and their fight to overcome second-class status, racism, and the stereotypes that seek to define them.  

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Justice

Tucson: 4/9/22 - 4/30/22*

Phoenix: 5/5/22 - 5/22/22*

It is 1993, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just joined the United States Supreme Court; the first and only other woman there, Sandra Day O’Connor, is ready to welcome her and get to work. In an intimate, epic three-person new musical built of sweeping songs, urgent conversations about equality, and truly human heroines, we come to know these two iconic justices at the height of their power. Through a third character, Regina, rising through the ranks of the law, we discover how O’Connor and Ginsburg inspire, challenge, and propel the next generation of change-makers and trailblazers in American jurisprudence. Ruth, Sandra and Regina confront each other about equal justice under the law, strategy, civil rights, husbands, kids, dreams, sorrows, and how to set a new course for our country and the world. 

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how to make an American Son

Tucson: 6/4/22 - 6/25/22*

Phoenix: 6/30/22 - 7/17/22*

In association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts’ Grants for Arts Projects Award.

A “Model Immigrant” and business mogul, Honduran born Mando’s cleaning empire is bracing for a downturn at the exact same moment when he must rein in his over-privileged American son Orlando. In the wake of a personal crisis, Orlando suddenly finds himself responsible for the fate of a treasured worker and the future of his father’s entire enterprise. What happens when the promise of the American Dream collides with the reality of immigration and family? A moving new play about the complexities of privilege, citizenship, and the most complex relationship of all: family. 

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2021/2022 Season Preview – Featuring several Playwrights & Directors

 


*Plays and dates are subject to change.