ATC’S DIGITAL SEASON
Welcome to Arizona Theatre Company’s Digital Season!
Until Mainstage Productions can be on stage and audiences can safely return to theatres, ATC is pulling back the curtain on the play development process by sharing digital play readings of innovative new works by up-and-coming playwrights. A part of the process to bring a play to the stage, play readings and workshops allow the playwright, director, cast and production staff to hear how a play reads, rework sections and try things out before they’re on stage.
ATC’s Digital Play Reading Series invites the audience into the play-making process to observe the actors face-to-face as they read the play in its developmental stages. It’s not fancy or complete … it’s an in inside look at innovative new works by up-and-coming playwrights that usually aren’t made available to the public.
THE HEATH | By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Sean Daniels
April 14, 2021 at 5PM | online through 5PM April 18, 2021
Lauren turns her storytelling on herself as she wrestles with how you make peace with a beloved relative who seems unlike you in every way. This beautiful, funny mediation on her South Carolinian grandfather’s life draws on everything from Shakespeare’s King Lear to Bluegrass banjo in a soul-stirring story of legacy, family, Alzheimer’s, World War 2, redemption, love, madness, and the science of memory.
SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER | By Brian Quijada
Directed by Reginald Douglas
May 4, 2021 at 8PM | Viewable online through 8PM May 8, 2021
Inspired by Reina Quijada’s real life journey from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi Boleros, American Rock and Hip Hop, this new musical is both fable and family history – and a testament to the determination born of love.
ALMA | By Benjamin Benne
Directed by Catherine María Rodríguez
August 18, 2020 at 5PM | Viewable online through 5PM August 22, 2020
A mother, a daughter and the thread of an American Dream. Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Ángel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Ángel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
SLOW FOOD | By Wendy MacLeod
September 15, 2020 at 5PM | Viewable online through 5PM September 19, 2020
Irene and Peter just want to have a nice meal out on their big anniversary in Palm Springs. But their highly neurotic waiter, Stephen, will not bring them their food, and everything goes horribly, ridiculously wrong. This absurd server will have them examining everything from their menu choices to their very future together! Will their shared desperation get them their spanakopita—or end their marriage? Playwright Wendy MacLeod (Women in Jeopardy!) brings us a comedy for anyone who’s ever been “hangry.” Starring Brian Beacock, Joel Van Liew and Daina Griffith.
Benjamin Scheuer: In Concert from London
Available to ATC Subscribers October 15, 2020 | Available to general public October 20, 2020
In an exclusive for Arizona Theater Company, award winning singer-songwriter/children’s-book-author Benjamin Scheuer streams in from England, performing one of London’s first in-person concerts.
With music from his Drama Desk Award winning musical THE LION (which was directed by Artistic Director Sean Daniels), his popular children’s books “Hundred Feet Tall” and “Hibernate with Me,” along with new songs from his upcoming album, it’s an opportunity to spend an intimate evening with one of the most exciting artists of our generation.
THE REALNESS | By Idris Goodwin
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
November 18, 2020 at 5PM | Viewable online through 5PM November 22, 2020
T.O. has escaped the suburbs and come to the big city to immerse himself in authentic, “REAL” hip hop culture. It doesn’t get much more real than MC Prima. The moment he meets her, T. O. falls madly in love. But when he becomes tangled in the lies he tells to get closer to her, he’s forced to ask himself: is he after real love, or is he fulfilling his own fantasy? Idris Goodwin takes on tough questions of authenticity and class collision with humor and heart in a coming-of-age tale set to the beat of hip-hop history. The Realness follows a young man’s journey for his heart and his true identity.
HALSTED | By Elaine Romero
Directed by Sean Daniels
March 10, 2021 at 5PM | Viewable online through 5PM March 14, 2021
When Limbs finds he can no longer receive instructions from Brain, he seeks to find a pathway back. When Claire loses connection with the life that she knew, she traces the streets, inside and outside her mind, in a love story that transcends language, bodies, and loss. Arizona Theatre Company’s Resident Playwright Elaine Romero’s autobiographical play examines how we love and find hope when we don’t have the words.
Halsted is presented as part of RomeroFest, a month-long celebration of the diverse, thoughtful and impactful works of ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero with digital performances by theatre companies across the U.S. and in Mexico.
PONZI | By Elaine Romero
Directed by Melissa Crespo
March 24, 2021 at 5PM | Viewable online through 5PM March 28, 2021
An heiress takes a naïve young woman under her wing with her eye on landing the young woman’s husband. But the striving couple has their own agenda.
Ponzi is presented as part of RomeroFest, a month-long celebration of the diverse, thoughtful and impactful works of ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero with digital performances by theatre companies across the U.S. and in Mexico.