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.
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.
Directed by Tamilla Woodward
Due to unforeseen circumstances our Digital Play Reading of Covenant will be rescheduled. We will share Covenant‘s new date on our website, social profiles, and through email communication.
This dark and twisting campfire tale of betrayal, faith, rumor, and the seemingly thin veil of truth will have you on the edge of your seat – and maybe even leaving the lights on after the reading.
Join us…if you dare.
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.