FALL 2015 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar

A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon





jeff.mcmahon@asu.edu   my blog   my website


All  ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre mainstage productions are required for my SOFDT students, but do not count toward the performances you are required to see specifically for this class. Italics means SOFDT production/presentation. We will discuss all SoFDT Mainstage productions in class. Event listings entirely in bold count toward one of the required non-SoFDT productions my students must attend. This list is NOT comprehensive, reflecting my bias as to what is interesting and/or applicable to my students.


If you are interested in auditions for local productions, go to http://www.durantcom.com/ and sign up for their audition notices.

the ASU Film Association/AFA also keeps a list of available actors and projects in the Valley.

ASU Herberger Institute of Design and The Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre Mainstage. Tickets at Galvin Playhouse/Nelson Fine Arts Building 965-6447. Performances usually at Galvin or Lyceum theatre.

Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc. Located at the Prism Theatre at the Cornerstone. Cornerstone Building, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner in back parking lot.

Performance in the Borderlands events sponsored by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, the Office of the President, and the Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix.

Gammage/ASU Presents (480) 965-3434 Students get 50% discount on Beyond Broadway events, but you must go to Gammage box office (SW corner of campus at Mill/13th St.) before evening of show.

ASU School of Dance Performances, unless noted, held at PE East 132 (advance tickets  at Galvin b.o.) (480) 965-6447

ASU School of Communications Performance Studies Empty Space at the Cornerstone Performing and Media Arts facility, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner (same building as SPB/Prism)

ASU Art Museum right next to our FAC, has a great series of shows and is a perfect place to get away from classes for an hour. They have a regular series of lunchtime talks. And there is the Ceramics Research Center up the street at 699 S. Mill and temporary exhibits at Combine Studio in downtown Phoenix on N. 3rd Street

ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Some studios and programs of the School moved to downtown Phoenix, to 605 E. Grant

Art Media Engineering  AME Digital Arts Ranch  corner of Myrtle and University

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (ASU Tempe) readings, workshops (480) 965-6018

Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciencesat ASU West.

UA Presents at University of Arizona Tucson (520) 621-3341 (90 minute by car from Tempe)

Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minute by car from Tempe)

Scottsdale Center for the Arts480-994-ARTS, includes: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts: 50% off student rush discount tickets 72 hours in advance—unless  performance is selling out. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  (SMOCA) free on Thursdays 10-8 and Fri/Sat evenings  and especially check out SMOCA LOUNGE, founded by the delightful and multi-talented Tania Katan. Lit Lounge, Arm Wrestling for Art, Film screenings, Good n'Plenty grants.

Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Lecture/demonstration series held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. And its sister event, Ignite ASU

Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley supported and operated by member artists. 4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 406   (602) 765-0120

Tempe Center for the  Arts On the lake in Tempe,  700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480/350-2TCA (2822)

Actors Theatre of Phoenix (sadly, closed operations December 2014 after 30 years of producing in the Valley)

Arizona Theatre Company  presents in Phoenix and Tucson Student tickets always $10 with ID!

Black Theatre Troupe   602-254-2151 x4.  boxoffice@blacktheatretroupe.org Their new Performing Arts Center located at 1333 East Washington in Downtown Phoenix

Stray Cat Theatre   480-820-8022 132 E. 6th Street in Downtown Tempe, and moving to the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts on Tempe Town Lake in 2015!

Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151  

Phoenix Theatre  more mainstream, but very strong productions and casts. Rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain for $15 with student ID!Working artists/actors can get an ArtsCard for that same deal (bring in a professional resume, Playbills with your name, etc. to b.o. during non-curtain hours to get the card)

Teatro Bravo! 602-258-1800    produces plays in English and Spanish that promote a complex portrait of the U.S. Latino/Latin American populations of Arizona. Venues vary. Founded by Guillermo Reyes and now managed by ASU graduate and graduate MFA candidate Ricky Araiza!

New Carpa Theater directed by James E. Garcia. Focusing on Latino and multicultural work 602-460-137. Producing new work all around town.

Space 55  at E. Pierce and 7th St, just down from Roosevelt Row

Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts/Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480-350-8101

South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042

Southwest Shakespeare Company  At Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center included SW Shakespeare, Galleries, music events, etc. And as of late August 2015, Light Rail will take you there!

Theater Works  8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria AZ 85345 (623) 815-7930


Phoenix Center for the Arts


Farce Side Comedy and Barren Mind Improv at MU Stage (Memorial Union)


The First Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix galleries are open late into the evening 6-10 (and beyond) This has become a huge event, and a great way to get to know downtown Phoenix. Third Friday Artwalk has emerged as an alternative to the hysteria of First Friday http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/  602-256-7539 Artlink also sponsors the annual Art Detour in March (applications due February).

Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. (at McDowell) (602) 257122 check out Yayoi Kusama's permanent installation! And keep checking their film schedule; too many great films for me to list all of them.

Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix  147 E. Adams St. 

Ballet Arizona. Ib Anderson, Artistic Director. (602) 381-1096. (888) 3BALLET.

Arizona Opera (Phoenix/Tucson) (602) 266-7464 Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.

Harkins Cinema chain operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview 5 in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films not shown elsewhere 

AZ India Indian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally

Phoenix  FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Films you can't see anywhere else.  And now hosting Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the films.

No FestivalRequired. Steve Weiss' ongoing series of exhibitions of short films, new video work, etc. Various Locations


Arizona Humanities Council   many lectures and presentations too numerous to list. The Ellis-Shackelford House  1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix 85004-1887   Phone:602/257-0335


Arizona Commission on the Arts 417 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326 (602) 255-5882 

Music venues to check out: http://www.rhythmroom.com  http://www.thetrunkspace.com/

Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events



The Ice House http://www.theicehouseaz.com in downtown Phoenix for site specific and visual art installations   429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003


  Theatre supports the local economy! So does supporting locally-based businesses.



Speaking of business, check out Prof. Linda Essig's blog on creative infrastructure and arts entrepreurship as well as the SoFDT Pave program in arts entrepreneurship.


Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail

  goes directly from ASU to downtown Phoenix, and as of late August 2015, downtown Mesa!


And, if you've read this far, you deserve a prize. If you are a student, you can go to the Hayden Library front desk for passes that provide a one-week free entrance to institutions such as SMOCA, Phoenix Art Museum, and other great places. Limited amount, so plan ahead!


FALL 2015



(DIS)ORIENTATION Pam Sterling and her crew create a wonderful mix of songs, stories, comedy and seriously, and it's all about what it's like to come to ASU as a student. They will be at the Sun Devil Fitness Center at the Tempe campus Saturday the 15th 8-9pm, Sunday the 16th from 8-9pm and Monday the 17th from 7-8pm.  They will be at West campus Sunday the 16th 10-11:30am, at the Downtown campus (actually the Sheraton Hotel) Monday the 17th 7-8pm, and at Poly in the Cooley Ballrooms on the 19th from 2-4pm!

15-22 EVITA the Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice musical. Tuscany Theatre Company presents a community theatre production featuring our very own MFA Performance candidate Javier Stefano DeVita! 861 North Higley Road in Gilbert.

16 A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Arthur Miller's play as performed at the Young Vic in London. Part of National Theatre Live broadcasts. Phoenix Art Museum  2pm $15-18

18 CITIZEN KANE, Orson Well's extraordinary1935 film, inagurates our very own Professor Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILM SCHOOL. I've always wanted to have a cinemateque here in Phoenix, and Joe's doing it! Screening and commentary begins at 6:30pm. FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St. Because it's a bar, you have to be over 21 or accompanied by parent or guardian!

19  OUR CITY DREAMS Phoenix Art Museum – Whiteman Hall at 7pm. Free!" the story of a woman’s struggles and successes as an artist in New York City. Told through five female artists, from youngest to oldest, the film features Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero. From the studio to the streets of New York, from the canals of Venice to the alleys of Cairo and the beaches of Phuket, Our City Dreams takes us deep into the artists’ worlds. The documented year held many triumphs and challenges for each of the participating artists allowing the audience to catch a glimpse into the processes of creation and inspiration. Director Chiara Clemente has captured many moments in these artists’ lives, including Swoon’s first solo exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, Ghada Amer’s return to her Egyptian homeland, Kiki Smith’s traveling retrospective, Marina Abramovic’s weeklong series of performances at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Nancy Spero’s preparations of a new piece for the 2007 Venice Biennale.

21  from 12-1pm a preview of "Contemporary Mexican Photography: Existe lo que tiene nombre" at ASU Art Museum (show continues through January 9, 2016) brown bag lunch conversation with ASU Art Museum Curator Julio Cesar Morales and San Francisco-based curator and photographer Sergio De La Torre. With over 50 photographic and video works produced within the past decade, Existe lo que tiene nombre, which is traveling to the ASU Art Museum — most recently from San Francisco Camerawork — is the U.S. debut for many of the exhibiting artists. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, personal to ambiguous, the work of the 23 artists featured in this exhibition characterizes contemporary photography in Mexico. Curated by Sergio De La Torre and Javier Ramírez Limón (Tijuana) and is supported by the University of San Francisco, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, El Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes de Nuevo León, Instituto Sonorense de Cultura and La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores.

21-September 5 GROUNDED by George Brandt. iTheatre Collaborative. "The story of an ace fighter pilot who's career in the sky is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away"

24-October 3 (Project Space) Yoshua Okón: OCTOPUS Produced in 2011, while Okón was an artist-in-residence at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Octopus is a video installation depicting a reenactment of the Guatemalan Civil War at the parking lot of a Home Depot in Los Angeles, staged by day laborers that are ex-guerillas who fought in the war. The sequel to Octopus, titled Oracle, was commissioned by the ASU Art Museum and presented at the museum in Summer 2015. Presented by ASU Art Museum offsite at their Combine Studios, 821 N. 3rd St. in downtown Phoenix.

31  ARIZONA STORYTELLERS: "GROWING UP"  7pm South Mountain Community College. a night of stories about the awkwardness and awesomeness of growing up. SMCC students attend for free. Featured Storytellers: Anel Arriola, Joey Robert Parks, Charlie Steak, Joe Finnerty, Margaret Marie Smith, Hoen Hull, Kim Haasarud and Jaclyn Roessel. https://tickets.azcentral.com/e/arizona-storytellers-growing-up



3  THE MUSIC OF REGRET   Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art "Artist Laurie Simmons’s 2006 film continues her interest in suburbia and nostalgia and includes performances by the Alvin Ailey 2 Dancers and Meryl Streep. Discussion follows with Adriene Jenik, artist and Professor and Director, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU."  $7   7pm

4-19 HYSTERIA Southwest Shakespeare, Mesa Arts Center "A tour-de-force of language and wit, this fast-paced farce was a smash hit when it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1993. Freud and Dali meet for tea at Freud’s house in Hampstead one summer’s afternoon in 1938. The play combines that meeting with the arrival of the mysterious Jessica, who brings serious charges against Freud. In the last months of his illness, the exhausted Freud soon finds himself up to his neck explaining both his life’s work and the female undergarments in his garden"

4 DJ LENGUA DE DIABLA pop-up performances by Liliana Gomez, Mariachi Pasión. Cash Bar. First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum. 6-10pm  Free!

4-20 CRIMES OF THE HEART Beth Henley's play at Theatre Artists Studio. Directed by Brad Allen, featuring Dee Rich as Lenny, Debra Rich as Meg, Ashley Faulkner as Babe, Julie Lee as Chick Boyles, the sisters' cousin and Aaron Seever as Doc Porter, along with guest artist Joshua Vern as Barnette Lloyd

6 EVERYMAN National Theatre Live presented at Phoenix Art Museum. 2pm. $15/18  "Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.BAFTA winner and Academy Award ® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road)"

9   PEDRO E. GUERRERO: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY preview of new film about the photographer which will air on PBS later this month. Free screening. 7pm    Mesa Arts Center

10 CHEECH MARIN actor, comic, collector presents a free talk at Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm
"will talk about his life as an actor in TV and film, his role as an arts advocate, and his passion for collecting Chicano art. Marin has amassed one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive private collections of Chicano art. Chicano art is characterized by rich colors and bold, intense imagery that embody and embrace U.S. Latino traditions."


11-January 10, 2016 CHICANO STATE OF MIND exhibit opens at North Gallery, Mesa Arts Center. Opening reception 6-11pm

11 from 6:30-8:30pm ASU Art Museum season opening reception. celebrate the opening of our Fall 2015 exhibitions: Found(ing) Story: The Oliver B. James Collection, Contemporary Mexican Photography: Existe lo que tiene nombre, Miguel Angel Rios: Landlocked, and Where Without Whom. At the ASU Art Museum Brickyard, see Statement Piece: Erik Gronborg and Ehren Tool. Sponsored by Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen and the ASU Art Museum Creative Impact Board.


15 from 5-8pm Welcome Back party at ASU Art Museum to welcome students back to campus. We provide food, entertainment and art!

16 THE SALT OF THE EARTH Phoenix Art Museum screens a film looking at the work and life of photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Directed by the great German film director Wim Wenders with Salgado's son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Free with museum admission.  6:30pm

17 Paolo Bacigalupi. Distinguished visiting writers series of Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. New York Times-bestselling author, Paolo Bacigalupi, will discuss “The Water Knife” and the future of the Colorado River as part of ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. Tempe Center for the Arts 7:30

18 AZ Soul Sessions with special guest Rahsaan Patterson. "A soul and spoken word benefit concert with Black Poet Ventures motivational speaker and songstress, Marrian Efua; Conscious spoken word from WisdomSoul; Soul and RnB from the very talented Vaughn Willis; and Connie Muhammad, joined by Jason Henry and the Soul Food band."  7:30 Tempe Center for the Arts

21 Live Art Platform/LAP  7pm at APMA (University/Rural) an experimental performance laboratory connected to the Intermedia program, School of Art, Herberger Institute for the Arts at Arizona State University. Performances by students from School of Art and elsewhere. Contact them if you would like to present something!  liveartplatform@gmail.com

24-October 11 SEX WITH STRANGERS by Laura Eason. Arizona Theatre Company co-sponsoring with Stray Cat Theatre. Directed by Ron May. Herberger Theatre Center "Letting a stranger in can always be dangerous. A new comedy about the calculations people are making to find love or fame in an age of social media, brightly-lit phone screens, and blogging. A raging snowstorm traps two beautiful strangers in a secluded cabin. Opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites, and sex is imminent. As dawn rises, however, what could have been just a one-night stand transforms into something much more complicated."

25-October 4 COMPANY ASU Lyric Opera. Smith Music Theatre at ASU Tempe. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by George Furth; stage direction by Toby Yatso; music direction by Brian DeMaris; choreography by Molly Lajoie. "Sondheim’s game-changing musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern, adult relationships. From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, “Company” is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and is the winner of 7 TONY Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. This show is rated PG-13."

25-27 & October 2-4  WOMEN OF WAR Binary Theatre Company

27 SUPER HEROES our very own clown, Brian Foley, and his crew team up with the Arizona Symphony for an afternoon concert at symphony hall downtown. You are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite super hero. 2pm.

30 BAR FLIES: TAKE A WALK sponsored by ASU School of Art's Museum of Walking with Phoenix New Times and Scottsdale Public Art  5-9pm. Starts at Valley Bar 5:00pm // Guided group walks to Crescent Ballroom at 6pm // Stories at Crescent 7:00pm. Observe a section of our urban landscape as you take a guided group walk from Valley Bar to Crescent Ballroom. Upon arriving at Crescent, you will be invited to post a map of your own walk before listening to the night’s featured writers read works inspired by their walks of the same route. Bar Flies Readers: Becky Bartkowski, Rebecca Fish Ewan, Brandon Ferderer, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Sativa Peterson  $10





2-4 FALL FORWARD  the kick-off event of the ASU dance season, features new works created by ASU faculty and guests. Using a range of movement styles and new media, artists redefine dance and live performance. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe

4  GEORGE WASHINGTON Phoenix Art Museum screens film by David Gordon Green. "Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. George Washington is a startling a distinct work of contemporary American independent cinema."  2pm

5 THEATRE MATTERS  3-4:15PM Professor Bill Partlan talks about the SoFDT production, DRY LAND, and New Play Development. Organized by MFA students John Perovich and Phil Weaver-Stoesz, Theatre Matters is open to all students and faculty. Events will include community building, alumni presentations, faculty presentations, and discussions with creative teams from MainStage productions. FAC 133

5-16 ANA TERESA FERNANDEZ residency sponsored by Performance in the Borderlands. Includes workshop at 6pm on October 5 at Phoenix College, SurFACE, where participants examine how the artistic representation of skin is anything but “natural.” Together we will explore questions of identity and self-representation through interactive art. Wednesday the 10th she will give a talk at Phoenix Art Museum at  6, and a talk at AZ Commission on the Arts on Saturday the 10th at 7pm

9-25 THE TASTE TEST Black Theatre Troupe  "What happens when a “tell-it-like-it-is” African-American woman thinks she can be the next Angela Davis by working from the inside? She struggles to stay true to herself while working for a wild tiger of an aging leader who has spent her life hiding her Jewishness and who is determined to shock the world and show she’s still a genius. A cut-to-the-heart study of the age-old question: “Who am I?”

13 CALAMITY JANE special free screening, co-sponsored by NoFestival Required, of 1953 film directed by David Bulter and featuring Doris Day to give some context to AZ Opera's production of ARIZONA LADY (see below). 7pm at AZ Opera, 1636 N. Central in Phoenix. Free but reserve.

15 EDWIGE DANTICAT reading at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, presented by Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at 6:30pm. Free. "A 2009 MacArthur Fellow, Edwidge Danticat is the author of several critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of Bones, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written four books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. This year, she will publish a picture book, Mama’s Nightingale, and a young adult novel, Untwine"

16-November 1 AMERICAN MYTH by Christina Gorman. Theatre Artists Studio. "follows a young journalist who accuses his former history professor of making up biographical anecdotes that the eager writer had included as facts in a laudatory profile of the famous man. This highly topical play explores intriguing moral questions in today's controversy-saturated society where the smallest public misstep can result in utter catastrophe. We meet the disaffected former student, seething with injured innocence and idealism, egged on by his sensation-seeking editor. We see the loyal, sacrificing wife, caught and confused by her husband's complexity. And, finally, we watch a great man, a teacher of facts, facing a very public humiliation and his own private truths."

16 MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH & TERISA SIAGATONU the brilliant Bamuthi is someone not to be missed. Solo or with his troupe, he's incredibly powerful, empathic, moving. Mesa Arts Center. 8pm $11

16-31 PORT AUTHORITY by Conor McPherson. iTheatre Collaborative I saw a version of this several years ago off-Broadway. Beautiful set of monologues. "Explores the heart and psyche of the common man in these three interconnected monologues. The young man who is desperate to move out of his parent's house once and for all; the middle-aged man, a borderline alcoholic and serial loser who has landed a job he's not qualified for; and the old man, a sprightly widower who tries to make the most of his mundane retirement home existence. Set against a backdrop of contemporary Dublin—these three different generations are vastly different yet all three share a common concern about lost love—and their own part in losing it."

16 open rehearsal for HOLDING IT DOWN (see below) at ASU Gammage  12-1pm  Free

16-31 THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Southwest Shakespeare

16-18, 23-25 NECROSIS Binary Theatre Company

17 Margaret Cho's THE PSYCHO TOUR. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. 8pm "Beginning with her early days on the scene in Southern California, comedian Margaret Co has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand-up. She is never one to shy away from a difficult, or even “taboo” topic, and there is no subject off limits. Cho’s socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. Cho’s latest show, which The New York Times calls “wildly kinetic,” is The psyCHO Tour. Cho has been developing brand new material over the past several months and said, “This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” From singlehood to Boko Haram to Bruce Jenner’s transition to female empowerment, Cho tackles difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor-sharp insight. Cho also shares tributes to her “father in comedy” Robin Williams and her “mother in comedy” Joan Rivers, who passed away within a month of one another." Opening Act: Selene Luna

17   HOLDING IT DOWN: THE VETERANS DREAM PROJECT ASU Gammage  7pm. Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer collaborates with poet Mike Ladd and performers Maurice Decaul, who served with the Marines in Iraq, and Lynn Hill, who served in the Air Force, in bringing to life, a first person perspective of what it was like to be a veteran of color in the Iraq and Afghanistan war.

16-18 ARIZONA LADY Arizona Opera. "The first major U.S. opera house to premiere Emmerich Kálmán’s musical treasure. Written in 1953 as a love letter to the Southwest, the hopes & dreams of leading lady Lona Farrell ride on the back of one horse, “Arizona Lady”, winning the Kentucky Derby. Reminiscent of the greatest Golden-age Hollywood musical comedies, Arizona Lady is full of lively, upbeat music, cheerful, soaring arias, and a wacky libretto, sure to make you smile as bright as the Arizona sun." Features our very own Ian Christiansen! Performed in German, English and Spanish with English supertitles. New English/Spanish translation by Kathleen Kelly and Alberto “Tito” Rio. Original libretto by Alfred Grünwald and Gustave Beer

16-25 A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams. Mainstage show directed by MFA Directing candidate Wyatt Kent. ASU Tempe Lyceum Theatre.

18 MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO Phoenix Art Museum screens the haunting film by Gus van Sant "A wayward exploration of love, fortune, and fatherhood, Gus Van Sant’s dreamlike riff on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I and II feature River Phoenix as Mike Waters, a narcoleptic male hustler who is first seen drifting on a stretch of highway in Idaho. The film also features Keanu Reeves, and film director William Richert as the spiritual leader Bob." $10  2pm

19 Live Art Platform/LAP  7pm at APMA (University/Rural) an experimental performance laboratory connected to the Intermedia program, School of Art, Herberger Institute for the Arts at Arizona State University. Performances by students from School of Art and elsewhere. Contact them if you would like to present something!  liveartplatform@gmail.com

20-November 8 THE BOOK OF MORMON ASU Gammage. You may have heard of this...Get somebody to buy you a ticket.

22-23  FALL DANCE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS   ASU Dance  at PEBE 132/Gisolo Dance Studio at ASU Tempe. 7:30pm  In a collection of dance, new media and installation pieces, undergraduate students experiment with choreographic approaches that inspire us to rethink the meaning of creativity

29-30 FALL GRADUATE DANCE PRESENTATIONS ASU Dance at PEBE/Gisolo Dance Studio, ASU Tempe. 7:30pm Featuring original dance and multimedia pieces created by graduate students in a physically and visually compelling evening; students explore the full spectrum of dance theatre, challenging notions about art-making traditions

30-November 8  DRY LAND  Directed by William Partlan. Written by up-and-coming playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel, “Dry Land” tells the story of two high school swimmers, Amy and Ester, who are drawn together by the need to secretly terminate Amy’s unwanted pregnancy. An intimate and searing portrait of teenage friendship and desperation set in a girls’ locker room. Mature content. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe.



-8 DRY LAND continues (see above)

2 THEATRE MATTERS  3-4:15. Professor David Barker will talk about Stage Violence. Organized by MFA students John Perovich and Phil Weaver-Stoesz, Theatre Matters is open to all students and faculty. Events will include community building, alumni presentations, faculty presentations, and discussions with creative teams from MainStage productions. FAC 133

2  ADAM'S DOGS  by MFA dramatic writing candidate Jericho Thomas. 7:30 in FAC 133, ASU Tempe. Presented as part of TheatreLAB, a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. $5 All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU Theatre students. "Montrose and Wilson have two criminal records, one job between them, and zero chances of ever improving their situation. But everyone writes their own destiny in this country… right?"

3 AKRAM KHAN  COMPANY IN KAASH. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. 7:30pm I'm not familiar with this dance company, but looks promising. We can usually get 50% discounted ticks for our students.

3 THE ALEXANDRIA PLAY by MFA dramatic writing candidate Marvin Gonzalez. 7:30 in FAC 133, ASU Tempe. Presented as part of TheatreLAB, a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. $5 All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU Theatre students. "The city of Alexandria burns, and a group of scholars debate the merits of their discipline as they loot the most extensive library in the world."

3  ADIOS MOMO Directed by Leonardo Recagni, special screening co-sponsored by AZ Opera and NoFestival Required, in preparation of AZ Opera's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS (see below) "Obdulio is an 11-year-old Afro-Uruguayan boy who lives with his grandmother and sells newspapers for a living while he cannot read or write. Obdulio is not interested in going to school until he finds out that the night watchman of the newspaper’s office is a charismatic magical “Maestro” who not only introduces him to the world of literacy but also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the “Murgas” (Carnival Pierrots) during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan carnival." 7pm at AZ Opera. In Spanish with English subtitles. Free but reserve

5 THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ROSES by MFA dramatic writing candidate Paco José Madden. 7:30 in FAC 133, ASU Tempe. Presented as part of TheatreLAB, a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. $5 All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU Theatre students.   "A disillusioned young graduate student rediscovers what love truly means when the medieval poet of The Romance of the Rose enters her life."

5 AND ME, ALEXANDER by MFA Theatre for Young Audiences candidate Ashley Laverty. 7:30 in FAC 133, ASU Tempe. Presented as part of TheatreLAB, a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. $5 All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU Theatre students.  "the story of a hypochondriac and his sick goldfish. (Appropriate for families.)"

5 YOUSSOU N'DOUR Senegalese musician performing at Mesa Arts Center  7:30pm


6-8, 13-15  ADDISON AND THE BLACK HOLE Binary Theatre Company

6-8 EMERGING ARTISTS I thesis projects created by graduating MFA in Dance students. Candidates investigate personal stories and thought-provoking issues using platforms that include live performance, film and interactive media. “Emerging Artists I” features Grace Gallagher and David Olarte. PEBE/Gisolo Dance Studio, ASU Tempe

7 ALAN CUMMING UNCUT The British actor/writer/singer  presents his one-man show/cabaret. 8pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. For mature audiences

10  FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW! Rhythmic Circus presented by ASU Gammage Beyond! series. 7pm. "a pure burst of funky, beat box, tapping and hip hop energy. The show is an explosive fun mixture of funk band, lightening-fast tappers, hip hop rhymes and dance and the unreal sounds of beat boxer Heat Box. You cannot help but get on your feet and move as the rhythmic percussion of the dancers flow into a competition of speed, sound and volume with Beat Box. Together these Minneapolis-based artists integrate an inventive style of rapid fire tap, shuffle, stomp with multiple musical genres that creates a wildly creative show that brings audiences around the world to their feet" $20

10-15 EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL Mesa Arts Center   Who knew Canadians could be so bloody and demonic? I avoid "splatter-zone" events, but maybe I'm just too neat and tidy.

12-29 DISGRACED Arizona Theatre Company." the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning current Broadway hit about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves. Written by one of the most astonishing new voices in American theatre, this provocative tale dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. In Disgraced, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards."

13-22 BROOKLYN BRIDGE  ASU Mainstage, Galvin Playhouse. Written by Melissa James Gibson.
Directed by Ricky Araiza. "Meet Sasha, a 10-year-old with an impending essay deadline, absent parents and no pen. In her quest for a writing utensil and for company, she wanders through her apartment building, where she meets a variety of colorful tenants, who tell her stories about the Brooklyn Bridge and help her to confront her fears." Appropriate for families and young audiences.

13-15 FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Arizona Opera." Inspired by the magical realism of celebrated author Gabriel García Márquez, Florencia en el Amazonas is a journey through the physical and mystical worlds of love, desire and the mighty Amazon River. Florencia Grimaldi is travelling through the enchanted rainforest and hopes to find her long lost lover, a butterfly hunter who disappeared in the jungle many years ago. Wracked by storms and a cholera outbreak, she and her fellow passengers are drawn deeper into the Amazon where fantasy and reality intertwine and their hopes and dreams are tested. Written by the late Mexican composer Daniel Catán, Florencia en el Amazonas was the first-ever Spanish-language opera commissioned in the U.S. and has become a smash sensation around the globe ever since its premiere."  Sung in Spanish with English supertitles

14 Brian Foley Dynamic Theatre team up with ASU School of Music for a performance at the Jewish Historical Society's 2015 Heritage Award Gala. Arizona Biltmore. "Honoring the contributions of four generous families to the arts in the greater-Phoenix community. Dinner, Silent Auction, and Live Entertainment."

14 LA POCHA NOSTRA. Guillermo Gomez-Peña and collaborators (from ASU and elsewhere) present their work. 7:30pm   Club Palazzo  710 N Central Ave, Phoenix mature content

15-27 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD  Childsplay. Music By Robert Reale, Book and Lyrics By Willie Reale, Based on the Books by Arnold Lobel

17  BACH DANCES Pascal Rioult Dance NY at Mesa Arts Center

19-22 GUADALUPE:THE OPERA Lyric Opera Theatre, Smith Music Theatre ASU Tempe.World premiere. Composed by ASU School of Music Professor and Arizona Governor’s Arts Award winner James DeMars. The story reveals the desperation of the native inhabitants of Mexico in 1531, who are caught in a violent clash between two cultures, and the heroic struggle of Juan Diego to achieve peace for his people through the transformation of Mother Earth to Mother Mary. Lyric arias and powerful choruses are supported by an orchestra including Native American artists R. Carlos Nakai and Xavier Yxayotl. This opera contains mature themes and may not be appropriate for young children. Music composed by James DeMars; libretto by James DeMars, Robert Esteva Doyle, and Graham Whitehead; sung in English and Spanish with English supertitles; stage direction by Graham Whitehead; music direction by William Reber; choreography by Lauren Margison.

20-22 EMERGING ARTISTS II presents thesis projects created by graduating MFA in Dance students. Candidates investigate personal stories and thought-provoking issues using platforms that include live performance, film and interactive media. “Emerging Artists II” features See Cha and Emily May. PEBE/Gisolo Dance Studio, ASU Tempe

20 Brian Foley Dynamic Theatre performing at Desert Botanical Gardens. Interactive illuminated performers (including performers from Rachel Bowditch's Vessel company) to celebrate the opening of the light-based installations of artist Bruce Munro.

21 MOON MEDICINE  7pm at ASU Gammage Beyond! series. "A musical and optical experiment conducted by interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers. His live work, at times troubling and inspiring, weaves found images of funk, film noir, punk, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying. The result is an evocative concert that is as much jam session as it is a performative film screening/video installation" $20

23 Live Art Platform/LAP  7pm at APMA (University/Rural) an experimental performance laboratory connected to the Intermedia program, School of Art, Herberger Institute for the Arts at Arizona State University. Performances by students from School of Art and elsewhere. Contact them if you would like to present something!  liveartplatform@gmail.com

27-December 13 CINDERELLA a new version with music, lyrics, book by Ezra Weiss. Theatre Artists Studio

29 HAMLET National Theatre Live screening at Phoenix Art Museum. "Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. National Theatre Live is a simulcast from the London National Theatre and is not a live performance at the Museum." 2pm  $15/18    3 hours and 35 minutes in length.

30 THEATRE MATTERS  3-4:15. Professors Erika Hughes and Boyd Branch will talk about their PAKISTAN PROJECT. Organized by MFA students John Perovich and Phil Weaver-Stoesz, Theatre Matters is open to all students and faculty. Events will include community building, alumni presentations, faculty presentations, and discussions with creative teams from MainStage productions. FAC 133



4 FALL FILM CAPSTONE SHOWCASE  Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe  Capstones are senior film students’ most ambitious productions, the culmination of at least a year’s work. Films are all lengths and genres and can range from hour-long documentaries to raucous music videos to short dramas.

4-20 HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL  Stray Cat Theatre. Book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe based on the film written by Daniel Waters. Directed by Louis Farber with Choreography by Nicole Olsen of Scorpius Dance Theatre

4-20 BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes. Black Theatre Troupe. "this legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, returns to the BTT stage in a stunning new production. Black Nativity is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year"

11-13 CHRISTMAS CABARET with Jeff Kennedy at iTheatre Collaborative

13 PERSISTENCE OF VISION Phoenix Art Museum 2pm. a film by Kevin Schreck "Striving to make the greatest animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) toiled for more than a quarter of a century on his masterpiece – only to have it torn from his hands. Filmmaker Kevin Shcreck has woven together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with key animators and artists who worked with Williams on his ill-fated magnum opus to bring this legendary story to the screen. A tale of art, obsession, and dreams, Persistence of Vision is the untold story of the greatest animated film never made. Official selection at over 30 international film festivals, including: Vancouver International, Starz Denver, DOC NYC, Oslo International, Nashville, New Zealand International, London International Animation Festival, and more.Winner: Audience Award for BEST OF FESTIVAL 2013 Buffalo International Film Festival. Winner: Audience Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY 2013 Buffalo International Film Festival." 

20 THE AUDIENCE National Theatre Live screening at Phoenix Art Museum. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. Directed by Steven Daldry.