FALL 2016 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 & 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. Dance performances in either FAC or PEBE 132

Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc.

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

ASUGammage (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 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 . Many studios and programs of the School moved to Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix at 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 minutes by car from Tempe)

Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minutes 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

And SCPA's latest venture, the Scottsdale Cinematheque, showing independent, foreign, and art films not shown in other locations in the Valley.

Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Short-form Lecture/demonstration series usually held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.

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

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   now presenting at Tempe Center for the Arts! On the lake!

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

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 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. Lots of performances, workshops, events

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!

Brelby Theatre Company an ever-growing presenter in West Valley, run by recent ASU students!

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

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. (602) 381-1096. (888) 3BALLET.

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

Harkins Cinema operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview Fashion Square in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films 

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 Phoenix Dance Observer, helmed by dancer Julie Ackerly, is trying to increase the awareness of dance and choreographic work here in the Valley, and to provide a space for dance criticism sorely lacking in our town


    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 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!




12 A CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS CHAIR,  JANE CHU. Mesa Arts Center, Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse 1 East Main Street, Mesa   10:30-11:30am. Hosted by AZ Commission on the Arts

12-21 NEXT TIME I'LL AIM FOR THE HEART Scottsdale Cinematheque screening at  SCPA $7 reserved seating  2014 french film by Cedric Anger. "Based on the true story “Un assassin au-dessus de tout soupcon” by Yvan Stefanovitch, this is the chilling chronicle of notorious serial killer Alain Lamare (here renamed Franck Neuhart). In a truly mordant twist, while Lamare was terrorizing France in the winter of 1978-79, he was also an outstanding gendarme tasked with apprehending the killer. His victims were all young women, whom he stalked while trying to start a love affair with his pretty cleaning lady. Anger follows in the footsteps of Friedkin and Fincher in divesting all glamour from crime, instead showing the dead ends that vex the crime fighters and the dark souls that plague the criminals. The evocative period soundtrack includes Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground."

14  NOTFILM and FILM   FilmBar   Introduced by SoFDT Professor Joe Fortunato  3:30pm $14  FILM is  the only film ever made by the great playwright Samuel Beckett, and features the brilliant silent film and physical comedy actor Buster Keaton. And NOTFILM, a film about the making of FILM

14 THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE a film by Johanna Schwartz.  NoFestivalRequired presents at Phoenix Center for the Arts  1pm Pre-sale tickets-http://malimusic.brownpapertickets.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOQp6NigDqU

14-17 DISORIENTATION Pam Sterling and her crew of talented students present their student-centric view of life at ASU. Song and dance, comedy and drama. Always a blast! At all 4 campuses. Tempe: August 14 at  5pm, 7pm, & 9pm Gammage Auditorium; August 16: 7:30pm at Neeb Hall;  Dowtown and West: August 15 at Downtown Hyatt 3pm;  Polytechnic: August 17 2pm at Cooley Ballrooms.

26-28 EL CHE written and performed by our very own Marcelino Quiñonez. Directed by Matthew Wiener. Produced by Benny Morel. Phoenix Center for the Arts.  Artistic/Production team: James Garcia, Elisa Gonzales, Javier Stefano De Vita, Joseph Kremer, Ethan Shanker, Tamera Shanker, Yvonne Torres, Dilcia Yvonne Yanez, Alfredo Escarcega, Michaela Wooldridge


-September 18  WATER, photographs by EDWARD BURTYNSKY. Phoenix Art Musuem. "Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s exploration of humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. Between 2007 and 2012, Burtynsky travelled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. In enormous, color prints Burtynsky’s aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern life—as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world.

31 The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix. A presentation by Grady Gammage. Tempe Center for the Arts   6:30pm with reception at 7:30.  Grady spoke to my class several years ago and was frank, funny, and had a refreshingly different take on urbanism. "Gammage's work focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years and led the Board during a time of turbulence when it was suing the Federal government over the cost of the canal. Gammage is well known for his book, "Phoenix in Perspective: Reflections on Developing the Desert" and just recently published, "The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix." In his new book, Gammage offers a personal perspective on the explosive growth and development of Phoenix. In this talk, he will delve into the history of real estate, water, and urban and suburban development in the Valley of the Sun, with an emphasis on how water, air-conditioning, and the car have shaped the metropolis." free but rsvp



2-17 THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by Eric Coble.starring Judy Rollings and Brad Bond and directed by Rosemary Close. iTheatre Collaborative at Herberger Theatre Center, Kax Stage. "Alexandra is a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with a pile of Molotov cocktails. When Alexandra's estranged son Chris returns after 20 years and crawls through her second floor window, the emotional bombs start detonating, hopefully, before the real ones do."

2-17 OR, by Liz Duffy Adams.  Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. LDA wrote DOG ACT, which we did at ASU recently. "Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra Behn is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning. Taking place over one night in the life of Aphra Behn – poet, spy, and first professional female playwright. The 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy from the playwright The San Francisco Bay Guardian called “an artist of playful and highly literate imagination, radical instincts, and sardonic but generous humor.”

5 ASTERION by Liz Duffy Adams. Staged reading directed by William Partlan "Asterion, the half-bull Minotaur of Greek legend, is trapped in the labyrinth his sister Ariadne designed. Now she and her borrowed hero, Theseus, are coming to kill him – unless he kills them instead." SW Shakespeare Rehearsal Room, Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm

2-18 LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. Directed by Patti Davis Suarez. Theatre Artists Studio. Featuring our very own Barbara Acker.

6-14 THE ALBUM PROJECT: JAGGED LITTLE PILL Nearly Naked Theatre World premiere of project conceived by Kate Sullivan Gibbens and Jonah Platt

7-Oct. 2  IN THE HEIGHTS Phoenix Theatre  Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, that one), and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Featuring our very own Micha Espinosa, and the incredibly skilled Pasha Yamotahari. And a cast of charming and extremely skilled performers. This show features glorious dancing and really sings. Use your ArtCard and you can get $15 rush ticks!

-September 18  WATER, photographs by EDWARD BURTYNSKY. Phoenix Art Musuem. "Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky’s exploration of humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource. Between 2007 and 2012, Burtynsky travelled the globe, from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, crafting an ambitious representation of water’s increasingly fragmented lifecycle. In enormous, color prints Burtynsky’s aerial images trace the various roles that water plays in modern life—as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource. Sometimes elegant, sometimes haunting, the abstract pictures hover between the worlds of painting and photography, forming a compelling global portrait of water that functions as an open-ended question about humanity’s past, present, and future relationship with the natural world." A startling, disturbing, disorienting, brillant body of work.

8-11  HOSTAGES & OTHER PLAYS by Yussel El Guindi  iTheatre Collaborative. ASU West. "Two professors have left their homeland for a war-zone. They are there on a mission of peace, but peace is hard to find when you are chained to a radiator. Yussef El Guindi presents a powerful telling of human behavior at its basest. “Hostages" explores the intricacies of human nature when it is deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of every day life. "The Birds Flew In" is a one-woman monologue about an Arab-American mother whose son has been killed while in service to his new country. "The Tyrant" imagines if a Middle Eastern dictator, who has been deposed and arrested, were ever given the opportunity to speak to an American audience: to give his side of the story. This collection of plays by one of the foremost Arab-American playwrights offers a look inside ‘the war on terror’ to view the human beings caught up in that bloody conflict"

9 BETWEEN THE LINES opening party for the season at Mesa Arts Center  6-10pm Free! Featuring our very own Rachel Bowditch and her Vessel project.

10 AMERICAN HERSTORY  Space 55 8pm $10  "America is a song sung by millions of unheard voices. We present an evening where some of those voices will be heard. “American Herstory” is an evening of performances written and performed entirely by women. Female storytellers, performance artists, poets, comedians, zine writers, musicians, and playwrights will come together to tell their side of history, the one that doesn’t get inked in history books or zoomed in on Ken Burns documentaries."

11 PEARSED staged reading of a new play by our very own MFA graduate Kirt Shineman.  5pm  Theatre Artists Studio

11 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM The Globe Theatre in London presents a live stream of  their final performance of Shakespeare's great play, and it will remain on the BBC site for 60 days via iPlayer! 6:30pm BST (9 hours ahead of AZ time, I believe)

11 ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1973) and ALICE COOPER (1970) two films by D.A. Pennebaker  NoFestivalRequired at Phoenix Arts Center 1pm. A great documentary filmmaker takes on one of the most talented figures in pop music (Bowie) and one who has remained a gimmick act (Cooper). Maybe this film will change my mind...?

13 ARTS & SOCIAL PRACTICE a panel featuring Martha Gonzalez from Quetzal, Jaclyn Roessel, Liz Lerman, Dr. Marlon Bailey, Dr. Monica de la Torre. 7-9pm Phoenix Center for the Arts. Presented by ASU Gammage Beyond and Performance in the Borderlands

16-October 1 JOHN by Annie Baker. Stray Cat at Tempe Center for the Arts  I saw the truly brilliant NY production of Baker's slowly revelatory play. Nobody works with time the way Baker does. Stray Cat did a stunning job with her THE FLICK, so this should be memorable.

18  HABOOB by MFA dramatic writing candidate Marvin González De León, Directed by Xanthia Walker TheatreLAB Studio 133/FAC "When Vago’s absent father sends him on a quest to find his inheritance buried in the desert along the U.S./Mexico border, he hopes to find financial stability and leave his failures behind." 7:30pm

18 SNAP JUDGMENT. Hosted by Glynn Washington. Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm

21 BELTRACCHI: THE ART OF FORGERY Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Summer Film Festival. 6:30pm. Free but reserve  "For nearly 40 years, Wolfgang Beltracchi has fooled the international art world. An expert in art history, theory and painting techniques, Beltracchi tracked down the gaps in the works of great artists – Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain and Max Pechstein – and filled them with his own forgeries.
In Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery, Beltracchi and his wife, Helen, chat openly and with great wit and charm, about their adventures in an overheated art world ruled by blind greed. Full of witty dialogue, the film defines Beltracchi’s talent as a painter and reveals his expertise of paintings from the postwar era by conning art experts, museums, and auction houses from around the world. 93 Minutes, in German with English subtitles"

23 ASU Art Museum Season Opening! (see below for info on Ana Mendieta show) 6:30-8:30 Free food!  Performance by Gina Osterloh at 7pm and screening of a performance by Ana Teresa Fernandez. Live durational performances by Kate Gilmore, Simone Leigh, Antonia Wright.

24 ENERGY CHARGE: CONNECTING TO ANA MENDIETA. ASU Art Museum. "Cuban-born American artist Ana Mendieta brilliantly synthesized and advanced emergent art forms of the early 1970s, such as performance, body art, land art and film, with personal and political explorations of the gendered and raced body, ancient cultures and belonging. The many threads in her work continue to play a dominant role in contemporary art. This exhibition will include an iconic selection of Mendieta’s work in conversation with major installations by Ana Teresa Fernández, Kate Gilmore, Simone Leigh, Gina Osterloh and Antonia Wright, artists working today in ways that trace back to Mendieta’s innovations." Supported by the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation (yes, the incredibly wealthly couple who own Discount Tire, which forced its Maricopa County franchisees to put up Re-Elect  Sheriff Arpaio signs. Clearly, they just love LatinX artists, as long as they are "legal."  Diane to the Houston Chronicle in 2007: "When I became serious about actually collecting, I wanted to have a region that was my own, one that I could explore by myself.” Emphasis mine.)

24-25  OASIS: ART INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCES, at Rio Salado, 7th Ave & Lower Buckeye.  6pm Featuring visual artist Ana Teresa Fernández and work performed by Raji Ganesan, Rashaad Thomas, Leah Marche, Liliana Gomez.  presented by ASU Art Musuem and Performance in the Borderlands

25 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL   2pm Phoenix Art Museum. "Filmgoers in Arizona will unite with audiences in over 250 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries, with France and Australia represented by two films each. These Final 10 short films represent the best among a record 844 submissions from 52 countries received by Manhattan Short for 2016, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of the short film genre. In addition, for the first time, all of the Final 10 short films are Oscar-qualified, meaning they are automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination. The Final 10 are: The Tunnel (Norway), Carousel (England), Kaputt (Germany), Ella Got A Promotion? (USA), Hold On (The Netherlands), Bravoman (Russia) Overtime (Australia), , Gorilla (France), I Am A Pencil (Australia), The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR (France)." $9 for Members and Students with ID (not included with General Admission), $12 for non-Members.

26 THE COPPER QUEEN Arizona Opera  3pm. Workshop performance of a new opera about the legendary hotel in Bisbee, AZ. commissioned by Arizona Spark, a group founded in 2014 by enterprising patrons to encourage and support the development and proliferation of new operatic work that furthers the mission of Arizona Opera. Composed by Clint Borzoni, libretto by John de los Santos

29-Oct. 2 H.M.S. PINAFORE Gilbert and Sullivan's opera. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre.

30-Oct 9 GHOST: THE MUSICAL book and lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin, Music/Lyrics: Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard. Directec by Shelby Maticic. Brelby Theatre Company in Peoria.

30-Oct.  2 FALL FORWARD! ASU Dance at Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe



1-January 8 PUSH COMES TO SHOVE: WOMEN AND POWER at SMOCA. Work by Julie Anand, Patricia Clark, Angela Ellsworth, Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, Mary Hood, Adriene Jenik, Siri Khandavilli, Muriel Magenta, Gabriela Muñoz, Mary Neubauer and Todd Ingalls, M. Jenea Sanchez, and Forest Solis.  Opening reception October 14 (see below)

1 NITZA-A CUBAN FLAVOR   1pm FAC 131.  Our exemplary MFA graduate, Angela Giron, performing a solo work embodying the legendary Cuban TV personality, star of "Cocina al Minuto" and forerunner of many a food/cooking show, before she takes it to NYC and the United Solo Festival. Directed by our very own Pamela Sterling. See it (free) before it goes to NYC

2 Museum of Walking invites you on a "Crepuscular Walk" 8-10am in Pima Canyon, 48th St. and Guadalupe, Join Ambur Gore, local Interpretive Park Ranger and Cellist, to learn a few tips on crepuscular wildlife viewing. RSVP to info@museumofwalking.com with the subject line "October Crepuscular Walk"

2 BEFORE AND AFTER  by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Michael McGoldrick. TheatreLAB at FAC Studio 133.  "Scenes from a married couple's life, both before and after the significant event that would forever alter their lives."

3 CROSSFADE LAB Crescent Ballroon  7-9pm $10 "CALA Crossfade LAB welcomes Dominican-born writer, composer, and performance artist Rita Indiana and the Tucson, Arizona based band Calexico. Whether through music or literature, live performance or composition, the Caribbean or the U.S. Southwest, both artists have paid keen attention to issues of national tradition and the borders of identity, while delving into the roles of mythology, popular culture, and cultural heritage in how everyday people survive and thrive amidst precarious conditions. Moderated by CALA Crossfade Lab co-curator Josh Kun, the evening will be a blend of genres and geographies, and a mix of storytelling, ideas, and live performance. Crescent Ballroom is turning 5! After Crossfade LAB, join us for a free celebration with DJ Dirtyverbs, DJ Musa Mind and Phoenix Afro Beat Orchestra." I don't know Indiana's work, but have been listening to Calexico for years. I think they were the first live concert I ever went to in Phoenix. Really great.

6 REAR VIEW MIRROR: STAGING VETERAN STORIES   12-1pm College Avenue Commons Community Room, 660 S. College Ave. Free. Pizza. Director, actor, writer, and TD for the ASUGammage Beyond show SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN (see below Oct. 15) talk about recovering multigenerational memories and the theatre of war.

6-23 KING CHARLES III by Mike Bartlett. Arizona Theatre Company. I saw the rather over-produced Broadway production but think Bartlett is fantastic (he also wrote the truly brilliant COCK). "Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Play. The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate, and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how will he rule? The play draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, but with modern verve, a comic subplot, and even the occasional appearance of a significant ghost. This exciting and provocative new drama of political intrigue by Mike Bartlett, King Charles III explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of democracy, and the conscience of its most famous family."

6-10 16TH SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL    SPCA presents at Harkings Shea 14 Theatre

6-9 THE MOUNTAIN Binary Theatre

6 Artist lecture: conversation with Kehinde Wiley (see below) 6 pm at Bulpitt Auditorium, Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road. $10 advance $15/door

7 DODGING BULLETS Our very own David Barker's electrifying and masterful solo work. Free! (donations, see below, suggested) 7pm Chandler Gilbert Community College, Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler, AZ "“Writer/actor David Barker boldly confronts the problem of domestic violence in this devastating solo performance directed by Ben Tyler. Recounting savagery inflicted on his sister by her millionaire brain-surgeon husband, Barker’s body cuts through space with a dynamic physicality that seems to just barely contain his own outrage. Visceral descriptions of his brother-in-law’s mental cruelty and stylized re-enactments of his physical brutality mix with touching portrayals of other family members. Barker masters it all with velocity in this terrifying inquiry into the essence of malevolence.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune. A Q&A session will take place immediately following Barker’s performance. Leslie Marna, Director of My Sister's Place in Chandler, a non-profit formed to serve victims of domestic violence, will lead the discussion in an effort to increase awareness of the organization’s mission.

7-January 8  KEHINDE WILEY-A NEW REPUBLIC Phoenix Art Museum. This show originated at the Brooklyn Museum, where there was a quite lot of buzz. I missed it, so am delighted the show is coming here. His portraits "raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures." Opening party on First Friday October 7, 6-10pm with with free general admission, discounted special exhibition admission* and a party you won't want to miss! » FREE live music from Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Arizona Opera, DJENTRIFICATION and Maryvale High School Marching Band
» Performance and installation art from PALABRA, Butterfly Petals and Rare Scarf Vintage
» Live model sketching with Antoinette Cauley and portrait photography with Charles Darr, Shaunte Glover and Daniel Primero » Cash bar, photo booths, and more!

7-8 ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL Tempe Center for the Arts  7:30pm  Desert Dance Theatre and Arizona Dance Coalition present the Arizona Dance Festival 2016. Each evening will showcase different dance artists including emerging artists as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. A full series of classes as well.

7 TWYLA THARP 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Mesa Arts Center 8pm. The versatile American choreographer presents her Fanfare+, Preludes and Fuges, Radiating Set to J.S. Bach's  Well Tempered Klavier, Yowzie.

7-23 RASHEEDA SPEAKING by Joel Drake Johnson. Black Theatre Troupe "This tense workplace thriller examines the realities of a so-called “post-racial” society when two co-workers—one black, the other white—are driven apart by the actions of an insensitive employer. The racially charged atmosphere thickens fast and spins wildly out of control as they both examine race, power and friendship. Rasheeda Speaking is an incisive and shocking dark comedy that blends painfully awkward workplace humor with intense racial tension."

14-15, 20-22  OUT OF MANY at ASU Lyceum Theatre. Written by the MFA Cohort, Directed by Kyra Jackson, Wyatt Kent and Phil Weaver-Stoesz. "Who are these people we call “American”? Inspired by diversity and driven by necessity, “Out of Many” fights to find a shred of unity among a nation divided. Devised by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s MFA Theatre cohort, this world premiere features stories, images and ideas torn from the American zeitgeist, tempered by truth and offered with honesty."

14-29 VERONICA'S ROOM by Ira Levin   iTheatre Collaborative at Herberger Theatre Center, Kax Stage. "From the author of Rosemary’s Baby comes an harrowing labyrinth of suspense, entwining fantasy and reality. The story begins in 1973; Susan and her boyfriend, Larry have been enticed to the Brabissant mansion by the Mackeys, a charming, elderly Irish couple who are struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica, the long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work. Veronica’s room has been untouched by time and has been left exactly as it was in 1935. The mystery deepens as twist after twist unravels the frail threads of reality. Is it 1973 or 1935? Will Susan ever leave Veronica’s room?"

14-29  THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Southwest Shakespeare

14  Opening reception for PUSH COMES TO SHOVE: WOMEN AND POWER exhibit at SMOCA.  7-9pm (see above for October 1)

14-30 THE PRICE by Arthur Miller  Theatre Artists Studio."Two long-estranged brothers meet after many years to dispose of their late father's belongings." Directed by ASU's own Bill Partlan, with Alan Austin as Solomon, Judy Lebeau as Esther, Steven Mastroieni as Walter,  and Walt Pedano as Victor Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2

15 DODGING BULLETS Our very own David Barker's masterful solo. 2pm, Southwest Shakespeare Rehearsal Studio, 55 East Main Street, Mesa  Free! RSVP  education@swshakespeare.org  “Writer/actor David Barker boldly confronts the problem of domestic violence in this devastating solo performance directed by Ben Tyler. Recounting savagery inflicted on his sister by her millionaire brain-surgeon husband, Barker’s body cuts through space with a dynamic physicality that seems to just barely contain his own outrage. Visceral descriptions of his brother-in-law’s mental cruelty and stylized re-enactments of his physical brutality mix with touching portrayals of other family members. Barker masters it all with velocity in this terrifying inquiry into the essence of malevolence.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

15 SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN Carpetbag Theatre. ASUGammage Beyond 7pm  " a moving story of a young, African American, woman veteran of the Iraq War and her struggle with "Moral Injury", Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). A third generation soldier, the central character courts death by vehicular suicide. "Speed" explores multiple issues related to war, including the history and otherness of African Americans in the military and the experiences of women in combat. Memories and flashbacks unfold before her, and in her rear-view mirror, as she drives. Ultimately she must decide whether to let go of the wheel or to choose life. The Carpetbag Theatre tells our human story with courage and unfailing integrity. Telling deeply moving stories of communities of color for over two decades has been the calling card of this award winning theater gem from Tennessee."

16-29 BI-NATIONAL ARTS RESIDENCY in Phoenix, Tohono O'odham Nation, Tucson, Douglas, Agua Prieta, Nogales. Featuring Yadira de la Riva. The goal of the residency is to explore theatre as a tool for community engagement, and to build collaboration between students on both sides of the US/MX border. Originally from El Paso/Ciduad Juárez, Yadira de la Riva is a bi-lingual theatre artista and educator who will work with students, community members and arts groups to explore theatre and activism. Performance in the Borderlands

17 PSYCHO Hitchcock's incredibly influential and stunning 1960 film. FilmBar. Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the film. 7pm $5

20-21 ASU Dance Undergrad Projects. ASU Tempe PEBE 132

22-Nov. 13 ROCK THE PRESIDENTS book and lyrics by Dwayne Hartford, music by Sarah Roberts. Childsplay. Ages 7 and up. Tempe Center for the Arts Studio

25-Nov. 6 The NY-based company 600 Highwaymen will be in residence at the Galvin at ASU, developing their new piece, THE FEVER, which will premiere at the Under the Radar Festival in NY.

27 EVA HESSE, a film by Marcie Begleiter. Presented by NoFestival Required.  3-4:45pm Chartreuse Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave. Phoenix. "Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. "


27-29 IDA based on the novel by Gertrude Stein. A collaboration between Orange Theatre (Matthew Watkins, Joya Scott, Steve Christensen, Katrina Donaldson-all ASU/SoFDT!) and Scottsdale Community College.  8pm    Synagogue Beth Hebrew,  333 E Portland St, Phoenix   $20

27-30 LA BAYADťRE 2016 Choreography by Ib Andersen, Music Léon Minkus.  Arizona Ballet. With Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall. "Set against the rich backdrop of India, La BayadŹre tells the heartbreaking tale of a temple dancer and a young warrior kept apart in life and united only in death. The lovers are wrenched apart by twists of fate and doomed by uncontrollable vengeance. With lavish set designs which conjure up exotic locales, this ballet will transport you to a world of noble warriors, cruel princesses, and beautiful temple dancers."

27 OPEN MIC Binary Theatre Company at King Coffee, 1020 S. Mill Ave.  6-9pm. "We are looking for performers of all kinds. Poets, story tellers, bands, comedy, and so much more! Sign ups for the event are located in the lobby of the FAC. Each time slot is for 5 minutes, and the maximum number of time slots one can sign up for is 2.  However, if you have a larger act please contact either Megan Burns at meganb6@gmail.com or Kat Reid at katherine_reid@rocketmail.com . King's Coffee will be serving drinks at 20% off "

28-30, Nov 3-6 FEATHERS AND TEETH at the FAC Studio 133, Tempe campus. Written by Charise Castro Smith, Directed by MFA candidate Ricky Araiza. "As Chris struggles to make peace with the death of her mother, a new woman arrives in her home. So does a mysterious creature. “Feathers and Teeth” is a biting, horror comedy, perfect for this Halloween season."

28-Nov 5 MACBETH  Brelby Theatre Company in Peoria

28-November 6 THE TRUMP CARD by Mike Daisey. Stray Cat.  Tempe Center for the Arts. Directed by Katie McFadzen and starring the most excellent Ron May! Talk about timely...

28 IGNITE PHOENIX  6:30pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts (food trucks open 5:00). The theme is Music. 18 presenters, selected from 50 applicants, will have 5 minutes and 20 slides to explore the theme. Jeff McMahon (that's me) will be presenting a new piece, LONG PLAYING ALBUM.



2-11 R U MAD, OPHELIA?  Howl Theatre Company.  9:45pm "a new performance-theatre piece, for 6 nights. There is very limited space, 10-12 spectators for each performance, for a suggested donation of $20. You will have to reserve a space. [send message} There are going to be people playing parts, and those people are Bethanne Abramovich, Portia Beacham, Jamie Haas Hendricks, Stephen Matthew Kass, Ashley Kerin Martinez, Barry Moon, Liana O'Boyle, Seth Scott, and Steve Wilcox, media design by Boyd Branch, and the text and direction are by Christopher Danowski. We might have food. Snacks or something. If you want to make sure there is food you should bring something. That would be so nice of you. You can drink during this. Don't make noise though. Be respectful, you'e in someone's house for heaven's sake."  Everything this gang does is amazing, intimate, mysterious. Don't miss.

3 MARLON JAMES the author of the brilliant, exhaustive multi-perspective/voice, nonfiction-based novel, A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS,  speaks on "When Books Come Out of Books"  Marston Exploration Theatre ISTB4 on Tempe Campus. Free but RSVP  7pm

17-20 NOGALES by Richard Montoya (Culture Clash) directed by Sean San Jose. Presented by Performance in the Borderlands at Mesa Arts Center  an original theatrical performance that investigates the 2012 killing of Jose Antonio on the US/Mexico border by border patrol. The piece incorporates theatre, media, mask, and community engagement.

3-6 PANDORA FESTIVAL sponsored by AZ Women's Theatre Company. November 5 at 2pm our very own MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Amanda Prahl premieres her FORGET ME NOT  at John Paul Theatre, Phoenix College - Theatre Bldg T-104
1202 W Thomas Road

6 BABE: AN OLYMPIAN MUSICAL A New Works Reading, Music by Andrea Jill Higgins, Book/lyrics by Carolyn Gage  6pm  . ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale

8 (Election Day!)  THE RACE our new HIDA Institute Professor, Michael Rohd, has been working with 24 of our graduate students, developing a project around the theme of "what does America want in a leader?" In Michael's words: "The Race is an election-themed Sojourn Theatre participatory performance that premiered in Washington DC at Georgetown University ten days before the 2008 Presidential election, and ran a week beyond Barack Obama’s historic victory. After 18 months of research, devising and partner-building, the show (described here-demonstrated a liveness and level of public inquiry that was fairly unique and surprising to local audiences and political insiders. Originally a highly technical and logistically complex event, I and 24 ASU HIDA grad students are developing a conceptually rigorous but simpler version for the 2016 election- we have a strong desire to use the show’s structure to host a day of public discourse.
On the afternoon of election day, we will open up the Galvin and begin, on the half hour, to share 5 minute pieces (framed as responses to the project’s core inquiry) that classes from around campus, across disciplines, might perform for whoever is in the theater. Between performances, we’ll run live CNN feed. Later afternoon, we will start to offer portion of the Inquiry sections of the show itself, with rehearsed performers and community participants. And at approximately 7, we’ll share a 30-45 minute section of The Race, and then continue watching live results and seeing 5 minute bursts from classes and community collaborators. The core question of the project is- what does The United States, at any given moment- at this moment- want in a leader? Not who, but what? The show is not space for partisan advocacy, but rather an opportunity for ideas and beliefs to be contextualized in epic and intimate frames. The heart of the piece is a series of questions about leadership that are answered, live, by performers, audience members, a national skype chorus, and surprise guests."

8-29 VALHALLA '14 by Paul Rudnick. Directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre

9 THE VETERANS PROJECT  7:30pm at FilmBar, 815 N. 2nd St. Phoenix. "veterans of the US Armed Forces share stories of training, military life, coming home, and everything in between. The ASU Veterans Project is an ongoing performance project co-sponsored by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, the Office of Veteran Academic Engagement, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Pat Tillman Center." Created by our very own Erika Hughes and Boyd Branch.

10 VICELAND TV Comes to SMoCA - DRC.  7pm $7 "Creative director Spike Jonze’s Emmy nominated documentary series by Peabody Award winning VICE media comes to SMoCA with two stories about diverse communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo uniting against violence. The screening will be followed by discussion with Patience Kasanda and DIEU Merci from the Congolese Community of AZ, and Dr. Reed Wood from ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies."

11-13 RUSALKA by Antonin Dvorak. Arizona Opera. In Czech with supertitles. Conducted by Steven White and directed by Joshua Borths

11-13, 17-20 THE HOUSE OF ILLUSIO   Javier Stefano De Vita's MFA in Performance Applied Project. "an original musical featuring a book by Paco Madden and Javier Stefano De Vita with lyrics also by De Vita and music by James Melberg. This modern and experimental piece tells the story of a man who is lost in his own imagination. He is tormented by the “the voices” inside his head and pursues his freedom from agony. The audience will experience a magical journey through a compilation of eight different characters performed by one actor. The piece, creatively staged in and presented at a private residence, incorporates the use of masks, puppetry, live music and media in its design" Seating very limited so you must reserve and will then receive instructions as to location. Performances are Nov. 11,12,13, 17,18,19 at 7:30 pm and 12,13, 19,20 at 5:30 pm

12 AQUA FURIOSA created and performed by LA-based dance theatre company Contra Tiempo. ASU Gammage 7pm.  "a burst of energy, passion and physical expression that draws audiences in to confront realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. AGUA FURIOSA merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal narratives. Audiences will walk away from AGUA FURIOSA impacted, entertained and inspired to join the complex and transforming conversation of race in America. Ana Maria Alverez and the artists of Contra Tiempo are a breath of fresh air on the international dance scene, integrating vibrant expression of Latina/o culture, the complexities of contemporary America and passionate, nuanced dance artistry in a signature language all their own."

13 TIL DEATH  by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Amanda Prahl. TheatreLAB at FAC Studio 133. "As the uncertainty of the Great War gives way to the progress of the 1920s, two ambitious American women take their fates into their own hands and risk it all to sail for England to con their way up the social ladder in a darkly comic musical about friendship, crime, romance, and the allure and danger of longing for the past."

13 Museum of Walking invites you to a Contemplative Full Moon Walk 7pm - 9pm, South Mountain Park/ Preserve, 10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ (Trailhead TBD) Join Angela Ellsworth, Artist and Director of the Museum of Walking, for a full moon (well, almost full) contemplative walk. As we move through the desert we will practice deep listening in honor of artists Pauline Oliveros and John Cage. RSVP to info@museumofwalking.com with the subject line "Full Moon Walk."

13 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD  Joe Fortunato's FilmSchool at FilmBar.  5pm Happy Hour followed by screening at 6. $15 advanced purchase suggested

15 MY LIFE AS AN ANIMAL The excellent writer Laurie Stone reads from her new collection of short stories. 7pm at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix. (and remember there's a bar there too!) "National Book Critics Circle Award winner Laurie Stone has a remarkable gift for capturing life's kinks and quirks, its heartaches and headaches. My Life as an Animal is the story of a flâneur who's constantly seduced by strangers, language, animals, the streets—even a wilderness trail. She beguiles and confounds with her keen and witty observations, about strange moments and even stranger people, all rendered in sharp and vivid prose... At turns comic and sardonic, lyric and aphoristic, My Life as an Animal's linked stories run the gamut from comedy to tragedy and everything in between. Reading co-sponsored by ASU Master of Liberal Studies and the Superstition Review.

16 LLUVIA FLAMENCA  Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix  8pm Presented by Performance in the Borderlands Check site for flamenco workshop with Angelina Ramirez to be held at ASU

17  SIX WARS, SIX VETERANS FOR PEACE a conversation with Michael Messner, Dept. of Sociology and Gender Studies at USC  ASU Tempe West Hall 4-5pm 

17-19 GUYS & DOLLS Music by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

17-December 4  ACT OF GOD by David Javerbaum. Arizona Theatre Company. "After conquering Broadway, God has come to Arizona for the first time! You won’t want to miss the sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play where God and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and boy is He not holding back! Written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), this sweetly outrageous and gently irreverent new comedy is sure to be a heavenly highlight of the season."

17-20 WILD RUMPUS Binary Theatre

18-20 EMERGING ARTISTS 1 ASU Dance featuring Yingzi Liang and Katie Dorn. Dance Lab at FAC 122

19 LIVE ART PLATFORM an all-day event at ASU Art Museum

21 TOGETHER AGAIN AT LAST...FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME  John Cleese & Eric Idle. Monty Python gang at Mesa Arts Center

25-December 10  ANYTHING YOU HEAR AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE by Ron Hunting. Stray Cat. 

25-Dec. 11 THE HERD by Rory Kinnear   Theatre Artists Studio



1-24 TWIST YOUR DICKENS Phoenix Theatre  by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. "Developed by The Second City, this improv-driven send-up is not your average Christmas Carol! From former writers of The Colbert Report, this adult comedy is packed with interactive seasonal satire and uproarious audience participation. Featuring nods to beloved yuletide specials, Twist Your Dickens makes for a heaping helping of holiday hilarity."  I know our very own Gene Ganssle is in it,  and Robbie Harper, so it should be great.

2 ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre Film Capstones!  Galvin Theatre, ASU Tempe  7pm

2-10 GOOD N' PLENTY by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by the very skilled Ron May! Mesa Community College "Richard Miller returns to Wintersville High School as the very hip, new Social Studies teacher in 1976, teaching “Problems of Democracy” to college-bound seniors. He diverges from dry academia and approaches the topic of the justice system using role play and a unique social experiment. Students play cops, lawyers, pushers, buyers and narcs using Good & Plenty candies as drugs of choice. Hilarity, biting political satire, mixed with slapstick ensues as the process devolves into a web of betrayal, duplicity, and crumbling authority, with almost everyone ending up in “jail.” Described as a “brilliant twist on high school madness and a compelling meditation on democracy,” that examines the foundations of integrity and the frailties of our governing system, the play illustrates the more things change, the more they stay the same. Jeffrey Hatcher is a member and/or alumnus of The Playwrights' Center, The Dramatists Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and New Dramatists. Contains Adult Language"

2-18 BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes  Black Theatre Troupe "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."

2-18 QUEST FOR CLAUS: THE MUSICAL  By Brian Maticic, Luke Gomez, Shelby Maticic. Music: Ben Cleaveland. Directed by Shelby Maticic.

9-18 GIVE ME CHRISTMAS! iTheatre Holiday Cabaret, conceived and directed by Jeff Kennedy. Herberger, Kax Stage.





13-15 MACBETH   "Three Performers. Ninety Minutes." Featuring Tess Galbiati,  Amanda Pintore, Daniel Bird Tobin. Directed by Wyatt Kent. Adapted by Daniel Bird Tobin. ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse. 2 shows each night at 5&9pm   Free but reserve ticks

20-21 THE EPIC OF A QUEER PUERTO TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THEIR WHITE BREAD LIFE Applied project of Felix Cruz, MFA Candidate in Dance  FAC 122 7:30pm with pre-show at 7pm

28  AGING MUSICIAN by Rinde Eckert & Paola Prestini. Directed by Julian Crouch. ASU Gammage Beyond. 7pm  "a new music-theatre work, a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, AGING MAGICIAN moves us along with Harold, from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and string quartet. Rarely do artists of Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini and director Julian Crouch’s caliber and imaginations collaborate. The result in AGING MAGICIAN is a richly layered, surreal and transporting multi media musical meditation on life and the passing of time not to be missed."

29 AFTER ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE ACTION Selection from the more than 60 short plays and monologues submitted in response to the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida last year. Curated by Micha Espinosa. Hormel Theatre.






directed by Ian Belknap. A new play about the assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s. Presented at Mesa Arts Center in collaboration with ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre.

4 JULIUS CAESAR Shakespeare directed by Devin Brain and featuring the Acting Company. Mesa Arts Center in collaboration with ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre. 2 & 8pm



17-19, 23-26  TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare, Directed by Kristin Hunt  ASU Lyceum Theatre "Revenge, betrayal, violence and one very disturbing pie make “Titus Andronicus” Shakespeare’s goriest work. It tells the story of a Roman general whose unyielding patriotism draws him into a bloody cycle of revenge that is simultaneously graphic, poetic, comic and bizarre. This multi-sensory production engages audiences with the sights, sounds, smells, and even the tastes of a deliciously grotesque tragedy."

23-25  THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS   MFA Theatre Design candidate Mahya Ravazi presents "An immersive, devised work celebrating Iranian music, culture, and poetry through movement, multi-media, and storytelling." Details

25-26 THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS... ("a provocative work focused on the dialectics of being black and educated") by Michael Alexander and THE YEAR I WENT DARK ("A PTSD thriller") by Kyra Jackson. Two new works by two MFA Performance candidates as their Applied Projects   Details

23-26 THE MAGIC FLUTE  Mozart  ASU Lyric Opera Theatre



4 IT'S SO LEARNING by The Beserker Residents  ASU Gammage Beyond  7pm  "the seventh show from the comedic trio, The Berserker Residents. The show will push and pull you down a crazy, twisting, hilarious and terrifying path of self-reflection that asks the question, “Why do we go to school?” , You’ll be handed a backpack full of the supplies you need to survive inside the classroom; you’ll be hauled through the quizzes, grades, bullies, praises, graded again and hopefully you’ll graduate. Don’t be tardy as a faculty of eccentrics is taking attendance. Prepare for anything in this interactive classroom experience. If off the beaten path is where you like to go and ironic, brilliant and just plain wacky humor is your thing, The Berserker Residents are a can’t miss experience. IT’S SO LEARNING will take you on a hilarious, awkward and insightful trip through the familiar absurdities called adolescence and public school."

10-25 NATIVE SON by Nambi E. Kelley  Stray Cat.

18 URBAN SOL Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, ASU Tempe

18 projectWALK at Rio Salado Restoration Habitat. Museum of Walking


24-April 2  MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus ,  ASU Galvin Playhouse
"The thrill seeker. The hunter. The young, naive adventurer. The old, quiet war vet. The one-armed captain. The alpha male who thinks he should be captain. In 1869, ten men in four boats set out on an expedition to map the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Based on John Wesley Powell’s journals chronicling the trip, “Men on Boats” retells this adventurous story of masculinity, ambition and legacy with a cast consisting of no cisgender male actors."


31-April 1-2  THE ELIAS-RODRIGUEZ PROJECT  Applied project of MFA Performance candidate Elisa Gonzales  "Set against the backdrop of Tempe’s Elias-Rodriguez House, this all-female cast will take the audience on a personal and historical journey through time and inner space" Details



1 DEAREST HOME Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion.  ASU Gammage Beyond. 7pm "MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship awardee, choreographer and dance artist Kyle Abraham comes to ASU Gammage for the first time with DEAREST HOME (working title), an interactive dance focused on Love and Loving. Abraham’s beautiful, visceral, and unique signature choreography is alive and well in this moving and lush set of mostly solos and duets generated in conversation and collaboration with people of many ages and subcultures. DEAREST HOME interweaves movement, in its most vulnerable or intimate state with an interest in cross-cultural conversation and community action to create an open dialogue on how different demographics view and converse on topics rooted in love and the absence of love. Kyle Abraham is simply one of the most compelling artists creating dance works today. His rare gift lies in the ability to be completely relevant, exciting and moving through the language of dance...a movement poet, a visceral social commentator...for any audience. He is changing the idea of what dance performance is and can be for people from all walks of life."

1  ConVIXtions   MFA Performance candidate Vickie Hall's applied project "Explore food as a gesture made up of one part clown, one part dinner and all wrapped up in some really delicious theatre" Details

2 LOVE: AN OPERA IN ONE ACT New Works Reading music by Ellen Reid, Llibretto by Roxie Perkins. Produced by Beth Morrison (an ASU grad and a major producer of new opera in NY)  6pm  ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale

4, 11, 18 MOVE: A MOUNTAIN GOAT'S MONOLOGUE Applied project of MFA Performance candidate Mike Largent  "Join Mike as he relives a high altitude bout of endurance that brought him face to face with death and despair. Help him complete his live test of human endurance" Details

6 THE ENDGAME PROJECT documentary film chronicling production of Beckett's play, featuring Dan Moran and Chris Jones, two talented film and stage actors who live with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The film follows Dan and Chris through rehearsals, doctor visits, physical therapy, and the challenges of daily life, culminating in their performance of the play (one uniquely suited to their circumstances) off-Broadway. TheEndgame Project: The Arts, Humanities, and Neurodegenerative Care is a day of events in downtown Phoenix: a panel discussion, reception, film screening, and Q&A session with actors and filmmakers. VIP reception at 5:30, screening at 6:30, Q & A at 8:00. Armstrong Great Hall of the new Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU Downtown

14-24 HABOOB by MFA candidate Marvin González De León, Directed by Xanthia Walker
ASU Tempe FAC/Studio 133 "When Vago’s absent father sends him on a quest to find his inheritance buried in the desert along the U.S./Mexico border, he hopes to find financial stability and leave his failures behind. But his mamá and his ex-girlfriend each feel they deserve the inheritance and follow after him into a haboob. From strange encounters with a drunken gravedigger to getting advice from a talking skeleton, anything is possible in this work of a magical realism, a world premiere by ASU MFA playwright Marvin González De León."

15 THE SOURCE PROJECT  MFA Directing candidate Phil Weaver-Stoesz' applied project. "Reconnecting ourselves to our planet. A devised show built through collaborations between artists and sustainability researchers" Details

20-23 SHREK THE MUSICAL Music: Jeanine Tesori, Book and lyrics: David Lindsey-Abaire. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

21-23 ASU DANCE ANNUAL  ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse

24 MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE   ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Phoenix Theatre  8pm

28-May 13  HIR by Taylor Mac.  Stray Cat. The NY production was very strong, and I know Stray Cat will live up to that. Everything Taylor does is unique, amazing, and deeply revealing. This family drama about transitioning manages to be very funny and very sad simultaneously, presenting the audience with a dramaturgical and emotional dilemma.


29 OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE ASU Lyric Opera Theatre  7:30pm Music Bldg EB2-94



5-6  5th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities. ASU'S Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship presents in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration. The theme of the 2017 symposium is: “Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities.” Participants will explore the nature of arts entrepreneurial action in community settings and modes of interaction between artists and their communities. Framed by an interactive workshop on Critical Response Process led by Liz Lerman and John Borstel, and anchored by a keynote speech by Cartlon Turner, founding executive director of Alternate Roots, the symposium will also include concurrent sessions on theory, practice and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship in, with, and for communities A call for submissions and registration information will be posted in September 2016.