WINTER/SPRING 2015 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar

A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon




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 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. The Ceramics Center will be moving to a new location, The Brickyard on Mill in Spring 2014.

ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Some studios and programs of the School is 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. 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 manged by ASU graduate 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.

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  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. 

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:

Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events


The Ice House 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.


Check Goldstar for significant ticket discounts


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


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!




16-18 REEFER MADNESS an ASU Lyric Opera student workshop production of the infamous movie. Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney; music by Dan Studney; lyrics by Kevin Murphy

-18 MURDER FOR TWO Arizona Theatre Company.  2 actors play 13 roles, and the piano. Very physical farce. Students can get $10 tickets with ID!

9 LIT LOUNGE  Curator Tania Katan's last hurrah before she heads off to a new position elsewhere in the Valley. This event is always glorious. This one features writers Jessie Kahnweiler, Carlos Kotkin, Paul Bendix, and more. SMOCA Lounge   7pm  $10. Tends to sell-out early!

9-25 THE 39 STEPS  based on Hitchcock's film, but with a completely different feeling. Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center. Unfortunately, this is NOT the same production that Toby Yatso and Pasha Yamotahari were so brilliant in a few seasons ago.

10-31 DEBBIE DOES DALLAS by Erika Schmidt with music by Andrew Sherman. Directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre

11  HOW TO LOOK AT AVANT-GARDE CINEMA Films and lecture at Phoenix Art Museum  1pm  Films featured include work by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Andy Warhol, Peter Hutton, David Lynch, and Michael Fassbinder.

13 HOOKED: TRACKING HEROIN'S HOLD ON ARIZONA  6:30-8pm. ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center in the Brickyard, 699 S. Mill Ave. #108   30-minute doc followed by discussion moderated by Gregory Sale. Participants in the discussion include: Dawn Gilpin, Associate Professor of Journalism, specializing in crisis management and the dynamics of knowledge and power. Amy Rex, the former Director of the Arizona Meth Project, a statewide campaign aimed at halting meth use by teens, 2007–10. Mary Stephens, Director, Performance in the Borderlands, and Coordinator, Herberger Institute's Socially-Engaged Arts Certificate. Xanthia Walker, Sarah Sullivan, and Ashley Hare from Rising Youth Theatre, a company centered on the experiences of youth today.

15 HUMAN SCALE  a film directed by Andreas Dalsgaard focusing on Danish architect Jan Gehl. SMOCA Lounge presented by No Festival Required.  7:30  $7

15-17 BLACK LIVES MATTER CONFERENCE at University of Arizona. "Scholars, writers, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members will come together in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2015 to discuss WHY Black life matters and WHAT can be done about sustained racialized state violence."

16-31 WINTERFEST REPERTORY AT SOUTHWEST SHAKESPEARE. Featuring, in rep, KING LEAR and AS YOU LIKE IT. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center  Student discounted tickets available. Ask Professors McMahon or Barker for code!

16-Feb. 1  RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo. Theatre Artists Studio "Two former friends, each coveting the other's life, commence a dangerous game of musical chairs, with the prize being the life they both think they want. As three generations of women dissect the situation with cutting but sympathetic humor, they discover their personal insights on feminism are not what they expected."

17-25 A THOUSAND CRANES By Kathryn Schultz Miller     Childsplay

18 BRAKHAGE, DEREN, AND ANGER  3 masters of mid-century experimental film. Phoenix Art Museum. 11am and 2:30pm. Projected in 16mm film!   DOG STAR MAN (PRELUDE) by Stan Brakhage, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON by Maya Deren (if you have never seen this film, it's extraordinary), SCORPIO RISING by Kenneth Anger   $10

20, 24, 27  ASU School of Dance MFA candidate Inkyung (Inky) Lee presents her thesis project, waiting for a passenger / ship to go to sea, ASU Art Museum, Americas Gallery. Jan 20, 6:30pm, Jan 24, 2:00pm, and Jan 27, 6:30pm.  It will be a free event, about an hour long.  preview

22 RICARDO DOMINGUEZ/ELECTRONIC DISTURBANCE THEATRE  School of Art Visiting artist lecture. Grant St. Studios, 605 E. Grant St. in Phoenix. Dominguez is a co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance theater (EDT), whose virtual sit-in technologies were created in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. His recent Electronic Disturbance theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project, the Transborder Immigrant Tool was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. Presented with additional support from ASU’s Consortium for Science Policy, & Outcomes and the PhD program in Theater and Performance of the Americas. FREE

23-25 DESPERADO LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL  Recommended: THE WAY HE LOOKS January 25 at 12:15.

23 ROSEMARY LEE, Guest Artist in Dance, informal showing of a new multigenerational work that she is creating with faculty and students from South Mountain High School and ASU during her 3-week residency. 7pm FAC 122 ASU Tempe

24 THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER The India Ink Theatre Company. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 8pm. "The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in The Elephant Wrestler, an outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller by New Zealand's acclaimed Indian Ink Theatre Company. Inspired by an Indian fairy tale, the story centers around Kutisar, a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) in a train station, who dispenses his soulful beverage to the thirsty travelers who come and go. Unexpectedly, the humble street vendor finds himself challenged to solve the interwoven mysteries of true love, tragedy and joy. The play features one actor and one musician on stage, with multiple characters in the story, all performed by Jacob Rajan."  Free for ASU STUDENTS!

25  BOLSHOI BALLET: LA BAYADERE  a 3 hour film of the ballet. Phoeniux Art Museum $18

28 AT SEA a film by Peter Hutton. Phoenix Art Museum  screened in 16mm film.  $12

30-Feb 1  EMERGING ARTISTS II    Thesis projects by graduating ASU Dance MFA candidates. PEBE 132

30-31 RATE YOUR FACE a collaboration between ASU Gammage Visiting Artist Aaron Landsman and Space 55.  636 E. Pierce (at 7th St.) in downtown Phoenix. $7.95 8pm "new ensemble theater piece about landscapes, bodies, expectations and other nonsense we do to what and who we are. We are sculpting this piece together, with reckless abandon, the way people sculpt their public masks and their lawns. Come see us make ourselves into something we are not. Aaron Landsman, a Resident Artist at ASU Gammage, is an actor, writer, teacher and director, who performs around the world to critical acclaim while teaching at such prestigious institutions as Princeton, Julliard and NYU. Landsman has been tearing the concept of theater apart and putting it back together in fascinating and compelling ways that put real cities and real people in the middle of it all.This piece is in process and is being created by Aaron Landsman, Ashley Naftule, Dennis Frederick, Ron Foligno, Kevin Patterson, Ernesto Moncada, Tracy Liz Miller, Lee Quarrie, Dan Tobin, and Charlie Steak.



3 WENDY WHELAN'S RESTLESS CREATURE   7:30pm at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. With Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. "For more than 25 years, Wendy Whelan has been captivating audiences of the New York City Ballet with her elegant yet thrilling movement and her exacting, intelligent approach to performing. Now, she has undertaken a challenge that stretches her in unexpected ways and shows audiences new aspects of her art. Whelan has collaborated with four young choreographers to create a suite of duets performed by her and each choreographer in turn. Because the choreographers have distinct vocabularies and styles, the works are fascinating experiments in how Whelan can adapt to another’s vision while maintaining and even amplifying her own vivid individuality."

4 JULIAN SANDS IN A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER Directed by John Malkovich. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts  7:30pm

4-22 A.L. Gurney's SYLVIA and Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE presented in rep at Class 6 Theatre at Mesa Arts Center. Vogel's play is a contemporary classic that manages to be disturbing, funny, emotionally moving, and beautifully complex.  This seems an odd pairing, but Vogel's play is a milestone.

5  L.J. Roberts speaking about her large scale installation work, often using knitting and fabric to explore feminist queer and trans identities. ASU School of Art Visiting Artist series.   605 E. Grant St. Phoenix.  7:30. Free

5-22 FIVE PRESIDENTS Arizona Theatre Company. written by Rick Cleveland. "The eagerly anticipated world premiere by the Emmy Award-winning writer of The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Mad Men and House of Cards. It’s April 27, 1994. In Yorba Linda, California, the five living Presidents – Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton – gather in a conference room to wait for the start of Richard Nixon’s funeral. A loving, witty and touching speculation on what may have happened at this true-life event, Five Presidents gives us a humanizing and unforgettable look at five great men trying to find relevance after being the most powerful people in the world." coo-produced by MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER

6 BAMBOO CURTAIN a dance installation by MFA Dance candidate Angeline Young, will begin at 7 and run during the rest of the opening (6-9) of the EXTENDED FAMILY photography show opening at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace

6-8 EUGENE ONEGIN Arizona Opera. Tchaikovsky's opera based on Pushkin's novel.

6-27 CONVICTION by Ben Tyler. Black Theatre Troupe Set in a prison, the solo work centers around the great musician Billy Strayhorn, whose work with Duke Ellington is celebrated. Students get discounted $15 ticks if they mention this calendar and that they are students!

7  EXTINCTIONS: TRAGEDY TO OPPORTUNITY 7pm ASU Gammage. "Some say that we are in the midst of the 6th great extinction on Earth? Is this true? Join us as we explore the nature of extinction, from biology, and the great past extinctions, to culture, language, technology and the future of both our species and the Earth's biosphere, and ask whether, and to what extent extinction required for progress, and what we can do to preserve existing biodiversity on our planet. Extinctions: Tragedy to Opportunity will feature geneticist and sequencer of the Neanderthal genome, Svante Paabo, planetary scientist and extinctions expert Lindy Elkins-Tanton, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, Leading synthetic biologist Craig Venter, ASU president Michael Crow, and moderator and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss, and others."

7 (and every Friday in February) PAUL ESPINOSA FILM FESTIVAL at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, 320 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix. 7pm. The Carlos Fuentes ballroom at the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix will host a film festival showing award-winning films by Mexican-American filmmaker Paul Espinosa: The Hunt for Pancho Villa (1993) (February 6th), The U.S. Mexican War: 1846-1848 (1998) (February 13th and 20th) …and the earth did not swallow him (1995) (February 27th). Espinosa will be present during the first screening of The Hunt for Pancho Villa and the last screening of …and the earth did not swallow him on Feb 27. Espinosa is an award-winning filmmaker and Arizona State University professor who has been working in film for over 35 years. His production company, Espinosa Productions, has produced many films for PBS focused on the US-Mexico border region. His films have won eight Emmys, five CINE Golden Eagle awards and many top honors at film festivals around the country. There will be discussion sessions after each film, led by Espinosa on Feb 6 and 27 and by Dr. Matt Garcia (Arizona State University) on Feb 13 and Dr. Pete Dimas (Phoenix College) on Feb 20.

8 MARKER AND MEKAS Phoenix Art Museum  11am and 2:30pm  Featuring SANS SOLEIL by Chris Marker and REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA by Jonas Mekas.

8-March 8THE BOY WHO LOVED MONSTERS AND THE GIRL WHO LOVED PEAS by Jonathan Graham  at Childsplay

11 SONORAN STRANGE Logan Phillips Poetry Reading and Book Release. Special Guest Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos Performances by Gabriel Sullivan (Chicha Dust) and Liliana Gomez. Performance in the Borderlands at The Icehouse. 7pm.

11  Dance, Theatre, Writing, and Ceramics; working with veterans. Discussion of embodied learning and creative research focusing on veterans issues. Led by choreographer Liz Lerman, with contributions by Boyd Branch, Erika Hughes, Cynthia Hogue, Garth Johnson, Robin Rio.  11am-noon. ASU Tempe West Hall 135

12 LEVITATED MASS a film directed by Doug Pray telling the story of Michael Heizer's massive sculpture and its journey to Los Angeles. SMOCA Lounge presented by No Festival Required.  7:30  $7

13-14  LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: SEQUENCE 8.   Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts   "Les 7 doigts de la main was founded in 2002 with a mission to bring circus to a human scale. The company’s unique name is a twist on the French expression “the five fingers of the hand,” which describes distinct parts united and moving in coordination towards one common goal. 7 Fingers’ newest creation, Séquence 8 carries emotional dynamics to a point of explosion and propulsion. In this show, heightened emotions spring into action, and relationships transform and evolve until they create actual velocity. Set not in a specific time or place but rather on a vertical canvas of sorts, this acrobatic dance and theater piece contemplates the role of the “other” and how we define ourselves through and against it."  I asked SCPA for discounts and they are offering students (and their professors) $15 ‘C’ price tickets using promo code CIRCUS15

13-22  THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING   Mainstage SoFDT production. Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe. Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, Directed by Erika Hughes. "A moving, whimsical and comic fairy tale of three sisters abandoned in the woods by their father. Each sister must struggle to find her own way to survive and thrive in a fantastical world. Appropriate for families and young audiences."

20 AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND ON WHICH I STAND a documentary about the great American playwright. Our very own Bill Partlan was interviewed for the project (he hasn't seen the final cut so not sure he's in it) Other interviewees include Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad. Airing on PBS/Channel 8 at 8pm

20 THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL: IN SEARCH OF A HIDDEN RESISTANCE IN AFGHANISTAN a discussion of the book by Jenny Nordberg. Speaker: Claire C. Carter (curator at SMOCA). SMOCA Lounge  12pm $10

20-22 TRANSITION PROJECTS Original works by ASU Dance BFA students. PEBE 132 ASU Tempe

20-March 7  PLUTO by Steve Yockey. Stray Cat Theatre. Directed by Ron May. "The new play from the writer of WOLVES and OCTOPUS. In the wake of a violent tragedy at a local community college, a single mother struggles to reconnect with her withdrawn son across the breakfast table as mysterious forces threaten to invade the kitchen. Continually interrupted by a talkative three-headed dog, a radio gone haywire, and an animated refrigerator, time is running short for mother and son to deal with the morning's events."  student night Thursdays tickets $10

20-22, 27-March 1  TRENCHCOAT IN COMMON by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Directed by Jeremy Leung. Binary Theatre

22 JOHN a new work by DV8 Physical Theatre, shown as part of National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum. 2pm "DV8 Physical Theatre has produced 18 highly acclaimed dance-theatre works and four films for television, which have garnered over 50 national and international awards. The company’s new production, JOHN, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson, DV8’s Artistic Director, interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most."

26  Artist Talk: Robert Irwin. The California Light and Sound artist, whose work over 6 decades has explored how we see and hear, talks at SMOCA Lounge  7pm.   $5

26  PEPON OSORIO ASU School of Art Visiting Artist series.   605 E. Grant St. Phoenix.  7:30. Free. Pepon will discuss his work in communities (specifically the Bronx and Puerto Rico) as well as his complex installations and collaborations with performers.

26 THOMAS FRIEDMAN New York Times columnist. ASU School of Sustainability. ASU Gammage 6:30pm free. Assigned-seat tickets will be available through the Gammage box-office in January

27 LIT LOUNGE AT THE SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA on the Scottsdale waterfront. Co-produced with Scottsdale Public Art and Emerge ASU.   4420 N. Scottsdale Rd.   7pm   $9.50 featuring: Michael Grady, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Kim Porter, and Tom Zoellner

27-March 15 THE HEIRESS by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Theatre Artists Studio "A compelling, psychological tale of a young woman's journey to win the affection of a distant and disappointed father, to experience the joys of romantic love and, ultimately, to discover her place in the world. Adapted from the Henry James classic novel, Washingston Square." Featuring our very own Steven Mastroieni (ASU Theatre grad)

27-March 1  THE MAGIC FLUTE The Metropolitan Opera's production of Mozart's work, directed by Daniel Rigazzi, at Arizona Opera. " the scenic design is filled with allusions to dreams and the idea of nature vs science. Surrealist imagery, inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte with a nod to Victorian-era “Steampunk” style take the audience to an exciting place where imagination and reality blend together in Mozart’s masterpiece"

27-March 21  UNCLE VANYA Checkov's glorious play as adapted by the brilliant contemporary American playwright Annie Baker. Southwest Shakespeare

27-March 1 GERMS AND VIRUSES: OR THE SYRIAN SPRING  SoFDT TheatreLAB studio series. Written by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Kirt Shineman.  FAC 133, ASU Tempe

28 NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER 2  Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

28 PHILIP GLASS performing his work for piano, along with pianist Maki Namekawa and ASU professor/alumni Dr. Ashley Oakely. ASU Gammage  7pm



-22 ANYTHING GOES Phoenix Theatre. Music and Lyrics by the ever-brilliant Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman.  Mainstage. Phoenix Theatre. Featuring our very own David Barker! $15 rush for students w/ ID

1 ERASERHEAD the legendary film by David Lynch. Phoenix Art Museum   1pm

5 SHIELD AND SPEAR a film directed by Petter Ringbom looking at South African president Jacob Zuma and the legacy of apartheid. SMOCA Lounge presented by No Festival Required.  7:30  $7

5 Alison Smith   ASU School of Art Visiting Artist series.   605 E. Grant St. Phoenix.  7:30. Free  the artist will speak about her use of craft and historical reenactment in her installations and performances.

5 ART SLAM Binary Theatre. ASU Tempe

5 BLACK AND 25 IN AMERICA recent MFA performance graduate Jeremy Gillett presents his captivating and beautifully performed solo work at ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale (part of ASU Gammage) 7:30pm " Black and 25 explores issues of race, class, and gender in the context of the lives of five young African-Americans. In Big Man's narrative we witness the impact of generational poverty and crime. Big Man is a warm hearted young man trying to escape a home life of poverty and crime. Joshua Thomas Northington III is an upper middle class young man seduced by false images of blackness and through him we glimpse the insidious effects of sibling jealousy; Darron is a closeted black gay man who represents the hope for the next generation of his deeply religious family. Marcy is a biracial young woman trying to make sense of code switching that makes her life bearable and at the same time intolerable. The overarching theme that links these vignettes is the message that to be Black & 25 in America is to be invisible and without voice. Gillett presents each narrative with passion and a pitch perfect voice for the pain, confusion, and hope that emerges from each character's narrative." performance clip   6110 N. Scottsdale Blvd, Scottsdale

6 EMERGE 2015: ARTISTS + SCIENTISTS REDESIGN THE FUTURE 3pm-midnight. SkySong/ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. "Dancing robots. Google Glass theatre. Wearable electronic utopias. Cameras that record in deep time for 100 years. Fine art created by algorithms. Emerge is a festival of artistic and scientific visitations from the future featuring performance, improvisation, games, dance, hands-on opportunities to design and build the future, and a multimedia performance by Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad! The theme for Emerge 2015 is “The Future of Choices and Values.” How do we decide what futures we want? What do those choices say about our values as a civilization?

6 STAGE THE FUTURE: 3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE CONFERENCE  Marston Theatre, ASU Tempe.  Guest speakers Jay Scheib, a brilliant director based now at MIT, and Howard Sherman from the New School of Drama. Students $50.

6 Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo.  8pm  Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

6-7 SIMPLY EPIK the AZ-based contemporary dance/street company collaborating with a string trio. Mesa Arts Center

7-8 ART DETOUR The big annual downtown art festival. First Friday on steroids! 11-5 Sat/Sun

14-15 THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS: Live-Action Graphic Novel - Book One: Target Earth. At Mesa Arts Center. "an all-ages adventure story set in the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis mashes up comic-book and radio-play formats into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, a new art form, the Live-Action Graphic Novel. Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen"

14-29 GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES  By Anne Negri  (a 2010 MFA Playwrighting alum!)   Childsplay

18-21 SPARK! MESA FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY. In and around Mesa Arts Center. Free! Lots of events, activities,  performances and projects by our very own Rachel Bowditch/Vessel, David Tinapple, Elizabeth Johnson, Phonetic Spit, Epik Dance, and many more.

19-22 TheatreLAB. Readings of new plays written by ASU MFA candidates in Dramatic Writing. 7:30pm FAC 133 Tempe Campus. March 19: MY WE Written by Kirt Shineman and Directed by Maren Mascarelli. Based on the novel that inspired Orwell’s "1984," telling the story of a patient who must decide whether to surrender his individuality to the collective dream of technology. March 20 MALE PATTERN BLINDNESS Written by Marvin Gonzalez and Directed by Ricky Araiza. In this story of man vs. beast, the beast is the man, the man is the beast, and both are bald.   March 21: THE ADONIS BELT Written by Jericho Thomas and directed by Guillermo Reyes. Set in the world's ugliest, most beautiful city, a man, his "lover", his trainer, a new friend and a stranger intertwine in a play about art, sex, true beauty and false gods.  March 22: A CLOCKWORK FRANKENSTEIN Written by Paco José Madden and Directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz. In this steampunk retelling of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," kinky circuser Phyllis Barnum and Napolean-complexed vampire hunter Van Helsing set their sights on Victor Frankenstein's horrible creation.

19 Emily Jacir  ASU Art Museum 5:30pm Free. ASU School of Art Visiting Artist Series. "Palestinian artist Emily Jacir is best known for presenting issues related to transformation, translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive. Winner of Hugo Boss Prize and an Albert Award.

19  Artist Talk: Postcommodity. With Raven Chacon, Cristobal Martinez, Kade L. Twist, Nathan Young. Artistic and social practices that drive collaboration.  7pm Free SMOCA Lounge

20-21 MOMIX: ALCHEMIA Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

20-29 HORMEL FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS AND MUSICALS. Phoenix Theatre. With new work by Pasha Yamotahari, Joanne Yeoman, Kirt Shineman, Michael Yichao, and many others.

20-22, 27-29  SPRING AWAKENING Directed by Wyatt Kent and Amanda Pintore  Binary Theatre ASU Tempe

21 LOVE STORY created by Aaron Landsman. ASU Gammage Beyond Series. 7 & 9:30pm Aaron has done several extraordinary and completely unique projects here in Phoenix (APPOINTMENT, CITY COUNCIL MEETING), and is a member of the great theatre company, Elevator Repair Service (GATZ, SOUND AND THE FURY, ARGUEND0) "A solo play about infatuation, love that won’t let you go, and the city, LOVE STORY is an episode in the life of William, a complicated man who knows every street in New York City because he has walked them all himself. After watching a couple’s engagement at restaurant in Midtown, William becomes wrapped up in their story and in the end, it’s the changing city that reveals itself as the rhythmic heart of an affair that might never come true. LOVE STORY is set against an immersive video backdrop created by Janet Wong, with an original score by composer Todd Griffin. LOVE STORY features award-winning actor and Juilliard alumnus Frank Harts, as seen on HBO’s The Leftovers and FX’s The Americans. Harts made his Broadway debut in the 2004 Tony Award-winning revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN"

24  6-9pm RADIUS: A MUSEUM OF WALKING EXHIBITION. Angela Ellsworth, colleagues, and students have created a group exhibition exploring the concept of "walkable"   ASU Tempe, Museum Tower A #206

25 CELEBRATING WOMEN! An evening of performances in honor of Women's History Month. Free!  Food!  Empty Space Theatre in the APMA building, NE parking lot at Rural/University in Tempe. 7-9pm. Featuring Pam Sterling, Amira de LaGarza, Laurelann Porter, Rebecca Keith-Murphy, and Lou Clark.

26-April 12 ROMEO AND JULIET Arizona Theatre Company. An obscure work by a little-known playwright...

27-29 CHICAGO  All that jazz, all those shows, all those years, all those awards... ASU Gammage.

27 URBAN SOL the yearly event sponsored by SoFDT with guest stars, local companies, and lots of cool stuff. ASU Tempe

29  TREASURE ISLAND  Robert Louis Stevenson's story adapted by playwright Bryony Lavery (author of FROZEN). National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum  2pm



1 BEOWULF a one-man telling of the epic poem with Charlie Bethel. Presented by Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center


3-12 THE HOUR WE KNEW NOTHING OF EACH OTHER Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe. SoFDT Mainstage Written by Peter Handke. Directed by Phil Soltanoff. "This beautiful and human work by Austrian playwright Peter Handke features over 400 characters and no words. In this bustling portrait of life in a city square where the everyday and the extraordinary intermingle, Handke’s play is people-watching made artful." Featuring the new MFA Performance cohort!

3  DENISE JOLLY & SONYA RENEE TAYLOR two stars of the spoken word/poetry slam world. Mesa Arts Center. Don't know their work, but the description sounds quite amazing. Produced by our very own Thomas Stanton! 8pm $22  Students $10

8 THE ODYSSEY one-man telling of Homer's epic poem by Charlie Bethel. Southwest Shakepseare. 7:30pm

8 AN EVENING WITH LAVERNE COX. "actor, model and star of “Orange is the New Black,” Laverne Cox, will be speaking at ASU about important issues surrounding the transgender community.  6-8pm Wells Fargo Arena. Free for ASU students, staff and faculty. Community members can purchase tickets at Proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center.

9-10 ASU Dance Undergraduate Projects  PEBE 132 ASU Tempe

10-12 THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT Donizetti's whimsical work at Arizona Opera

10-26 AVENUE Q  Mesa Encore Theatre. See puppets talk dirty...

10-26 AIN'T SHE BRAVE by Erika and Ntare Ali Gault. Black Theatre Troupe."a provocative new choreo-poem"

10-26 THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN by Eric Coble   Theatre Artists Studio

10-12, 17-19  SKULK Written and directed by Canyon Stewart  Binary Theatre ASU Tempe

10, 11, 18  Italian Film Festival USA of Phoenix. Coor Hall, ASU Tempe featuring the local premieres of eight recent, critically acclaimed Italian films, each shown with English subtitles. Free, co-sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute and the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures.


11-25 THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL by Clive Barker, directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre.

12 BOLSHOI BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET  2pm film at Phoenix Art Musuem

14  PROJECT NORTH a one woman-show by Megan De Roover exploring Canadian nationality, identity, and stereotypes in North American contexts. Directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz. ASU Tempe FAC 233  7pm. Free

15-May 3  BUYER AND CELLAR Phoenix Theatre. Featuring the brilliant Toby Yatso in a one-man show written by Jonathan Tollins that had a long off-Broadway run. Delightful and a beautifully paced and generous performance directed by Ron May.

15 LAGOS/KOOLHAAS. NoFestival Required presents a film in its Films for Thinkers series at Phoenix Center for the Arts.  7pm. written and directed by Bregtje Van der Haak,“LAGOS / KOOLHAAS follows Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years as he wanders through the city, talking with people and recognizing the problems with water, electricity and traffic. But instead of judging the city to be doomed, he is able to interpret this ‘culture of congestion’ positively, thereby creating a completely new concept of the big city.” 7pm $6/7

15 DR. KORCZAK AND THE CHILDREN  7pm  a performance event created for Holocaust Rembrance Day, includes staged reading directed by Elizabeth Schildkret, PhD student in Theatre for Youth, and a talk by Dr. Erika Hughes, Asst. Professor in SoFDT. FAC 133  ASU Tempe  Free!

17-26 OUR KIKI: A GAY FARCE SoFDT Mainstage. Lyceum Theatre. ASU Tempe. Written by Seth Tucker (an ASU graduate!) "On the eve of Matt and Phil’s six-year anniversary, an immigration officer unexpectedly arrives to investigate the marriage. The trouble is, Matt is married to Phil’s best friend Molly. Identities, relationships and languages get confused in this riotous physical comedy"

17 MFA Dance candidate Angeline Young presents a "dance performance piece that explores personal events of scandal. How can the ritual of sharing our undocumented histories bring about a sense of self-acceptance and balance? A site-specific piece with live music, film, spoken word, and dance" Free  12 minutes! Ross-Blakely Law Library West of S. McAllister Ave on ASU Campus 7&7:30.

19-May 24 THE THREE JAVELINAS  Childsplay  Book and Lyrics by Jenny Millinger, Music by Todd Hulet, Based on the book by Susan Lowell

20-21 10th Annual Student Film Festival. Harkins Valley Art Cinema (Mill Ave)" students screen their best short films in the AFA Student Film Festival. Co-sponsored by the School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the AZ Filmmakers Association, a student organization, the festival includes a non-juried and juried (with prize money) submission process."


24-May 9 THE TOMKAT PROJECT by Brandon Ogborn. Stray Cat Theatre. Directed by Louis Farber. "A biting satire about the three-way marriage of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology. Based on actual interviews and completely imagined scenes, seven actors portray 54 characters, including Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Josh Hartnett, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez, and, of course…Suri Cruise. Structured like THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE TOMKAT PROJECT chronicles the Scientology saga and skewers our collective obsession with celebrity. "…radiates satire genius…In the realm of fringe theater, this show is a near-perfect achievement “ –Chicago Tribune

17-26 ANYTHING GOES a collaboration between Phoenix Theatre and ASU Lyric Opera Theatre. Music and Lyrics by the ever-brilliant Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman; stage direction by Robert Kolby Harper; musical direction by Wayne Bailey and Curtis Moeller. Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU Tempe.

24-26 DANCE ANNUAL  ASU Tempe Paul Galvin Playhouse. "The Dance Annual highlights some of the "greatest hits" of the 2014–15 season, as well as new pieces designed especially for the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse. The concert features works in a variety of platforms, from the stage to outdoor sites to new media, created by faculty, visiting artists, alumni and graduate and undergraduate students."

24-26 BIOS: Alpha Created by Phil Weaver-Stoesz and Ian Schelanskey. ASU/AME Intelligent Stage (outdoor stairway at south side of Matthew's Center) 8pm   free, 30 minutes!  "armed with bravado and curiosity, Phil and Ian been researching creative computing, the medium of media and fuzzy logic. Thanks to money from the Creation Grant..."

24-25 SOLEDAD BARRIO AND NOCHE FLAMENCA: ANTIGONA  8pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

24 SoFDT graduating senior and Acting Concentration student Jose Martinez presents his one-man show on depression. But with a comic twist?  ASU Tempe FAC 133 7:30pm

24-26  4 IN THE CHAMBER Directed by Sean McBride   Binary Theatre, ASU Tempe

26 EL PUENTE THEATRE FESTIVAL AND MASK PROCESSION  2-7PM  Childsplay  Free! And the first 500 people get a 4pm performance of THE THREE JAVELINAS

26    THE HARD PROBLEM  National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum  2pm "Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors)."

26  PLACE, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, 7pm Arizona Pro Arte  $12-15 ticks  "a fascinating new theatrical production that combines original music composition, live musicians, film, visual art, set design and acting to tell a story of the Valley of the Sun. Created collaboratively by local and international artists, this dark, humorous and satirical show looks to the past and present to create an artistic interpretation of our place in the desert. Watch a re-imagined 1950’s television host present a tale from the old west, see the sunrise over the White Tank mountains, travel through a cutout desert and join a junkie for a sing-along outside Circle K. This modern, eclectic, integrative production will inspire you to rethink your own surroundings in our desert home." Lighting designer is our own Hailey Featherstone!

27  AIRDROP Staged reading of new play by Kirt Shineman, MFA Dramatic Writing candidate. ASU Tempe, FAC 133, 1-2:30pm  free

27-28 [De/As]cending created by SoFDT MFA students in Performance,Theatre for Youth, Design, Directing and Playwrighting. 7pm ASU Art Museum. "an evening of theatrical experiments, created by a group of 31 MFA theater students, reimagines the ASU Art Museum as a bunker protecting a precious resource: water. Immersed in this world, the audience can explore multiple pathways in search of a secret. Tickets are free on a first-come/first-serve basis on the day of the event at the ASU Art Museum. If you wish to reserve a ticket for $5, please visit the Herberger Institute box office (480-965-6447). Entry to the event occurs at 7 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 8 p.m. We encourage you to attend multiple times as each pathway will give you a different perspective and experience.This project is partially supported by the Herberger Creation Project Grant."

28 COME AS YOU ARE BALL II-EVOLUTION WORKSHOPS & DISCUSSION PANEL. 6-10 ASU Tempe. Worshops $5 Panel free. Presented by Urban Arts Club.  Spoken word workshop by Charque Bacon 6-7pm PEBE 117,  Movement workshop lead by Archie Burnett 7-8pm PEBE 132,  Discussion Panel "Evoltion of Identity" 8-10pm PEBE 132.

30-May 17 A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO Arizona Theatre Company  Written and performed by Herbert Siquenza and based on Picasso's writing.  A one-man show by one of the Culture Clash guys. "In a performance that explodes with color, Picasso’s most intimate thoughts rip through the air with each thundering brushstroke as Siguenza creates six new masterpieces live on stage in this Arizona premiere. He rages, dances, takes a bath, admonishes, philosophizes, scolds – and paints, right in front of you."  Well, yeah, but very little is revealed about Picasso, painting, art, or anything else. A facile and pandering gloss on a great artist.The rest of the audience seemed to love it, milked as they were by the rather shameless performance that is so desperate to please that it communicates almost nothing. I would skip it and see instead...

15-May 3  BUYER AND CELLAR Phoenix Theatre. Featuring the brilliant Toby Yatso in a one-man show written by Jonathan Tollins that had a long off-Broadway run. Delightful, with a beautifully paced and generous performance directed by Ron May.

30-May 1  ASU FILM CAPSTONES  ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse



1 SOUL JUSTICE  presented by Phonetic Spit at Mesa Arts Center. Featuring our very own Tomas Stanton in his Capstone piece, fusing poetry, music, politics, and dance. 7:30pm. Archie Burnett will be a guest star!

1-17 OVER THE RAINBOW Phoenix Theatre  brings us the final days of Judy Garland. Dramaturged by our very own Jayson Morrison, and featuring Jeremiah James (but not as Judy Garland...) Also featuring Jeff Kennedy at her accompanist. Directed by Karla Koskinen

2 COME AS YOU ARE BALL with Archie Burnett and others 7pm-2am  $8-10   tickets  Voguing, Waacking, Performances/Fashion shows #evolYOUtion

4 THE ITALIAN AMERICAN HIT PARADE by Guillermo Reyes 7pm FAC 133 "a simple table reading of my new play with music, the comedy-drama of an Italian family of singers in North Hollywood CA headed by an Italian father and his clash with two rebellious sons who wish to do grunge-style rock n'roll music instead. It's a clash of generations, cultures, and musical styles and with a sense of humor and a heart. (This is a reading of the script only, the music is only hinted at right now since I'm still working on some original lyrics. I want to make sure the story is solid before working on music and lyrics. It is meant to be a play with music, not a musical.). This reading is meant to gather some response at an early stage in its development. The actors reading will be Elisa Gonzales, Fernando Teson, Sean McBride, Chase Reynolds, Amira de la Garza and Donovan Stole."

6 HOW NOT TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN: an almost-comedy about domestic violence. Written and performed by Laurelann Porter (MFA Playwrighting and recent PhD from our program!)  with special guest spoken work poet Nikki G.  7pm  Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center 1026 N. 9th St. Phoenix  $5/7 

7  Artist Talk: Street Art in Phoenix. Artists Lalo Cota, Niba, and others. SMOCA Lounge  Free

7-24 SPELLBOUND! Southwest Shakespeare presents a version of Cymbeline, set in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Papago Park, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Tempe. Original Songs and Music by the very talented Shishir Kurup (known for his work with Cornerstone in LA), and David Markowitz. Book by Michael Flachmann (from Shakespeare), Direction and Adaptation by Jared Sakren. 8pm   90 minutes.

8-9  Arizona State University 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts. ASU Tempe Memorial Union Alumni Room. "Arizona State University’s 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration presents a national symposium on creativity and new venture creation in the arts. Participants will explore the processes, outcomes and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions and research presentations." Varying fee scale

8-10 HERAKLES work-in-progress from Orange Theatre. 8pm "based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides. While Herakles is in Hades completing his 12th labor, his father-in-law, Creon, is overthrown and killed by Lycos. In order to solidify his grip on the throne, Lycos has determined to execute all of the old king's relatives, including Herakles' wife, father, and children. The hero returns in time to save them, but is stricken by the goddesses Iris and Madness, who cause him to murder his wife and children in a frenzy."  1711 W. Culver St. Phoenix.

10 BOLSHOI BALLET: IVAN THE TERRIBLE film at Phoenix Art Museum  2pm