SPRING 2018 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 productions are required for my SOFDT students, but do not count toward the additional professional performances you are required to see specifically for this class. Italics means SOFDT production/presentation. We will discuss all SoFDT Theatre productions in class. Event listings entirely in bold count toward one of the required non-SoFDT professional 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's School of Film, Dance and Theatre has an amazing program curated by Adam Collis, Hollywood Invades Tempe that brings writers, directors, designers, cinematographers and generally important folks in the film industry to our Campus.

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 122 or PEBE 132. All HIDA students may attend HIDA events free but you must purchase tickets in advance.

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. Currently at Prism in APMA building

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 (SCPA): 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.

Now & Then Creative Company, created by our 2017 MFA Dramatic Writing graduate John Perovich.


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 (mostly) 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) New Director Ralph Remington is taking it in some new and exciting directions. Here's the 2017-18 Season

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! currently on hiatus

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  in new location at 1524 N. 18th Ave off of Grand. Lots of performances, workshops, events

Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway but moving downtown to Herberger Center in 2018. 480-350-8101

Rising Youth Theatre led by our very own Xanthia Angel Walker, Sarah Sullivan, and Ashley Hare

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 grads!

Now & Then Creative Company founded by our very own MFA Dramatic Writing graduate John Perovich, in residence at Metropolitan Arts Institute

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


iTheatre Collaborative explores some very compelling scripts at the downtown Herberger


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 Urban Guide/PUG helpful for finding galleries, cultural stuff downtown, maps for First/Third Fridays, etc.

Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. (at McDowell) (602) 257122 And keep checking their film schedule; too many great films for me to list all of them.

Musical Instrument Museum/MIM  very impressive list of events and visiting artists. Too many to list!  4725 E. Mayo Blvd in North Phoenix

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

Culture Coalition  with a focus on indigenous artists

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 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   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 recent School of Dance graduate Julie Ackerly, is working 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!




2-July  BAJO PRESIÓN/UNDER PRESSURE ASU Art Museum. Early/mid 20th Century Mexican art featuring paintings and prints by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leopoldo Méndez and Rufino Tamayo among others

-Feb 3  TERRESTRIAL ASU Art Museum  "From iconic 1970s land art to contemporary interpretations of the landscape, this exhibition from the permanent collection features artists who have built new relationships with their environments. "Terrestrial" looks at how artists perceive urban and rural spaces, especially in relation to human intervention and the passing of time"

5-28 MAN OF LA MANCHA Arizona Theatre Company presents the classic musical with book by Dale Wasserman, Lyrics by Joe Darion, Music by Mitch Leigh. Direted by David Bennet with choreography by Kathryn Van Meter. (Special $10 cash-only performance Sunday January 14 at 7pm)

6  GERMAN CORNEJO'S TANGO FIRE Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 8pm

12-28 THE GRADUATE  Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center   A theatrical adaptation of the 1967 Mike Nichols' film.

12-14 NEVERMORE: THE IMAGINARY LIFE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE Lyric Opera Theatre Student LAB  " a unique and wildly theatrical musical play combining haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating and moving life story of iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). This eerie and heartbreaking story follows Poe's tragic life and the internal struggles that would later inspire some of his famous writings. For mature audiences. Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Christenson; direction by Nellie Shuford and Austin Delp; music direction by Sara Bruton; choreography by John Batchan." Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

12-21 THE 2ND ANNUAL NIGHT OF SHORTS Brelby Theatre Company  new short works from six playwrights (including several of our own)

12-27 ROMEO AND JULIET Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center.

12-Feb 4  TRYING at Theatre Artists Studio. "Joanna McClelland Glass’ play is inspired by her real-life experience as personal secretary to the brilliant and irascible Judge Francis Biddle, U.S. Attorney General during WWII and Chief Justice for the Nuremberg Trials" Produced by Walt Pedano and directed by Judy Rollings, TRYING features Studio Member Alan Austin as Francis Biddle and guest artist Vanessa Benjamin as Sarah

12-13 MOMIX OPUS CACTUS presented by Ballet AZ at Orpheum Theatre. 7;30pm This modern dance company brings the Southwestern landscape to life through athletic movement, spectacular costumes and ingenious props" The piece was originally created as a 20-minute act in 1999 for Ballet Arizona!

13 EPIK EXPRESSIONS II-THE BATTLE Epik Dance Company at Mesa Arts Center   2:30pm "an experimental battle designed for contemporary and jazz dancers (the first of its kind in Arizona)! Dancers of all ages will pair up to compete for cash and prizes."

13 AGAIN AND AGAIN Jon Jost screens his new dance film focused on a Korean dance troupe. Sun Studios, 1425 W. 14th St.  7pm   Jost will host a talkback following the film

15 ET THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL FilmBar  7pm Prof. Joe Fortunato's FilmBar Film School. Screening and commentary.

16 A FANTASTIC WOMAN  7pm $15 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts "a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio which was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. Marina is a trans-woman, and for most of Orlando’s family, her gender identity is an aberration, a perversion. Marina struggles for the right to be herself."

17  WORKSHOP WITH KRISTINA WONG ASU Gammage  7pm. Limited to 20 participants. Free! Register

18 YOU'RE THE TOP: THE SONGS OF COLE PORTER SCPA  7:30pm "Join Rob Kapilow and singers for a thrilling exploration, examination and performance of the music and lyrics of one of Broadway’s greatest and most tragic geniuses"

19  RAN Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts  7pm  $7 Akira Kurosowa's film placing Hamlet in a Samuri context. Introduced by our very own Jason Davids Scott!

19 THE JOY by Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop  7:30pm presented by Now & Then Creative Company

20 BEAUTY UNBOUND: ONE STEP BEYOND THOUGHT. Museum of Walking. A morning walk conducted by Philosopher, English Professor, and CEO of the Animal Revolution Ron Broglio.  9-10:30am  South Mountain Park Ranger Trail. "walking will be utilized to perform foundational philosophical concepts including: being and becoming, property, nomadism, finitude, and the virtual. Participants will engage in two silent walking exercises followed by a group discussion on philosophy and space. This is a moderate level trail. Please wear appropriate gear and remember to bring water." RSVP

20 MOMIX OPUS CACTUS Del E Webb Center for Performing Arts  in Wickenburg 7:30pm "This modern dance company brings the Southwestern landscape to life through athletic movement, spectacular costumes and ingenious props"

20 THE WONG STREET JOURNAL a solo performance by the wonderful Kristina Wong   7pm ASU Gammage

20 SEVEN THINGS I'VE LEARNED: AN EVENING WITH IRA GLASS   at SCPA   8pm " the creator, producer and host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music and video, Glass delivers a unique talk, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling."

20-21 HIT MUSIC  7pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday A play with music by our very own Guillermo Reyes. Featuring Adam Mendez, Carlos Urtubey, Matthew Mendez, Karla Benitez Orellana, Neda Tavassoli, Sean Ryan McBride.  Now & Then Creative Company at Metropolitan Arts Institute.  1700 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix   Free!  info  guillermo.reyes@asu.edu

21-March 11 THE SNOWY DAY  Childsplay  Ages 3+   By Jerome Hairston, Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

24-Feb. 11  IT'S ONLY A PLAY  Phoenix Theatre. Written by Terrence McNally (LOVE, VALOUR, COMPASSION; MASTER CLASS). Directed by Matthew Wiener "a celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. This show promises kooky characters and big laughs in a rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny!"

25 STAGECOACH John Ford's 1939 classic screened in an appropriate venue, Scottsdale's Western Spirit Museum, 3830 N. Marshall Way. 7pm screening and discussion with Prof. Joe Fortunato. Presented in conjunction with ASU's Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and the ASU Foundation. Free for students w/ ID.

26-29 TRANSITION PROJECTS I & II: FIT TO BE TIED   two separate programs showcasing the undergraduate BFA Dance Majors' work   PEBE 132

26 THE MOTH MAINSTAGE-TRUE STORIES TOLD LIVE Mesa Arts Center   8pm   Five expert storytellers, part of the national Moth series

27 WEST SIDE STORY  3:45 Film Bar. Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the films. A classic movie musical. Leonard Bernstein's great score, with lyrics by Steven Sondheim! Book by Arthur Laurents. Choreography by Jerome Robbins! With Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno!

29  CASABLANCA  the classic film by Michael Curtiz (1943)  Prof. Fortunato's FilmSchool comes to the Drafthouse in Chandler!  7pm 

30-June 2  A DREAM ON A DREAM: ENCOUNTER WITH CLAUDIO  DICOCHEA ASU Art Museum "What does the American dream mean today? Texas-based artist Claudio Dicochea grapples with this question in an exhibition of work from ASU Art Museum’s diverse collection of Cuban, Pop Art, Native American and African-American work.The title of the exhibition comes from Robert Colescott’s 1990 painting and also references the current DACA/Dreamers crisis. "

30-Feb 25 HAMILTON  ASU Gammage. If you can manage to get tickets (and one for me) you get extra credit...

-Feb 18   KENT MONKMAN's video painting WEDDING AT SODOM  Phoenix Art Museum Video Crossings Series "a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who often references the work of 19th-century American artists such as George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt to critique the effects of colonialism on Native Americans. In Monkman’s recent series of four video paintings, he explores the theme of First Nations peoples who traveled to Europe as ambassadors for themselves. Oftentimes they were brought over as specimens for human zoos in the 19th century, as was the case in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and George Catlin’s Gallery of the North American Indian. In the artist’s reimagining of this historical legacy, he constructs a platform for Miss Chief Eagle Testickle (his drag alter ego) to explore this contested history through humor and artistic resolve. "

31  REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES w/ director Patricia Cardoso. Hollywood Invades Tempe




2-4  CANDIDE  Arizona Opera   Leonard Bernstein's opera based on Voltaire's great satirical story.

2 ELENA opening and performance for exhibition running through March 9.  6-10pm ASU Art Museum's Project Space, 821 N. 3rd St. in downtown Phoenix. "Music producer Felicita of PC Music and artist Matt Copson embark on an interdisciplinary project to restore an ancient animatronic doll, originally discovered in 1925 within the grounds of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. As part of their residency, the artists will present archival material, screen unreleased PC Music footage, host a workshop with Phoenix Children’s Chorus and perform live during the Feb. 2 reception."

2 KHALED MATTAWA Poetry reading  Phoenix Art Museum  7pm. Free but RSVP

2-25 HAND TO GOD Phoenix Theatre co-production with Stray Cat. Directed by Ron May  Nasty puppets. Tony for Best Play 2015  Hormel Theatre at PT

2-3 STOMP!  UA Presents and Broadway in Tucson (Tucson) "The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms."

3 FLOR DE TOLOACHE  Tempe Center for the Arts 7:30pm   an all-female Mariachi band!

3-May 9 THE WHEEL BEARS NO RESEMBLANCE TO A LEG   Phoenix Art Museum Video Crossings Series "video installation by Mexican artist Erick Meyenberg presents a critical stance toward notions of authority, discipline, education, and nationalism as a way of coming to terms with the modern era in Mexico. The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg is the result of a 2016 collaboration commissioned by the Mexico-City based residency space insite/Casa Galina. The artist worked with members of a high school marching band, the Banda de Guerra Lobos, at the Colegio Hispanoamericano in Mexico City. Composed of a three-channel projection, the installation documents the band marching through some of the city’s most emblematic and politically charged sites: the Plaza de Tlatelolco, where hundreds of university students on strike were attacked, killed, and “disappeared” by police and military forces; the Monumento a la Revolución, commemorating the Mexican Revolution of 1910; and the Forum Buenavista shopping center, which embodies the extent to which Mexico is embedded in transnational capitalism"

6  POST SECRET: THE SHOW  Mesa Arts Center  7:30pm "an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing true stories behind secrets. See the secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the Post Secret blog, which became six best-selling books."

8 REBELS ON POINTE a film by Bobbi Jo Hart  7pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts in collaboration with NoFestival Required "A riotous, irreverent all-male comic ballet troupe, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo challenges gender and artistic norms in the conservative world of ballet." $15

8 PHILDANCO & RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT   7:30pm Centennial Hall, UA (Tucson)

9-18  SIX STORIES TALL Galvin Playhouse.  "a vibrant collection of hip-hop fairy tales, from mermaids and monsters to Batman and a world painted purple. This production celebrates urban culture through dance, music and storytelling." Written by Marco Ramirez. Directed by Chris Weise. Choreographed by Melissa Britt.

9 VOICEPLAY  Tempe Center for the Arts  7:30pm  amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies recreate the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. 

9-25 LINES IN THE DUST by Nikkole Salter at Black Theatre Troupe. "When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined."

10-11 28th ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST Heard Museum  9-5pm "top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At the two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field. The art of hoop dance honors the cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada."

12  ROCKY  7pm FilmBar Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the films.1976 film starring someone named Sylvester. Perhaps you've heard of it?

13  A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS  at SCPA   7:30pm " “The Pope of Trash,” John Waters is celebrated for his now-classic cult movies such as Pink FlamingosPolyester and Hairspray. He is also a photographer and curator whose work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world, and the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Role ModelsCarsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America; and most recently, Make Trouble. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, he returns to Scottsdale for a night of onstage, adults-only commentary, followed by a book signing."

14-March 4   THE BOOB SHOW  at Phoenix Theatre. written by local artists Sally Jo Bannow and Craig Bohmler. Directed by Michael Barnard. "an uplifting musical celebrating women – and their breasts!"

15 ODC/DANCE  at SCPA  7:30pm "Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way and now based in San Francisco, ODC/Dance was one of the first American companies to incorporate a post-modern sensibility (an appreciation for pedestrian movement) into a virtuosic contemporary dance technique and to commit major resources to interdisciplinary collaboration and musical commissions for the repertory. In 46 years, ODC/Dance has performed for more than one million people in 32 states and 11 countries. The company has been widely recognized for its rigorous technique and for its numerous groundbreaking collaborations with composers, singer-songwriters, actors and artists."

15-March 4  OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Arizona Theatre Company. Written by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck), directed by David Ivers. "romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland"

16-March 10  SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen, adapted by Kate Hamill. Directed by Patrick Walsh.  Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center

16 YOU, ME, AND ADAM LEVINE by Angelica Howland and Michelle Gardner  7:30pm Now & Then Creative Company

16-March 4  A CHORUS LINE Written by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante with music by Marvin Hamlisch. Theater Works in Peoria

16-25 THE FLICK     FAC Studio 133 . Written by Annie Baker "Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Flick” peers behind the scenes of a rundown Massachusetts movie theatre where three employees struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. “The Flick” is a hilarious and moving parable for our times."  A beautifully nuanced work by a major American playwright. I saw the original NY production, and Stray Cat's, and am eager to see another take on this work; it's that rich.

19-28 ANA MARIA ALVAREZ  Binational Arts Residency schedule  presented by Performance in the Borderlands

22 WITNESS: GARTH CLARK'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE CERAMIC ART REVOLUTION. ASU Art Museum  7pm an evening with "celebrated author, editor, collector, gallerist and lecturer Garth Clark, one of the most influential and provocative voices in the field of international ceramics. More a one-person stage show than a conventional lecture, “WITNESS” combines Clark’s wit, erudition, deep scholarship and entertaining speaking style with a dynamic multimedia presentation of the key revolutionary moments for ceramics since 1970."

22 FROM 'ON THE TOWN' TO 'WEST SIDE STORY: THE THEATER MUSIC OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN  at SCPA  7:30pm  "Join Rob Kapilow and singers for an illuminating evening of performance and discussion that looks at how a great classical composer transformed the world of the Broadway musical"

22-25  TODAY'S MASTERS 2018  Ballet Arizona program of contemporary ballet, including work by BA's Ib Andersen. Orpheum Theatre

22-25 THE BREASTS OF  TIRESIAS Lyric Opera Theatre at Evelyn Smith Theatre.  "Based on Apollinaire’s play of the same name, "The Breasts of Tirésias" is an absurdist romp through the turbulent relationship of Therese and her husband. Beginning with a feminist revolt in which Therese changes herself to a man and changes her husband into a woman, this gender-fluid opera ends with a poignant message of peace to a country ravaged by war. Recommended for mature audiences."  by Francis Poulenc.  music direction by Kamna Gupta and Mark Alpizar; stage direction by David Lefkowich

23-March 10 A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY by Lucas Hnath    iTheatre Collaborative   Hnath is one of our strongest contemporary playwrights. I saw the Soho Rep production of this show several years ago and thought it was brilliant.  Hnath also wrote RED SPEEDO, THE CHRISTIANS,  and the brilliant A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2.

24-May 13 IRIS VAN HERPEN: TRANSFORMING FASHION  a look at the Dutch designers 15 collections. Phoenix Art Museum

28 DR. STRANGE w/ director Scott Derrickson Hollywood Invades Tempe




2-25  RED by John Logan. Theatre Artists Studio. A smart, 2-person play revolving around painter Mark Rothko and his studio assistant.

3 RHYTHMIC CIRCUS-FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW   Tempe Center for the Arts  7:30pm  "an effervescent troupe of artists, musicians, and outrageously talented dancers. “Heatbox” the human  beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp as this dancing circus blows audiences away with their rapid fire moves and high energy fun"

9-11 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Arizona Opera. Rossini's comic opera of mistaken identities and love.

9-18 DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH Epik Dance Company "known for fusing street and classical dance forms with performance art to tell stories. A Mayor’s Arts Award winner and three-time Governor’s Arts Award nomine. In “Don’t Hold Your Breath,” audiences will be entertained with a fusion of original choreography and music, live vocals and instrumentation, spoken word, video, and more"

9-18 PHOENIX THEATRE FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN THEATRE "an opportunity for playwrights, composers and lyricists to showase their original works in their Pre Pre-Broadway or Pre Pre-Off Broadway stage"

9-24 GIDEON'S KNOT by Johnna Adams. Stray Cat co-production with Tempe Cente for the Arts. Directed by Tracy Liz Miller "Set inside a primary school classroom, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the  the issue of school violence."

10 LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE  the show formerly known as A Prarie Home Companion. Live from ASU Gammage.   Live broadcast 3:45pm


16-April 20  UNSPOKEN ASU Art Museum Project Space (downtown Phoenix) "Through objects and a series of related performances, artist Shannon Ludington explores the community and rituals surrounding textiles traditionally made by women. The gallery will function as Ludington’s studio and serve as a space for ongoing conversations as the artist invites viewers to join with her in making. Performances will occur at 8 p.m. on March 16, 23, 30 and April 6. Schedule an appointment with the artist Wednesday–Saturday by emailing wordsunspokenexhibition@gmail.com

17-June 30 SABER ACOMODAR  ASU Art Museum contemporary work from Guadalajara, Mexico. 25 artists, the majority of whom are from Guadalajara. Explores the integration of contemporary ideas with traditional techniques. Guest curated by Patrick Charpenel, the recently-appointed executive director of El Museo del Barrio in New York.

20-25 THE KING AND I  ASU Gammage

21 HIDDEN FIGURES w/ special guest Hollywood Invades Tempe


23-April 7  HENRY IV, PART I  Shakespeare's comic/historical saga. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. Directed by Asia Osborne

23-24 THE FAIRY QUEEN Lyric Opera Theatre Student LAB. Stage at Skyspace Garden on ASU Tempe campus. Music by Henry Purcell, after "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare; direction by Kamna Gupta.  "Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes a musical twist in Purcell’s adaptation, "The Fairy Queen." "The stories of the fairies that inhabit the forest come to life through this production in the Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Upon entering the garden, the audience will be surrounded by the fairies’ sylvan lair, and will enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and scenes from the original play, featuring artists from the various schools within the Herberger Institute."


24-July 15  VALESKA SOARES: ANY MOMENT NOW Phoenix Art Museum   mid-career survey of Brazilian artist's work  "This project represents a landmark partnership between Phoenix Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Valeska Soares creates polished, minimalistic artworks that encourage visitor participation. Through installation and assemblage, she engages with international art traditions and world literature"  A lecture by the artist March 21 at 6:30pm

25 TIL' DEATH: A NEW MUSICAL New Works staged reading. Lyric Opera Theatre. Book and lyrics by our very own MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Amanda Prahl.  Music by ASU alum Alexander Tom   6pm Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale.  "As the uncertainty of the Great War gives way to the progress of the 1920s, Liza Bloomfield wishes the times would just stop changing, always wishing to be one of the great ladies she serves in the millinery in which she works. Alongside Irene Kaye, a quick-thinking actress, Liza takes her fate into her own hands and risks it all to sail for England, eventually conning her way up the social ladder. “Til Death” is a darkly comic musical about friendship, crime, romance and the allure and danger of longing for the past. Some mature content."

31-April 8  MADDI'S FRIDGE Childsplay    By Ann Negri (graduate of our Dramatic Writing MFA program!). Based on book by Lois Brandt.   Ages 5+ "Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They play in their neighborhood park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home. Sofia wants to help her friend, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone. What should Sofia do? Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this play is a gentle, yet sometimes hilarious exploration of friendship, empathy, and doing the right thing."






3-8 BOOK OF MORMON presented by Broadway in Tucson in collaboration with UA Presents (Tucson)

5-22 LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES  Arizona Theatre Company  by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman. Directed by Randal Myler "a group of veteran blues musicians assembled for an after-hours jam session to swap stories and share their favorite low down dirty tunes, pulled from the greatest hits of Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and many others. Featuring nearly two-dozen smokin’ songs filled with passion, soul, and a love of life"

6-8 DAS RHEINGOLD  Arizona Opera's take on the first chapter of Wagner's Ring cycle. Projections and direction by Brian Staufenbiel.

6-22 BLACKBERRY HAZE   Black Theatre Troupe  "It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets, seductions and murder. The lives of three unsuspecting women are inextricably intertwined as they each succumb to a force that sweeps through their town and weaves magic on their already mysterious lives. Thrilling music propels this powerful romantic mystery in the key of the blues."

7 TAYLOR MAC: A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC ABRIDGED  ASU Gammage 7pm. Taylor, a 2017 MacArthur "Genius" award winner, is incomparable in every way.

12 ETHEL WITH ROBERT MIRABAL: THE RIVER  UA Presents, Crowder Hall 7:30pm   The excellent string quartet works with Native American musician and instrument builder Mirabal.

13-22 BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK by Lynn Nottage.  Lyceum Theatre. "Vera Stark, an African American maid and aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood, sets out to land a role in a southern epic alongside her white starlet employer. Several years and several films later, Stark disappears, leaving scholars to debate her legacy, mine old interview footage for clues and examine her tangled relationships behind-the-scenes of the film that made her famous. Discover Stark’s story in this comedy that takes an irreverent look at race in Hollywood"

13 EMBRACING THE GUT CHURN: AN EVENING WITH JAD ABUMRAD FROM PUBLIC RADIO'S RADIOLAB  8pm   Mesa Arts Center. "The show uses deep-dive journalism, narrative storytelling, dialogue and music to craft compositions of exploration and discovery. RadioLab podcasts are downloaded over 4 million times each month and the program is carried on 437 stations. Spend an evening with him exploring “Gut Churn” and what it’s like navigating feelings during the creative process."

13-14 DISRUPT FEST Tempe Center for the Arts "super-charged experiences including  provocative live theatre and music, comprised of unique artists who  challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts"

14 DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM  ASU Gammage Beyond  7pm

17-22 THE COLOR PURPLE  ASU Gammage  2016 Tony for best musical.  Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker.

18-May 13 GODSPELL Phoenix Theatre "first major musical by WICKED composer Stephen Schwartz"

13-22 LEGALLY BLOND, THE MUSICAL Lyric Opera Theatre "Based on the iconic 2001 movie, follows Elle Woods on her fast-paced journey from west coast to east coast in pursuit of love and learning. With a book by Heather Hach and an action-packed pop-rock score with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, this musical tackles all kinds of stereotypes with over-the-top energy, irreverence and fun. It is suitable for most audiences, with occasional mild adult humor. Music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; book by Heather Hach; based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture; stage direction and choreography by Roy Lightner; music direction by Brian DeMaris and Josh Condon." Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

20-22 SPRING DANCE FESTIVAL  Galvin Playhouse "showcases the breadth of creativity in the dance program, featuring student choreographers and performers in some of the most innovative work of the 2017-18 season. The concert also includes pieces created by faculty, visiting artists and alumni."

20-29 NIGHT OF ONE ACTS  at Now & Then Creative Company founded by our very own John Perovich. "focuses on the "now"—new play development and film production, while also producing the "then"—classic pieces that speak to the present. The company—in residence at Metropolitan Arts Institute—creates high quality, thoughtful, and affordable productions that value artistic risks."

20-May 13  I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER  by Robert Anderson. Theatre Artists Studio "An American classic that exposes the painful truths of the relationship between a dutiful son, an alienated daughter, and their harsh, detached father. Family dynamics unravel as the three are forced to face the past and present as they plan the funeral of their mother and wife."

22-May 20  FLORA & ULYSSES by John Glore, adapted from Newberry-Award winning book by Kate DiCamillo. Childsplay

27  SPRING SENIOR FILM SHOWCASE  Galvin Playhouse   7pm  "Film faculty and industry professionals present a curated series of films produced by graduating student filmmakers. The culmination of more than a year’s work, these works include short films and documentaries as well as cinematography and editing reels."

28  HALAU O KEKUHI   ASU Gammage Beyond   7pm  "Led by Kumu hula Nalani Kanakaole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Halau o Kekuhi is celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The aihaa is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hiiaka, characteristic of Hawaiian creative forces."




3-6 ALL BALANCHINE 2018  Arizona Ballet.  3 works by George Balanchine, staged by Ib Andersen "one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchine’s masterpieces"

4-19   SILENCE! THE MUSICAL book by Hunter Bell. Music/lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan. Directed by Louis Farber. Stray Cat.

15-20 LES MISERABLES  ASU Gammage 

29-June 3 THE HUMANS ASU Gammage  Steven Karam's beautiful play of a family at Thanksgiving. 2016 Tony for Best Play