FALL 2014 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar

A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon





jeff.mcmahon@asu.edu   my blog   my website


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Art Museum right next to our FAC, has a great series of shows and is a perfect place to get away from classes for an hour. They have a regular series of lunchtime talks. 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 . Part of the School is moving to downtown Phoenix, to 605 E. Grant this semester!

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, coordinated 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 usually at Herberger Theatre downtown

Arizona Theatre Company  presents in Phoenix and Tucson

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

Stray Cat Theatre   480-820-8022 132 E. 6th Street in Downtown Tempe.

Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151  

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 http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/  602-256-7539 Artlink also sponsors the annual Art Detour in March (applications due February).

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

Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix (and our grad student Marcelino Quinonez is one of the forces behind it!)  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 IndiaIndian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally

And the most recent film venue in 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


Speaking of film, join the ASU Film Association/AFA. You can advertise your cast, crew, tech, artistic needs, and also put yourself out there as an actor, director, designer, etc.


ASU School of Art's Live Art Platform, overseen by the incredible Angela Ellsworth, provides a venue for artists of all disciplines to present their work in front of an informal audience of mostly students, faculty, and adventurous members of the Arizona State University community. We are an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. LAP is hosted by the Intermedia program in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. We encourage everyone to participate: ASU students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the broader community. There are no audition requirements, no curators, or professors screening the works. If you wish to participate all you have to do is send an email to the following address:liveartplatform@gmail.com


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


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

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

Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events



The Ice House http://www.theicehouseaz.com in downtown Phoenix for site specific and visual art installations

429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003


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



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 SOTF 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!




16-20 DISORIENTATION  ASU Student written and performed show that takes apart life here at ASU. Directed by our very own Pam Sterling. Always a rioutous and revealing show. at various locations in all 4 ASU campuses. See Fall Welcome Week schedule.

17-18, 24-25  Prime Time Soap (A Novela das Oito) a film from Brazil by Odilon Rocha. "Set against a backdrop of disco fever and dictatorship, high-class prostitute Amanda and her ‘maid’ Dora flee from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro" Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.  In Portuguese with English subtitles.

22-Sept. 6  BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Lynn Nottage's play, a co-production between iTheatre Collaborative and ASU West. "draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood... a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African American maid and budding actress and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood movie starlet desperately grasping to hold on to her career." Herberger Theatre Center

24 THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA the 1958 kabuki-inflected film by Keisuke Kinoshita. "filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen...stylish and vividly formal work from Japan's cinematic golden age." Phoenix Art Musuem   1pm $10 

29 GOOD N' PLENTY Fundraising event and party in which you get to decide which worthy creative project gets the funds. SMOCA Lounge   7pm. $10



4 BOCAFLOJA in concert with Mexico City-born rap artist along with local musicians dancers, media artists. Produced by Performance in the Borderlands at the Herberger  Theatre downtown 7pm. $15/$8 ASU students. ticks  in Spanish/English

5 PROGNOSIS poetry and book release by Sidony O'Neal & Bocafloja. spanish/english.  7pm $5 Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center. ticks   Boca Floja: A poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador and founder of the Quilomboarte collective. In 2008 he published his first book ImaRginación. Prognosis is his second literary project. Race relations, decolonial narrative, and the African diaspora in Latin America studies are fundamental topics addressed in his body of work. He was born in Mexico City and now lives in New York City.  Sidony O'Neal is a writer and poet engaged in the study and practice of emancipatory literary production and trans/creation who works to encourage resistance to normative and stagnant discourses and engages herself in the visual-verbal construction of more useful and relevant paradigms of oscillation, truly "movement-among", multiple historical, social, linguistic and cultural literacies and literary practices.?

5-7   [title of show] Binary Theatre Company this show was a big hit in NY, and it will be great to see our student run troupe take a stab at it.

5-20  EQUIVOCATION a return of this very smart play at Southwest Shakespeare. Directed by our very own David Barker. "In London, 1605, a down-and-out playwright called Shagspeare receives a royal commission to write a play promoting the government’s version of the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie or losing his head, his devoted theatre troupe helps him negotiate each step along the way. At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, Bill Cain’s award-winning Equivocation deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times" Mesa Arts Center

5-21 BABY WITH THE BATHWATER by Christopher Durang Theatre Artists Studio

6-14 THE ALBUM PROJECT: JAGGED LITTLE PILL "An impressionist theatrical journey through Alanis Morissette's most iconic record"  Nearly Naked Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. Conceived and directed by Kate Sullivan Gibbens.

7 CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center.

7   2pm  National Theatre Live: MEDEA. Euripides play filmed and broadcast by the National Theatre in London. $15 for students with ID. Phoenix Art Museum

7-October 12 Childsplay presents CHARLOTTE'S WEB

10  BEOWULF, adapted by Charlie Bethel from the classic poem. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Art Center  7:30pm

12 P.H.I.L. TALKS 8pm $10 Space 55   An interactive presentation in the spirit of TEDx, but with an emphasis on local thinkers. Moderated by Tim Eigo

13  Arizona Association of Chicanos in Higher Education presenets THE DREAM IS ALIVE WITH...Award Winning Pianist, Dr. Deborah Joy in a concert featuring classical and contemporary piano music including her original composition “Songs of Love”  7:00 pm Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road. A concert to raise funds to support men and women pursuing a higher education at Phoenix College and empowering them to follow their dreams and achieve success in this challenging new world of technology and globalization. For questions, contact Dr. Amalia Valle Villegas at 602-285-7399 or amalia.valle.villegas@phoenixcollege.edu   http://deborahjoy.net/

14  Alejandro Jodorowsky's EL TOPO  Released in 1970 "a landmark in independent filmmaking" Phoenix Art Museum  1pm. $10

16-21 KINKY BOOTS 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) and composed by none other than Cyndi Lauper. ASUGAMMAGE

17 JODOROWSKY'S DUNE  Filmmaker Frank Pavich examines another filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, exploring the film that he never quite made, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, DUNE. Phoenix Art Museum  7pm. Free. Sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery.

18   Sara Wookey, Resident Artist in Dance, gives a presentation at ASU Art Museum  3:30-4:45.

18   An evening of poetry and conversation with Nikki Giovanni. Mesa Arts Center  6:30-8:30. "Nikki Giovanni is an American writer, commentator, activist, world renowned poet, powerful literary voice, and educator, currently at Virginia Tech. She is also one of the best known African American poets who reached prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s."  FREE

19-October 4 THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarrel Alvin McCraney. Directed by Ron May. Stray Cat. McCraney is a brilliant young American writer. I have seen several of his plays, including the Public Theatre version of this play in NY. Essential work. McCraney blends southern American and African idioms brilliantly in an emotional, musical structure.

25 LIT LOUNGE AT THE CRESCENT BALLROOM  a very special presentation of this wonderful reading series, sponsored by SMOCA Lounge but held this time in Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. 7pm. Featuring Amy Silverman, Robrt Pela, Tania Katan and others.

25-October 12   THEY CALL ME A HERO by our very own Guillermo Reyes. Based on a memoir by Daniel Hernandez about surviving the shooting rampage in Tucson that severly injured his boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Directed by Barclay Goldsmith and presented by Borderlands, at Zuzi's Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave. in Tucson. (520) 882-7406

26-Oct 12  August Wilson's RADIO GOLF. Black Theatre Troupe. The final play in Wilson's 10-play cycle following the lives of African-Americans

26-28 DROWNING, BUT NOT FALLING Binary Theatre Company

26-28 ASU Dance presents: Known and Unknown. A collaboration between ASU students, faculty, alumni, and local artists, with "a range of thought-provoking works that test the boundaries of performance, movement and spontaneity" Galvin Playhouse

27  DANIEL ROUMAIN with the Arizona Hight School All-Star Symphony." Equally at ease conducting a symphony orchestra or sampling Hip Hop alongside a DJ, composer/violinist Daniel Roumain returns to ASU Gammage for the again after serving as the ASU Gammage Residency artist, 2003-2006. Roumain's acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by artists and institutions worldwide. Roumain is also perhaps the only composer/performer whose collaborations span the worlds of Lady Gaga, Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover. Roumain will collaborate with some of Arizona's most talented high school musicians from around the state in a very special concert honoring ASU Gammage's 50th Anniversary" part of the ever-adventurous Beyond Series at ASUGAMMAGE 7pm

27 opening of SMOCA exhibit, COVERT OPERATIONS  7-9pm  Free. The show will run until January 11, 2015.

30   6pm   ASU SCIENCE FICTION TV DINNER Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. FREE (but registration required and includes dinner) "The ASU Science Fiction TV Dinner series is a launch pad for new conversations about science, technology, art and society. Enjoy dinner from local food trucks, then watch a screening of the House, M.D. episode “Cane and Able,” in which misanthropic genius diagnostician Gregory House and his team tackle the case of a young boy who believes he has been abducted and tortured by aliens. The story turns on a truth stranger than fiction: human chimeras who carry the DNA of more than one person in their bodies. Following the screening, Center for Science and the Imagination Editor and Program Manager Joey Eschrich will moderate a conversation featuring Dr. Catherine Seiler, scientific liaison at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, and a second medical research expert."



1  MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014 "An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26th to October 5th, 2014 when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across seven continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums, and cafes for one purpose…to view and vote on short films in the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival."  7pm at Phoenix Art Museum   $9 students w/ID

2-5 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents a double bill: Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS and Pergolesi's LA SERVA PADRONA at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on ASU Tempe campus.

5 Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN  1973 film "flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth." 1pm Phoenix Art Museum

9-26  VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning (Best Play 2013) gloss on Checkov. Directed by the (one hopes) appropriately named Joel Sass. “The theater erupts in booming gusts of laughter that practically shake the seats.” – The New York Times   Arizona Theatre Company

9 TEEN LIT LOUNGE True stories and live music written and presented by talented students from Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix.  7pm SMOCA Lounge  FREE

9-10 ASU Dance Graduate MFA presentations   "original dance and multimedia pieces created by dance graduate students. In a physically and visually compelling evening, students explore the full spectrum of dance theatre, challenging notions about traditional and experimental art."

9-13  14th ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Scottsdale Center for the Arts. (schedule available after September 6)

10-25  KING JOHN Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center. "Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s most underrated play, King John tells the thrilling story of the “game of thrones” that occurs upon the death of Richard the Lionheart. Filled with some of the most compelling characters Shakespeare ever penned, such as Constance, Philip the Bastard, Hubert, and King John himself, the play contains elements reminiscent of Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. As John desperately tries to hold onto power, the legitimacy of his reign is questioned by Constance, who asserts that her son Arthur is the true heir to the throne."

10-12 CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA Arizona Opera presents the world's first Mariachi opera, composed by Jose "Pepe" Martinez and written by Leonard Foglia, "blending the passion and artistry of mariachi with the emotionally touching story of a Mexican immigrant family. Commissioned in celebration of the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna features the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and promises to be an unforgettable night of raw energy, drama and virtuosity."

11   THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, AND ONE RADIO HOST with Ira Glass, choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass. Mesa Arts Center  8pm. A collaboration between the host of This American Life and a choreographer.

12 CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center. 7pm

16     THE OATH a film by the investigative journalist Laura Poitras. "This award-winning documentary directed by Laura Poitras traces the fate of two Yemeni men—Osama bin Laden’s former driver and his bodyguard—entangled in 9/11, military prisons, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by No Festival Required Independent Cinema to complement SMoCA’s fall exhibition Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. 7:30pm $7

17-26 THE HUNGRY WOMAN: A MEXICAN MEDEA Lyceum Theatre on Tempe Campus. Written by Cherrie Moraga and directed by Dora Arreola. "reimagines the Medea story in a post-revolutionary Phoenix and deftly weaves together themes of Chicana/o, Native American and lesbian cultural identities with the myths of the Mexican La Lorona, the Aztec Coatlicue and the Greek tragic hero. Mature content."

17 THE ODYSSEY  Adapted by Charlie Bethel from Homer's epic poem. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm

17-November 2  SPEED THE PLOW by David Mamet  at Theatre Artists Studio  "Two Hollywood insiders and a seemingly innocent newcomer straddle the chasm between business and art while they debate whether to produce a spiritual novel or a surefire blockbuster"

17 MAYDA DEL VALLE spoken word artist from Chicago. Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm

17-19, 24-26   FINGERPAINTING [FOR GROWNUPS] Binary Theatre Company

19  Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY. His first film in 23 years. Phoenix Art Museum   1pm

19-Nov. 16  Childsplay presents THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo

23-25 MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Written by Anne Washburn Directed by Charlie Steak $15 Space 55   "It’s post nuclear melt-down, there’s no electricity, no TV, and the survivors are living in small groups, à la The Walking Dead, when a few people around a campfire start to piece together their memories of – an episode of The Simpsons. Soon they’re taking it a step further. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy is testament to both the importance of live theater, and to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another"."

23-24  ASU DANCE: UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS  at PEBE building, Tempe Campus. "In a varied collection of dance, new media and installation pieces, students from each year of the undergraduate program join forces to present inventive and striking works that inspire us to rethink the meaning of creativity."

24-November 9  SEMINAR by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Ron May, and featuring our very own David Barker. I saw the Broadway (or maybe it was Lincoln Center) production and really disliked the script, but it's a great vehicle for actors, and I'm sure this team will discover levels I didn't get when I saw it. Actors Theatre of Phoenix at the Black Theatre Troupe.

24-26   shallow grave   A new play by MFA dramatic writing candidate John Perovich. Directed by Bill Partlan in FAC 133, Tempe campus.  "Maggie’s family gathers for the funeral of her husband. Her children begin to suspect the worst as they uncover details about their father’s death. Relationships are tested and upended and painful secrets are revealed in this comedy about love, loss and the importance of family. Mature content."

25 DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM  7pm at ASUGammage as part of their Beyond Series

25 ITHAMAR HAS NOTHING TO SAY  ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Alumni Guest Artist Ithamar Enriquez   7:30pm Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Tempe Campus. Written and performed by Ithamar Enriquez; directed by Frank Caeti. "In the tradition of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean, Ithamar Enriquez performs a one man sketch show without saying a single word. This presentation features an eclectic mix of music from Louis Armstrong to Daft Punk to Nintendo theme songs and many more. Ithamar is an alumnus of ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre as well as Chicago’s The Second City and has appeared on The League, Arrested Development, The Office, Raising Hope, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Charleston City Paper called Ithamar, "Charlie Chaplin for the 21st Century!" This live show is currently being developed into a web series produced by Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's Key and Peele."

26  National Theatre Live: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Tennessee William's great play, with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby.   $15 students.  Broadcast from London  2pm Phoenix Art Museum

30 ROYAL BALLET OF CAMBODIA  7:30pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

31  WHAT IS IT WORTH?/MARKET-BASED MEMORIES a staged reading of a new project investigating worth and value, created by SoFDT faculty member Jeff McMahon and composer Aaron Neber. FAC 133 Tempe campus.




1 ONE DROP OF LOVE Mesa Arts Center. Produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and the show’s writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, One Drop of Love is a multimedia one woman show. It incorporates film, photographs, and animation to examine how 'race' has been constructed in the United States and how it can influence our most intimate relationships.  3&7:30pm  $30

5   The great novelist and climate change activist Margaret Atwood, author of the MaddAddam triology, spends an evening at the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix, sponsored by ASU's Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. She will speak about the emergence of the literary genre "CliFi" or climate fiction (no, not climate change denial). 7pm. Free.

5 DAVID SEDARIS Mesa Arts Center  7:30pm One of the great storytellers.

7-9, 14-16  BUG Binary Theatre Company  before the actor/writer Tracy Letts wrote AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, he wrote this rather prescient play about an obsession with insects that will have you squirming

13-30 WAIT UNTIL DARK Written by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Arizona Theatre Company. I still remember the movie making me a basket case of tension when I was a child. Should be interesting to see how it plays as a play.

13   THE WALLS ASU's Performance in the Borderlands Banned Plays Reading Series presents staged reading of Griselda Gambaro's play at SMOCA.

14-16 RIGOLETTO Verdi's great opera, with Michael Corvino as Rigoletto (alternating with Joshua Jeremiah). Arizona Opera.

14-23  CHILDREN OF EDEN ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre Tempe Campus Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by John Caird. Stage direction by Elaine "E.E." Moe; musical direction by Curtis Moeller; choreography by Molly Lajoie  "a popular musical based on the Book of Genesis. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve as well as Cain and Able, and Act II portrays Noah’s flood. Known for his music in WICKED, Stephen Schwartz’s score is full of fun and memorable tunes, including “Stranger to the Rain.” This show is appropriate for all ages"

14-22 romeo&juliet/VOID   Written by Chris Danowski, directed by Stephen Wrentmore (associate artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company) Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus. "The world premiere of a gorgeous new play by Phoenix’s own poetic genius Chris Danowski. reimagines the familiar tragic romance 400 years after Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Set in an underworld where everyone misses someone, this is a love story where eternal, magnificently immortal lovers circle around an eternal moment. Mature content."  I saw a workshop version of this (in Chris' house) and it was absolutely captivating.

20 Jessica Lang Dance   Mesa Arts Center  7:30pm

21  BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts   8pm 

21-23 ASU DANCE: EMERGING ARTISTS I   Tempe Campus, FAC 122  Thesis projects by graduating MFA Dance candidates, employing live performance, interactive art, and media.

23  CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center. 7pm

26-December 14  TOMMY J & SALLY by Mark Medoff. Black Theatre Troupe. Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) follows a young African-American man and a famous white pop singer "examining the impact of the Jewish culure on race relations."

28-December 14 ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson Theatre Artists Studio

30  National Theatre Live: SKYLIGHT  Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard in the play by David Hare. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot).  2pm Phoenix Art Museum



1 LYRIC OPERA MUSICAL THEATRE FALL SHOWCASE "An evening celebrating and sharing the best acting, vocal, and dance work of our students majoring in musical theatre performance. intended for mature audiences" Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Tempe Campus.  7:30pm

2-3  ELF: THE MUSICAL  Mesa Arts Center. "Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award®-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone)" 7:30pm

4-5 FALL FILM CAPSTONES Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus. "The public is invited to attend Film and Media Production (FMP) Capstone Screenings. Capstones are senior film students’ most ambitious productions, the culmination of at least a year’s work. Films are all lengths and genres, and can range from hourlong documentaries to raucous music videos to short dramas. Most of the filmmakers, crews and actors from within and outside ASU join in on the festivities and loudly applaud their favorites."

5-7 LIVING MYTHS An original work under the direction of Brazillian artist and choreographer Monza Calabar. PEBE Dance theatre on Tempe campus. "created in collaboration with the dance and theatre programs , this production engages ancestral lives, myths, histories, and present realities within the rich cultural, musical and religious context of Candomblé."

5-20  YEAR OF THE ROOSTER by Eric Dufault, directed by Michael Peck. featuring Louis Farber and Ron May. "A play about cockfighting" Stray Cat.

5 A SONDHEIM EVENING Musical director/pianist Ted Sperling and two singers.  UA Presents in Tucson