Arizona Theatre Co. presents witty new comedy by Scott Carter

“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” a blistering comedy battle of wits from Scott Carter, executive producer of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” that examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it, comes to the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, May 5-29.

"The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord," written by Scott Carter, is presented by Arizona Theatre Company beginning May 5 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. (Photo by Tim Fuller)

“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord,” written by Scott Carter, is presented by Arizona Theatre Company beginning May 5 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. (Photo by Tim Fuller)

The final show of the 2015-16 season, “Discord” is a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy that takes the third U.S. President, the author of “A Christmas Carol,” and the author of “War and Peace,” locks them in a room with no exit, and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence.

“How delightful to welcome Scott Carter back to his home in Arizona with this real firecracker of a new play,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein.

“’Discord’ is a play of rare wit and intelligence, wrapped in a package of sheer tightrope-walking theatricality. It is a play of real depth, dealing as it does with life-and-death issues of faith and belief, but it is also a sparkling entertainment as three icons of history spar, preen, debate and engage in a cage-match for the ages.”

The play is directed by Matt August and stars Armin Shimerman. Larry Cedar and Mark Gagliardi.

Tickets start at $28 and are available at the Herberger Theater Center box office by calling 602-256-6995 or by visiting www.arizonatheatre.org.

A $10 student ticket pricing is available for all performances.  Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability).

“Pay What You Can” performance tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Tickets must be purchased at the Herberger Theater Center starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served.  Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.

 

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