Arizona Theatre Company announces 50th anniversary season

Arizona Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season promises to be its most ambitious ever with a six-show mainstage lineup of the finest contemporary and classic American theater.

The lineup ranges from the just-closed acclaimed Broadway hits King Charles III and An Act of God, by 13-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of The Daily Show With John Stewart; to the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire and a revival of the beloved musical about family, faith and tradition, Fiddler on The Roof.

Also on tap are the world premiere of the ATC-commissioned mystery Holmes and Watson from the screenwriter of the recent film Mr. Holmes, and the acclaimed world premiere production of ATC’s 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award winner, The River Bride.

“Next season will be a year-long celebration of a half-century of unforgettable theater in Arizona,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein in announcing the 2016-17 season.

“It will be an opportunity for the thousands of professional artists and staff, and the audiences of millions who have joined with us over that time, to take a deep bow. In putting together this Golden Anniversary season, we have tried to assemble an exceptionally ambitious season that reflects many of the strands of our diverse, wide-ranging and exciting history.”

Mr. Goldstein added that “our mission over those 50 years has been to be a meeting place for many communities, many kinds of theatrical experiences and a theater that tackles a singularly varied range of styles and themes with the highest professional standards.”

Season-ticket packages are available beginning at $120.  Current subscribers renewing by March 31 can hold on to their current seats by calling the ATC Box Office in Tucson at 520-622-2823 or in Phoenix at 602-256-6995.

The 2016-17 Arizona Theatre Company season includes:

  • King Charles III

By Mike Bartlett.  Tucson: Sept. 10-25. Phoenix: Oct. 6-23.

The Queen is Dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilia by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Prince Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him, but how will he rule?

The new Broadway and West End hit draws on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, but with modern verve, a comic subplot, and even the occasional appearance of a significant ghost.

  • An Act of God

By David Javerbaum. Tucson: Oct. 22-Nov. 12. Phoenix: Nov. 17-Dec. 4.

Described by The New York Times as “deliriously funny!”, this sinfully hilarious and critically acclaimed new play brings us God and His devoted angels to answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation and to give us a new Ten Commandments.

Written by the 13-time Emmy Award winning writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the irreverent new comedy is sure to be a heavenly highlight of the season.

  • Fiddler on the Roof

Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Book by Joseph Stein; Tucson: Dec. 3-30. Phoenix: Jan. 12-29.

The Golden Anniversary season will feature an epic production of a beloved theatrical tradition and one of greatest musicals in history. The heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define and test faith and family will be the largest production ATC’s stage in over 30 years.

  • The River Bride

By Marisela Treviño Orta.  Winner of ATC’s National Latino Playwriting Award.  Tucson: Jan. 14-Feb. 4, 2017. Phoenix: Feb. 2-26.

Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira’s wedding.

The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city.

But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation and the struggle to stay true to your family while staying true to yourself.

  • Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade. Tucson: March 4-25. Phoenix: March 30-April 16.

From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family.

Called “a show ablaze with fire and unmitigated fun” by the Chicago Sun Times, the show’s 38 classic hits — including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune — performed by a multi-talented cast of ten, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black.

  • Holmes and Watson

By Jeffrey Hatcher.  A new World Premiere Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Tucson: April 15-May 6. Phoenix: May 11-28.

Following Holmes’ “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes and charlatans who have popped-up claiming to be Holmes all over the world.

Then…a newspaper clipping arrives. A remote mental asylum on an island off the coast of Scotland reports that three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective.

For more information about Arizona Theatre Company, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

Now in its 49th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend ATC performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

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