Monday, May 18, 2015

The BRIDGE INITIATIVE announces dates for their June performance events


From our friends at The Bridge Initiative:

The Bridge Initiative has announced dates for their four June performance events:

Programming is free, unless otherwise indicated, and will be presented at Mesa Encore Theatre's black box space, 318 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85201. 

June 8th: The Bridge Initiative Symposium launches Monday, June 8, at 7:30PM, with an evening entitled Snippets.  Five local writers are included in the ten-piece evening of selections from plays and musicals.  Refreshments will be provided.

June 13: Heidi Armbruster's Dairyland follows a young woman from Wisconsin who loses herself in the big city and only rediscovers her identity when she returns home to the farm.  NY-based director Stefanie Sertich is coming to Arizona to work on this reading featuring local talent.  It will be presented Saturday, June 13, at 2:30PM.   Before the reading, director Sertich will join local artists for an audition/career transition workshop at 10:00AM on Saturday, June 13, that is open to the public.  

June 21: The staged reading of Carolyn Nur Wistrand's Magdalena's Crossing, described by the playwright as a "modern sorrow song of identity and immigration," is helmed by Joya Scott of Orange Theatre.  It will be presented Sunday, June 21, at 7:30PM.  

Both Armbruster and Wistrand are traveling to Mesa (from NYC and New Orleans, respectively) for these events. 

June 19-21: The world premiere production of Playwright of the Year Kat Ramsburg's Anatomy of a Hug will be presented June 19-21, Friday/Saturday nights at 7:30PM, Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2:30PM.  Tickets are $15 / $10 for students/seniors.  The play explores what happens when a dying felon is released from prison into her estranged daughter's care.  NY-based Ramsburg will participate in a talkback after the Saturday evening performance.  Director of the Year Amanda Noel Trombley, most recently represented by How I Learned To Drive with Class 6 Theatre, directs.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets for Anatomy of a Hug

The Bridge Initiative is an Arizona nonprofit working to identify and empower female artists in the Southwest region, with the aim of gender parity across all theatrical disciplines.  Since its launch in January as a result of an Art Tank grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Bridge Initiative's efforts to promote the work of female artists has been celebrated by Arizona Commission on the Arts as well as local and national media outlets.  Its mission also includes bridging the gap between academia and the professional world to encourage students to envision a clearer path to becoming lifelong artists. 

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