Monday, July 18, 2016

iTheatre Collaborative's 2016 / 2017 Season

iTheatre Collaborative’s 2016-2017 Season

Velocity of Autumn
by Eric Coble
Sept. 2-17, 2016

Alexandra is a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with a pile of Molotov cocktails. When Alexandra's estranged son Chris returns after 20 years and crawls through her second floor window, the emotional bombs start detonating, hopefully, before the real ones do.

At Herberger, Kax Stage
Sept. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @8pm
Sept. 4, 11 @ 2pm

Hostages & Other Plays
by Yussef El Guindi
A.S.U. West campus ONLY
Sept. 8-11

“Hostages"--Two professors have left their homeland for a war-zone. They are there on a mission of peace, but peace is hard to find when you are chained to a radiator. Yussef El Guindi presents a powerful telling of human behavior at its basest. “Hostages" explores the intricacies of human nature when it is deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of every day life. "The Birds Flew In" is a one-woman monologue about an Arab-American mother whose son has been killed while in service to his new country. "The Tyrant" imagines if a Middle Eastern dictator, who has been deposed and arrested, were ever given the opportunity to speak to an American audience: to give his side of the story. This collection of plays by one of the foremost Arab-American playwrights offers a look inside ‘the war on terror’ to view the human beings caught up in that bloody conflict.

At the West Campus of A.S.U., Second Stage West
Sept. 8, 9, 10 @ 7:30pm
Sept. 11 @ 3pm

Veronica’s Room
by Ira Levin
Oct. 14-29, 2016

From the author of Rosemary’s Baby comes an harrowing labyrinth of suspense, entwining fantasy and reality. The story begins in 1973; Susan and her boyfriend, Larry have been enticed to the Brabissant mansion by the Mackeys, a charming, elderly Irish couple who are struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica, the long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work. Veronica’s room has been untouched by time and has been left exactly as it was in 1935. The mystery deepens as twist after twist unravels the frail threads of reality. Is it 1973 or 1935? Will Susan ever leave Veronica’s room?

At Herberger, Kax Stage
Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm
Oct. 16, 23 @ 2pm

Give Me Christmas!
iTheatre’s Holiday Cabaret
conceived and created by Jeff Kennedy
Dec. 9-18, 2016

Before you go forgetting old acquaintances, don’t forget about iTheatre’s annual Holiday Cabaret. You remember our Cabaret: Jeff Kennedy, a grand piano, some of the Valley’s most talented singers and artists, and our signature Cabaret-style seating with plenty of cheer to go around not to mention brownies. Often duplicated but never replicated, Jeff Kennedy’s Holiday Cabaret is a tune-filled celebration of the season a year in the making and only in the style of iTheatre Collaborative.

At Herberger, Kax Stage
Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 8pm
Dec. 11, 18 @ 2pm

Permanent Collection
by Thomas Gibbons
Feb. 2-March 4, 2017
co-Production with A.S.U. West

Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation's long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. “Permanent Collection” is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space -- literally and figuratively -- the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another's eyes?

At the West Campus of A.S.U., Second Stage West
Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 @ 7:30pm
Feb. 5 @ 3pm
At Herberger, Kax Stage
Feb. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4 @ 8pm
Feb. 19, 26 @ 2pm

by Eugene O’Neill
March 31-April 15, 2017

Erie Smith, a small-time gambler, wanders home to a seedy New York hotel fresh from a grief-stricken bout of drinking: Hughie was the night clerk and once-captive audience for Erie’s tall tales whenever he arrived, but Hughie is dead. Erie had always considered Hughie his good luck charm. With Hughie's death, Erie’s luck has changed for the worse, and he finds himself in dire straits. Then, Erie meets the new night clerk, who reminds him enough of Hughie that he takes the gamble that his luck is about to change.

At Herberger, Kax Stage
March 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 8pm
April 2, 9 @ 2pm

Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage
co-Production with Essential Theatre
May 12-14

Playback Theatre, an innovative, improvisational performance in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and then watch the stories brought to artistic life by the ensemble of actors and musicians. Weaving improvised scenes with music, movement, and metaphor, Playback Theatre performances reflect the diversity of human experience and celebrate our common humanity. Every performance is different, and any story from your life is welcome — or just sit back and enjoy others’ stories! In honor of Mother’s Day, for our Sunday, May 14 performance, stories honoring mothers and motherhood will be invited!

At Herberger, Kax Stage
May 12, 13 @ 8pm
May 14 @ 2pm

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