Sunday, September 4, 2016
Mesa Encore Theatre announces their 2016 Black Box season!
As part of an exciting 80th Anniversary Season, Mesa Encore Theatre is proud to announce the
dates of its new MET at 933 Black Box Play Series, the first at their newly completed 55seat
space located at 933 E. Main St. in Mesa.
SCROOGE IN ROUGE
By Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner
Directed by JeanPaoul Clemente
Set in a raggedy theatre in England, Scrooge in Rouge, tells the stotry of a 20member cast of “A
Christmas Carol” that has fallen victim to food poisoning the night before their performance.
However, as we all know “the show must go on” and three cast members who have been spared
by the illness work hard to deliver a stellar show by themselves. The actors master a variety of
gender roles while tackling more than 20 characters. The result is truly hilarious!
THE WAITING ROOM
By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Ilana Lydia
A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different
centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an
eighteenthcentury Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is
a nineteenthcentury tightly corsetted English woman suffering from what is commonly known
as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with
her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under
examination. Celebrated by the New York Times, Washington Post and the LA Times, The
Waiting Room is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the
everpresent battle with breast cancer.
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
By Annie Baker
Directed by Bryanna Patrick
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's sixweeklong communitycenter drama
class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of
epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see,
with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
REASONS TO BE PRETTY
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Layne Racowsky
A love story about the impossibility of love, Reasons to be Pretty introduces us to Greg, who
really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical
imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic
drama about the hopelessness of romance, Reasons to be Pretty is a gorgeous play.
Mesa Encore Theatre Black Box
933 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85203
Single Tickets: $15
Season Tickets: $50
MesaEncoreTheatre.com or 480.834.9500