Monday, May 24, 2021

Stray Cat Theatre's 2021 - 2022 20th Anniversary Season!


by Drew Droege
September 17 - October 2, 2021

starring Michael Thompson

Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre
Directed by Louis Farber

A side-splitting one-man tour-de-force starring Stray Cat fave Michael Thompson.

Coming out of a pandemic, we felt a gut-busting comedy was in order. And this one is a scream. It’s the night before Josh and Brennan’s picture-perfect Palm Springs wedding. Enter Gerry - car-cranky and a few beers in - furious that the invitation demands that all guests “refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” Gerry stews poolside with his ex and the ex’s 20-something boyfriend in this hilarious new comedy about the worst wedding guest of all time that asks some essential questions about contemporary gay life: Why do people settle for assimilation instead of liberation? Where’s khaki in the rainbow? And IS there any damn cocaine left? 

“Devastatingly funny." - The New York Times

by Alexis Scheer
October 29 - November 13, 2021

Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre
Directed by Ron May

NYT Critic’s Pick
John Gassner Award
Kilroy’s List
LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work finalist
Relentless Award semifinalist

Exorcising the patriarchy.

In this fierce and feverish dark comedy that exploded Off-Broadway right before the zombie plague hit us, a gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned tree house to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A dizzying, terrifying, and hilarious roller coaster ride through the dangers and damages of girlhood – the teenage wasteland has perhaps never been laid so bare nor been so much twisted fun. And just in time for Halloween. 

“...leaves you shaken. OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD isn’t for the faint of heart, but neither is coming of age.” - Time Out New York

by Kevin Artigue
March 11 - March 26, 2022

Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre
Directed by Louis Farber

A desperate search for truth - but whose truth is the truth?

A thrilling new chamber drama that feels almost frighteningly ripped from today’s newspapers from an incredible new voice in the American theatre. Amina and Ryan are both officers on the Cleveland police force. Amina is black. Ryan is white. They are falling deeply and passionately in love. When an officer-involved shooting roils the department, small cracks in their relationship widen into a chasm of confusion and self-doubt. A fusion of mystery and love story with blisteringly high stakes and no easy answers, SHEEPDOG fearlessly examines police violence, interracial love, and class tensions in the 21st century.

“A bang-up, must-see and intensely emotional [play]…85 heart-stopping minutes…all of the parties involved in police reform, from the mayor on down, should sit down and watch together.” - Chicago Tribune

book by John Weidman
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
May 6 - May 22, 2022

Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre
directed by Ron May

Something just broke.

The controversial Tony Award-winning theatrical triumph, ASSASSINS combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. A one-act historical "revusical" that explores the darker side of the American experience. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, ASSASSINS finally gets the Stray Cat treatment as it probes the lives of the murderers and would-be murderers who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. Generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with one another, and nothing in common with the rest of us, ASSASSINS suggests otherwise...

"Sidesplitting and sobering in equal measure, this is the most provocative musical in years." – LA Times