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National Theatre Company Award

 

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Previews and Reviews:
The Rogue Theatre in the Press


September, 2017:

Celia, A Slave filled with timeless wisdom

Review of Celia, A Slave by Chuck Graham on September 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Powerful Celia is a play for our time

Review of Celia, A Slave by Kathleen Allen to appear in the September 14 Arizona Daily Star

 

John & Joyce Ambruster
Play-Reading Series
2017–2018

Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill

From British Colonial Africa to London in the late 20th century, the comedy spans 100 years and challenges ideas of gender and sexuality.

Sunday October 1, 2017  2:00 P.M.

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Cloud Nine

 

The River

The River
by Jez Butterworth

On a moonless night in August, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for fly-fishing since he was a boy.

Sunday December 3, 2017  2:00 P.M.

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Don Juan in Hell
by
George Bernard Shaw

The rarely performed Act III of Man and Superman is a rich, philosophical debate between Don Juan and the Devil.

Sunday February 4, 2018  2:00 P.M.

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Don Juan in Hell

 

Endgame

Endgame by Samuel Beckett

Regarded as one of Beckett’s most important works, the play explores the human condition through a blind man and his fool.

Sunday March 25, 2018  2:00 P.M.

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Tickets $17 each play

Season ticket fo all four plays $60
Purchase 4-play season tickets online
Season tickets for final three plays $45 (Does not include Cloud Nine)

Purchase 3-play season tickets online

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call the Box Office at 520-551-2053

 

Endgame

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A Free Open Talk on
Celia, A Slave

Saturday, September 2, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
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Barbara Seyda, Playwright

Barbara Seyda, Playwright

Dr. Stephanie Troutman         Dr. Kevin Byrne

Drs. Stephanie Troutman  and Kevin Byrne, UA Africana Studies

Playwright Barbara Seyda will be joined by Drs. Stephanie Troutman and Kevin Byrne from UA Africana Studies. They will discuss the writing of the play, black female slave narratives and African-American representation in theatre. The talk with also include an excerpt from the performance.

Listen to a podcast of the open talk.

For more background on the play, check out Jerry James’ essay
“A Short History of Slavery in the United States”

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Danloe.

Also, enjoy this KLPX “Straight Talk with Debbi.” radio interview
with Vaune Suitt and Sterling Boyns from the cast of Celia, A Slave.

 

July, 2017:

Wilde’s World
Rogue and Artifact Dance create magic

Review of A House of Pomegranates by Sherilyn Forrester in the July 13 Tucson Weekly

Theatre becomes poetry in Rogue’s House of Pomegranates

Review of A House of Pomegranates by Chuck Graham on July 11 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Christopher Johnson on the Wilde side

Preview of A House of Pomegranates by Kathleen Allen in the July 6 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Free Open Talk on
A House of Pomegranates:
“Wilde-ly Unexpected”

Oscar Wilde, Drawing by Lawrence W. Lee
Oscar Wilde
Drawing by Lawrence W. Lee*

Saturday, July 1, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
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Joseph McGrath, Director

Director Joesph McGrath will discuss Christopher Johnson’s adaptation of three of Wilde’s short stories, each of which shows us aspects of his voice that are both recognizable and unexpected. Joe will also talk about Wilde’s life and give a synopsis of the three stories: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, The Happy Prince, and The Fisherman and His Soul. We will also share a sneak preview of the play!

Listen to a podcast of the open talk.

For more background on the play, check out Jerry James’ essay
“Love, Law, and Orcar Wilde”

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Paul Winick & Ronda Lustman.

*Well-known Tucson artist, Lawrence W. Lee, has created a series of illustrations of the Wilde stories that are on-line at his website. Enjoy his interpretations of many of the moments in the play!

 

April, 2017:

Piece of Work
Classic bard handled with aplomb

Review of Macbeth by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 4 Tucson Weekly

A sweeping Macbeth at The Rogue

Review of Macbeth by Chuck Graham on May 1 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

The Rogue brings on the blood with Macbeth

Preview of Macbeth by Kathleen Allen in the April 27 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Free Open Talk:
Free Will and Agency in Macbeth

Urquhart Castle, Inverness,  Scotland
Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Scotland

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
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Matt Bowdren, Director

Director Matt Bowdren will talk about the moral culpability of Macbeth,
and the Rogue actors will share a sneak preview of the play!

Listen to a podcast of the open talk.

For more background on the play, check out Jerry James’ essay
“William and the Witches: A Conjecture On How Shakespeare Wrote Macbeth

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Danloe.

 

March, 2017:

A Odyssey of Sorts
The Rogue lifts Enda Walsh’s mythology of male

Review of Penelope by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 9 Tucson Weekly

Rogue’s Penelope won’t leave you alone

Review of Penelope by Kathleen Allen to appear in the March 9 Arizona Daily Star

Daring theatre, ancient truth fills Penelope

Review of Penelope by Chuck Graham on March 6 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue Theatre goes dark and quirky with Penelope

Preview of Penelope by Kathleen Allen in the March 2 Arizona Daily Star

 

ANNOUNCING OUR 2017–2018 SEASON

SEASON SPONSORS: JOHN AND JOYCE AMBRUSTER

Celia, A Slave
by Barbara Seyda
September 7–24, 2017

Bach at Leipzig
by Itamar Moses
November 2–19, 2017

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck, adapted by Frank Galati
January 11–28, 2018

Three Tall Women
by Edward Albee
February 22–March 11, 2018

King Lear
by William Shakespeare
April 26–May 13, 2018

 

4- and 5-Play Season Ticket Packages are now on sale

Season ticket advantages:
Don’t miss a single production
Preferred, reserved seating
One easy purchase
Save over individual ticket prices for most performances

Click here to download a printable brochure
(27.6 MB, viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

See our Tickets page for a detailed schedule
and ticket purchase options

Individual tickets for all productions of the 2017–2018 season will go on sale in August, 2017

Click here to listen to Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath, co-founders of The Rogue Theatre,
as they reflect on why we chose the plays we did
and why we’re excited to share them with you.

Click here for more information about the plays

 

SUMMER 2017

A House of Pomegranates

by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Christopher Johnson

A Co-Production with Artifact Dance Project
Directed by Joseph McGrath

An adaptation of three of Oscar Wilde's short stories—a comic murder mystery, a fairy tale,
and a myth in Biblical style—explores both the limitations and resilience of the human soul.

July 6–16, 2017

Individual tickets now on sale in the Web store
These plays are not part of our Season Ticket Package

Thursday July 6, 2017, 7:30 P.M .PREVIEW $28
Friday July 7, 2017, 7:30 P.M. OPENING NIGHT $38
Saturday July 8, 2016, 7:30 P.M. $38
Sunday July 9, 2017, 2:00 P.M. matinee $38

Thursday July 13, 2017, 7:30 P.M. $38
Friday July 14, 2017, 7:30 P.M. $38
Saturday July 15, 2017, 2:00 P.M. matinee $38
Saturday July 15, 2017, 7:30 P.M. $38
Sunday July 16, 2017, 2:00 P.M. matinee $38

$15 Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain for all performances
(Valid student ID required. No advance reservations for Student Rush.)

See our Tickets page for a detailed schedule
and ticket purchase options

 

 

February, 2017:

A Free Open Talk:
The Mystery of Waking Up

Penelope and the Suitors by John William Waterhouse
Penelope and the Suitors by John William Waterhouse

Saturday, February 25, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information

Christopher Johnson, Director

Director Christopher Johnson will talk about Enda Walsh and Penelope,
and the Rogue actors will share a sneak preview of the play!

Listen to a podcast of the open talk.

For more background on the play and its ties to Homer’s Odyssey,
check out Jerry James’ essay “Getting to the Bottom of the Pool”

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Hemann.

 

January, 2017:

Designing and flowering: The White Snake at Rogue Theatre

Review of The White Snake posted January 26th in the Tucson Sentinel

White Snake will slither into your heart

Review of The White Snake by Kathleen Allen in the January 19 Arizona Daily Star

White Snake proves love was never easy

Review of The White Snake by Chuck Graham on January 14 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue Theatre takes its turn at charming White Snake

Preview of The White Snake by Kathleen Allen in the January 12 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Free Open Talk:
The Lady or the Snake?

Lilith by John Collier
Lilith by John Collier

Saturday, January 7, 2:00 P.M.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
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Cynthia Meier, Director

Director Cynthia Meier will discuss playwright Mary Zimmerman
and her unique crafting of ancient Chinese legend into theatre.

Listen to a podcast of the open talk

For more background on the cultural underpinnings of this ancient tale,
check out Jerry James’ essay “Buddhism and Taoism in The White Snake”

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Julia Annas.

 

 

December, 2016:

 

2016 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received
six nominations and five awards in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2016 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Nominations

Best Actor, Comedy: Matt Bowdren as Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya
“Bowdren wiggled into the skin of the alcoholic doctor.”
Best Actor, Comedy: David Weynand as Professor Serebryakvo, in Uncle Vanya
“Weynand’s portrayal of the professor made us laugh and cringe at the character’s self-importance and lack of insight.”
Best Actress, Drama: Marissa Garcia as Hester Swane in By the Bog of Cats
“...we understood the anger and bitterness of Hester.”
Best Actress, Drama: Holly Griffith as Harper Pitt in Angels in America
“We got her desperation, and grasped her need to let her mind drift in order to escape.”
Best Actor, Drama: Matt Bowdren as Jean in Miss Julie
“Bowdren was riveting in the role of Jean, the lowly manservant to a count with a nearly irresistible daughter.”
Best Drama: Angels in America
“It reminded us of the costs of greed, ignorance and living an inauthentic life without ever preaching or pandering.”


The Winners

Best Actor, Comedy: Ryan Parker Knox as Uncle Vanya in Uncle Vanya
“Knox made the character’s vulnerability and desperation palpable.
Sure, we laughed. But we were deeply disturbed, as well.”

Best Director, Comedy: Joseph McGrath for Uncle Vanya
“...who saw to it that both the humor and the drama emerged organically.”
Best Comedy: Uncle Vanya
“It is often hard to remember that the playwright Anton Chekhov thought this a comedy,
but this Rogue production laid out why. While the laughs were plentiful,
it is the underlying tragedy that sticks with you.”

Best Actor, Drama: Christopher Johnson as Prior Walter in Angels in America
“...Johnson gave a profound tenderness to match the rage in his portrayal of Prior.”
Best Director, Drama: Matt Bowdren for Angels in America
“...infused The Rogue’s Angels in America with the compassion and anger the play requires.
His direction made the sprawling piece intimate and urgent.”



A Special Mac

Dreamscape
“Though not a locally-created production, Dreamscape, which played over
a weekend at the Rogue, was an astounding experience.”

 

November, 2016:

Vanya and Vodka
The Rouge captures Chekhov is all his maddening and moving glory

Review of Uncle Vanya by Sherilyn Forrester in the November 10 Tucson Weekly

Existential ennui fills Uncle Vanya

Review of Uncle Vanya by Chuck Graham on November 8 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Uncle Vanya offers comedic chops with a tragic edge

Review of Uncle Vanya by Kathleen Allen to be published in the November 10 Arizona Daily Star

With Uncle Vanya, Tucson’s Rogue Theatre peers again into our inner lives

Preview of Uncle Vanya by Kathleen Allen in the November 3 Arizona Daily Star

October, 2016:

 

A Free Open Talk on
Uncle Vanya

Portrait of Anton Chekhov by Osip Braz
Portrait of Anton Chekhov by Osip Braz

Chekhov: Why Bother?

Saturday, October 29, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.

Joseph McGrath, Director

Director Joseph McGrath will talk about Anton Chekhov and the historical forces surrounding Uncle Vanya, and Rogue actors will share a sneak preview of the play!

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information

Listen to a podcast of the open talk

For more background on the events in Russian history leading up to Uncle Vanya,
check out Jerry James’ essay “Chekhov’s Russia (and How It Got That Way)”

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Tim Wernette and Carolyn Brown.

 

September, 2016:

Rogue takes on challenge of Angels in America

Review of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches by Kathleen Allen in the September 15 Arizona Daily Star

Fallen Angel
Profound Pulitzer Prize-winning play rises at The Rogue

Review of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches by Sherilyn Forrester in the September 15 Tucson Weekly

Angels in America has poignant patina

Review of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches by Chuck Graham on September 11 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

The Rogue tackles Part One of Angels in America

Preview of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches by Kathleen Allen in the September 8 Arizona Daily Star

 

John & Joyce Ambruster
Play-Reading Series
2016–2017

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner

The magical and harrowing second half of Angels in America, read by the acting ensemble of The Rogue’s production of Part One.

Directed by Matt Bowdren

Sunday October 2, 2016  2:00 P.M.

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

 

War Boys

Mrs. Warren’s Profession
by George Bernard Shaw

The moral complexity of prostitution and the evolving role of women in Victorian society.

Directed by Bryan Rafael Falcón

Sunday December 4, 2016  2:00 P.M.

This reading is sold out.
You may call The Rogue Ticket Line at 520-551-2053
to be added to a waiting list.

 

 

A House of Pomegranates
by Oscar Wilde,
adapted to the stage by Christopher Johnson

Three short stories—a murder mystery, a fairy tale, and a Biblical myth—explore both the limitations and resilience of the human soul.

Directed by Christopher Johnson

Sunday February 5, 2017  2:00 P.M.

A House of Pomegranates

 

Lungs

Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

A distinctive, off-kilter love story of two people who wish to have a child but are running out of time.

Directed by David Weynand

Sunday April 2, 2017  2:00 P.M.

Purchase tickets online

 

Tickets $15 each play
Purchase at our Web store or
call the Box Office at 520-551-2053

 

 

A Free Open Talk on
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, New York City

A Moment in History: Angels in America

Saturday, September 3, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.

With Director Matt Bowdren

Matt Bowdren, Director

Director Matt Bowdren will discuss the unique style and special production considerations for Tony Kushner's magical masterpiece, as well as the advantages of staging the play in a smaller space. He will also review the political milieu of the AIDS crisis and Reagan-era America.

We will also provide information about other major issues in the play, namely Mormonism and the politics of historical figures Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required
Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information

Listen to a podcast of the open talk

View the handout for the open talk

View supporting materials for Angels in America, covering the topics of Roy Cohn, the Rosenbergs, Mormons and the 1980s AIDS crisis

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from The Learning Curve.

 

 

July, 2016:

Rogue, Artifact give us all that jazz

Review of Tales of the Jazz Age by Kathleen Allen in the Arizona Daily Star online

The Rogue and Artifact collaborate to create poetry in motion

Review of Tales of the Jazz Age by Chuck Graham on July 16 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue, Artifact Dance jump into Jazz Age in ‘special collaboration’

Preview of Tales of the Jazz Age by Chuck Graham in the July 17 Arizona Daily Star

 

Tales of the Jazz Age

Romance and disillusion in the atmosphere of a 1920s dance.
Jim Powell is a listless lad, a “Jelly Bean.”
His diffused potential brings him to a party one night
where he is entranced by a beautiful gambling woman.

July 14–24, 2016

Individual tickets now on sale in the Web store
These plays are not part of our Season Ticket Package

Thursday July 14, 2016, 7:30 P.M .PREVIEW $25
Friday July 15, 2016, 7:30 P.M. OPENING NIGHT $35
Saturday July 16, 2016, 7:30 P.M. $35
Sunday July 17, 2016, 2:00 P.M. matinee $35

Thursday July 21, 2016, 7:30 P.M. $35
Friday July 22, 2016, 7:30 P.M. $35
Saturday July 23, 2016, 2:00 P.M. matinee $35
Saturday July 23, 2016, 7:30 P.M. $35
Sunday July 24, 2016, 2:00 P.M. matinee $35

$15 Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain for all performances
(Valid student ID required. No advance reservations for Student Rush.)

See our Tickets page for ticket purchase options

 

A Free Open Talk on
Tales of the Jazz Age:

Zelda Fitzgerald
Zelda Fitzgerald

Dancing Fitzgerald

Saturday, July 9, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.

With Choreographer Ashley Bowman and Director Cynthia Meier

Joseph McGrath, Director          Cynthia Meier, Adapter

Cynthia has adapted the script and Ashley has choreographed dances for the story. Together, they have created a unique retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Jelly Bean. In this open talk, Cynthia will describe the process of turning the story into a stage script and Ashley will describe the creative problem of changing narrative into dance. They will also share a sneak preview of the play!

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

View the handout for the open talk.

Click here to read The Jelly-Bean, the story on which this production is based.

 

April, 2016:

Bridge of San Luis Rey is magnificent

Review of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Chuck Graham on April 25 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue nails Bridge of San Luis Rey
Meier’s adaptation shows respect for the popular novel

Review of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Kathleen Allen to be published in the April 28 Arizona Daily Star

Wilder novel finds Rogue home
Nephew will attend the stage adaptation of author’s second novel

Preview of The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Kathleen Allen in the April 21 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Special Guest Lecture by Tappan Wilder

Tappan Wilder

Wilder and His Bridge Then and Now

Saturday, April 23, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.

Tappan Wilder is Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor. He is an accomplished writer and academic himself and has written afterwords to both Our Town and Heaven's My Destination, as well as given many talks about Thornton’s life and work. Tappan is, quite expectedly, the staunchest defender of his uncle’s legacy. He knew him well, and has described Thornton as “an enthusiastic man, a fine actor, a good musician, a prolific and detailed letter writer, and one of the foremost Joyce scholars in the world.”

Tappan is in Tucson to see the opening night production of The Bridge of San Luis Rey. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.A. in American history from the University of Wisconsin and a M. Phil. in American Studies from Yale.

The Rogue Theatre

 

 


A Free Open Talk on
The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of Apurimac
The Bridge of Apurimac

Bringing the Novel to the Stage

Saturday, April 16, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.

with Director Joseph McGrath and Adapter Cynthia Meier

Joseph McGrath, Director          Cynthia Meier, Adapter

Cynthia has adapted the script and Joe is staging the adaptation for the first time. Together, they have created a unique retelling of the Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. In this open talk, Cynthia will describe the process and problems of changing a novel to a stage script and Joe will describe the creative problems in the staging of a script with narrative. They will also give a summary of the plot and characters of the story to prepare you for seeing the play for the first time.

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Hemann.

Listen to our free open talk on The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Bringing the Novel to the Stage
that was presented by
Director Joseph McGrath and Adapter Cynthia Meier, on Saturday, April 16th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

 

 


 

Two special performances only

Dreamscape

written and directed by Rickerby Hinds
featuring Natali Micciche and John “Faahz” Merchant

Saturday April 2, 2016
Two performances  2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Tickets $25

With tension between the Black community and police seemingly on the rise in the aftermath of recent court decisions, University of California-Riverside Theater Professor Rickerby Hinds has decided to try to address the issue and foster discussion through the arts.

Dreamscape is based upon the 1998 shooting by Riverside police of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller while sitting in her car. Hinds tells the story through the eyes of “Myeisha Mills,” exploring her life through poetry, dance and beatboxing.

"I'm hoping to begin an ongoing conversation on the adversarial relationship between the law and the Black community," said Professor Hinds.

Rogue Director’s Circle members Bill Krauss and Kate McMillan saw a production of Dreamscape at The Los Angeles Theatre Center last summer. They were so moved by the production that they came to talk to us about the possibility of bringing the performance piece to Tucson. We listened to an audio-recording of the hip-hop production and we were equally moved. We decided to bring it to The Rogue to share with our audience.

Click here to see the article in the March 31 Arizona Daily Star.

Here is an excerpt from the play:

And here's a video of author Rickerby Hinds speaking about the play:

See our Tickets page for ticket purchase options

This weekend is the 4th Avenue Street Fair so parking at The Rogue is tricky.
We don't have our usual lot but there will be 6 handicapped spaces next to the theater.
We suggest you park at the University and take the streetcar to The Rogue or come early and enjoy the Fair!

 

ANNOUNCING OUR 2016–2017 SEASON

Angels in America
Part One: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner
September 8–25, 2016

Uncle Vanya
by Anton Chekhov
November 3–20, 2016

The White Snake
by Mary Zimmerman
January 12–29, 2017

Penelope
by Enda Walsh
March 2–19, 2017

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
April 27–May 14, 2017

 

Season ticket packages are now on sale

Season ticket advantages:
Don’t miss a single production
Preferred, reserved seating
One easy purchase
Save over individual ticket prices for most performances

Click here to download a printable brochure
(10.6 MB, viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

See our Tickets page for a detailed schedule
and ticket purchase options

Individual tickets for all productions of the 2016–2017 season
will go on sale in August, 2016

Click here to listen to Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath,
co-founders of The Rogue Theatre,
as they reflect on why we chose the plays we did
and why we're excited to share them with you.

Click here for more information about the plays

 

February, 2016:

Upward Mobility
Rogue Theatre stays true to Miss Julie’s 19th century Swedish story of sex, sexism and class politics

Review of Miss Julie by M. Scot Skinner in the March 3 Tucson Weekly

19th century constraints bedevil Miss Julie

Review of Miss Julie by Chuck Graham on February 29 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

The Rogue Theatre’s production of Miss Julie will take your breath away

Review of Miss Julie by Kathleen Allen to be published in the March 3 Arizona Daily Star

Miss Julie not as easy going as the name implies

Preview of Miss Julie by Kathleen Allen in the February 25 Arizona Daily Star

Free Open Talk on Miss Julie

Two Human Beings (The Lonely Ones) by Edvard Munch
Two Human Beings (The Lonely Ones) by Edvard Munch

The Strindberg Perplex

Saturday, February 20, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M.
AND
3:30–4:30 P.M.

Dr. John M. Wilson
Dr. John M. Wilson as Prospero in
The Rogue Theatre’s 2011 production of
Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Come and learn about Strindberg, naturalism, and
the evolution of contemporary drama
with Dr. John M. Wilson, Professor Emeritus
in Dance and International Studies
at the University of Arizona.

At the UA, Dr. Wilson taught for 26 years, developed the dance committee into a degree program in the College of Fine Arts, and created new courses, including the psychology of art-making behavior, dance in world cultures, and dance kinesiology. He currently contributes to the University’s general education course, Human Achievement and Innovation in the Arts.

The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from José & Jan Santiago.

Listen to a podcast of our free open talk on
The Strindberg Perplex
that was presented by Dr. John M. Wilson
on Saturday, February 20th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

 

January, 2016:

By the Bog of Cats both chilling and wrenching

Review of By the Bog of Cats by Chuck Graham on January 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue’s By the Bog of Cats a dark stunner

Review of By the Bog of Cats by Kathleen Allen in the January 14 Arizona Daily Star

Rogue Theatre play mixes tragedy and humor in By the Bog of Cats

Preview of By the Bog of Cats by Kathleen Allen in the January 7 Arizona Daily Star

Odaiko Sonora and The Rogue Theatre present

88: Hachi Hachi with UNIT SOUZOU

UNIT SOUZOU

Saturday January 30, 2016
Two performances  2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Call The Rogue Theatre box office at 520-551-2053 or order from our Web store

Tucsonans have the rare opportunity to see two of North America’s leading taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) performers in the intimate space of The Rogue Theatre. 88: Hachi Hachi is an intricate weaving of taiko, dance and theatre by Portland’s UNIT SOUZOU. Internationally recognized taiko performers Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe create a rhythmic journey investigating lineage, personal story and the space that exists between two people.

Odaiko Sonora is proud to once again partner with The Rogue Theatre to present taiko in a theatrical setting. Odaiko Sonora’s partnership with The Rogue Theatre began when Musical Director Paul Amiel borrowed a taiko in 2012 for The Rogue’s Journey to the West. The Rogue later commissioned Odaiko Sonora to score their  2013 production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Odaiko Sonora then presented a concert at the theatre in October, 2013.

More information on Odaiko Sonora and UNIT SOUZOU

Learn more about Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe’s development of 88: Hachi Hachi while walking Spain’s 400-km Camino de Santiago: click here or view the press release for the concert.

 

 

December, 2015:

 

A Free Open Talk on
By The Bog of Cats

Irish painter Paul Henry’s A Connemara Bog
Irish painter Paul Henry’s A Connemara Bog

Unearthing Ireland

Saturday, January 2, 2016
2:00–3:00 P.M. AND 3:30–4:30 P.M.

Dramaturg Holly Griffith and Director Joseph McGrath will provide a plot summary
and share research about Marina Carr and her play, By the Bog of Cats.
The two will discuss influences on Carr's mysterious play, including
Greek and Celtic mythology, the bog landscape, and Irish Traveller culture.

Holly Griffith, Dramaturg      Joseph McGrath, Director

The Rogue Theatre
Free—reservations not required

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

 

Listen to our free open talk on
Unearthing Ireland
that was presented by
Holly Griffith on Saturday, January 2nd.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

 

 

2015 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received
eight nominations and one award in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2015 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Nominations

Best Play, Drama: Hamlet
“The Rogue Theatre’s sparse Hamlet was riveting and thrilling.”
Best Play, Drama:Waiting for Godot
“We sometimes think Waiting for Godot is a tragedy. Then a comedy. Then tragedy again.
Whatever you classify it, The Rogue Theatre’s production of the Samuel Beckett play teased us and thrilled us.”

Best Comedy: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
“...given all the wit and weight the Tom Stoppard play deserves.”
Best Actor: David Morden in Hamlet
“David Morden’s buffoonish Polonius...provided some much needed laughter.”
Best Actress: Patty Gallagher in The Merchant of Venice
“Patty Gallagher’s turn as Portia... was often transcendent.”
Best Actress: Kathryn Kellner Brown in Hamlet
“majestic and heartbreaking in her role of Gertrude...
The agony and sometimes-clueless side of Hamlet’s mother were palpable in her hands.”

Best Direction, Play: Cynthia Meier for Hamlet
“Cynthia Meier’s fast-moving Hamlet caressed the language and made the complex story clear.”
Best Direction, Play: Cynthia Meier for Waiting for Godot
“Meier also wowed us with her direction of The Rogue’s Waiting for Godot.”

The Winner

Best Actor: Matt Bowdren in Hamlet
“He was haunting and haunted, tender and consumed with revenge.
His Hamlet made us see the Shakespeare play with fresh eyes.”

 

October, 2015:

A stage full of Hamlet, Rosencratz and Guildenstern

Review of Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Chuck Graham on October 22 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

To Be, Or Not
Invisible Theatre gets a bit convoluted, and Rogue give us some mighty Hamlet

Review of Hamlet by Sherilyn Forrester in the October 22 Tucson Weekly

Rosencrantz played with sense of joy, silliness

Review of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Kathleen Allen in the October 22 Arizona Daily Star

Words, story rule Rogue’s Hamlet

Review of Hamlet by Kathleen Allen in the October 22 Arizona Daily Star

On stage: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Stoppard comedy paired in repertory

Preview of Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Kathleen Allen in the October 15 Arizona Daily Star

Free Open Talk

Hamlet First Folio

Hamlet: Parental Revenge Drama

Saturday, October 10, 2015
2:00–3:00 P.M.
AND
3:30–4:30 P.M.

Dr. David Sterling Brown

With Dr. David Sterling Brown
Assistant Professor, Department of English
The University of Arizona

David Sterling Brown is a graduate of the program in English and American Literature at New York University and he was the first Trinity College (CT) alumnus to hold the Ann Plato Fellowship. At Trinity, David served as a faculty member in the English Department. David has an eclectic set of research interests that include: Shakespeare, early modern English literature, African-American literature, drama, performance, film, race, gender, sexuality, and the family.

The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

This open talk is supported in part by a generous gift from Pat & John Danloe.

Listen to our free open talk on
Hamlet: Parental Revenge Drama
that was presented by
Dr. David Sterling Brown on Saturday, October 10th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

 

 

John & Joyce Ambruster
Play-Reading Series
2015–2016

Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley

Over the course of an evening in 1601, Shakespeare and his theatrical troupe repair to a barn after a performance for Queen Elizabeth I the night before the execution of the Earl of Essex.

Directed by Christopher Johnson

Sunday September 27, 2015  2:00 P.M.

Purchase tickets online

Elizabeth Rex

 

War Boys

War Boys by Naomi Wallace

Set on the border between Mexico and the U.S., the play is a violent and beautifully written story about three young Texan men who have hired themselves out to catch "wetbacks" for $10 a head.

Directed by Matt Bowdren

Sunday January 31, 2016  2:00 P.M.

Purchase tickets online

 

Three Tall Women by Edward Albee

Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the nature of memory, age, and mortality through three different generational perspectives.

Directed by Holly Griffith

Sunday March 20, 2016  2:00 P.M.

Purchase tickets online

Elizabeth Rex

 

Dutchman

Dutchman by LeRoi Jones

In this eerie yet politically charged drama, a white woman and a black man meet in a New York subway car. Their conversation turns dangerous as they negotiate the complex sexual and racial politics of 1960s America.

Directed by David Greenwood

Sunday May 15, 2016  2:00 P.M.

Purchase tickets online

 

Tickets $15 each play
Purchase at our Web store or
call the Box Office at 520-551-2053

 

July, 2015:

The Man in the Mirror
The Rogue gives us a theatrical version of Wilde’s Dorian Gray

Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Sherilyn Forrester in the July 23 Tucson Weekly

Dorian Gray faithful to Wilde’s story, wit, language

Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Kathleen Allen in the July 23 Arizona Daily Star

Sin gets ugly in Dorian Gray

Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Chuck Graham on July 18 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

At The Rogue: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Preview of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Kathleen Allen in the July 16 Arizona Daily Star

Wilde Nights
Christopher Johnson gives us some good theater and exactly what we expect from one of our fave local actor/directors

Preview of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Sherilyn Forrester in the July 9 Tucson Weekly

 

In preparation for our Summer play, The Pictre of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Christopher Johnson, we present

A Free Open Talk
The Life and Times of Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

with Director Christopher Johnson

Saturday, July 11, 2015
2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

View the handout for the open talk.

 

April, 2015:

The Rogue: Rogue Bard
The Rogue successfully produces Shakespeare’s problem play

Review of The Merchant of Venice by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 7 Tucson Weekly

This Merchant of Venice is rich with meaning

Review of The Merchant of Venice by Chuck Graham on May 4 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue takes on a challenge
Merchant of Venice, filled-with-questions comedy, to be staged

Preview of The Merchant of Venice by Kathleen Allen in the April 30 Arizona Daily Star

Two Free Open Talks about
The Merchant of Venice


Rialto from the South by Canaletto
Rialto from the South by Canaletto

Envisioning Venice
Providing Contexts for
The Rogue Theatre production of
The Merchant of Venice

Saturday, April 18, 2015
2:00–3:00 P.M.

University of Arizona Honors College students
Meher Rakkar, Gisele Smith, Aaron Johnson, and Peggy Lowe
from Patrick Baliani’s classes
will present information about the geography of Venice and its Lagoon,
the history of the Jewish Ghetto, Venetian commerce and trade routes,
Venetian law, and more!

The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

And . . .

Rialto from the South by Canaletto

The Plot of
The Merchant of Venice
and Key Speeches from the Play

Saturday, April 25, 2015
2:00–3:00 P.M.
and
3:30–4:30 P.M.

With Dr. Peter Medine
English Professor Emeritus, The University of Arizona

Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona. He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books.

The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

Podcast

Listen to our free open talk on
“The Plot of The Merchant of Venice and Key Speeches from the Play”
that was presented by
Dr. Peter Medine on Saturday, April 25th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.


 

February, 2015:

The Lady in the Looking Glass worth a good look

Review of The Lady in the Looking Glass by Kathleen Allen in the March 8 Arizona Daily Star

Laughing Virginia
Two plays give Tucson literary pleasure and comedy gold

Review of The Lady in the Looking Glass by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 5 Tucson Weekly

Rogue Theatre Woolf production is “magic”

Review of The Lady in the Looking Glass by Anna Mae Ludlum in the March 5 Arizona Daily Wildcat

Get sweps Lookt up in thiing Glass

Review of The Lady in the Looking Glass by Chuck Graham on March 2 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

March, 2015:

The Lady in the LookinGlass at The Rogue

Preview of The Lady in the Looking Glass by Kathleen Allen in the February 26 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Free Open Talk on Virginia Woolf and
The Lady in the Looking Glass


Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf

Learn about author Virginia Woolf
and her stories adaptated for the stage

With Associate Artistic Director Cynthia Meier

Saturday, February 21, 2015
2:00–3:00 P.M. or 3:30–4:30 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

Podcast

Listen to our free open talk on “The World of Virginia Woolf” that was presented by
Associate Artistic Director Cynthia Meier on Saturday, February 21st.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.


 

T. S. Eliot and John Farrell

The Rogue Theatre
in collaboration with Figures of Speech Theatre
presents


Four Quartets

A RECITATION FROM MEMORY OF T.S. ELIOT’S POETIC MASTERWORK

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 P.M.
One Performance Only
The Rogue Theatre

Tickets: $20, available at our Web store or by calling the Rogue Box Office at 520-551-2053

An unquestioned masterpiece of 20th-century literature, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is a complex, deeply moving meditation on time, memory, and human striving toward the divine.

Eliot completed Four Quartets in 1941, as Britain slid into the abyss of World War II, and he feared that civilization itself might perish in the coming years. Writing at the height of his artistic powers, Eliot packed into the four long poems a summation of his views on poetry and art, on mystical experience, and on humankind’s relationship to history and time.

In 2011, with rarely granted permission of the Eliot Estate, John Farrell of Figures of Speech Theatre committed to memory the one thousand lines of Eliot’s masterpiece and prepared them for performance. John’s recitation of Four Quartets affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in these gorgeous lines of poetry, spoken from memory, and renew their understanding of one the 20th century’s most exceptional poets.

Click here to learn more about Figures of Speech Theatre and read review of Four Quartets.


 

January, 2015:

Godot: The perfect ink blot test

Review of Waiting for Godot by Chuck Graham on January 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue production gives clarity—sort of—to Waiting for Godot

Review of Waiting for Godot by Kathleen Allen for the Arizona Daily Star

Rogue Theatre tackles Godot

Preview of Waiting for Godot by Kathleen Allen in the January 8 Arizona Daily Star

A Free Open Talk:
Why Wait for Godot


Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett

Come and learn about the play and playwright Samuel Beckett
with Director Cynthia Meier and Associate Director Patty Gallagher

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre
Free; reservations not required

December, 2014:

2014 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received
five nominations and three awards in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2014 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Nominations

Best Actor in a Drama: Matt Bowdren and Ryan Parker Knox in Betrayal
Both gave full, complicated and tense life to their characters.
Best Actress in a Drama: Marissa Garcia in Betrayal
“Marissa Garcia‘s Emma gave us a deep sense of this woman’s struggles to keep her emotion—and deception—hidden.”
Best Director, Drama: Cynthia Meier for Betrayal
“Cynthia Meier‘s direction of the Rogue’s production of the talky Betrayal was full of angst and tension.”
Best Drama: Betrayal
“The Rogue impressed with its eloquent, tense and heart-wrenching production.

The Winners

Best Actor in a Drama: Ryan Parker Knox in Arcadia
“...shimmied into the skin of the tutor Septimus... and became the character
with intellectual sharpness, a roving eye, and a razor-sharp wit.”

Best Drama: Arcadia
“The Mac goes to The Rogue Theatre for its electrifying production of Tom Stoppard’s complex Arcadia.
This is not an easy play to stage, but The Rogue made it look easy while it clarified, provoked and entertained.

Best Director, Drama: Cynthia Meier for Arcadia
“The play has the potential to be dry and convoluted. Meier gave it coherence, movement
and made it the riveting production playwright Tom Stoppard surely intended
.”

 

November, 2014:

Rogue proclaims, “Let England shake, rattle and roll”
Inspired by William Blake and life-loving Gypsy, Jerusalem explores life in the vanishing wilds of rural Britain

Review of Jerusalem by Dave Irwin posted November 14 on TucsonSentinel.com

Two Plays, Many Ideas
Winding Road Theater and The Rogue Theatre both have plays that demand your attention

Review of Jerusalem by Sherilyn Forrester in the November 13 Tucson Weekly

Life means more in Jerusalem

Review of Jerusalem by Chuck Graham on November 13 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Allegory or rite-of-passage tale, Jerusalem is buzz worthy

Review of Jerusalem by Kathleen Allen in the November 13 Arizona Daily Star

Dark humor, abstract plot drive Jerusalem

Review of Jerusalem by Kevin C. Reagan in the November 7 Arizona Daily Wildcat

British blokes promise humor in Jerusalem
Rogue Theatre stages Jez Butterworth’s play of wonders, questions — and it’s a bit bawdy

Preview of Jerusalem by Kathleen Allen in the November 6 Arizona Daily Star

October, 2014:

 

A Free Open Talk

About Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem

Come and learn about the play as Rogue ensemble members discuss
England’s Stone Circles
The West Country dialect
The god Pan
William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem”
and
The Story of St. George and the Dragon

David Greenwood

Holly Griffith

Ryan Parker Knox

David Greenwood

Holly Griffith

Ryan Parker Knox

Joseph McGrath

Cynthia Meier

David Morden

Joseph McGrath

Cynthia Meier

David Morden

Free
Reservations not required
Saturday, November 1, 2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

 

September, 2014:

Compelling Awake and Sing at The Rogue

Review of Awake and Sing by Chuck Graham on September 20 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue opens season with Odets’ classic

Preview of Awake and Sing by Kathleen Allen in the September 4 Arizona Daily Star

Odets’ Awake and Sing coming to Rogue Theatre

Preview of Awake and Sing in the August 29 Arizona Jewish Post

The Rogue becomes an equity theatre

Read the article about local theatre including Invisible Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, The Rogue Theatre and others, by Kathleen Allen in the September 7 Arizona Daily Star

A Free Open Talk


1935 performance of 'Awake and Sing' by the Group Theatre
1935 performance of Awake and Sing by the Group Theatre

Clifford Odets and the World of Awake and Sing

with dramaturg Holly Griffith and actor David Greenwood

Free; reservations not required
Saturday, September 6, 2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

April, 2014:

Read others’ reviews of The Rogue Theatre, or write your own review on TripAdvisor!

The Rogue’s Dante’s Purgatorio—Sins and shades shape an engrossing climb

Review of Dante’s Purgatorio by Kathleen Allen in the May 1 Arizona Daily Star

Dante and Virgil on the Road
Rogue Theatre takes on the middle section of Dante’s Divine Comedy interestingly and ably

Review of Dante’s Purgatorio by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 1 Tucson Weekly

Purgatorio captures possibility

Review of Dante’s Purgatorio by Chuck Graham on April 30 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

World premiere of Dante’s Purgatorio at Rogue Theatre

Preview of Dante’s Purgatorio by Kathleen Allen in the April 24 Arizona Daily Star


The Rogue Theatre announces

Summer Acting Conservatory

June 23–July 7, 2014
6:00.–10:00 P.M.

$300

This two-week acting intensive, let by members of The Rogue Theatre's resident acting ensemble,
will explore listening, concentration, psychological range, as well as vocal and physical skills.
The two weeks will culminate in a performance of scenes for an invited audience of theatre professionals
along with family and friends.

This conservatory is for actors with a basic understanding of the craft who want to increase their
effectiveness and ability on stage.

To schedule an interview, email a headshot and resume to director@TheRogueTheatre.org

You may download a one-page pdf about the Conservatory here.

 


The Rogue Theatre announces

Auditions for the 2104–2015 10th Anniversary Season

Saturday, May 3, 2014
12:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

See our Auditions page for more information.

 


 

Dante’s The Divine Comedy in His Day and Ours


Allegorical Portrait of Dante by Agnolo Bronzino

Allegorical Portrait of Dante by Agnolo Bronzino

Free Open Talk by UA Honors College
Professor and Playwright Patrick Baliani

Batrick Baliani, Playwright

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00–3:00 P.M.

Reservations not required
The Rogue Theatre

Download the handout for the talk, including a map of Purgatory and suggestions for further reading.

The file is viewable in Adobe Reader, downloadable here.

 

February, 2014:

Read others’ reviews of The Rogue Theatre, or write your own review on TripAdvisor!

Betrayal renews faith that theater can provoke, excite without being ponderous

Review of Betrayal by Kathleen Allen in the March 6 Arizona Daily Star

A Puzzle of a Play
Rogue Theatre creates a great experience out of a challenging Harold Pinter work

Review of Betrayal by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 6 Tucson Weekly

Betrayal is brilliant

Review of Betrayal by Chuck Graham on March 3 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

The Rogue takes a deep look at the consequences of Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Preview of Betrayal by Kathleen Allen in the February 27 Arizona Daily Star

 

A Free Open Talk on Betrayal


Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter

The Life and Artistry of
Harold Pinter

with the Director of Betrayal, Cynthia Meier.

Free; reservations not required
Saturday, February 22, 2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

Master Classes in Ensemble Acting at The Rogue Theatre

Fourth class: Saturday February 8th
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

Rogue Theatre Ensemble Training

Rogue Theatre Ensemble Training

For the first time, The Rogue is offering a series of master acting classes. The classes will be facilitated by Rogue resident actor and training coordinator, Matt Bowdren, with members from The Rogue Theatre's Resident Acting Company as guests and participants.

The classes will focus on the same training that the Rogue actors engage in on a weekly basis, training the actor to work in a larger ensemble, to engage the imagination to fuel acting choices, and to unlock potential for creating character.

Matt Bowdren holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia and a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in Acting at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Matt is the training coordinator for and member of The Rogue Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. At The Rogue, Matt most recently appeared in Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron and Journey to the West. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman (The Now Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare), and Titus Andronicus (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In Georgia, Matt has been seen in The Shape of Things, Betrayal, Endgame and The Comedy of Errors. In New York City, Matt performed in Somewhere in Between with Collaborative Stages and Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company.

All levels of acting skill and experience (actors 16 years old and older) are invited.

Cost: $35 per session

Please reserve your space in this limited enrollment class by contacting director@TheRogueTheatre.org.

 

 

 

January, 2014:

Rogue’s riveting Arcadia among company’s best productions

Review of Arcadia by Kathleen Allen in the January 16 Arizona Daily Star

Celebrating Stoppard
Rogue Theatre takes on Arcadia with great success

Review of Arcadia by Sherilyn Forrester in the January 16 Tucson Weekly

Seeking knowledge in Arcadia

Review of Arcadia by David and Judy Ray on January 14 in Sonoran Arts Network

Thinking, chuckling in Arcadia

Review of Arcadia by Chuck Graham on January 13 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Passion links Stoppard’s Arcadia

Preview of Arcadia by Kathleen Allen in the January 9 Arizona Daily Star

 

Master Classes in Ensemble Acting at The Rogue Theatre

Third class: Saturday January 11th
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

Rogue Theatre Ensemble Training

Rogue Theatre Ensemble Training

For the first time, The Rogue is offering a series of master acting classes. The classes will be facilitated by Rogue resident actor and training coordinator, Matt Bowdren, with members from The Rogue Theatre's Resident Acting Company as guests and participants.

The classes will focus on the same training that the Rogue actors engage in on a weekly basis, training the actor to work in a larger ensemble, to engage the imagination to fuel acting choices, and to unlock potential for creating character.

Matt Bowdren holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia and a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in Acting at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Matt is the training coordinator for and member of The Rogue Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. At The Rogue, Matt most recently appeared in Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron and Journey to the West. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman (The Now Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare), and Titus Andronicus (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In Georgia, Matt has been seen in The Shape of Things, Betrayal, Endgame and The Comedy of Errors. In New York City, Matt performed in Somewhere in Between with Collaborative Stages and Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company.

All levels of acting skill and experience (actors 16 years old and older) are invited.

Cost: $35 per session

Please reserve your space in this limited enrollment class by contacting director@TheRogueTheatre.org.

 

 

 

A Free Open Talk on Arcadia


Rest on the Flight to Egypt by Claude LorrainRest on the Flight to Egypt by Claude Lorrain
Rest on the Flight to Egypt by Claude Lorrain 

The Genius of the Play:
Lord Byron, Geometry, and Landscape Gardening

An entertaining panel of Patty Gallagher, Holly Griffith and Joe McGrath
will prepare you for the many fascinating ideas in Stoppard’s Arcadia.

Free; reservations not required
Saturday, January 4, 2:00–3:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre


December, 2013:

2013 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received
seven nominations and two awards in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2013 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Nominations

Best Actor in a Drama: Joseph McGrath in Richard III
“Joseph McGrath’s turn as the title character ... was charming and vicious, funny and sobering.
Best Actress in a Drama: Patty Gallagher in Kafka’s Monkey
“mesmerizing in her portrayal of an ape who has been captured and ‘civilized’”
Best Actress in a Drama: Cynthia Meier in Mother Courage and Her Children
“Cynthia Meier’s turn in the title role ... was full of venom and heart.”
Best Director, Drama: Nic Adams for after the quake
after the quake jumped between stories and used minimal props to tell them.
Nic Adams’ direction meant the audience stayed riveted.”
Best Drama: Richard III
“a devastating piece wrapped in humor and packed with fine acting

Best Drama: Mother Courage and Her Children
“darkly funny and disturbing

Best Drama: after the quake
“storytelling at its best—a simple production that understood both the humor and the drama”

The Winners

Best Actor in a Drama: Matt Bowdren in After the Quake
“Bowdren used a pair of green gloves and his body to easily convince the audience
he was a frog ... He made the challenging role look seamless.”

Best Director, Drama: Cynthia Meier for Richard III
“Cynthia Meier not only seamlessly cut Shakespeare’s script ...,
she directed the play with an eye toward clarity and rhythm.”

 

November, 2013:

Rogue Theatre’s Shakespeare production measures up

Review of Measure for Measure by Kathleen Allen in the November 14 Arizona Daily Star

Old School Measure for Measure feels new

Review of Measure for Measure by Chuck Graham on November 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue stays true to Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Preview of Measure for Measure by Kathleen Allen in the October 31 Arizona Daily Star

 

Open Talk on

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

by Dr. Peter Medine
Department of English, University of Arizona

Saturday, November 2
2:00–3:00
P.M.
Free; reservations not required
The Rogue Theatre

Shakespeare scholar Peter E. Medine will give us some insight
into Measure for Measure.

William Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' First Folio

Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where he is currently Professor of English. He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Mr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books.

 

Master Classes in Ensemble Acting at The Rogue Theatre

Second class: Saturday November 9th
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

For the first time, The Rogue is offering a series of master acting classes.
The classes will be facilitated by Rogue resident actor and training coordinator, Matt Bowdren,
with members from The Rogue Theatre's Resident Acting Company as guests and participants.

Matt Bowdren in Richard III  Photo by Tim Fuller

Matt Bowdren               Photo by Tim Fuller

The classes will focus on the same training that the Rogue actors engage in on a weekly basis, training the actor to work in a larger ensemble, to engage the imagination to fuel acting choices, and to unlock potential for creating character.

The second class of the four part series will expand upon character creation methods while working in a resident ensemble. On our feet we will use archetypes to identify habitual gestures, patterns, and physical lives. Through the archetypes, and Laban effort shapes, we will create usable characters and scenarios. All of our work is geared toward expanding our range and understanding of the role of the actor in an ensemble.

 

Matt Bowdren holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia and a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in Acting at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Matt is the training coordinator for and member of The Rogue Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. At The Rogue, Matt most recently appeared in Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron and Journey to the West. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman (The Now Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare), and Titus Andronicus (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In Georgia, Matt has been seen in The Shape of Things, Betrayal, Endgame and The Comedy of Errors. In New York City, Matt performed in Somewhere in Between with Collaborative Stages and Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company.

All levels of acting skill and experience (actors 16 years old and older) are invited.

Cost: $35 per session

Please reserve your space in this limited enrollment class by contacting director@TheRogueTheatre.org.

 

 

October, 2013:

Special Event

Lumie


Odaiko Sonora

October 5, 2013
2:00 PM and 7:30 PM Performances

Why a concert at The Rogue?
Odaiko Sonora has many new works and skills to share!
Their partnership with The Rogue Theatre began when Musical Director Paul Amiel
borrowed a taiko for The Rogue’s Journey to the West.
The Rogue later commissioned Odaiko Sonora to score their
2013 production of Shakespeare’s Richard III.
As those audiences can attest, it was a match made in heaven!
Odaiko Sonora is thrilled to be working with The Rogue again to offer taiko
in its uniquely intimate theatrical setting.

See our Tickets page for ticket purchase options

For more information, download this flyer or visit www.tucsontaiko.org.

 

 


 

Master Classes in Ensemble Acting at The Rogue Theatre

Saturday October 19th
10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

For the first time, The Rogue is offering a series of master acting classes.
The classes will be facilitated by Rogue resident actor and training coordinator, Matt Bowdren,
with members from The Rogue Theatre’s Resident Acting Company as guests and participants.

Matt Bowdren in Richard III  Photo by Tim Fuller

Matt Bowdren               Photo by Tim Fuller

The classes will focus on the same training that the Rogue actors engage in on a weekly basis, training the actor to work in a larger ensemble, to engage the imagination to fuel acting choices, and to unlock potential for creating character.

The first class in the series on October 19th will be a three-hour session that introduces the basic physical viewpoints of time and space. The group will work together to explore tempo, duration, kinesthetic response, repetition, and architecture. The focus will be on finding repetitive and habitual physical and emotional choices and giving the actor the tools to make choices from those habitual states.

Through these viewpoints, the group will be encouraged to view the actor as a symbol and learn to inventory their choice-making to create the clearest and most interesting symbol for the audience.

Matt Bowdren holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Georgia and a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in Acting at both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Matt is the training coordinator for and member of The Rogue Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. At The Rogue, Matt most recently appeared in Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake, Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage, The Night Heron and Journey to the West. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman (The Now Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare), and Titus Andronicus (Arizona Repertory Theatre). In Georgia, Matt has been seen in The Shape of Things, Betrayal, Endgame and The Comedy of Errors. In New York City, Matt performed in Somewhere in Between with Collaborative Stages and Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hudson Shakespeare Company.

All levels of acting skill and experience (actors 16 years old and older) are invited.

Cost: $35 per session

Please reserve your space in this limited enrollment class by contacting director@TheRogueTheatre.org.

 

 


September, 2013:

Yes, mistakes were made!

Review of Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) by David Ray on September 17 in Sonoran Arts Network

Magic, mythology fill Mistake of the Goddess

Review of Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) by Chuck Graham on September 17 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue stages traditional Indian myth

Preview of Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana) by Kathleen Allen in the September 12 Arizona Daily Star

 


 

William Shakespeare's 'Richard III' First Folio

Free Open Talk on

Postcolonialism, Caste, and Anti-Dualism
in Mistake of the Goddess

by Holly Griffith, Rogue Dramaturg

Saturday, September 7
2:00–3:00
P.M.
Free; reservations not required
The Rogue Theatre

 


August, 2013:

IN MEMORIAM

Nancy Reeder

NANCY REEDER
1946–2013

Rogue Board Member and beloved friend, Nancy Reeder, passed away on August 7th. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer in recent years. Nancy was a dear, dear friend to The Rogue.

She was the Production Sponsor for Immortal Longings, Our Town, and Naga Mandala. She sponsored Joe in The New Electric Ballroom, Matt Walley in Journey to the West and Richard III, and Christopher in Richard III. Each season she, alongside Ward Wallingford, vacuum-cleaned every audience seat in the Rogue theatre.

She was an intrepid spirit and a generous soul. If you didn't know Nancy well, you probably knew her by her smile.

We will miss her greatly. Her love lives on in all of us.

 


June, 2013:

Quake is provocative storytelling at its best

Review of after the quake by Kathleen Allen in the June 27 Arizona Daily Star

Quirky, interweaving Japanese tales are rough silk onstage
Beguiling enigma of a play woven from short stories by author Haruki Murakama

Review of after the quake by Dave Irwin posted June 26 on TucsonSentinel.com

after the quakean absolute must-see

Review of after the quake by Chuck Graham on June 22 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

After the quake—two tales told from one tragedy
Rogue stages adaptation of Murakami stories written after 1995 Kobe quake

Preview of after the quake by Kate Newton in the June 13 Arizona Daily Star

From The Rogue’s YouTube channel:
after the quake Preview
Director Nic Adams discusses his creative process, and what he loves about Murakami.

after the quake Cast Interview
The cast of after the quake shares its thoughts on the play, the rehearsal process, and company member Matt Bowdren’s penchant for playing animals.

May, 2013:

“Power, Wealth, Ambition:” It Must Be Shakespeare
Joseph McGrath and Cynthia Jeffery appear on May 2, 2013 on Arizona Public Media’s Arizona Illustrated in an interview by Elizabeth Burden and a scene from Richard III

View the videos below or at the Arizona Public Media Website

 

Tucson’s Rogue Theatre delivers chilling, powerful Richard III

Review of Richard III by Kathleen Allen in the May 2 Arizona Daily Star

Deliciously Villainous
Rogue emphasizes evil and magic in Shakespeare’s Richard III

Review of Richard III by Laura Owen in the May 2 Tucson Weekly

April, 2013:

The Cabbage Patch: The Rogue Theatre’s Richard III

Review of Richard III by Holly Griffith on April 30 in The Addie Chapter Blog

Richard III, Shakespeare’s serial murderer

Review of Richard III by Chuck Graham on April 30 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Tucson’s Rogue Theatre brings one of Shakespeare’s most evil, greedy characters to stage

Preview of Richard III by Kathleen Allen in the April 25 Arizona Daily Star

 

The Rogue Theatre invites you to
an Opening Night Celebration of

Richard III

Friday, April 26, 2013
6:30–7:15 P.M.

Please join us for a celebration of the Opening Night of Richard III, featuring pre-show refreshments, music and conversation, followed by the performance of Shakespeare’s tale of a fascinating and flawed king.

Ticket holders who have previously purchased tickets for a different performance are welcome to exchange tickets for Opening Night*. Call our box office at 551-2053 to change your date or to order additional tickets.

*modest upgrade fees may apply.

 

Open Talk on

Shakespeare’s Richard III:
Monster or Monstrous?

by Dr. Peter Medine
Department of English, University of Arizona

Saturday, April 20
2:00–3:00
P.M.
Free; reservations not required
The Rogue Theatre

Shakespeare scholar Peter E. Medine will give us some insight
into Richard the Third.

William Shakespeare's 'Richard III' First Folio

Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where he is currently Professor of English. He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Mr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books.

March, 2013:

Hunting for Humanity
Change and transformation are among the themes explored in the Rogue’s staging of two works by Kafka

Review of Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 7 Tucson Weekly

Rogue’s adaptations of Kafka: one mesmerizes, one misses

Review of Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis by Kathleen Allen in the March 7 Arizona Daily Star

Kafka makes theatre meaningful

Review of Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis by Chuck Graham on March 2 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

February, 2013:

Kafka’s insect, ape offer look at ourselves

Preview of Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis by Kathleen Allen in the February 28 Arizona Daily Star

 

The Rogue Theatre invites you to
an Opening Night Celebration of

Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis

Friday, March 1, 2013
6:30–7:30 P.M.

Please join us for a celebration of the Opening Night of Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis, featuring live music, scintillating conversation, beverages and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the performance of these two fascinating stories by Franz Kafka.

Ticket holders who have previously purchased tickets for a different performance are welcome to exchange tickets for Opening Night*. Call our box office at 551-2053 to change your date or to order additional tickets.

*modest upgrade fees may apply.

 

In preparation for

Kafka’s Monkey and Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka, February 28–March 17, 2013

Please join us for an open talk

Monkeying Around with Kafka

Cynthia Meier, Associate Artistic Director of The Rogue Theatre,
will talk about Kafka’s life, what “Kafkaesque” is,
the plots and literary devices used in these two stories,
and the process of adapting Metamorphosis to the stage.

Free; reservations not required
Saturday, February 23, 2:00–3:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

January, 2013:

Mother Courage probes for better answers

Review of Mother Courage by Chuck Graham on January 19 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue’s Mother Courage angers, moves

Review of Mother Courage by Kathleen Allen in the January 17 Arizona Daily Star

War and Business Are Hell
The Rogue Theatre takes on Bertolt Brecht’s unflinching look at our dependence on war

Review of Mother Courage by Sherilyn Forrester in the January 17 Tucson Weekly

Conflict rages in Mother Courage
Noted anti-war play weighs profiteering against personal loss

Preview of Mother Courage by Kathleen Allen in the January 10 Arizona Daily Star

 

2012 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received
five nominations and two awards in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2012 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Nominations

Best Actress: Patty Gallagher in The Winter’s Tale
“made us love The Winter’s Tale
Best Actress: Cynthia Meier in The Night Heron
“hit the mark as an ex-con with some unsavory instincts”
Best Actor: David Morden in Shipwrecked! An Entertainment
“never faltered as the narrator”
Best Director: Bryan Rafael Falcón for The Night Heron
“challenged with a beautifully written and convoluted script.
We ... loved how Falcón gave it shape and purpose.”

Best Drama: The New Electric Ballroom
“achingly funny and deeply disturbing. The Rogue's production was storytelling at its best
.”

The Winners

Best Comedy: Shipwrecked! An Entertainment
“It brought us joy
Best Director: Bryan Rafael Falcón for The New Electric Ballroom
“Falcón's direction of The Rogue's black comedy resulted in
a play that made the horror and the humor achingly vivid.”

 

 

Arizona Illustrated Interview

On December 19, Joseph McGrath and Cynthia Meier were interviewed by Mark McLemore of KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated about The Rogue Theatre’s 2012 National Theatre Company Award, and about the upcoming production of Mother Courage and Her Children. Visit the Arizona Public Media Website or watch the interview by clicking on the image below.

 

The Rogue Theatre invites you to
a special Opening Night celebration of
Mother Courage and Her Children
Friday, January 11, 2013
6:30–7:30 P.M.

Celebrate the opening of our production of Mother Courage, as well as our recent American Theatre Wing award. Join us as we gather before the play for hot drinks, nibbles and music, followed by our performance of Brecht’s masterpiece.

Ticket holders who have previously purchased tickets for a different performance are welcome to exchange tickets for Opening Night*. Call our box office at 551-2053 to change your date or to order additional tickets.

*modest upgrade fees may apply.

 

In preparation for

Mother Courage and Her Children
by Bertolt Brecht, January 10–27, 2013

Please join us for an open talk

Bertolt Brecht:
The Theatre as a Call to Action

Presented by Joseph McGrath, Artistic Director of The Rogue Theatre.

Free; reservations not required
Saturday, January 5, 2:00–3:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

November, 2012:

Rogue’s play The Night Heron is a strange bird
A descendent of Pinter’s “comedy of menace” with clear traces of absurdist theatre

Review of The Night Heron by Dave Irwin posted November 12 on TucsonSentinel.com

A haunted Night Heron

Review of The Night Heron by Chuck Graham on November 8 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Heron provocative—we think

Review of The Night Heron by Kathleen Allen in the November 8 Arizona Daily Star

Evoke Rather Than Explain
The Night Heron is enigmatic and imperfect—but it’s also undeniably intriguing

Review of The Night Heron by Sherilyn Forrester in the November 7 Tucson Weekly

Rare bird sighting sets up comedy
Metaphor-rich Night Heron filled with compelling, quirky characters

Preview of The Night Heron by Kathleen Allen in the November 1 Arizona Daily Star

Contribute to economic, intellectual life of Tucson by supporting the arts

Guest Column by The Rogue’s co-founder Cynthia Meier in the November 5 Arizona Daily Star

October, 2012:

In preparation for

The Night Heron
by Jez Butterworth, November 1–18, 2012

Please join us for an open talk

About Jez Butterworth

Explore the work and career of this hot new voice in the modern theatre. Presented by Cynthia Meier, Managing and Associate Artistic Director of The Rogue Theatre.

Free; reservations not required
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00–6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

September, 2012:

Last chance to Journey to the West
Sprawling epic will please those with a taste for the exotic

Review of Journey to the West by Dave Irwin posted September 19 on TucsonSentinel.com

Successful Shows

Review of Journey to the West by Sherilyn Forrester in the September 13 Tucson Weekly

14 actors playing 40 characters relate a 7th-century tale of 100,000 miles
Rogue goes on an epic Journey

Preview of Journey to the West by Kathleen Allen in the September 6 Arizona Daily Star

August, 2012:

Recipient of the 2012 National Theatre Company Award

American Theatre Wing Logo

The Rogue Theatre has been chosen as one of ten theatre companies nationwide to receive the National Theatre Company Award from the American Theatre Wing.

The American Theatre Wing is best known as being the Founder of the Tony Awards.  Three years ago, they began this award program to recognize outstanding emerging theatre companies across the country.  It comes with a $10,000 award for operating expenses and considerable prestige.  The award is made to ten companies from all over the U.S. who “have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.”

To see the listing of The Rogue among the other top companies, visit the American Theatre Wing website.

 


 

In preparation for

Journey to the West
by Mary Zimmerman, September 6–23, 2012

please join us for an open talk

Paul Amiel (Music Director)

Music and Spirit
of the Glorious Tang Dynasty

with composer and music director Paul Amiel,
who will provide a delightful description of the
Chinese music and cultural background for
Journey to the West.

Free; reservations not required
Friday, August 31, 5:00–6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre


 

Matt Cotten has created some magical beings for The Rogue Theatre productions, including the bear in The Winter’s Tale, the cobra in Naga Mandala and the gods in The Good Woman of Setzuan (among others). Matt Cotten’s company, Puppets Amongus, has been invited to the World Puppet Carnival in Almaty, Kazakhstan—Tucson’s sister city in central Asia. Come to this exciting fundraiser; see the show they’ll be touring, and help them get there!

Puppets Amongus presents
El Sueño de Frida

with musical guests,
The Awkward Moments & Silver Thread Trio

Saturday, August 25, 7:30 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

Mzekala in Concert

El Sueño de Frida delves into the colorful subconscious of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, in this tribute to the iconic painter. The tumultuous drama takes place in the artist’s studio on El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

This show is most appropriate for mature audiences due to artistic, puppet romance scenes. However, many children do enjoy the show, depending on parental discretion.

Admission: $20

Free parking available!

Tickets: Contact the Tucson-Almaty Sister City Committee at 520-628-1309 or jerrymgary@aol.com
or purchase at the door (cash or check only).

For more information, call 520-444-5538 or visit PuppetsAmongus.com

Puppets Amongus T-shirts will be for sale at the event:
hand-sewn and printed here in Tucson, by Enclave Fashion.

 

May, 2012:

Shipwrecked in India
The Rogue Theatre takes its show on the road—to the other side of the world

Article on Shipwrecked! at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 31 Tucson Weekly

Local theater Rogues travel to India
3-week residency with 18 performances

Article on The Rogue’s journey by Dave Irwin posted May 27 on TucsonSentinel.com

Shipwrecked! in India

Shipwrecked! in India

The Rogue Theatre has set sail for India with its production of Shipwrecked!, playing at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore from June 1 to 17.

If you’d like to find out what Louis and Bruno and Yamba are up to on their amazing adventure, please follow us on our RoguesIndia blog, where we’ll be posting news and photos of our trip!

We’d like you to tell us your thoughts. To leave a comment on a post, click on either the bubble at the top of the post, or the link “Leave a reply” at the bottom of the post. The post will open in a new window, with a “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom. Type a comment into the box, and add your name and email address in the spaces below. (The email address is not made public.) To guard against spam a human approves each comment, so there will be a delay before the comment appears on the blog.

You can sign up to receive an email each time the blog is updated by using the “Follow Blog Via Email” box on the right side of the page.

Once we return (IF we return), we look forward to seeing you next season at The Rogue!

 


Not the Bards best, but humor, acting elevate Winter’s Tale

Review of The Winter’s Tale by Kathleen Allen in the May 3 Arizona Daily Star

Shakespeare’s shakey Winter’s Tale gets some respect
“Exit, pursued by a bear.” Whatcha gonna do??

Review of The Winter’s Tale by Dave Irwin posted May 2 on TucsonSentinel.com

Shakespeare and Steel
A Winter’s Tale is a winner; Magnolias is well-crafted and heartfelt

Review of The Winter’s Tale by Sherilyn Forrester in the May 3 Tucson Weekly

David Morden as Louis de Rougemont and Joseph McGrath as Bruno the Dog

David Morden and Joseph McGrath
in Shipwrecked!

Open Rehearsal

Shipwrecked! by Donald Margulies

Tuesday, May 8
7:30
P.M.
Tickets available at the door
Donations gratefully accepted
The Rogue Theatre

In a few weeks, The Rogue begins a great new adventure. We leave for India for a 3-week residency at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore where we will perform Shipwrecked! Bangalore is a thriving commercial center in India, with a large English-speaking population.

In preparation for this extraordinary trip, we invite you to attend an open rehearsal of Shipwrecked! If you want to see Louis and Bruno and Captain Jensen one more time before they leave on their amazing adventure, please join us.

 

 

April, 2012:

The Winter’s Tale of two stories

Review of The Winter’s Tale by Chuck Graham on April 29 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue stages Shakespeare comedy
Or is Winter’s Tale a romance? Or a dark fairy tale? You decide.

Preview of The Winter’s Tale by Kathleen Allen in the April 26 Arizona Daily Star

Kayla Samoy, a first year Honors College student at the University of Arizona, has been working on a long-term journalism project of covering the rehearsal process of The Winter's Tale at The Rogue. She has been putting her work into a blog which includes articles about music, choreography, puppets, costumes, lighting, the director's vision, interviews with the cast and staff, and much more. Explore her blog at www.KaylaSamoy.com.

 


 

Join us for two intriguing events at The Rogue Theatre
that will set the mood for Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale:
a concert of Balkan music and a free lecture by Dr. Peter Medine.

 

Open Talk

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and the Comedy of Forgivenesss

by Dr. Peter Medine
Department of English, University of Arizona

Wednesday, April 18
5:00–6:00
P.M.
Free; reservations not required
The Rogue Theatre

Shakespeare scholar Peter E. Medine will give us some insight
into this brilliant masterwork of Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale'

Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where he is currently Professor of English. He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Mr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books.

 

Mzekala in Concert

Saturday, April 14, 7:30 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

Mzekala in Concert

For Shakespeare, the land of Bohemia was a strange and mysterious place, a desert kingdom by the sea. Inspired by the mystery of Shakespeare’s vision in The Winter’s Tale, we will incorporate the exotic music of the Balkans in our upcoming production. Join us for some wonderful Balkan music by Mzekala, followed by an informal question and answer session!

Admission: $10 at the door; $5 for students
Cash only

Inspired by groups such as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and the Pennywhistlers, Mzekala has sung traditional Balkan folk songs in Tucson for twenty years, introducing their audiences to the culture, language and history of the Balkans and Near East.

Click here to watch a short video of Mzekala in performance.


 

March, 2012:

Gripping theatre fills New Electric Ballroom

Review of The New Electric Ballroom by Chuck Graham on February 27 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Ballroom stings with rejection, humor

Review of The New Electric Ballroom by Kathleen Allen in the March 1 Arizona Daily Star

The sound of one hand clapping at New Electric Ballroom
Rogue’s latest production is a Mobius Strip of a play that loops back upon itself/em>

Review of The New Electric Ballroom by Dave Irwin posted March 1 on TucsonSentinel.com

Women in Transition
Etcetera and the Rogue Theatre both turn in respectable performances of difficult plays

Review of The New Electric Ballroom by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 1 Tucson Weekly

February, 2012:

Moments of hope, beauty and laughter
Sisters relive, day after day, a stinging humiliation in New Electric Ballroom

Preview of The New Electric Ballroom by Kathleen Allen in the February 16 Arizona Daily Star

January, 2012:

Shipwrecked! a wildly imaginative ride
Much is made by suggestion—a scrap of costuming, a sound, a gesture—to flesh out a fascinating world

Review of Shipwrecked! by Dave Irwin posted January 12 on TucsonSentinel.com

Truth Through Story
David Morden and the Rogue Theatre delight with
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

Review of Shipwrecked! by Sherilyn Forrester in the January 12 Tucson Weekly

Shipwrecked rides swells of imagination

Review of Shipwrecked! by Kathleen Allen in the January 12 Arizona Daily Star

Get carried away in Shipwrecked!

Review of Shipwrecked! by Chuck Graham on January 7 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com



2011 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre and Rogue After Curfew/The Now Theatre received
nine nominations and three awards in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2011 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

The Rogue Theatre Nominations

Best Actress:
Cynthia Meier in The Real Inspector Hound
“a complete hoot”
Best Actor: Matt Bowdren in The Real Inspector Hound
“a funny [performance]”
Best Actor: David Greenwood in As I Lay Dying
“brought vivid life to the patriarch Anse”
Best Director: David Morden for Major Barbara
“won us over with his direction of The Rogue Theatre’s swift and funny Major Barbara.”
Best Comedy: Major Barbara
“a delicious production of the George Bernard Shaw classic
Best Drama: As I Lay Dying
“The Rogue showed it was willing to go out on a limb to bring Tucson quality theater

The Rogue Theatre Winners

Best Director: Joseph McGrath for The Real Inspector Hound
“The playwright, Tom Stoppard, isn’t easy to perform or direct. But when done well, the rewards are plentiful.
McGrath did this extremely well.”

Best Comedy: The Real Inspector Hound
“It was performed with gleeful abandon and full attention to playwright Stoppard’s lush language

The Now Theatre Nominations

Best Actor: Matt Bowdren in The Pillowman
“a chilling performance as the calculating detective
Best Director: Nic Adams for The Pillowman
“allowed the story to unfold with a chilling purity

Best Drama: The Pillowman
The Pillowman is not an easy play to stage. It is frightening, it is funny, it is complicated.
It deserves a beautifully acted and directed production, and Now Theatre gave it that.”

The Now Theatre Winners

Best Actor: Lee Rayment for The Pillowman
“Katurian is not a likable character, but Rayment gave him a tenderness and empathy
that made the audience embrace him. It was a most memorable performance.”

 


December, 2011:

Ahoy! “Pure theatricality” on stage in Rogue play
Shipwrecked! a story about storytelling, takes “a trip through language and sound”

Preview of Shipwrecked! by Kathleen Allen in the December 29 Arizona Daily Star

In preparation for

Shipwrecked! An Entertaiment
by Donald Margulies, January 5–22, 2012

please join us for

Lumie

Louis de Rougemont:
The Original Castaway

A Free Open Talk

In 1989, London was introduced to a fascinating, intrepid and eccentric character in the person of Louis De Rougemont. Catapulted to super-stardom by his stories of being shipwrecked and marooned in the Australian outback for thirty years, the British public couldn't get enough of this strange and dazzling survivor. Learn about the life of the real Louis De Rougemont, the inspiration for Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, and his roller-coaster ride to fame and fortune.

SPOILER ALERT: Although Donald Margulies’ story is a fictionalization of Louis’ life, you will find out details of the story which are not revealed until the second half of the play. But we think it will be worth it!

Free; reservations not required
Wednesday, December 28, 5:00–6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

November, 2011:

Stage adaptation of Faulkner works well

Review of As I Lay Dying by Kathleen Allen in the November 10 Arizona Daily Star

As I Lay Dying is vividly alive

Review of As I Lay Dying by Chuck Graham on November 5 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Intensity from page to stage
As I Lay Dying, rich with inner voices, an unblinking look at the human animal

Preview of As I Lay Dying by Kathleen Allen in the November 3 Arizona Daily Star

October, 2011:

In preparation for

As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner, November 3–20, 2011

please join us for an open talk

Interpreting Faulkner’s Landscape

William Faulkner has a unique and profound American voice. His writing can also be quite mysterious. In this talk, Cynthia Meier will discuss how William Faulkner’s poetic prose serves to define the complex characters populating his tour de force As I Lay Dying, as well as taking a look at the backdrop of the modernist movement of which Faulkner was a part.

Free; reservations not required
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00–6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

 

THE ROGUE ALBUM
Now on Sale!

Lumie

Enjoy music and spoken passages from the first six seasons of The Rogue Theatre. 
The CD is an hour-long collection of moments from 22 productions at The Rogue
with a wide variety of music, drama and poetry featuring 28 Rogue artists.
The music ranges from Gregorian chant to tango to barbershop quartet. 
The spoken passages include writing by Shakespeare, Joyce, Keats, Pinter, and many others.

Click here --> Buy now! Click here to enter our Web store. to purchase the CD at our Web store

 


 

It Can’t Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt

A Staged Reading in celebration of the
75th anniversary of the Federal Theatre Project

Monday, October 24, 2011

7:30 P.M.

Suggested donation: $10 per person.

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information

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Poster for the stage adaptation of 'It Can't Happen Here,' October 27, 1936 at the Lafayette Theater as part of the Detroit Federal Theater

Poster for the stage adaptation of
It Can't Happen Here
, October 27, 1936
at the Lafayette Theater as part of the
Detroit Federal Theater

The Rogue Theatre will take part in a nation-wide effort to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Federal Theatre’s production of It Can't Happen Here.

In October 1936, It Can’t Happen Here opened in 22 theaters in 18 cities across the country. It played a total of 260 weeks and was seen by more than 316,000 people. On October 24, 2011, theatres across the country will present staged readings of the play to commemorate its original, nation-wide opening.

Hallie Flanagan, director of the Federal Theatre Project from 1935–39, said this about the play: “We want to do It Can’t Happen Here because it is a play by one of our most distinguished American writers. We want to do it because it is about American life today, based on a passionate belief in American democracy. The play says that when dictatorship comes to threaten such a democracy, it comes in an apparently harmless guise, with parades and promises; but that when such dictatorship arrives, the promises are not kept and the parade grounds become encampments. We want to do It Can’t Happen Here because, like Doremus Jessup [the novel’s newspaperman and hero] and his creator, Sinclair Lewis, we, as American citizens and as workers in a theatre sponsored by the government of the United States, should like to do what we can to keep alive the ‘free, inquiring, critical spirit’ which is the center and core of a democracy.”

“No one agreed on the play” Hallie Flanagan told an audience some months later,“but everyone had to see it. It was called good, bad, savage, mild, American, un-American, fascist, communist, too far left, too far right, a work of genius, a work of the devil.”

A complete list of theatres participating in the nation-wide reading can be found here.

Read the preview article in the Tucson Sentinel by Dave Irwin.

Read the preview article in the Arizona Daily Star by Kathleen Allen.

 

September, 2011:

Major Barbara September, 2011:

Major Barbara, at Rogue Theatre, seems like a modern discussion
Armaments, altruism bandied about in social critique from 1905

Review of Major Barbara by Kathleen Allen in the September 16 Arizona Daily Star

Across the Big Pond
A classic work at the Rogue Theatre offers a compelling discussion

Review of Major Barbara by Sherilyn Forrester in the September 15 Tucson Weekly

Shaw’s wit, themes from 1905 remain relevant
Rogue Theatre stages comedy-laced drama
Major Barbara

Preview of Major Barbara by Kathleen Allen in the September 2 Arizona Daily Star

August, 2011:

In preparation forr

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw, September 8–25, 2011

please join us for an open talk

The Belle Époque: Edwardian Culture and Costume

Learn about the life of the Londoner and the world of the Salvation Army, presented by Jan-Ruth Mills and David Morden, followed by a look at the clothing and fashion of the early 1900s, as demonstrated by Cynthia Meier and Kathryn Kellner.

Free; reservations not required
Wednesday, August 31, 5:00–6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

 

July, 2011:

Another Lumie for The Rogue!

Lumie

On June 9, our Board President Norma Davenport was awarded a Lumie by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, in recognition of her work as an outstanding arts patron in cultivating the Rogue Theater into an established staple in Tucson’s cultural landscape.

On July 26, Norma was interviewed by Tony Paniagua on KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated. Watch the interview and hear what Norma has to say about supporting the arts by clicking on the image below.

Thank you, Norma, from all of us!

 

Pillowman revels in macabre tales
Tight, well-acted play delivers dark humor, horror, lush language

Review of The Pillowman by Kathleen Allen in the August 5 Arizona Daily Star

Tell Me a Story--Not
Now Theatre triumphs in knock-down, punch-in-the-gut
Pillowman

Review of The Pillowman by Sherilyn Forrester in the July 28 Tucson Weekly

No Pillow Talk in The Pillowman

Review of The Pillowman by Chuck Graham on July 26 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Pillowman is darkness leavened with comedy

Preview of The Pillowman by Serena Valdez in the July 22 Arizona Daily Star

June, 2011:

Real vs. Make-Believe
The Rogue Theatre will wow you with Tom Stoppard’s
The Real Inspector Hound

Review of The Real Inspector Hound by Sherilyn Forrester in the June 23 Tucson Weekly

The Real Inspector Hound a tail wagger

Review of The Real Inspector Hound by Chuck Graham on June 21 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue Theatre delivers a rich romp through Stoppard’s Hound

Review of The Real Inspector Hound by Kathleen Allen in the June 17 Arizona Daily Star

Hound seems just the ticket for the dog days
Rogue Theatre is lightening up for the summer

Preview of The Real Inspector Hound by Kathleen Allen in the June 10 Arizona Daily Star

 

May, 2011:

A life-affirming Decameron at Rogue Theatre
Boccaccio’s bawdy tales told with gusto

Review of The Decameron by Kathleen Allen in the May 6 Arizona Daily Star

Dazzling Decameron
Rogue triumphs with local playwright Patrick Baliani’s superb new version of an Italian classic

Review of The Decameron by Nathan Christensen in the May 5 Tucson Weekly

Playwright’s vision reshapes medieval Decameron tales
Play based on 14th Century stories

Review of The Decameron by Dave Irwin posted May 4 on TucsonSentinel.com

Human Thing: Of Boccaccio, Baliani, Alchemy, and Desire

Article on The Decameron by Anna Swenson posted May 4 on TheDesertLamp.com

A very human Decameron

Review of The Decameron by Chuck Graham on May 1 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

April, 2011:

Campus Creatives: Patrick Baliani
English prof translates Italian drama for the American stage before you're even awake

Preview of The Decameron by Jazmine Woodberry in the April 27 Arizona Daily Wildcat

How playwright Baliani adapted classic for Rogue

Preview of The Decameron by Kathleen Allen in the April 22 Arizona Daily Star

 

Music from Boccaccio’s Florence

Harlan Hokin, Music Director

Saturday, April 23rd, 2:00–4:00 P.M.
Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

Harlan Hokin, Music Director     Paul Amiel, Musician     Carolyn Hokin, Vocalist     Robert Villa, Musician

Join us for a musical celebration of the music of The Decameron
a program of 14th century Florentine vocal and instrumental music.
Harlan Hokin directs Paul Amiel, Carolyn Hokin and Robert Villa in a program of
pieces that Signor Boccaccio would have known during his life.

 


Tim Blevins, Violinist

A Violin Recital by Tim Blevins
accompanied by pianist Dawn Sellers

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

 


Batrick Baliani, Playwright

The Decameron

A talk by Playwright Patrick Baliani

Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00–7:30 P.M.
FREE

Learn about the medieval world of The Decameron from translator, adaptor and playwright Patrick Baliani, including insights into the adaptation of a literary masterpiece. This presentation will delight and inform you in preparation for the Rogue’s production of The Decameron, opening April 29th.

 


ART MATTERS 2011: Why Art?

A Panel Discussion on the Value of the Performing Arts
co-sponsored by The Arizona Daily Star

Saturday, April 16th, 3:30–5:00 P.M.
FREE

The panel for this discussion will include:

    • Jory Hancock, Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona
    • Dianna Repp, Anthropologist at Pima Community College, specializing in art, spirituality and end of life issues;
    • Joey Rodgers, co-founder of Dancing in the Streets, a dance school dedicated to low-income students;
    • Joseph McGrath, founder of The Rogue Theatre, an actor, director, and scenic designer;
    • Stephen Wrentmore, Associate Artistic Director, Arizona Theatre Company;
    • George Hanson, Music Director and Conductor at Tucson Symphony Orchestra;
    • Lauren Rabb, curator at the UA Museum of Art;
    • Gabriel Ayala, recording artist and classical guitarist. Gabriel will also open the discussion with a piece of music.

Join us for a lively discussion about why we create art with some of Tucson’s art luminaries!

Read the Arizona Daily Star article about the panel discussion.

 


Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble

The Final Performance of
Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble

featuring Rogue favorite Paul Amiel

Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 P.M.
Pay-What-You-Will

“The Seasons of China” brings together beautiful traditional music celebrating the changing seasons, love of nature, and joy of festivals. Begun in 2005, Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble has held over 60 performances in concert halls, festivals, libraries, markets, and especially the Rogue Theatre, bringing the beautiful sounds of Chinese traditional music to Tucson. This will be the group’s final performance, so this will be your last chance to see and hear this unique and wonderful group.

Paul Amiel on qin, Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble

 


Visit us at the Tucson Festival of Books!

Music and Voices from The Decameron
Main Entertainment Stage
Saturday, March 12, 2:00–3:00 P.M.

Patrick Baliani, the translator and adapter for the Rogue Theatre’s upcoming production of The Decameron
will talk about Boccaccio and his place in Italian and world letters;
Harlan and Carolyn Hokin will play and sing music from Boccaccio’s Florence,
some of which will be used in this production;
and cast members will read from the script.

Throughout the weekend we can be found in booth #131-132 in front of the Student Union.

Click here for more information on the Festival on the University of Arizona Mall.


March, 2011:

Pause, like Pinter, to decipher Old Times

Review of Old Times by Kathleen Allen in the March 4 Arizona Daily Star

Poetic Production
The Rogue Theatre does justice to Harold Pinter’s puzzling
Old Times

Review of Old Times by Sherilyn Forrester in the March 3 Tucson Weekly

Pinter’s Old Times a Sisyphean search for truth
Classic example of Theatre of the Absurd

Review of Old Times by Dave Irwin posted March 2 on TucsonSentinel.com

February, 2011:

Pinter’s mind games fill Old Times

Review of Old Times by Chuck Graham on February 27 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Of memories and mysteries

Preview of Old Times by Kathleen Allen in the February 18 Arizona Daily Star


 

Make your reservations now for a spectacular meal before the performance at

Delectables Restaurant and Catering

533 N. 4th Avenue
Two blocks from The Rogue Theatre

On Opening Night, Friday, February 25,
Delectables will feature a special “Rogue menu.”

Plus, Rogue Season Ticket Holders receive 20% off their meal
before any performance of Old Times!

To make a reservation, call 520-884-9289
For more information, visit www.delectables.com or Delectables’ Facebook page, Delectables On Fourth

Please join us for

Who is Harold Pinter?

Lecture/Discussion with Patrick Baliani, Playwright and UA English Faculty Member

Free; reservations not required
Wednesday, February 16, 6:00
P.M.
The Rogue Theatre


The Rogue Theatre
in partnership with
Borderlands Theater
presents a staged reading of

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles

Directed by Laura Lippman

Sunday, February 13th, 2:00 P.M. at The Rogue Theatre

Tickets $10 at the door
$5 for students with student ID, Borderlands Flex/Pass holders and Rogue season ticket subscribers
No advance reservations

Discussion to follow the reading,
led by U of A Classics Professor Mike Lippman


2010 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre and Rogue After Curfew/The Now Theatre received
numerous nominations and one award in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2010 Mac Awards!
Read all about it here.

Nominations
Best Actor, Drama: Nathan Crocker in Othello
Best Actress, Drama: Cynthia Meier in Ghosts
Best Director, Drama: Cynthia Meier for Naga Mandala
Best Director, Drama: David Morden for Ghosts
Best Drama
:
Naga Mandala
Best Drama: Ghosts
Best Actor, Comedy: Nic Adams and Lucas Gonzales in Overruled
Best Actor, Comedy:
Matt Bowdren and John Shartzer in The Four of Us
Best Actress, Comedy:
Jennifer Rose Hijazi in Overruled
Best Director, Comedy: Daniel Thomson for Overruled
Best Director, Comedy: Cynthia Meier for The Four of Us
Best Comedy: Overruled
Best Comedy
:
The Four of Us

Winner
Best Actress, Comedy: Danielle Hecht in Overruled


 

Make your reservations now for a spectacular meal before the performance at

Delectables Restaurant and Catering

533 N. 4th Avenue
Two blocks from The Rogue Theatre

On Opening Night, Friday, January 7,
Delectables will feature a special “Rogue menu.”

Plus, Rogue Season Ticket Holders receive 20% off their meal
before any performance of The Tempest!

To make a reservation, call 520-884-9289
For more information, visit www.delectables.com or Delectables’ Facebook page, Delectables On Fourth


January, 2011:

Stepping Up Shakespeare: The Rogue Theatre adds dance elements to The Tempest

Preview of The Tempest by Margaret Regan in the January 6 Tucson Weekly

December, 2010:

Tempest is a force of nature, to actor's joy

Preview of The Tempest by Kathleen Allen in the December 31 Arizona Daily Star

 

Shakespeare’s The Tempest:
Romance & Drama

An Open Talk featuring
Peter E. Medine, UA Professor of English

Free and open to the public
Wednesday, December 29, 5:30-7:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre
300 E. University Blvd.

Shakespeare scholar Peter E. Medine will give us some insight
into this brilliant masterwork of Shakespeare.

Peter E. Medine received his B.A from Northwestern University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where he is currently Professor of English. He has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Mr. Medine has directed six summer institutes on Shakespeare and Milton which were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; total funding from NEH for the institutes is over a million dollars. He has also been an active participant in the College of Humanities Seminars for which he has received several awards for Outstanding Teaching. Mr. Medine has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books. While Mr. Medine’s teaching interests have concentrated on such authors as Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, he has recently taught seminars in a concurrent reading of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and James Joyce’s Ulysses.

 


Unlocking the Secrets
of Shakespeare

Free; reservations not required
Sunday, December 12, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre
300 E. University Blvd.

In this hour-long workshop, David Morden will use the text of The Tempest to illustrate the beauty of Shakespeare’s writing by analyzing his verse and prose and showing how The Bard left clues about how to perform his plays within the words themselves.

This exploration of Shakespeare’s skill will give participants a greater appreciation of why he is considered the greatest English language playwright. For The Rogue’s audience members, the workshop offers a rare insight into the inner workings of Shakespearean verse. For actors and theatre artists, this workshop will introduce participants to a new way of analyzing Shakespeare’s verse and will offer a greater facility with his words.


November, 2010:

Ibsen’s Ghosts alive, well and quite relevant at Rogue
Shaw comedy lifts spirits after
Ghosts

Reviews of Ghosts and Overruled by Kathleen Allen in the November 12 Arizona Daily Star

Ibsen vs. Shaw
Rogue’s
Ghosts and Now’s Overruled take on hypocrisy in extremely different ways

Reviews of Ghosts and Overruled by Nathan Christensen in the November 11 Tucson Weekly

Fine performance invigorates Ibsen’s Ghosts
In our Jerry Springer-desensitized era, it’s hard to appreciate how truly outrageous this play was

Review of Ghosts by Dave Irwin posted November 9 on TucsonSentinel.com

October, 2010:

The future is now in Rogue’s Ghosts

Preview of Ghosts by Kathleen Allen in the October 29 Arizona Daily Star


From The Rogue’s new YouTube channel:
In preparation for The Rogue Theatre’s Ghosts, we interviewed Dawn Sellers, pianist and assistant director for the play, about her choice of music by Grieg for the preshow, the relationship between Grieg and Ibsen, and the musicality of Ibsen’s writing.


Make your reservations now for a spectacular meal before the performance at

Delectables Restaurant and Catering

533 N. 4th Avenue
Two blocks from The Rogue Theatre

On Opening Night, Friday, November 5,
Delectables will feature a special “Rogue menu” of Scandinavian specialties.

Rogue Season Ticket Holders receive 20% off their meal
before any performance of Ghosts!

To make a reservation, call 520-884-9289
For more information, visit www.delectables.com or Delectables’ Facebook page, Delectables On Fourth


Please join us for an

Open Talk about Ghosts

Meet the cast, discuss the play and its themes
and spend some time with the company of The Rogue before seeing the production.

Free; reservations not required
Saturday October 30, 10:30
A.M.
The Rogue Theatre


 


SHOP and SUPPORT THE ROGUE THEATRE!

FRONT PATIO YARD SALE

Saturday October 23, 2010
8 A.M. to 12 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre

The front patio of The Rogue Theatre will be the site of a grand yard sale!

The items for sale are too numerous to list, but the prices will be very low
and a great variety of things will be available.

Come early for a good selection!

All receipts go to The Rogue Theatre.


 

September, 2010:

Actors, costumes strong in production
Company takes risk; India play succeeds

Review of Nāga Mandala by Kathleen Allen in the September 17 Arizona Daily Star

Rogue Theatre’s snaking narrative meditates on reality
Don’t look for character arcs as story weaves its threads

Review of Nāga Mandala by Dave Irwin posted September 16 on TucsonSentinel.com

Rogue uncovers cobra tale from India to start season

Preview of Nāga Mandala by Kathleen Allen in the September 3 Arizona Daily Star


From The Rogue’s new YouTube channel:
In preparation for The Rogue Theatre’s Nāga Mandala, we interviewed actress Patty Gallagher to get some insight into the world of masked performance.


Enjoy a spectacular meal before the Opening Night performance of Nāga Mandala at

Delectables Restaurant and Catering

533 N. 4th Avenue
Two blocks from The Rogue Theatre

On Friday, September 10, 2010,
Delectables will feature a special “Rogue menu” of Indian specialties.
Rogue Season Ticket Holders receive 20% off their meal!

To make a reservation, call 520-884-9289


In Rehearsal at the Rogue

This season, The Rogue Theatre is launching a new publication, In Rehearsal at the Rogue, as part of our continuing commitment to foster a dialogue with our audience about the challenging, provocative and complex ideas behind quality dramatic language and literature. In Rehearsal at the Rogue is written and edited by Dr. Carrie J. Cole. The first issue discusses Nāga Mandala and can be downloaded here.
The file is viewable in Adobe Reader, downloadable here.

Free Open Talk

Mythical Structure in Nāga Mandala
with Dr. Carrie J. Cole

Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 P,M,
The Rogue Theatre

Dr. Cole and director Cynthia Meier will present information about the play and production of Nāga Mandala including the background of the playwright, the primary symbols in the play, and notes about the upcoming production.


Long-Form Improvisation

Sunday June 6, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday July 3, 7:30 P.M.
Saturday July 24, 7:30 P.M.
Saturday August 28, 7:30 P.M.

We’re presenting a show, but we have no idea what it’s going to be about! We had so much fun with our Evening of Long-Form Improvisation in April, that we’re doing it again. In addition to theatre games and short-form improvisation, we will create a one-act play, made up completely on the spot. Please join us for a fascinating and fun two hours of spontaneity and creativity.

Admission to this summer’s Long-Form Improvisation is “pay-what-you-will.” All proceeds will go towards The Rogue Theatre’s newly-installed air-conditioning system.

Ticket purchase begins at the box office one hour before curtain. There are no advance reservations.


In Memoriam
Norma Lewis
1925–2010


Anyone who has come to the Rogue Theatre in the last year will remember a beautiful bronze sculpture at the entrance to the theatre. This statue was made by sculptor Norma Lewis and given to the Rogue Theatre. It is called "Eos"—Goddess of the Dawn. Norma Lewis has been a great friend to the Rogue, serving briefly on the Board of Directors and donating generously, along with her husband Dave, to many of the Rogue plays and projects, including the renovation of the theatre and as Production Sponsor for Happy Days, Krapp’s Last Tape, and this season’s Old Times.

We will miss her presence tremendously. She will live on in our hearts as well as in the theatre through her artwork and ours.

We happened to read a poem to Norma at a recent event. She loved the poem and asked to have it read again. In memory of Norma, we offer the poem once again:

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is is you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver



presents

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 E. University Blvd.

Thursday August 12, 7:30 P.M.
One Performance only

Started by veteran Rogue actor Matt Bowdren, The Now Theatre has co-produced late night theatre with The Rogue since 2008. The Now begins its third season with A Night Of Three Short Plays, with all profits being donated to their mentor theatre, The Rogue.

The Retreating World and One Short Sleepe
by Naomi Wallace

The Retreating World focuses on Ali, an Iraqi bird keeper from Baghdad and his address before the International Pigeon Convention.

One Short Sleepe portrays Bashir, a Lebanese spider-enthusiast who spends his time in limbo talking about Intelligent Design, family, and the bombing of Lebanon.

PREMIERE
a reading of Guajero by Nic Adams

The story of the Guatemalan democratic revolution of 1944 told through the eyes of a trash-picker from the Capital City Dump.

The evening will feature Javan Nelson, Matt Bowdren, Lucas Gonzales, Laura Lippman, Lauren Orlowski, Samantha Bowdren, Ryan DeLuca, Dan Thomson, Brian Johnson, and others.

The goal of the evening is to share stories that poignantly balance international viewpoints and universal insights.

A critical response discussion will follow the performance.

Admission: $10 or Pay-What-You-Will
Ticket purchase begins at the box office one hour before curtain.

Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information

For more information, call 949-547-6067

Poster Art by Dylan Page

The Now Theatre will produce two plays during the upcoming season, as part of The Rogue Theatre’s “Rogue After Curfew” series. Performances of Overruled by George Bernard Shaw will follow all performances of The Rogue Theatre’s Ghosts, November 4–28, 2010, and performances of The Bald Soprano by Eugéne Ionesco will follow all performances of The Rogue’s Old Times, February 24–March 13, 2011.

Check out The Now Theatre on Facebook
complete with a video preview of A Night of Three Short Plays


A Concert of Medieval Music

Pay-What-You-Will, Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7:30 P.M.

In anticipation of next season’s production of Boccaccio’s “Decameron”, the Rogue Theatre will present a light-hearted evening of 14th century Italian and French vocal and instrumental music. Internationally renowned lutenist Crawford Young joins Rogue musician and singer Harlan Hokin for the Rogue’s first concert. Both Harlan and Crawford are well-known and seasoned practitioners of medieval and renaissance music. Our program will consist of pieces that would have been familiar to the characters in the Decameron. Rogue friend and collaborator Patrick Baliani is in the midst of creating a new translation and dramatization of Boccaccio’s “Decameron” that will be the Rogue’s fifth production of the 2010-11 season.

Crawford Young graduated from New England Conservatory and studied medieval music with Thomas Binkley prior to joining the medieval quartet Sequentia in Cologne. Young is director and founder of two prominent medieval ensembles, Boston-based Project Ars Nova and the Ferrara Ensemble of Basel, which won a Diapason d’Or de l’Annee and was a finalist for Gramophone’s Early Music Recording of the Year. Since 1982 Young has taught lute and Interpretation and Performance Practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel.

Harlan Hokin is well known to Rogue audiences. He has performed extensively as a solo singer and director with many international early music ensembles including Sequentia and P.A.N., and did a stint with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival somewhere in the mists of history. He earned a doctorate in historical performance practice from Stanford, and has taught at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. Harlan is an active workshop teacher and writer on topics of interest to singers and early music performers, and teaches music theory and literature at Pima Community College. He has served the Rogue as music director since its inception, and acted as vocal director for Arizona Onstage’s production of Assassins. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Early Music Society, and is the father of two nearly perfect former children. Harlan was a student at the Schola Cantorum (where Crawford now teaches) many long moons ago.

Carolyn Hokin, singer, as well as various Rogue actors, will join Crawford and Harlan for this concert.

Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information


June, 2010:

Two Characters Times Two: Rogue’s The Four of Us plays with the lives of two real-life literary figures

Review of The Four of Us by Nathan Christensen in the June 24 Tucson Weekly

The Four of Us comes straight from today’s generation

Review of The Four of Us by Chuck Graham on June 21 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Two actors add up to lovely Four

Review of The Four of Us by Kathleen Allen in the June 18 Arizona Daily Star

New AC lets Rogue raise audience’s temperature

Preview of The Four of Us by Kathleen Allen in the June 11 Arizona Daily Star


From The Rogue’s new YouTube channel:
We sat down with John Shartzer and Matt Bowdren to get their thoughts on performing Itamar Moses’ The Four Of Us.


MegaCläp—the keyboard duo comprised of Young Musicians’ Camp graduates David and Benjamin—coming to The Rogue!

April, 2010:

Passion, rage flow in Othello
Rogue Theatre’s staging moves quickly, with grace

Review of Othello by Kathleen Allen in the May 7 Arizona Daily Star

Wickedly Good: The Rogue’s enjoyable Othello is perfect for Shakespeare-phobes

Review of Othello by Nathan Christensen in the May 6 Tucson Weekly

Shakespeare is the master psychologist in Rogue’s Othello

Review of Othello by Chuck Graham on May 2 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

The villain Bard’s fans love to hate
Rogue Theatre’s
Othello will flesh out the odious Iago

Preview of Othello by Kathleen Allen in the April 23 Arizona Daily Star

 


 

Book Clubs

The Rogue Theatre is meeting with book clubs in early April in advance of the opening of Shakespeare’s Othello on April 29th.

On Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 P.M., we will hold a discussion of Othello at The Rogue Theatre, 300 University Boulevard in the Historic Y. Several Rogue actors will be on hand. Members of Pima County Public Library book clubs, members of other book clubs, and the general public are all invited. Admission is free. See map and parking information.

On Thursday, April 15, from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M., artistic director Joseph McGrath and artistic associate David Morden of The Rogue Theatre will lead a lively discussion of Othello with the Main Library Book Club at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in downtown Tucson. For those attending the book club a two-hour free parking validation is available for the garage directly below the library. All are invited to bring their lunches for this free program. More information can be found here.

Please contact us to arrange for the Rogue Theatre to meet with your book group. Pick an upcoming play being produced by the Rogue and we’ll arrange the rest.


An Evening of Long-Form Improvisation

Saturday, April 10, 2010
7:30 P.M.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will
Free Off-Street Parking
See Map and Parking Information
Parking and Box Office open at 6:30 P.M.

Guided by director Brad Kula of The Charles Darwin Experience, we have assembled a cast of six creative, spontaneous and awfully clever actors to create an evening of both short-form theatre games and long-form improvisation. Working together, the company will create a one-act play from a simple suggestion of a setting, weaving together multiple story lines and interacting with each other in unexpected and surprising ways. The evening promises to be a combustion of comedy, drama, intrigue and…well…we don’t know what else (it’s improvisation, after all)!

An Evening of Long-Form Improvisation features Brad Kula, Cynthia Meier, Javan Nelson, Ali Franklin, David Morden, Anna Lauren Farrell and Ryan Deluca.

Proceeds from the evening’s performance will go towards The Rogue Theatre purchase of air-conditioning for our theatre.

March, 2010:

Photo credit: Ward Wallingford

The Rogue Sale of Vintage Goods: The Sequel took place on Saturday, March 27. This reprise of the August 2009 sale of the entire contents of an antique store donated to The Rogue Theatre included vintage linens, midcentury modern items, jewelry, art pottery, toys, paper ephemera, American and English dinnerware, buttons and a great deal more. Hundreds of unique collectibles were sold at extremely reasonable prices to benefit our theatre renovation. By the end of the day, we were over $5,000 closer to our goal!


Tucson’s Performing Arts and Arts Criticism

Sunday March 21, 3:00 P.M.

A panel discussion hosted by The Arizona Daily Star and The Rogue Theatre,
to spark a discussion on the role of the arts and arts criticism in the Old Pueblo

The panel will be monitored by Bruce Brockman, head of the University of Arizona Media and Theater School.

Panelists include

  • Jessica Andrews, arts consultant and former executive director of Arizona Theatre Company
  • Lyn Tornabene, audience member, arts supporter, and one-time theater critic
  • Joseph Thomas Tolliver, UA Associate Professor of Philosophy and Board Member of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
  • Harry Clark, musician and co-founder of Chamber Music Plus Southwest
  • Joseph McGrath, actor, co-founder of The Rogue Theatre
  • Cathalena E. Burch, music critic, Arizona Daily Star
  • Kathleen Allen, arts editor/theater critic, Arizona Daily Star
  • Joel Revzen, artistic director, Arizona Opera
The panel will open with a discussion among the panelists, and will then move to questions from the audience.

With the changes in newspapers, including the Star, and the import of the arts to the local community, we felt it was time to have a public discussion.

Please join us at The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University in the Historic Y, and please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Seating will be limited!

  • Read the related article in the Friday, March 19 Arizona Daily Star

An interview with David Morden, director of the three Backett one-acts, from The Rogue’s new YouTube channel:


Beckett á trois at Rogue Theatre
A trio of thought-provoking plays from the master of the absurd

Review of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Dave Irwin posted March 4 on TucsonSentinel.com

Hard-Core Art: Rogue tackles three challenging one-acts by Irish playwright Beckett

Review of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Nathan Christensen in the March 4 Tucson Weekly

Evening with Beckett beautiful but baffling

Review of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Heather Price-Wright in the March 3 Arizona Daily Wildcat

February, 2010:

Futility oozes from Rogue's powerful set
3 short plays deliver bleak Beckett

Review of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Kathleen Allen in the March 5 Arizona Daily Star

Fans of Beckett get a thoughtful meal at Rogue Theatre

Review of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Chuck Graham on February 28 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Works of Irish playwright 'are in a class of their own'
3 short plays by Samuel Beckett due at the Rogue

Preview of Krapp’s Last Tape, Not I and Act Without Words by Kathleen Allen in the February 26 Arizona Daily Star

The Rogue Theatre has a new channel on YouTube, and has posted its first video: a behind the scenes look at The Rogue’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, filmed on closing night, January 24th, 2010. If you have a YouTube account, we invite you to subscribe to our channel.

January, 2010:

Food for thought fills Our Town at Rogue Theatre

Review of Our Town by Chuck Graham on January 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Our Town populated with meaning
Rogue Theatre to stage classic about local lives, universal context

Preview of Our Town by Kathleen Allen in the January 1 Arizona Daily Star

 

Thornton Wilder’s Arizona Days

A Free Lecture by Tom Miller

Funded in part by the Arizona Humanities Council

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:00 P.M.
The Rogue Theatre, 300 University Boulevard

Author Thornton Wilder was weary of being a public intellectual and eventually settled in Douglas in May, 1962. There he read voluminously, wrote incessantly, and hit the bars nocturnally. Eighteen months later, rejuvenated by his relative anonymity, he returned east, his literary skills re-energized. The presentation explores Wilder’s Arizona sojourn, showing its importance in his literary life and America’s literature. This unknown slice of our state’s recent past reveals the crossroads of a small border town with the American literary establishment.

Tom Miller

Tom Miller, award-winning author of books about Latin America and the Southwest, has spoken to community groups, on campuses, and at writing workshops and book festivals. He has appeared in Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among other outlets. Miller is an adjunct research associate at the University of Arizona’s Latin American Area Center, and owns eighty versions of “La Bamba.” Most recently, he has authored Revenge of the Saguaro. Visit www.tommillerbooks.com for more information on his work.

2009 Mac Awards

The Rogue Theatre received several accolades in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2009 Mac Awards. Theater reviewer Kathleen Allen writes:

  • Winner of Best Actor: “Joseph McGrath gave depth and nuance to the ineffectual Tobias in Rogue’s Delicate Balance. It’s a difficult role because the character has a deep, troubled inner life. McGrath did it full justice, and then some.”
  • Nomination for Best Drama: “Rogue Theatre, which is quickly establishing a reputation as a company that rarely misses, staged a lovely (and most difficult to do) Orlando and an almost breathtaking presentation of A Delicate Balance.
  • Nomination for Best Actress: Patty Gallagher gracefully transitioned from an Elizabethan Romeo to a Victorian maid in Rogue’s Orlando.
  • Nomination for Best Director: David Morden showed a deep understanding of Edward Albee with his direction of A Delicate Balance.

December, 2009:

Happy Days in Balgalore

Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days'

The Rogue Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is going on tour to Bangalore, India on December 12th and 13th. Patty Gallagher and Joseph McGrath will reprise their roles as Winnie and Willie for LIGRA, a Bangalore-based theater staging group focused on bringing high quality English theater from the US to discerning theater lovers in India. More information is at the LIGRA Website or their Facebook page for the event.

Rogue Branches Out to Book Groups

Recently the Rogue’s Artistic Director and the director of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance met with the Café Books group at the Pima County Public Library Martha Cooper Branch to discuss the play. Two other local book groups joined in for this thoughtful discussion.

On December 7, the Rogue will meet with the book group from the Flowing Wells Branch of the Pima County Public Library to discuss Our Town. This meeting will take place at the Flowing Wells Baptist Church, 4314 N. Romero Road, directly south of the Flowing Wells Branch Tucson Pima Public Library. Start time is 6:00 P.M. Snacks will be served. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the Library by calling 594-5225.

Please contact us to arrange to have the Rogue Theatre meet with your book group. Pick a play the Rogue is producing in 2010 and we’ll arrange the rest.

See you at the Rogue!

November, 2009:

Some Girl(s) is sexy, cynical late night theater

Review of Some Girl(s) by Anna Swenson in the November 18 Arizona Daily Wildcat

Rogue’s Albee is disturbing theater but awfully good

Review of A Delicate Balance by Kathleen Allen in the November 13 Arizona Daily Star

Now’s Some Girl(s) is some show

Review of Some Girl(s) by Kathleen Allen in the November 13 Arizona Daily Star

Tipping Point: Edward Albee’s brilliant language stars in the disturbing Delicate Balance at Rogue

Review of A Delicate Balance by Sherilyn Forrester in the November 12 Tucson Weekly

Captivating Drama in A Delicate Balance at The Rogue Theatre

Review of A Delicate Balance by Chuck Graham on November 9 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Rogue Theatre tackles ambitious plays

Previews of A Delicate Balance and Some Girl(s) by Anna Swenson in the November 4 Arizona Daily Wildcat

October, 2009:

Albee’s characters thrive in Balance
Rogue Theatre stages famed playwright’s story of folks on a path of self-discovery

Previews of A Delicate Balance and Some Girl(s) by Kathleen Allen in the October 30 Arizona Daily Star

September, 2009:

Winner of the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson 2009: Best Theatre News

Staff Pick: The Rogue Theatre’s New Home. “Now, one of Tucson’s smartest and most accomplished little companies has the home it deserves.” Read all about it here.

Animal Farm at Rogue Theatre designed to make audience think

Review of Animal Farm by Kathleen Allen in the September 18 Arizona Daily Star

Little Piggies: The challenging Animal Farm opens Rogue’s season in the troupe’s new space

Review of Animal Farm by Sherilyn Forrester in the September 17 Tucson Weekly

Rogue’s Animal Farm a chaotic barnyard of ambitious theater

Review of Animal Farm by Anna Swenson in the September 16 Arizona Daily Wildcat

Rogue’s new theatre is a hit! So is its Animal Farm!

Review of Animal Farm and our new theatre by Chuck Graham on September 12 in Let The Show Begin! at TucsonStage.com

Quest for Rogue Theatre home over: Historic Y to house enterprising troupe

An article about our new theatre home by Rosalie Robles Crowe in the September 11 Arizona Daily Star

Animal Farm shows an all--too-human face

Preview of Animal Farm by Kathleen Allen in the September 4 Arizona Daily Star

August, 2009:

Congratulations to our own

Patty Gallagher

as she lights up the stage of California Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda
with her Winnie from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days!

Photo credit: Kevin Berne

Read the reviews!

Gallagher rescues Happy Days
Review by Robert Hurwitt in the August 17 San Francisco Chronicle
“Gallagher glows with Beckettian misplaced optimism and makes his dark humor sing…
(she) makes the amphitheater rock with laughter.”

Patty Gallagher sparkles in Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Happy Days
Review by Karen D’Souza in the August 17 Silicon Valley Mercury News
“A tragicomic tour de force… Gallagher…is nothing short of marvelous.”

Happy Days Are Here, Again
Patty Gallagher buoys a new Cal Shakes production of the Samuel Beckett play

Review by Rachel Swan in the August 19 East Bay Express
“Thoroughly contemporary…Cal Shakes’ version succeeds in every aspect…Gallagher is terrific as Winnie.”

Patty Gallagher makes most of Beckett in Happy Days
Review
by Georgia Rowe in the August 20 San Francisco Examiner
“Gallagher... gave a brilliantly bravura performance... She brings an impressive blend
of dramatic intelligence and physical technique to the role.”

Happy Days challenging and gratifying
Review by Sally Hogarty in the August 20 Oakland Tribune
“It is such a pleasure to see a work of this caliber so beautifully done.”

Happy Days runs through September 6th
Contact California Shakespeare Theatre for ticket information
Read the Director’s blog here


Photo credit: Ward Wallingford

The Rogue Sale of Vintage Goods took place on Saturday, August 29 at the new theatre space. With the entire contents of an antique store donated to The Rogue Theatre, hundreds of unique collectibles ranging from vintage kitchenware to antique jewelry to aprons, linens, figurines, silverware, and more, were sold at extremely reasonable prices to benefit our theatre renovation. By the end of the day, we were almost $11,000 closer to our goal!

On Sunday, August 16, at 4:00 P.M., John Shartzer, one of the wonderful chorus members from last season’s production of Orlando, led An Afternoon of Unnatural Selection with Rogue cast members and special guests from the UA’s Charles Darwin Experience. The presentation of long-form improvisation was free to Rogue renovation donors as a thank-you for their contributions, and gave them a sneak peek at the theatre they are helping to build.

June, 2009:

Season Five announced! See the Our Season page for details.

May, 2009:

On Thursday, May 7, The Rogue Theatre was awarded the Tucson Pima Arts Council “Lumie Award” for Emerging Arts Organization—for innovation and creativity! Thank you for helping us to “emerge”! Read more about the Tucson Pima Arts Council 2009 Lumies Arts and Business Awards.

On Sunday, May 3, The Rogue Theatre threw an Open House to celebrate moving into our permanent home on May 1st. This summer, we are converting the auditorium/gymnasium of The Historic Y, known previously as The Historic Y Hall, into a theatre, having committed to a five-year lease on the space. Over two hundred people turned out Sunday afternoon to mingle with Rogue actors and Board members, enjoy Ophelia’s Variety Hour, learn about our next season, and get a preview of how the renovated space will look. A big thank you to old friends and new friends who joined us to celebrate!

April, 2009:

The Rogue Theatre has found a permanent home. This summer, we are converting the auditorium/gymnasium of The Historic Y, known previously as The Historic Y Hall, into a theatre. Our new address is 300 East University Boulevard
in The Historic Y
.  see map

Plays After Dark: Two new late-night theater efforts follow in the footsteps of LTW’s successful Etcetera series

Report on The Now Theatre and LNT @ The Alley by James Reel in the April 2 Tucson Weekly

March, 2009:

Shakespeare’s women

Video interview with Immortal Longings author/director Joseph McGrath by Sooyeon Lee on KUAT TV’s March 31 Arizona Illustrated

A Teen’s Trial: A group of Shakespearean women gather to decide the fate of Juliet in the wonderful Immortal Longings

Reviews of Immortal Longings and This Property is Condemned by James Reel in the March 26 Tucson Weekly

One-act This Property is Condemned packs a wallop

Review of This Property is Condemned by Chuck Graham in the March 26 Tucson Citizen

Juliet doesn't want to die!

Previews of Immortal Longings and This Property is Condemned by Kathleen Allen in the March 13 Arizona Daily Star

January, 2009:

Strong cast led by Gallagher makes this a must-see

Review of Orlando by Kathleen Allen in the January 30 Arizona Daily Star

Production of Albee play is straightforward, as it should be

Review of The Zoo Story by Kathleen Allen in the January 30 Arizona Daily Star

Orlando Blooms

Review of Orlando by Gene Armstrong in the January 29 Tucson Weekly

Primal Zoo: The Now Theatre offers up a tragic Edward Albee tale of class warfare

Review of The Zoo Story by Gene Armstrong in the January 29 Tucson Weekly

Comedy is king—and queen —in production of Woolf's Orlando

Review of Orlando by Chuck Graham in the January 29 Tucson Citizen

Sparks fly when a have-not lashes out

Review of The Zoo Story by Chuck Graham in the January 29 Tucson Citizen

Whimsical Woolf work to be staged

Preview of Orlando by Kathleen Allen in the January 16 Arizona Daily Star

The Goat A Mac Award Favorite!

The January 2008 Rogue Theatre production of Edward Albee’s The Goat garnered three Macs and one nomination in the Arizona Daily Star’s 2008 Mac Awards. Theater reviewer Kathleen Allen writes:

  • Winner of Best Drama: “Directed by David Morden, the production was a fierce one, full of the passion and anger and love that Albee intended.”
  • Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Drama: Joseph McGrath “was particularly effective as Martin, a married architect who falls for a goat.”
  • Winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama: “Cynthia Meier...was powerful and smart and so wounded by the deep betrayal that it was impossible not to be moved by her.”
  • Winner of Best Director of a Comedy or Drama: “David Morden’s direction...showed a deep understanding of the material, and he used a deft hand in order to give the audience that same insight.”

A year ago, The Rogue won the Mac for Best Play with its January 2007 production of Genet’s The Maids, with nominations of Cynthia Meier and Susan Arnold for for Best Actress and Joseph McGrath for Best Director.

October, 2008:

Happy Days is here again

Preview of Happy Days by Kathleen Allen in the October 31 Arizona Daily Star

September, 2008:

Apt challenge for audience: Rogue Theatre, Six Characters mesh

Review of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kathleen Allen in the September 26 Arizona Daily Star

Silence speaks volumes in this staging

Review of Cigarettes and Chocolate by Kathleen Allen in the September 26 Arizona Daily Star

Winner of the Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson 2008

The January 2008 Rogue Theatre production of Albee’s The Goat was selected by the Tucson Weekly in the category of Best Theatrical Bestiality: “Loud, intense and emotionally realistic, Rogue’s production of Edward Albee’s play about a married man who has sex with a goat gradually twisted its initial whimsy into an evening throbbing with loneliness and rage, thanks to director David Morden and lead actors J. Andrew McGrath and Cynthia Meier. What began with witty sophistication descended into brutal primitivism by play’s end, in an overwhelming production by a courageous little company.”

Characters in Abundance

Review of Six Characters in Search of an Author by James Reel in the September 25 Tucson Weekly

Six Characters, One Chance to Live

Preview of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Kathleen Allen in the September 19 Arizona Daily Star

Ambitious UA Grad's Now Theatre to Debut

Preview of Cigarettes and Chocolate by Kathleen Allen in the September 19 Arizona Daily Star

June, 2008:

Season Four announced! See the Our Season page for details.

April, 2008:

The Rogue Theatre’s production of Happy Days will be presented at the Climate Theatre of San Francisco April 25–27, 2008. Contact the Climate Theatre for performance times and online ticket purchases. Also, you can now view production photos by Tim Fuller.

March, 2008:

Red Noses: Mocking Authority, Avoiding Despair

Preview of Red Noses by Kathleen Allen in the March 21 Arizona Daily Star

February, 2008:

Going Down Singing

Preview of Happy Days by James Reel in the February 7 Tucson Weekly

Gallagher gets ‘Happy’

Preview of Happy Days by Chuck Graham in the February 7 Tucson Citizen

Amid the bleak, a ray of hope

Preview of Happy Days by Kathleen Allen in the February 8 Arizona Daily Star

January, 2008:

Destruction of Innocence

Review of The Goat by James Reel in the January 10 Tucson Weekly

Albee’s Goat tackles taboos left and right

Review of The Goat by Kathleen Allen in the January 11 Arizona Daily Star

Play uncovers the struggles behind unconventional love

Review of The Goat by Chuck Graham in the January 10 Tucson Citizen — Grade: A+

Winner of the Arionza Daily Star Mac Award

The January 2007 Rogue Theatre production of Genet’s The Maids was a favorite of the Arizona Daily Star and its 2007 Mac Awards. In the running for Best Actress were Cynthia Meier and Susan Arnold, “two sisters who are bitter maids to a haughty mistress. They were disturbing, they were touching, and they were very effective.” As a contender in the category of Best Director, the Star credits Joseph McGrath with directing “a smooth, tense version of The Maids.” But in the category of Best Play, The Maids came out the winner: “The compelling and horrifying story was cleanly directed by Joseph McGrath and powerfully performed by a trio of actresses [Cynthia Meier, Susan Arnold and Arlene Naughton]. It was fulfilling and challenging theater.”

December, 2007:

Add Tony-winning play to your 2008 to-do list

Preview of The Goat by Sherilyn Forrester in the December 28 Arizona Daily Star

November, 2007:

Preview of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

by Iris J. Arnesen, from the November, 2007 The Opera Glass
   In any given human culture, certain behaviors will be considered proper and admirable while others will be considered improper and disgusting. Travel some distance away, however, and the people of the second area will likely hold very different opinions. Which group is right, and which is wrong? Are there any absolutes? Or is it as one of Shakespeare’s characters put it: “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”?
Read the full Preview

All Souls Procession

The Big Head Puppets of the three gods from The Rogue Theatre’s production of The Good Woman of Setzuan appeared in the All Souls Procession on Sunday, November 4.

Big Head Puppets from 'The Good Woman of Setzuan' appear in the All Souls Procession

Puppet design by Matt Cotten, Tucson Puppet Works

Photo by Thomas Wentzel

September, 2007:

Interview

Directors Joseph McGrath and Cynthia Meier are interviewed by Iris J. Arenesen in a 4-page article in the September 2007 The Opera Glass. They discuss their meeting, the formation of The Rogue Theatre, their experiences as actors, their plans for The Rogue, and the upcoming production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Dying Way of Life: The Rogue Theatre treats Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard as the classic that it is

Review by James Reel in the September 13 Tucson Weekly

Chekhov play timely and worth checking out

Review by Chuck Grahm in the September 13 Tucson Citizen

Humor Included

Preview by Kathleen Allen in the August 31 Arizona Daily Star

August, 2007:

Mask as Meeting Place

On August 11, Dr. Patty Gallagher, Artist-in-Residence of The Rogue Theatre, presented a workshop on the use of masks in the theatre utilizing 48 masks she has gathered throughout the world. With an eclectic background in clowning, Balinese dance, and Shakespearean drama, Dr. Gallagher has joined the Rogue Theatre this year as a performer and teacher. The free public workshop was attended by over 50 people.

The Cast of The Cherry Orchard demonstrates masks representative of their characters

Cast members of The Cherry Orchard wearing masks appropriate to ther characters

The Cast of The Cherry Orchard demonstrates masks representative of their characters

Kenton Jones, Joseph McGrath and Patty Gallagher display masks

Photos by Cynthia Meier

July, 2007:

We have had another successful round of grant writing, to assist in funding our Season Three activities. We have just received notification that we have been awarded $5,092 from Tucson Pima Arts Council and $10,395 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Part of what the Arizona Commission grant will fund is an educational supplement on The Voice of the American Playwright, to be used in conjunction with our production of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Patrick Baliani, a faculty member at the UA English Department, will assist in its preparation.

June, 2007:

Season Three announced! Click here for details.

December, 2006:

Rogue Theatre productions are listed in the Tucson Citizen’s Year in Review: Tucson Happenings in 2006 and the Arizona Daily Star’s 2006 Mac Awards. As a contender in the category of Best Actor, the Star credits Joseph McGrath with “an honest and convincing portrayal” in the one-man The Fever by Wallace Shawn, directed by Cynthia Meier. The Citizen reports that Cynthia Meier’s adaptation and direction of James Joyce’s short story The Dead was a highlight of Tucson entertainment in 2006, showing “the magical transformative power of theater.” The poignant climatic scene between Gabriel and Gretta Conroy, as portrayed by Joseph McGrath and Amy Almquist, is given special mention.

September, 2006:

Best Act of Theatrical Piracy

The Dead makes the September 28, 2006 Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson Staff Picks in the Arts and Culture category. To read all about it, follow this link.

The Rogue Theatre is happy to announce that we have been awarded an unrestricted grant of $1000 from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona as a result of our application submitted for consideration during the 2006–2007 Endowment for the Arts grant round. The grants panel expresses the hope that during the coming year, these funds will be used to develop audience and foster other activities that will build our organization’s infrastructure leading to greater self-sufficiency.

August, 2006:

Dr. Patty Gallagher, international theatre artist, joined The Rogue Theatre, August 8–12th, for exciting workshops on mask, clowning, and character development during rehearsals for the upcoming production of Endymion. As part of her residency, she also presented a free public workshop on August 12th. Dr. Gallagher’s residency was partially funded by a Sudden Opportunity Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Also, The Rogue Theatre has gratefully received grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Tucson Pima Arts Council totaling $8,500 for 2006–2007.

May, 2006:

Theater Blooms

Calendar Cover Story by Chuck Graham in the May 18, 2006 Tucson Citizen

 

 

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