Arizona Theatre Company Announces 2015-16 Season; 4 Arizona Premieres, 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, and Great American Classic


Arizona Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season brings the return of master entertainer Hershey Felder, a mind-bending new comedy from the producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, the provocative 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play, an August Wilson masterpiece, John Steinbeck’s classic American tale Of Mice and Men and a new musical from Stephen Schwartz of Wicked and Godspellfame.



The 49th mainstage season opens with the eagerly anticipated return of Hershey Felder to ATC in his newest role in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and is followed by the Arizona premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s scintillating hit Broadway play, Disgraced. Stephen Schwartz’s new musical, Snapshots, brings some of Schwartz’s favorite songs into a new context wrapped in a story filled with humanity and family. Winter brings two great American classics with August Wilson’s masterpiece Fences brought to life by some favorite returning ATC artists, and John Steinbeck’s classic tale of friendship in hard circumstances, Of Mice and Men. The season comes to a sparkling close with the witty Arizona premiere of Scott Carter’s new play, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord.


 “We are looking forward to what promises to be one of our most artistically substantial seasons ever,” said Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein in announcing the slate of plays.  “These are not only entertaining works full of theatricality, but they resonate with large themes, big emotions, provocative thoughts and timely issues. The season will bring a return of some of our favorite artistic collaborators, with some new artists who I can’t wait to share with our community in their ATC debuts.”


 The 2015-16 season includes:


            • Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin, lyrics and music by Irving Berlin, Book by Hershey Felder, directed by Trevor Hay.  Arizona Premiere. In Tucson, Sept. 16 to Oct. 4 and in Phoenix from Oct. 8-25.


From the depths of Czarist Russia, to New York’s Lower East Side, and ultimately all of America and the world, Irving Berlin’s story epitomizes the American dream. Hershey Felder, a bravura performer, compelling storyteller, and superb concert pianist, who thrilled us with George Gershwin Alone, returns to ATC in another tour-de-force. This time, Felder brings to vibrant life the remarkable story of “America’s Composer.” Featuring Irving Berlin’s most popular and enduring songs – from “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “God Bless America” to “White Christmas” – Hershey Felder’s performance makes this evening an unforgettable journey. “Remarkable! Richly entertaining and ultimately touching.” – Los Angeles Times


           • Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by David Ira Goldstein. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Arizona Premiere. In Tucson, Oct. 17 to Nov. 7 and in Phoenix, Nov. 12-29.


There are some topics you just shouldn’t discuss at a dinner party. Disgraced is the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning current Broadway hit about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves. Written by one of the most astonishing new voices in American theater, this provocative tale dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. InDisgraced, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards. We are thrilled to bring you the regional premiere of this blistering Broadway hit. “Terrific, turbulent, Disgraced comes roaring to life!” –New York Times


Season tickets for performances at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix are now on sale through www.arizonatheatre.org/subscribe.  Current subscribers renewing by Feb. 20 will be able to keep their current seat locations and receive vouchers for two admissions to any performance during the 2015-16 season by calling (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix.


For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

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