Phoenix Announces Bi-Lingual Play and Bonus Play

Chuck Goad and Diane Timmerman in “November” at the Phoenix - Photo by Julie Curry.

The above photo has nothing to do with Mailbox Monday, but I just thought I would add it to this post about other Phoenix Theatre announcements.  It is a snapshot from David Mamet’s “November,” which will open at the Phoenix on September 11, 2008.  It was taken by Julie Curry, who also happens to have taken some gorgeous new photos of me, too.  If you’re curious, you may see one each on my About the Blog and About the Reviewer pages.  I looked at these photos and thought, “Good heavens!  I’m beautiful!  Who knew?”

Anyway, on Mailbox Monday this week, I have TWO exciting press releases from the Phoenix Theatre.  One is an announcement of this season’s bi-lingual play.  It will be Jose Rivera’s “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.” (What a great title!)  It will run April 9-May 2, 2009.

The other is the announcement that if you go to see Caryl Churchill’s “Drunk Enough to Say I Love You” between October 16-November 15, 2008, you will also get to see “June 8, 1968,” by Anna Theresa Casio.  A double billing!  I hope Jessica wil be selling her microbrewery beers and tasty desserts during intermission as usual!

Here are the full press releases:

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PHOENIX THEATRE SCHEDULES 2009 BILINGUAL PRODUCTION

Indianapolis The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis has selected a bilingual production for its 2008-2009 season. April 9 through May 2, the theatre will produce Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. This is the third consecutive year the Phoenix has offered a production alternately in Spanish and English.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Benito is coming home from “a war in the sand” and wife Gabriela is anticipating his arrival. Is he still the man she wants? Is her life what she wants? Stuck in a nowhere town in the desert with other military wives, Gabriela turns to the moon and to her pet cat for advice. She sleeps in the moonlight in her backyard, dreaming vivid scenes of love and loss that are humorous and heartbreaking. She wants more from life — a better education and a better job. Benito is not home enough to fulfill her dreams, and he is happy being a soldier with only nine years to serve before he can retire. He wants Gabriela to be a good Army wife and wait out the nine years. Meanwhile, teen neighbor Martin yearns for Gabriela and tries to persuade her to become his first sexual conquest. He turns up in her dreams. Rivera’s trademark style keeps the audience guessing: Is Gabriela awake or dreaming? As characterized by The New York Times, “José Rivera writes with half his mind on credible reality and the other half in fantasyland. His characters tend to live in a world where magical and concrete forces coexist, where life’s anchoring burdens do battle with uncommonly potent wishes and dreams.” References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot exemplifies this dichotomy, with a sensual tug of war between the earthiness of Gabriela’s desires and the wistfulness of the wide-open night sky.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT (from celestina.playroom-theatre.com)

Jose Rivera was born in San Juan , Puerto Rico, in 1955, and now lives in Los Angeles . His style has been called “Magic Realism” (a term first concocted by American literary scholars to describe the work of Latin-American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, Jorge Amado, Jose Luis Borges and Carlos Fuentes). Rivera resists the label, insisting that all aspects of life are magical if looked at from the right perspective. “It’s all in the details,” maintains Rivera. “If you choose the details of everyday life carefully enough, and examine them with enough clarity, they can seem magical on their own. Like Garcia Marquez says, the human condition is so absurd, and people are so outrageous, that insane things happen on a daily basis. All you really have to do is record them.” Rivera’s works include The House of Ramon Iglesia, The Promise (produced by the Phoenix Theatre in 1993), Each Day Dies With Sleep, Giants Have Us in Their Books and Cloud Tectonics (recently retitled as Celestina). Honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Fulbright Fellowship in Playwriting, plus a 1993 Obie Award for Outstanding Play and six Drama-Logue Awards including Best Play for Marisol.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot will be performed on the Phoenix Theatre Mainstage April 9 through May 2, 2009. Select performances will be in Spanish. Exact dates and the names of the bilingual caste will be announced in early spring. Performances are Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays at 8:00pm. On CheapSeats Thursdays (every Thursday of the 2008-2009 season), all tickets are just $15 (no double discounts). Every Friday and Saturday, single tickets are $25 for those 25 and over, and $15 for those 24 and under. Group rates for adults are available for groups of 15 or more, as are discounts for buying out the house. All seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open ½ hour prior to curtain for seating. The Phoenix Pub, located inside the theatre, offers beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, and bottled water as well as treats, and all refreshments may be taken into either theatre and consumed during the performance.
For more information about any Phoenix programs or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317.635.PLAY(7529). The theatre’s website is www.phoenixtheatre.org.

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PHOENIX THEATRE SCHEDULES JUNE 8, 1968 FOR OCTOBER, 2008

Indianapolis – The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis has selected a second one-act production to be performed on a double bill with Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? from October 16 through November 15, 2008. Theresa Cascio’s June 8, 1968, is a whimsical play about the collision of idealistic politics and conspiracy theory. The two plays together chart a path about where the United States has been and what has led us to where we are today.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Bedra is a precocious 15-year-old “Mafia princess” and electronics geek. Her father may have helped engineer Robert Kennedy’s assassination, and she has arranged to meet a reporter to give him the secret home tapes she has made of a phone call detailing the plot. On the railroad tracks near Secaucus , New Jersey , Bedra meets Cookie, a faded early 1960’s pop star and Vietnam veteran who has reinvented himself as a CIA operative. Cookie and his boss, Twitchell, have tracked Bedra and plan to kill her and take possession of the tapes. An unlikely flirtation between Bedra and Cookie, both outcasts and idealists, threatens to derail the CIA’s plan. Part romance, part conspiracy theory, and part mystery, June 8, 1968 is all heart, and a thought-provoking exploration of the idealism of the 1960s.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT (from tv.com)

Anna Theresa Casio (she uses Anna as her name when writing for television) is an American soap opera writer and playwright. Her first job on daytime television started in 1996 when she joined the crew of “One Life to Live” as a breakdown writer and kept the position until 2002. For a brief period in 2003, she was the Co-Head writer of “All My Children.” The same year, she returned to writing for “One Life to Live” again and left in 2005 to write for “As the World Turns.” In 2007, Anna was let go from the show, and then, as of December 2007, Anna returned back to “One Life to Live.”

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
June 8, 1968 will be performed on a double bill with Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix October 16 through November 15, 2008. Performances are Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays at 8:00pm.
On CheapSeats Thursdays (every Thursday of the 2008-2009 season), all tickets are just $15 (no double discounts). Every Friday and Saturday, single tickets are $25 for those 25 and over, and $15 for those 24 and under. Group rates for adults are available for groups of 15 or more, as are discounts for buying out the house. All seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open ½ hour prior to curtain for seating. The Phoenix Pub, located inside the theatre, offers beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, and bottled water as well as treats, and all refreshments may be taken into either theatre and consumed during the performance.For more information about any Phoenix programs or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317.635.PLAY(7529). The theatre’s website is www.phoenixtheatre.org.

ABOUT THE PHOENIX THEATRE
The Phoenix Theatre has cornered the market on hip new works….it is a shrewd outfit willing to turn on a dime.”     

                                                                                                                — Chris Jones, Chicago TribuneThe Phoenix Theatre is Indiana ‘s only professional contemporary theatre, and has presented productions to challenge and entertain the Indianapolis community for 26 years. An Equity house, the Theatre presents the Midwest and Indiana premieres of many popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and has presented more than 70 world premieres in its quarter century. The Phoenix operates the 130-seat proscenium Mainstage as well as the 75-seat cabaret-style black box Frank & Katrina Basile (buh-SEAL) Theatre. The Phoenix Pub, located in the Basile Theatre, serves beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, water, and treats, and patrons may take all refreshments into either theatre. Both venues are housed along with administrative offices in a renovated 1907 church in downtown Indianapolis ‘ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, part of the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District. The Phoenix Theatre is a member of the National New Play Network and the League of Indianapolis Theatres, and is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local corporate and foundation funders and more than 500 individual donors.

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Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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