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2012 American Theatre Wing
National Theatre Company Award

 

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'Celia, A Slave' by Barbara Seyda

Celia, A Slave

by Barbara Seyda

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
PAT AND JOHN HEMANN

Directed by Cynthia Meier
Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen

September 7–24, 2017

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus 2:00 P.M.matinees Saturday, September 16 & 23

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

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The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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Winner of the prestigious 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition.
Based on court records of an 1855 case of the killing of a slaveholder by one of his slaves
that he had repeatedly raped over the course of years.
An unflinching confrontation with an American original sin.

 

Complete information on Celia, A Slave

 


 

ANNOUNCING OUR 2017–2018 SEASON

SEASON SPONSORS: JOHN AND JOYCE AMBRUSTER

Celia, A Slave

Bach at Leipzig

The Grapes of Wrath

Three Tall Women

King Lear

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

 

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and why we’re excited to share them with you.

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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.”

 


 

Our Twelfth Season
2016–2017
Retrospective

 

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
September 2016

"ANGELS IN AMERICA" has a universal sweep and a timelessness.
It reminds us of the costs of greed, ignorance and living an inauthentic life, and underscores the necessity for love and generosity and acceptance.
This Rogue production drives that home with a terrible beauty.

—Arizona Daily Star

Every time I leave the Rogue, I think this is the best production I've ever seen, but indeed this IS the best.

—Pat Hammes, Audience Member

Each of these scenes vibrates with compressed intensity.
There are no flat spots, no filler.
The pace is brisk and the subject matter explosive.

—Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

Christopher Johnson is spellbinding in the role of Prior.

—Arizona Daily Star

Grace Kirkpatrick as the Angel and Christopher Johnson as Prior Walter

Grace Kirkpatrick as the Angel and Christopher Johnson as Prior Walter

 

Sterling Boyns as Mr. Lies and Holly Griffith as Harper Pitt

Sterling Boyns as Mr. Lies and Holly Griffith as Harper Pitt

 

Joseph McGrath as Roy Cohn and Ryan Parker Knox as Joe Pitt

Joseph McGrath as Roy Cohn and Ryan Parker Knox as Joe Pitt

Photos by Ed Flores

Complete information on Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

 

Uncle Vanya
November 2016

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Uncle Vanya

Ryan Parker Knox as Uncle Vanya

 

Matt Bowdren as Astrov and Holly Griffith as Sonya

Matt Bowdren as Astrov and Holly Griffith as Sonya

 

Ryan Parker Knox as Uncle Vanya and David Weynand as Serebryakov

Ryan Parker Knox as Uncle Vanya and David Weynand as Serebryakov

 

Grace Kirkpatrick as Yelena

Grace Kirkpatrick as Yelena

 

David Weynand as Serebryakov and Grace Kirkpatrick as Yelena

David Weynand as Serebryakov and Grace Kirkpatrick as Yelena

 

Vince Lucarini as Telegin and Molly McKasson as Marina

Vince Lucarini as Telegin and Molly McKasson as Marina

Photos by Tim Fuller

Complete information on Uncle Vanya

 

The White Snake
January 2017

The White Snake is pure, magical joy.
—Arizona Daily Star

An evening of enchanted theater.
—Chuck Graham, Tucsonstage.com

The White Snake had it all: enchantment, acting, amazing staging, comedy,
myth twisting, poetry, and an ending that brought me to tears.
—Dan Gilmore, Audience Member

An inspiring way to start off the new year.
—Barbara Seyda, Audience Member

The White Snake

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and Bryn Booth

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and Bryn Booth

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Ryan Parker Knox as Xu Xian and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

 

Patty Gallagher as the White Snake, Holly Griffith as the Green Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

David Weynand as Fa Hai, Sterling Boyns, Claire Marie Mannle and David Greenwood

 

Holly Griffith as the Green Snake, Patty Gallagher as the White Snake and David Weynand as Fa Hai

Marissa Garcia and Patty Gallagher as the White Snake

Photos by Tim Fuller

Complete information on The White Snake

 

Penelope
March 2017

Four suitors compete for Penelope's affection in a drained swimming pool.

Four suitors compete for Penelope’s affection in a drained swimming pool.

The Rogue has made theatrical magic again.
—Arizona Daily Star

Daring theatre, ancient truth fills Penelope
—Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

Who knew that a bunch of guys in Speedos at the bottom of a swimming pool
could elicit such a range of emotions and provoke such interesting thoughts?
—Laura Kosakowsky, Audience Member

Walsh’s script is playful and funny and yields both a ridiculous and thoughtful vision.
Rogue’s production finds that playful and funny and interprets that vision with invention and vitality.
—Tucson Weekly

 

Eric Du as Burns, Matt Bowdren as Quinn Ryan Parker Knox as Dunne and Joseph McGrath as Fitz

Eric Du as Burns, Matt Bowdren as Quinn Ryan Parker Knox as Dunne and Joseph McGrath as Fitz

 

Eric Du as Burns and Matt Bowdren as Quinn

Eric Du as Burns and Matt Bowdren as Quinn

 

Joseph McGrath as Fitz, Ryan Parker Knox as Dunne, Matt Bowdren as Quinn and Grace Kirkpatrick as Penelope

Joseph McGrath as Fitz, Ryan Parker Knox as Dunne, Matt Bowdren as Quinn and Grace Kirkpatrick as Penelope

Photos by Tim Fuller

Complete information on Penelope

 

Macbeth
AprilMay 2017

Cynthia Meier as Lady Macbeth and Joseph McGrath as Macbeth

Cynthia Meier as Lady Macbeth and Joseph McGrath as Macbeth

 

Claire Hancock, Holly Griffith and Grace Kirkpatrick as the Three Witches

Claire Hancock, Holly Griffith and Grace Kirkpatrick as the Three Witches

Photos by Tim Fuller

Complete information on Macbeth

 

A House of Pomegranates
July 2017 2017

This second venture [between Artifact Dance and Rogue Theatre] develops an even more complex
and emotionally richer blend of theater and dance.

—Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

A show that is delightful, and even magical.
—Sherily Forrester, Tucson Weekly

This new show is brilliant. Thanks for your ever-inventive productions.
—Nan Schubel, audience member

Every level of the performance was excellent.
On the way home, Glenda said that this was the favorite play she’s seen at The Rogue.
You can travel to NYC, Poland, Italy but you will not find any better theatre
than what is produced by The Rogue.
—Tomas Demoss, audience member

Bryn Booth as the Little Mermaid and Ryan Parker Knox as the Fisherman in 'The Fisherman and his Soul'

Bryn Booth as the Little Mermaid and Ryan Parker Knox as the Fisherman in The Fisherman and his Soul

Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur and Bryn Booth as Sybil Merton in 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'

Ryan Parker Knox as Lord Arthur and Bryn Booth as Sybil Merton in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

 

Hunter Hnat as Oscar Wilde and Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince in 'The Happy Prince'

Hunter Hnat as Oscar Wilde and Holly Griffith as The Happy Prince in The Happy Prince

 

Ryan Parker Knox as the Fisherman and Claire Hancock as the Young Witch <br>
        with Brendan Kellam, Holly Griffith, Nathanael Myers, Allie Knuth and Bryn Booth in 'The Fisherman and his Soul'

Ryan Parker Knox as the Fisherman and Claire Hancock as the Young Witch
with Brendan Kellam, Holly Griffith, Nathanael Myers, Allie Knuth and Bryn Booth
in The Fisherman and his Soul

Photos by Tim Fuller

Complete information on A House of Pomegranates

 

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