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'Tales of the Jazz Age' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tales of the Jazz Age

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

PRODUCTION SPONSORS:
ANN AND NILS HASSELMO

A Co-production with Artifact Dance Project
Adapted and directed by Cynthia Meier
Choreography by Ashley Bowman
Music Composition and direction by Mary Turcotte

July 14–24, 2016

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus 2:00 P.M.matinee Saturday, July 23

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

Performance Schedule

The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
300 East University Boulevard

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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.

Tales of the Jazz Age is not part of our Season Ticket Package

 

Allison Knuth, Lauren Renteria, Bo Brinton, Logan Moon Penisten, Holly Griffith, Daniel Diaz, Claire Hancock  as Nancy Lamar and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

Allison Knuth, Lauren Renteria, Bo Brinton, Logan Moon Penisten, Holly Griffith, Daniel Diaz,
Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

 

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim 'Jelly-Bean' Powell

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell

 

Matt Bowdren as Jim 'Jelly-Bean' Powell, Logan Moon Penisten, Holly Griffith, Allison Knuth,  Claire Hancock  as Nancy Lamar, Lauren Renteria, Daniel Diaz and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

Matt Bowdren as Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell, Logan Moon Penisten, Holly Griffith, Allison Knuth,
Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar, Lauren Renteria, Daniel Diaz and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

 

Supporting materials


A Free Open Talk on Tales of the Jazz Age:
Dancing Fitzgerald

was presented by
Choreographer Ashley Bowman and Director Cynthia Meier on Saturday, July 9th.

View the handout that was used at that open talk.

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

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

Poster

View the full-sized poster for the play,
and learn more about the artist, Russell Patterson, and his work.

 

 


 

Press

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

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

 

Direction

Cynthia Meier, Director

Cynthia Meier (Director) is Co-Founder and Managing and Associate Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre where she has adapted and directed James Joyce’s The Dead and Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and directed Miss Julie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Betrayal, Arcadia, Richard III, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked!, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Naga Mandala, The Four of Us, Othello, Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Fever and The Cherry Orchard. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Arizona. She is co-founder of Bloodhut Productions, a company performing original monologues and comedy improvisation, which toured throughout the western United States. She also directed The Seagull (featuring Ken Ruta) for Tucson Art Theatre, and she directed Talia Shire in Sister Mendelssohn and Edward Herrmann in Beloved Brahms for Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Cynthia received the Mac Award for Best Director, Drama for Richard III in 2013, and for Arcadia in 2014. She has been nominated for seven Mac Awards for Best Actress from the Arizona Daily Star, and in 2008, she received the Mac Award for Best Actress for her performance of Stevie in Edward Albee’s The Goat at The Rogue Theatre.
Cynthia Meier’s direction of Tales of the Jazz Age is supported in part by a generous gift from John & Diane Wilson.

Ashley Bowman (Choreographer) is a founding member of Artifact Dance Project where she is Artistic Director alongside Claire Hancock. With Claire and Ben Nisbet, she created The Great American Dance Tour, which toured to over twenty cities in China in the summers of 2011 and 2012. She is owner and director of Artifact Dance Project Studios, a professional dance training program for adult and young adult students with a strong emphasis in contemporary dance. Ashley earned a BFA and MFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance where she received the Maria Mandel Scholarship, The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, and the Creative Achievement Award. In 2011, she received the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, given to a rising artist in the Tucson Community. At UA Dance, Ashley performed principal roles in Balanchine ballets including Allegro Brillante and Serenade as well as faculty works. Ashley danced professionally with Ohio Ballet (2002-2005) under the direction of Jeffrey Graham Hughes. Ashley is graphic designer for both ADP and the UA College of Fine Arts.

Ashley Bowman, Choreographer

Notes from the Director

In his short story “The Jelly-Bean,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “All life was weather, a waiting through the hot, where events had no significance, for the cool that was soft and caressing like a woman’s hand on a tired forehead.” The longing expressed in this thought continues throughout all of “The Jelly-Bean,” and in fact, permeates most of Fitzgerald’s writing. If we can just wait through the heat, we’ll find relief.

Those of us who stay in Tucson in the summer know this to be true as well! Luckily, we have each other and this wonderful collaboration with Artifact Dance Project to make the waiting much more delightful. And this collaboration has been quite delightful. The actors and dancers and musicians and designers involved in this project have brought so much of their talent and good will and beauty to this play that summer has drifted by like a lovely dream.

Fitzgerald originally wrote “The Jelly-Bean” for Metropolitan Magazine in 1920, but it appeared later as one of eleven short stories in the collection Tales of the Jazz Age. The story, in particular the gambling scene, was co-written by Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. “The Jelly-Bean” tells the story of Jim Powell, an idling young man, who falls in love one night and decides to change his life. In many ways, the story reflects the reality of Fitzgerald’s life. He fell in love with Zelda, who seemed unattainable to him until he proved he could support her on the proceeds of the successful publication of This Side of Paradise.

Finding a way to capture Fitzgerald’s longing through movement, music and dramatic expression has been a fascinating journey. Sorting through different artistic vocabularies and customs, discovering how dance and language live side by side, and ultimately creating a shared artistic vision has been a profound experience for us as artists. We invite you to enjoy the sensuous pleasure of this summer confection.

—Cynthia Meier, Director
director@TheRogueTheatre.org

 

 

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), most famous for writing the American classic The Great Gatsby, was an American novelist and short story writer. Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, spent part of his childhood in Buffalo, NY, and eventually attended Princeton University where he wrote and drank until he dropped out in 1917 to join the Army. While stationed at Camp Sheridan in Alabama, he met and fell is love with Zelda Sayre who would later become his wife. In order to support Zelda, he returned to New York and wrote This Side of Paradise, a re-telling of his early years at Princeton. The novel, published in 1920, was the most successful work of his lifetime. Even The Great Gatsby (1925) was not received well until after his death. Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s, he wrote many short stories for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in order to maintain the extravagant and alcohol-infused lifestyle that he and Zelda lived. Zelda was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. In the late 1930s, Fitzgerald worked in Hollywood briefly and eventually died of a heart attack in 1940 at the age of 44.

August Strindberg (Playwright)

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim 'Jelly-Bean' Powell

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell

Photo by Tim Fuller

 

Cast

Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell Matt Bowdren*
Clark Darrow Christopher Johnson*
Nancy Lamar Claire Hancock
Mr. Taylor Joseph McGrath*
   
Dancers Bo Brinton
Daniel Diaz
Holly Griffith
Allie Knuth
Logan Moon Penisten
Lauren Renteria
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Matt Bowdren (Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell)

Matt Bowdren (Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell) is an Artistic Associate and Education Director for The Rogue Theatre. At the Rogue he has appeared in The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet (2015 Mac Award for Best Actor), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Awake and Sing, Betrayal, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Mistake of the Goddess, after the quake (2013 Mac Award for Best Actor), Richard III, Metamorphosis, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, As I Lay Dying, Major Barbara, The Real Inspector Hound, New-Found-Land, The Four of Us, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Goat. Other Arizona credits include The Pillowman with the Now Theatre and Romeo and Juliet with Southwest Shakespeare. Recently Matt was seen as a Faculty Fellow and teaching artist with The Arizona Repertory Theatre in Frankenstein and Othello. Regionally Matt has performed in Georgia and New York City with The Rose of Athens, Hudson Shakespeare Company, and Collaborative Stages. Matt holds an M.F.A in Performance from the University of Georgia.
Matt Bowdren’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Bill & Barb Dantzler.

Christopher Johnson (Clark Darrow) is The Rogue’s General Manager, additionally serving as an Artistic Associate and Ensemble Member. An actor, director, and stage manager; favorite Rogue credits include As I Lay Dying, Journey to the West, The Lady in the Looking Glass, The Picture of Dorian Gray and By the Bog of Cats. Having previously served as Artistic Director of Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop (2006–12) and Winding Road Theater Ensemble (2012–14), notable local credits include Corpus Christi, Bug, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lemon Sky, Camino Real, The Rocky Horror Show, Dying City, Thom Pain (based on nothing), Wit, Psycho Beach Party, The Year of Magical Thinking and Cabaret (2013 Mac Award winner, best actor in a musical).
Christopher Johnson’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Susan Collinet.

Christopher Johnson (Clark Darrow)
Claire Hancock (Nancy Lamar)

Claire Hancock (Nancy Lamar) was steeped in the arts from the time she was a child. She performs extensively both nationally and internationally. Special solo performances include those with Broadway legends Ben Vereen and Liz Callaway. Formative years of study include scholarships to Houston Ballet Academy, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Claire has danced professionally with ODC/San Francisco and River North Dance Company in Chicago, and has been a guest teacher and choreographer for organizations including the Limon Institute, Broadway Theatre Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, New Mexico Dance Institute, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arts Express, Broadway in Tucson, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and the annual Ben Vereen Awards. In 2009, together with colleague Ashley Bowman, she formed Artifact Dance Project, a professional contemporary dance company dedicated to presenting dance with live music, which has toured in over twenty cities in China. Claire is co-artistic director, founding member and rehearsal director for the company. She holds a Master of Arts degree in European Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre in London, England, and earned both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Arizona, and is a PMA® certified Pilates teacher and qualified Fletcher Pilates® teacher.
Claire Hancock’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from Norma Davenport.

Joseph McGrath (Mr. Taylor) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in Miss Julie, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Merchant of Venice, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem, Awake and Sing, Arcadia, Measure for Measure, Richard III, The Night Heron, Journey to the West, The Winter’s Tale, The New Electric Ballroom, Shipwrecked!, Major Barbara, New-Found-Land, Old Times, The Tempest, Ghosts, Naga Mandala, Othello, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Delicate Balance (2009 Mac Award for Best Actor), Animal Farm, Orlando, Happy Days, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Red Noses, The Goat, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Endymion, The Dead, and The Fever. Joe is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company. He has performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has been a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and for seventeen years as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, and Arizona Onstage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s performance is supported in part by a generous gift from John Wahl & Mary Lou Forier.

Joseph McGrath (Mr. Taylor)
Bo Brinton (Dancer)

Bo Brinton (Dancer) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Bo began studying dance at the age of 17 at Arizona Ballet Theatre. Under the direction of Cecily Bressel, former member of the Boston Ballet, and Norman Walker, former artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow, Bo was able to build a strong technical foundation in both ballet and modern dance. After two years of intensive training, he was accepted into the University of Arizona’s dance program. During his time there, he was lucky enough to learn a variety of works choreographed by Elizabeth George, James Clouser, and George Balanchine. While enrolled at the U of A, Bo also had the privilege of attending summer programs at American Ballet Theatre and LINES ballet on scholarship. These programs allowed him the opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished professionals in the dance world, enabling him to refine his skills as both a classical and contemporary mover. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a BFA in Dance. This is Bo’s first season with Artifact Dance Project.

Daniel Diaz (Dancer) is currently a student at the University of Arizona. He was originally from Obregon, Sonora, but has lived in Tucson the majority of his life. He began dancing when he was 14 years old at Flowing Wells High School. He is grateful to have had such passionate teachers that led him on the right path and was fortunate to be accepted into the U of A School of Dance. He has had the opportunity to gain the valuable knowledge shared by his dance teachers and professors and looks forward to continuing to explore and expand his vocabulary in dance. He is excited to join ADP this season and be a part of the unique and thrilling concepts they bring to life. This is Daniel’s first season with Artifact Dance Project.

Daniel Diaz (Dancer)
Holly Griffith (Dancer)

Holly Griffith (Dancer) is a member of the Acting Ensemble at The Rogue Theatre and has appeared in The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Jerusalem, Purgatorio, and Arcadia. She has also served as Box Office Assistant, Dramaturg, Stage Manager, and Co-Producer of the John & Joyce Ambruster Play-Reading Series at The Rogue. Holly dabbles in tap, jazz, and ballet dance, and has performed and choreographed for Emerson Dance Company, X-Dance, and Emerson Urban Dance Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Holly holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Arizona, teaches Freshman Composition, and has a fierce interest in the history, culture, and literary tradition of Ireland.

Allie Knuth (Dancer) is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona BA Theatre Arts program and soon-to-be graduate student pursuing an MFA in Generative Dramaturgy. She has been dancing, performing, and backstage since age six and still lives for it. Some of her favorite credits include Footloose (Ensemble), The Spirit of Christmas (Dancer), and Psycho Beach Party (Nicky). She has performed across Europe twice with International Dance Alliance, and has dedicated several years to dancing with and choreographing for Camalo Dance Company to support LGBTQA youth causes. In her free time, Allison enjoys painting, blogging, traveling, and dancing backup for drag queen Coco St. James. She is inspired by language, communication, and culture, sparked by her two months abroad in Madrid. Allison would like to thank her beautiful family for endlessly loving and supporting their artistic girl. She feels so honored to share the stage with such talented and creative artists. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” —Degas

Allie Knuth (Dancer)
Logan Moon Penisten (Dancer)

Logan Moon Penisten (Dancer) is a born-and-raised Tucsonan who began dance and theater performance as a student at Sabino High School. Born from young love and a spirit of rebellion, he is a transcendental artist at heart. Alongside teaching dance classes for the past three years, he has also choreographed fifteen musicals, including Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, and Peter Pan. He is currently pursuing an AA degree in Dance at Pima Community College in hopes to further enhance his creative passions with the knowledge of history and technique. ADP has created an environment that has enlightened him to the meanings of discipline and courage. He is thrilled and filled with gratitude to continue training and transforming in his hometown. This is Logan’s second season with Artifact.

Lauren Renteria (Dancer) has had a passion for dance since her childhood. She has been involved in studio recitals, pomline performances, and was a member of a competitive dance team during her high school years. In the fall of 2013, she came to Tucson to pursue degrees in psychology and journalism. Lauren recently rekindled her love for dance and in February became a regular student at Artifact Dance Project Studios. She plans to continue her dance education with the studio during her time in Tucson. Off stage, she enjoys writing articles for the University of Arizona newspaper The Daily Wildcat and Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star.

Lauren Renteria (Dancer)

 

Cast members of Tales of the Jazz Age

Cast members of Tales of the Jazz Age

 

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim 'Jelly-Bean' Powell

Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar and Matt Bowdren as Jim “Jelly-Bean” Powell

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Musicians

Mary Turcotte
Derek Granger

Preshow Music

“All Alone”
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“How Long Has This Been Going On?” from Rosalie
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”
Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Harry Brooks
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“Little Jazz Bird” from Lady, Be Good!
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“Stardust”
Music by Hoagy Carmichael, Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“Somebody Loves Me” from George White’s Scandals of 1924
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by B.G. DeSylvia and Ballard MacDonald
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“It Had to Be You”
Music by Isham Jones, Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Arranged by M. Turcotte

“What Is This Thing Called Love?”
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Arranged by Tony Esposito

Music in the Play

Nocturne in D-flat major (1892)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Arranged by M. Turcotte

Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut from Images, Book 2 (1907)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Arranged by Derek J. Granger

All other music written and arranged by M. Turcotte

 

Music Director’s Notes

In choosing, arranging and composing the music for Tales of the Jazz Age: The Jelly-Bean, I was faced with an interesting set of challenges: how does one write new music in a style appropriate for a play set in 1920, accurately represent the disillusion present in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work and bring his colorful characters to life, make it easy to choreograph for dance with lots of variety, and relate it to a 2016 audience?

Answer: I looked for the common ground between all the seemingly disparate requirements and found: most of us have experienced disillusion in our lives. We have gone to parties where we were supposed to be happy, and felt more alone. We have had fantasies that spanned far more depth, breadth, and understanding than most of us are daring enough to risk outside of our imaginations. We have fallen in love with someone who was unavailable, and tried with all our might to figure out why it didn’t work, when it was pretty clear, something had been there.

Music is a bridge between cultures, collaborative projects, space, time, and distance. I hope the music helps draw you into the Jelly-Bean’s world so you can learn from him, feel for him, see a part of you in him, and perhaps, leave with fresh perspective.

—Mary Turcotte, Music Director and Composer

 

Mary Turcotte (Music Direction)

Mary Turcotte (Music Composition and Direction) is an enthusiastic pianist, accompanist, composer, and collaborator. She earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, studying under Panayis Lyras. Since moving to Tucson in November, Mary has enjoyed working with Artifact Dance Project, playing piano for the veterans at Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS), and playing in a Brazilian Fusion band. She will begin her doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in Spring 2017, studying under Dr. Suzanne Knosp. Reading voraciously as a child, writing novels and short stories in her spare time, and always having music in her head that was her own, writing music and arranging pieces to help tell the story during a play has been a dream of Mary’s for a very long time. Mary feels blessed to be a part of Tales of the Jazz Age, and hopes to continue having wonderful reasons to be in the theater.
Mary Turcotte’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Kristi Lewis.

Derek Granger (Musician) is the Director of Choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Derek graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. His performance experience includes two tours of China with Artifact Dance Project, a concerto performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, multiple first place awards at MTNA regional solo and chamber music competitions, and performances In Mexico, Canada, and France. Derek currently performs with Arizona Repertory Theatre and the Presidio Saxophone Quartet. Derek is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Arizona Music Educators Association, and serves as South-Central regional choir chair.

Derek Granger (Musician)

 

Lauren Renteria, Bo Brinton, Claire Hancock  as Nancy Lamar, Joseph McGrath as Mr. Taylor, Holly Griffith, Logan Moon Penisten, Daniel Diaz and Allison Knuth

Lauren Renteria, Bo Brinton, Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar, Joseph McGrath as Mr. Taylor,
Holly Griffith, Logan Moon Penisten, Daniel Diaz and Allison Knuth

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Designers

Costume Design Cynthia Meier
Scenic Design Joseph McGrath
Lighting Design Deanna Fitzgerald*
 

Production Staff

Stage Manager Leah Taylor
Set Construction Christopher Johnson & Joseph McGrath
Costume Construction Cynthia Meier & Karen DeLay
Master Electrician Peter Bleasby
Lighting Crew Brie Gonzales, Connor Greene & Shannon Wallace
House Manager Susan Collinet
Assistant House Manager Leigh Moyer
Box Office Manager Thomas Wentzel
Box Office Assistants Kara Clauser, Holly Griffith & Rebekah Thimlar
Program Advertising Paul Winick
Poster, Program & Website Thomas Wentzel

  *Represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

 

Deanna Fitzgerald (Lighting Design)

Deanna Fitzgerald (Lighting Design) is a professional Lighting Designer and member of United Scenic Artists, as well as an Associate Professor and head of lighting design and technology at the University of Arizona. Her lighting design credits include theatre, dance, opera, circus-themed, puppets, architectural lighting and more. She is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher and conducts classes and workshops focused on using these and other "quietive" practices to enrich creative processes. Some of Deanna’s career highlights include the lighting designs of Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town, which toured for 2 years with a off-Broadway appearance at The New Victory Theatre, and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo US Tour. She designed the lighting for the world premiere STOMP OUT LOUD, the Las Vegas version of the internationally acclaimed STOMP. Other design credits include the San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Coconut Grove Playhouse’s Young Artist programs, as well as numerous original dance designs for choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Ben Levy and Andy Vaca. Other credits include 6 years as the Lighting Director on the International Tour of STOMP; Production Director of the Opera Theater Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; Lighting Supervisor/Assistant Lighting Designer at the Santa Fe Opera; Lighting and Tour Consultant for the Original Broadway Cast tours of the Greater Tuna trilogy and Assistant Lighting Designer at the Cincinnati Ballet.

Leah Taylor (Stage Manager) has served as Resident Stage Manager for The Rogue Theatre’s 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 seasons, Stage Manager for the Rogue’s productions of The Merchant of Venice, Jerusalem, Arcadia, and Mistake of the Goddess (Hayavadana), and Assistant Director for Purgatorio, Betrayal, and Measure for Measure. Leah received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theatre and Performance Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Leah Taylor (Stage MAnager)
Peter Bleasby, Master Electrician

Peter Bleasby (Master Electrician) lit his first show at 13, using near-lethal home-made equipment.  Professionally, he was with BBC-TV for several years, and then was an assistant to UK lighting designer Richard Pilbrow, including the inaugural production at the National Theatre in London (Hamlet, directed by Olivier). He later transferred to the general lighting industry, handling projects ranging from major sports stadia to cathedrals, but maintained his theatre interests by lighting innumerable shows on both sides of the Atlantic.  When the Rogue established itself at The Historic Y in 2009, he volunteered for the initial lighting “hang,” returning in 2013 to work with lighting designer Don Fox and later with Deanna Fitzgerald.  For the 2014-15 season, he planned and supervised the installation of an extensive permanent wiring system that enables the lighting crews to devote more time to the creative process.  In Tucson, he also directs the technical and logistical aspects of Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation fundraisers, including the fashion show Moda Provocateur.

Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing. In addition to being House Manager, Susan serves on the Board of Directors and acts as Volunteer Coordinator for the Rogue.

Susan Collinet, House Manager

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Holly Griffith, Logan Moon Penisten, Bo Brinton, Lauren Renteria, Claire Hancock  as Nancy Lamar, Daniel Diaz, Allison Knuth and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

Holly Griffith, Logan Moon Penisten, Bo Brinton, Lauren Renteria, Claire Hancock as Nancy Lamar,
Daniel Diaz, Allison Knuth and Christopher Johnson as Clark Darrow

Photos by Tim Fuller

 

Performance Schedule for Tales of the Jazz Age

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
Click here for information on free off-street parking

Performance run time of Tales of the Jazz Age is one hour. There is no intermission.
Run time does not include the music preshow beginning 15 minutes before curtiain, or post-show discussion.

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW SOLD OUT
Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:30 pmOPENING NIGHT
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 17, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 22, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:00 pm matinee

 

 

 

 

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