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'A House of Pomegranates' by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Christopher Johnson

A House of Pomegranates

by Oscar Wilde
adapted for the stage by Christopher Johnson


A Co-production with Artifact Dance Project
Directed by Joseph McGrath
Choreography by Ashley Bowman
Music Direction and Original Composition by Jake Sorgen

July 6–16, 2017

Thursday–Saturday 7:30 P.M., Sunday 2:00 P.M.
plus a 2:00 P.M.matinees Saturday, July 15

Discussion with the cast and director follows all performances

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The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y
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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.


Joseph McGrath, Director

Joseph McGrath (Director) is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and is the Artistic Director for The Rogue Theatre.  For The Rogue Theatre, Joe authored and directed Immortal Longings, and directed Uncle Vanya, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, By the Bog of Cats, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Dante’s Purgatorio, Mistake of the Goddess, Mother Courage and Her Children, As I Lay Dying, The Real Inspector Hound (2010 Mac Award for Best Director), The Decameron, Our Town, Red Noses, Endymion, The Maids (winner of the Arizona Daily Star 2007 Mac Award for Best Play), and The Balcony. Joe was most recently seen as Roy Cohn in Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches, Mr. Taylor in Tales of the Jazz Age, a singing peasant in Miss Julie, as Claudius in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Johnnie ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem, Myron Berger in Awake and Sing, Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Richard III. In 2009 Joe won the Arizona Daily Star Mac Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Tobias in A Delicate Balance. He has toured with John Houseman’s Acting Company, performed with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and he is a frequent performer with Ballet Tucson appearing in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and The Nutcracker. He has also performed with Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, Tucson Art Theatre, and Arizona OnStage. Joe owns, with his wife Regina Gagliano, Sonora Theatre Works, which produces theatrical scenery and draperies.
Joseph McGrath’s direction of A House of Pomegranates is supported in part by a generous gift from Carol Mangold, in memory of Bill Mangold.

Ashley Bowman (Choreographer) is a founding member of Artifact Dance Project where she is Artistic Director alongside Claire Hancock. Last summer, she choreographed the Rogue/Artifact co-production of Tales of the Jazz Age. 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’s choreography of A House of Pomegranates is supported in part by a generous gift from Meg and Peter Hovell.

Ashley Bowman, Choreographer
Jake Sorgen (Music Direction)

Jake Sorgen (Music Direction and Original Composition) was music director for Macbeth, Penelope, The White Snake, Uncle Vanya, Angels in America Part One, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miss Julie, By the Bog of Cats, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Merchant of Venice, The Lady in the Looking Glass, Waiting for Godot, Jerusalem and Awake and Sing at The Rogue Theatre, and has performed as a musician at The Rogue in Purgatorio and Betrayal. Jake is an improviser/composer/musician originally from Woodstock, New York, and has composed for and performed with musicians, actors, and dancers in Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, New York, and Tucson. Most recently Jake studied improvised music with violist Mary Oliver and movement with dancer Katie Duck and performed and studied with members of the Instant Composers Pool and the Creative Music Studio in the Netherlands and New York.
Jake Sorgen’s music direction is supported in part by a generous gift from Susan Tiss.


Sybil Merton Bryn Booth
Ensemble Bo Brinton
The Happy Prince Holly Griffith
The Young Witch Claire Hancock
The Soul Hunter Hnat
Ensemble Brendan Kellam
Lord Arthur Ryan Parker Knox*
Duchess Pasley Allie Knuth
Podgers Steve McKee
Lady Windemere Cynthia Meier
The Swallow Logan Moon Penisten
  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association,
the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Advance purchases are recommended for all performances.

Price: $38 all performances except for
$28 Preview Thursday, July 6

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

The Rogue Theatre has open seating for individual (general admission) tickets, and reserved seating for people with disability needs. If you have specific seating requirements due to disability, please call 520-551-2053 or e-mail Ticket “at” TheRogueTheatre “dot” org and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Tickets may be rescheduled up to 24 hours before a performance, pending availability.

Please let us know if you will be unable to attend, so that we may make use of your seats for sold-out performances.

Performance Schedule for A House of Pomegranates

Location: The Rogue Theatre at The Historic Y, 300 East University Boulevard
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Thursday, July 6, 2017, 7:30 pm DISCOUNT PREVIEW
Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 pm matinee


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