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

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 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.


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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:


The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter, directed by Matt August. Arizona Premiere.  In Tucson, April 9-30 and in Phoenix, May 5-22.


A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a … stop me if you’ve heard this one. Join us for a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy as Discord takes the third U.S. President, the author of War and Peace, and the author of A Christmas Carol, locks them in room with ‘no exit’, and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence. A fierce battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. “Funny and thought-provoking … Hilariously theatrical!” – Los Angeles Times


Season tickets for performances at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and 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 (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or(602) 256-6995 in Phoenix.


For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.


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