Prescott Center for the Arts, Prescott AZ
 

The next Mainstage production kicks off the 2014 - 2015 Season on August 28th.  PUMPBOYS and DINETTES directed by CASEY KNIGHT!  Subscriptions will go out early in July.   Individual tickets will go on sale in early August.

 

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

February 26 - March 7

Directed by Jon Meyer

By Frank Galati

A powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Holding to the simplicity and directness of the original novel, the play uses the sparest of technical means to convey its timeless message of the persistence and strength of the human spirit as it battles against the adversities of nature and an uncaring society. //  Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation that they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination—where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the stark realities of the Great Depression. And yet, despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit and of the essential goodness and strength that—then as now—reside in the hearts and minds of the "common man,"

throughout the world. 

Winner of the 1990 Tony Award & Outer Critics Circle Award

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. "…majestic…leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit he saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found." —NY Times.

"This is, overall, a thrilling theatrical achievement that gets its power from the still sharp relevance of its human message…" —NY Post.

"THE GRAPES OF WRATH is a lesson in history, stagecraft, and truth that we cannot afford not to learn." —NY Magazine.

 


STEELMAGNOLIAS

April 9 - 18

Directed by Layla Tenney

 

By Robert Harling

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. //  The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

"Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving."

—NY Daily News.

"…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." —Drama-Logue.

"…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." —NY Post.

 


MONTY PYTHON'S

SPAMALOT

June 4 - 20

Directed by Bruce Lanning

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle 

Music by John Du Prez       

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, MONTY PHYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a very of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people.  Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

Winner of three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” Spamalot received a total of 14 Tony Award nominations.


NEED HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS?

PCA has partnered with Marriott Spring Hill Suites to assist you with hotel reservations at a discounted rate should you be travelling to Prescott from out of town and need a reliable and comfortable place to spend the night.  The hotel is located within easy walking distance (one block) from PCA and very close to the heart of downtown Prescott.

As with Dinner reservations, CALL THE PCA BOX OFFICE for hotel reservations, which are available at anytime during the 2013 - 2014 Season.  Currenty, the special discounted rate runs through December 2013.  If the discounted rate changes, it will do so at the turn of the year and the box office will have the new informaiton.

BOX OFFICE 928-445-3286

 


2014 2014 - 201515


PUMP BOYS & DINETTES

August 28 - September 13

Directed by Casey Knight

Book, Lyrics, and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann

The 'Pump Boys' sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the 'Dinettes', Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars,

piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils.

"Both musically and theatrically, a triumph of ensemble playing. It doesn't merely celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures, it embodies them." - The New York Times

"Totally terrific...It is such fun." - The New York Post

"A gasser, with buoyant, earthy humor." - New York Daily News

"Totally delightful." - Newsweek

"When the inevitable "closing time' comes along, you'll wish you could stay a while longer." - Christian Science Monitor

PUMP BOYS & DINNETTES

Cast

JIM (Rythm Guitar) - Chad Calhoun
L.M. (Keyboards) - David Solomon
JACKSON (Lead Guitar) - Mark Echard
EDDIE (Bass) - Denny Garr
PRUDIE - Linda Fine
RHETTA - April Manchester

 


THE ODD COUPLE

November 20 - 30

Directed by Catherine Miller Hahn

By Neil Simon    

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.

"[Simon's] skill is not only great but constantly growing...There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - The New York Times

"Fresh, richly hilarious and remarkably original. Wildly, irresistibly, incredibly and continuously funny." - New York Daily News

Winner! 1965 Tony Award, Best Author of a Play
Nominee! 1965 Tony Award, Best Play

 


PRIVATE LIVES

January 15 - 24

Directed by Parker Anderson


By Noel Coward    

Private Lives is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed. A uniquely humorous play boasting numerous successful Broadway runs boasting such as stars Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Tammy Grimes,

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

“Gorgeous, dazzling, fantastically funny.” – The New York Times

“A gleaming and gleeful comedy.” – The New York Post

“A brilliant comedy. A very funny play.” – Newsweek

 

 

ENHANCE YOUR PLAY-GOING EXPERIENCE WITH A FABULOUS DINNER THEATRE PACKAGE !

PCA and Murphy's have combined forces to bring you a terrific Dinner Theatre package available for all PCA Events.

Dinner Theatre Menu has a choice of 4 entrees. 

$ 30.00 for Evening Performance (dinner only, per person)

$ 20.00 for Matinee (lunch only, per person)

Includes non alcoholic beverage, dessert, tax and tip.

For those who already have tickets, call the Box Office (445-3286) to add dinner or lunch to your theatre going experience.

Dinner service begins at 4pm, lunch service begins at 11am.  You may arrive for your meal when you wish, but plan your time accordingly.  We suggest you give yourself at least an hour for the meal plus time to walk to the theatre.

CALL THE PCA BOX OFFICE

for menu choices

and to make reservations