Prescott Center for the Arts, Prescott AZ
 

STAGE TOO productions begin again September 18, with an orginal play, SEATBELTS REQUIRED: or THE PLAY I WROTE TO REALLY PISS OFF MY SISTERS by Kimberley Demmary, directed by Frank Malle, featuring Julie Harrington, Allie Elliott and Amber Bosworth.

 
   

How to find STAGE TOO:

The best way to find STAGE TOO is to enter the alley between PCA and the merchants on Cortez St between Willis and Sheldon. From the alley, Murphy's is on the far left (south) and Peregrine is on the far right (north).  Walk through the alley until you arrive at STAGE TOO, one door to the south of the freight entrance to Peregrine Books.  There will be signage to mark the location.

PCA is very grateful to Ms. Judith Hardes and to the Prescott Lowes for their generosity which is assisting PCA with making Stage Too possible.  PCA is also extremely appreciative to all of our AMAZING volunteers who have put in many hours and lots of physical labor making Stage Too a viable space for performers, students, and patrons.

Additional Contributors: MaryAnn and Allan Dutton, Art and Doris Winkler, Lindquist Realty, Anonymous.



GOOD PEOPLE

March 19 - April 4

Directed by Jean Lippincott

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night

on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh

has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's

made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start.

But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has

left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable

hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

"David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind. The scrappy characters have tremendous appeal, and the moral dilemma they grapple with—is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person's fate?—holds special significance in today's harsh economic climate." —Variety.

"…shot through with aching authenticity, GOOD PEOPLE is that rare play that is both timeless and completely keyed into a specific moment in American life—without the need to grasp for topicality. Bringing the same clear-eyed emotional observation that distinguished his Pulitzer winner, Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted another penetrating drama about deeply relatable issues, albeit this time with more warming doses of humor." —Hollywood Reporter.

"…incisively drawn characters and sharp, witty dialogue. The interactions between the characters feel vividly real, from Mike's increasing registers of annoyance to Margie's edgy sarcasm to Kate's genuine attempts at civility. Even Steve, the dollar shop manager who fires Margie, is revealed to have unexpected depths in the bingo playing scenes that amusingly riff on the lower class characters' financial desperation." —ScheckOnTheater.

"Wonderful…this isn't a manipulative tear-jerker or a simplistic diatribe. GOOD PEOPLE is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck."

—NY Post.

 


 

NEVER THE SINNER

May 11 - 22

Directed by James Pyduck

By John Logan                

Chicago, May 21, 1924. Nathan Leopold Jr., age 18, and Robert Loeb, age 19, killed 14 year old Bobby Franks and were quickly apprehended when Leopold's glasses were found near the corpse. Clarence Darrow defended them, pleading eloquently against capital punishment. Why would wealthy young men murder an innocent boy? What demons lurked behind Leob's flashing good looks? Behind Leopold's saturnine intellect? This exquisite Off Broadway hit explores the complex relationship between these two who longed to create a private world of fevered intellect and romantic passion. The author suggests that, given twists of fate and character, Leopold or Loeb could be anyone who has loved too much, had a broken heart, wanted to prove everlasting devotion, or looked at a loved one and thought "I'd die for you ... I'd kill for you." This is a love story set to themes of crime and punishment, the press, the times, humanism, Nietzsche's philosophy and the end of the jazz age.

 

"Remarkable." - The New York Times

 "Great theatre. One of the year's best! An excellent and compelling play!" - New York Post

 "Riveting." - New York Daily News

"Brilliant, powerful and cinematic!" - Associated Press

  "Sweeps the audience into the boys' friendship without losing sight of the brutal murder. Lays out the furor and the legal maneuvering surrounding this "Trial of the Century' particularly well, suggesting that nothing much has changed." - The New Yorker

 "A taut, compelling psycho sexual waltz." - Newhouse Newspapers "Electrifying." - WOR Radio



 

 
   

2014 - 2015


 

SEATBELTS REQUIRED

or

The Play I Wrote to Really Piss Off My Sisters

September 18 - October 5

Directed by Frank Malle

By Kimberley Demmary

After their mother’s funeral, three sisters gather at their childhood home and try to come to terms with the destruction their mother brought to their lives.  In the process of clearing out the family home, they find themselves reevaluating everything they thought they knew about their childhoods, themselves and each other. As the afternoon progresses, they are shocked to discover that their divergent memories, old hurts and long held resentments have created the toughest save-or-toss project of their lives.  The sisters hesitantly try to connect through remembered laughter and shared sorrow of living with their alcoholic and thrice married mother, and the ongoing damage she caused to their lives. As sometimes harrowing memories are brought to the surface, they struggle to realize that, though they have been wounded, they are connected by a deeply shared bond and they can only look to each other for healing.  

The Cast for SEATBELTS REQUIRED:

Janet...........Julie Chavez Harrington

 Agnes.........Amber Bosworth

 Maggie..................Allie Kate Elliott

 


 

THE OTHER PLACE

February 5 - 22

Directed by Catherine Miller Hahn

By Sharr White                 

Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the

windswept shores of Cape Cod.

"Sudden flares of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before…Gradually our faith in this seemingly most reliable of narrators is undermined by deftly disclosed pieces of information." —NY Times.

"…a haunting drama…so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn't revealed until the last shattering scene." —Variety.

"[A] wonderful surprise…in which we the audience collectively discovered we'd been had. And that we'd liked it." —Village Voice.

"Four stars…[an] engrossing new drama." —Bloomberg News.

"…you can't avert your eyes from [this] slowly unfolding drama."

—NY Post.

"White's first major New York production…shows him as a crack craftsman who knows how to hook an audience." —NY Daily News.

"White juggles the various pieces of his play with a skillful hand, folding them together with an uncanny ability to know exactly how much to give away and when." —NY Press.

"[Juliana] is an unreliable narrator of the greatest sort, and…THE OTHER PLACE proceeds to rip hole after hole in her story and add mystery after mystery to her past." —Entertainment Weekly.