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Arizona Theatre Company launches new season and website

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) heads into its 49th season with a bold new look.  ATC has launched a redesigned website highlighted by a striking new logo that underscores the company’s energy, strength and rich history. The effort was funded by a grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Created by Phoenix-based graphic designer firm Esser Design, Inc., the modernized circular logo features the words “Arizona” and “Company,” each in a turquoise-hued blue color on a black circle surrounding the gray and red-shadowed word “Theatre” positioned straight across the middle of the logo.

Accompanying the new logo is a positioning statement, The Art of Live, that defines both the company’s core value and the ATC experience, explained Interim Managing Director Matt Lehrman.  “ATC has consistently delivered to our audiences live theatre experiences that are fun, entertaining, often insightful and always of the highest quality.  Our new logo redefines what makes ATC unique in a very visual and visceral fashion.”

Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein added that “a new approach to ATC’s public face is one of the important ways to shape our future and builds upon the history, efforts and deep-rooted community support that has been our foundation.   Our fresh, new brand captures that concept in a design that mirrors the quality and artistry of the relevant, entertaining and impactful productions audiences see on stage. It’s a perfect marriage.”

The logo ties together the company’s brighter, more accessible and easily navigable new website (www.arizonatheatre.org) designed by Scottsdale-based Stringcan Creative.

The launch of the new look and website coincides with ATC’s recent announcement of the lineup for the 2015-16 season.

Productions and dates for the 2015-16 season are:

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin (Tucson: Sept. 16-Oct. 4; Phoenix: Oct. 8-25)

Disgraced (Tucson: Oct. 17-Nov. 7; Phoenix: Nov. 12-29)

Snapshots (Tucson: Nov. 11-Dec. 19; Phoenix: Dec. 30-Jan. 17, 2016)

Fences (Tucson: Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 2016; Phoenix: Feb. 11-28)

Of Mice and Men (Tucson: March 5-26; Phoenix: March 31-April 17)

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (Tucson: April 9-30; Phoenix: May 5-29)

Sex With Strangers (Phoenix: Sept. 24-Oct. 11; Tucson: Feb. 11-21).

A special seventh show, Sex With Strangers, a collaboration with Stray Cat Theatre, one of the state’s most creative indie theatre companies, will be staged in Phoenix from Sept. 24-Oct. 11 and in Tucson from Feb. 11-21, 2016.

Single tickets for all Arizona Theatre Company productions during the 2015-16 season are on sale. Season-ticket packages also are available.


Arizona Theatre Company campaign surpasses $700,000

Thanks to statewide support, Arizona Theatre Company is expected to raise more than $700,000 from a challenge match grant by an anonymous donor who increased the original amount from $500,000 to $600,000 in June.

ATC received nearly 900 gifts during the month-long campaign, representing almost half of the 2039 individual gifts received during all of Fiscal Year 2014-15.  Of the gifts to the match campaign, 575 were for $100 or less.

“The community really stepped up eagerly and generously to make an investment in Arizona Theatre Company.  Thanks to the extra incentive by the donor to increase the match, we expect the number to top $700,000 once remaining pledges have been fulfilled,” said Interim Managing Director Matt Lehrman. “These funds move ATC forward in substantial and exciting ways.  We are incredibly grateful by this show of support.”

As a nonprofit 501c3 arts organization, ATC generates 40 percent of its annual operating budget from contributed revenue through grants, sponsors and individual donations that underwrite ATC productions and support statewide youth education outreach initiatives which include the Student Matinee Series, Summer on Stage and Theatre on the Go – Shakespeare Residencies. Ticket sales represent about 60 percent of the Company’s overall revenue.

“There is a very strong message from this campaign in how the community believes in and wants the quality professional productions and enriching theatre experiences ATC mounts every year in Phoenix and Tucson,“ said Lynne Wood Dusenberry, Board of Trustees Chair Elect.  “We are gratified by that support and energized as a board and a theatre company to exceed every expectation that comes with every gift.”


Arizona Theatre Company opens season with laughs

Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” from Oct. 9-26 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in downtown Phoenix.

The show is directed by Joel Sass, the force behind ATC’s critically acclaimed production of The 39 Steps. The 2014-15 season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser. Opening night sponsor in Phoenix is Gammage & Burnham.

In Christopher Durang’s “all out-smash” (Talkin’ Broadway), Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman, Cassandra, issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov shout-outs with contemporary cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter season-opening romp that critics have hailed “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is among the funniest plays to pass our way in a long time,” Arthur Dorman wrote on Talkin’ Broadway Minneapolis. “That it carries with it a tender heart and has been mounted in a sparkling production makes it a show not to be missed.”

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike contains strong language. Total running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission. This production was produced in association with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Single tickets prices range from $41 to $72.

Season-ticket packages range from $87 to $372 depending upon the package and seat selection. Pick-Your-Play packages of three, four or five plays also are available as is the Flexpass that includes four tickets to any play in the regular season on any day, in any combination.

Season subscriber benefits include discounts on additional tickets, priority seating and up to 50 percent off regular box office prices, among others.

For more information in Phoenix call (602) 256-6995. For complete information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.


Artigue Elected President of ATC Board

Cameron Artigue, an attorney with Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix, has been elected President of Arizona Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees. Robert Glaser, Principle at PICOR Commercial Real Estate Properties in Tucson continues to serve as Chair.

Glaser and Artigue will be joined on the Executive Committee by:

 Immediate Past Chair – Michael Seiden, Former President and CEO of Western International University, Phoenix

 Vice President – Phoenix, Susan Segal, an attorney with Gust Rosenfeld PLC

 Vice President (Tucson) – Lynne Wood Dusenberry, University of Arizona – retired;

 Assistant Treasurer – Marc Erpenbeck, President and Chief Legal Counsel, George Brazil, Phoenix

Secretary – Robert Taylor, Senior Director of Regulatory Policy and Public Involvement, Salt River Project, Phoenix.

 Assistant Secretary – Dina Scalone-Romero, Executive Director, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson

For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.