Student matinees, 2011-2012 season
By Quiara Alegria Hudes
Student matinees: September 23 & 29, 2011, 10am
In this hilarious and sweet coming-of-age tale, a vivacious Cuban mother reunites with herlonely, half-Jewish teenage daughter after eight years of estrangement. They embark on an impromptu cross-country road trip were they finally unpack the tension of different cultural identities and resentments as they discover a commonality they never knew they had.
September 15 – October 2, 2011 • TEMPLE OF MUSIC AND ART, Cabaret Theater, 330 N. 5th Avenue
AZ: NO ROOSTERS IN THE DESERT
By Kara Hartzler
based on the fieldwork by Anna Ochoa O’Leary
Student matinees: October 20 & 21, 2011 (Tucson), 10am
In this riveting play, based on actual interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, four women trek the desert toward the American dream. On their way they push the limits of physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound yet fragile connections with each other through the magical storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas.
OCTOBER 20 – 23, 2011 (TUCSON) • ZUZI’S THEATER, 738 N 5th Avenue
OCTOBER 29, 2011 (Phoenix: az state university)
A Tucson Pastorela
By the Pastorela Ghost Writers
Student matinees: December 15 & 16, 2011, 10am
Once again shepherds, dog and sheep march towards Belen to witness the nativity. What are Lucifer and his minions planning this time? Will Glorious Michael and cool Gabriel be able to save the travelers from the eternal haboob, or roasting in Phoenix-like heat? The fun continues with lovely Christmas carols in Spanish/English accompanied by Gertie and the T.O. Boyz rocken waila band! Piñatas for the niños after every show!
DECEMBER 15 – 18, 2011 • TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER, LEO RICH THEATER, 260 S. Church
AGNES UNDER THE BIGTOP: A TALL TALE
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Student matinees: February 9 & 16, 2012, 10am
Five vibrant souls redefine themselves in their new world against the subterranean rhythms of
a subway train. Funny and powerful, this new play explores the intersecting lives of Agnes, a Liberian homecare worker, a Bulgarian ringmaster and his wife, an Indian call center escapee, and an itinerant, transit busker. Borderlands’ production of Agnes Under the Big Top is part of a NNPN Rolling World Premier that includes productions at Mixed Blood Theater, in Minneapolis, Minn., and Long Warf Theater in New Haven, Conn.
FEBRUARY 9 – 26, 2012 • ZUZI’S THEATER, 738 N 5th Avenue
by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Student matinees: April 12 & 13, 2011, 10am
Searingly poetic and incisively political this play explores the nature of trauma, the conflicting eroticism and brutality of violence and the blurry line between revenge and redemption. It has been 15 years since Alice served in the U.S. Army at Guantánamo Bay. She has successfully reinvented herself, living contentedly with her husband and teenage daughter. Until Bashir, a Pakistani Muslim, shows up at Alice’s flower shop and asks for an unusual request. His visit sets into motion a series of visceral and spiritual encounters among the six characters whose lives will be forever defined and connected by a single act of inhumanity.
APRIL 5 – 22, 2012 • TEMPLE OF MUSIC AND ART (CABARET THEATER), 330 S. SCOTT
Wind in the Shadows: Cantar Pajaros
A New Play directed by Alida Holguín Gunn (Storyteller & Theater Artist) and arranged from the writings of our Border Youth, with Logan Phillips (performance poet) & Toni Press-Coffman (Nationally acclaimed Playwright).
Stories our children tell are often lost to the desert-whirling around inside dust devils like little bits of trash and plastic. This project empowers students by nurturing their voices through writing and the theatrical arts.
TOURING AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, TBA SPRING 2012
For more information please call Borderlands’ Education Outreach Manager, Alida Wilson-Gunn. Borderlands Office: (520) 882-8607 • firstname.lastname@example.org