2016-2017 Season

2016-2017 Season



By Richard Montoya
Directed by Sean San Jose

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret

September 7 – September 25

Featuring Culture Clash member, Richard Montoya, Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country uses original and researched text, created video and short film, set against scenic art installations. At its core is the tragic & true story of a Nogales boy, shot in the back 15 times by a U.S. Border patrol officer. Documentation morphs into hybrid performance as Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country traces the bullets beyond headlines, borders  and politics to explore the true lives and real people from the dangerous shadowlands to the powerful circle of an infamous sheriff.


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Verbo•bala Spoken Video presents SONORAN STRANGE
Created, Directed, and Performed by
Performing Artists Logan Phillips and Adam 
One Night only Fundraiser! Nov. 19th 2016 at 7pm
at Santa Cruz River Park on the corner of  N. Bonita and W. Congress
Pricing: $15 Tickets in advanced, $20 Tickets at the door
Sonoran Strange is a label, a description, a manner of understanding the Arizona – Mexico borderlands. Sonoran Strange is a book of poems by Logan Dirtyverbs Phillips, and a performance piece by Verbo•bala Spoken Video, created and performed by Adam 
Cooper-Terán and Phillips. 
Sonoran Strange incorporates bilingual spoken word, multiple projections of live video mixing and performance art. After debuting in Tucson in 2013, the piece has been remixed multiple times and has been presented by Dance Mission (San Francisco), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), the Hopi Cultural Center (Second Mesa, AZ), Arizona State University, and the University of Rostock, Germany. 
What if the Catalina Mountains outside Tucson dreamed of one day jumping the border of horizon, to follow their dreams of becoming thunderheads? What if the Apaches had won? What if the saguaros were sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania? What if the snowbirds don’t come home to roost, if the tumbleweeds decide to settle down? What if sand shoots from the sprinklers? What if the water runs out?

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La Pastorela

Written by Milta Ortiz and the Ghosts Writers

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret

Dec 1 – Dec 11, 2016

A Tucson holiday tradition returns! Shepherds make the harrowing journey to find the baby Jesus. Generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2016’s biggest political and pop cultural events.

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Written and Performed by Lisandra Tena

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret

February 1 – 12, 2017

Structurally innovative and emotionally riveting, Guera is the nuanced, unflinching story of one young woman’s struggle to survive while growing up with a drug-addicted mother and an overwhelmed, alternately tender and violent father. Drawing on years of supporting herself as a waitress, Tena offers her life as a menu of scenes– audience members choose the appetizer, entrée and dessert– will it be “Mom’s Yard Sale” or “Promises, Promises”? “El Mexicano” or “The Talk”? No matter the choices, the audience will get the full story.

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Shooting Columbus

Created by the Fifth World Collective Adam Cooper-Teran (Yaqui, Chicano), T Loving (Black, Cherokee), Ryan Pinto (Hopi, Omaha, Northern Ute), Rachel Bowditch (European American), and Denise Uyehara (Okinawan and Japanese American).

Location: La Pilita

March 29 – April 8, 2017

“How would your life be different if Christopher Columbus had been assassinated?”

Shooting Columbus is an immersive site-specific performance examining the consequences of time travel and the current resistance of Native people in the face of continual oppression by the United States government. Created and devised by Fifth World Collective, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from the state of Arizona, the show presents poetic imaginings of a radically different past to foster dialogue about a radically different future.

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