painting churches web               May 22 - June 7, 2015


Theatre Artists Studio Presents Touching and Humorous Painting Churches

Theatre Artists Studio presents Tina Howe's Painting Churches from May 22 through June 7. Howe's play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Gardner and Fanny Church are moving out of their Beacon Hill house and into their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, is now retired and fading. Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them, and they with her.

Painting Churches is directed by Studio Member Dolores D'Amore Goldsmith and features Members Patti Davis Suarez as Fanny and Dee Rich as Mags, along with guest artist Tony Hodges as Gardner. On playing Fanny Church, Suarez commented, "Fanny's a challenge. She's hilarious, heartbreaking, deep, shallow, loving, cruel, scattered, focused, mad and sane. Every actor's dream journey."

The New York Times calls Painting Churches "Beautifully written. . . . A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits," and Time magazine said it's "A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play . . "

Theatre Artists Studio presents Painting Churches from May 22 through June 7 at The Studio, located two blocks east of Tatum Blvd., and just north of Cactus Road on Paradise Village Parkway East, on the west side of the street. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 and over and Members of the Military. For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit our TICKETS page.

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor's Equity Association Members Project Code.

 

Eighty-year-old artist Alexandra is in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. Alexandra's volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block may not be enough against her family’s own secret weapon: Estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years and crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, in a final attempt to dissuade Mom from her ultimatum. No sooner are the words "Hi, Mom" uttered than detonation starts on the emotional bombs that have been lying in wait for the match to strike. The Velocity of Autumn is a wickedly funny and deeply touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.

 

This production marks the Arizona Premiere of Velocity, fresh off of its Broadway run last spring with Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Alexandra.

 

The Studio’s production stars well-known Valley director and actress Judy Rollings in the title role. “I love the character of Alexandra,” says Rollings. “She struggles heroically as she faces one of the biggest challenges in life. She is desperately trying to hold onto her independence and her dignity, while life and her children are trying to take both of them away.”

 

On relating to the character, Rollings said “I have grown sons who are the light of my life and sometimes the bane of my existence. I connect with Alexandra in her deep love for and struggles with her son, with her grief for what life takes away, and for the joy life can give. She's a brave, irascible, and feisty lady who has won my heart.”

 

Robyn Allen directs The Studio production, with Brad Allen performing the role of Alexandra’s son, Chris. Playwright Eric Coble has penned numerous scripts for both adults and children of various ages, including the stage adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning book, The Giver. He is available for interview.

 

Surprising, suspenseful, funny and exquisitely and devastatingly poignant, The Velocity of Autumn is presented by Theatre Artists Studio from April 10-26 at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, in Scottsdale. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 and over and Members of the Military. For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit: www.thestudiophx.org.

 

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor’s Equity Association Members Project Code.

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*Unless otherwise noted, all production photos on this website are courtesy of Studio Member, Mark Gluckman Photography.