2015NewSummerShorts


Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Features Original Works by Studio Writers - June 18-28!

Join us for The Studio's annual 10-minute play festival featuring new works written and directed by Studio members. An audience favorite each summer, New Summer Shorts features works by Studio writers. With wide-ranging topics and themes, you get eight plays and eight delightful experiences at once! This year's selections:

Flora and Fauna, by Debra Rich Gettleman
Directed by: Richard Hardt
Featuring: Bill Straus, Nina Koch, Dayna Dayson, Steve Fajardo & Tracy Payne Black
When an uppity Botanic Garden employee gets too big for his britches, it takes a young student to put him in his place and equal the playing field.

Latrodectus, by Aaron Seever and Debra Rich Gettleman
Directed by: Amanda Melby
Featuring: Aaron Seever & Laura Munoz-Bottini
A game of cat and mouse...or rather spider and fly. Only it's not clear who's who in this unlikely pairing of pest guy and legal eagle.

Pick A Leaf, by Kathleen Buckstaff
Directed by: Mary Clare Coleman
Featuring: Susan Sindelar & Dayna Dawson
Based on a true story. Two women meet in San Francisco and talk. One is 25 and from Uganda. The other is almost 50 and from California. Both are working to empower girls. They discover they share the same purpose and the same wound.

Power Play, by Richard Warren
Directed by: Martha Welty
Featuring: Aaron Seever, Steve Fajardo, Bill Straus, Alexandra Erario. Patti Hurtado, and Laura Munoz-Bottini
A charity check is being presented to a movie star by The Power Company chairman who is hosting a location shoot, but there are problems. A comedy of complications unfolds as power shifts between the star, his aid and his photographer, and the chairman, his wife and his PR person.

Some of My Best Friends, by Richard Hardt
Directed by: Steve Fajardo
Featuring: Martha Welty, Mark Gluckman, Ashley Faulkner & Jared Queen.
A man becomes ill at ease when his daughter brings home unexpected and unwelcome, company for dinner.

The Storm, by Alan Austin
Directed by: Barbara Acker
Featuring: Jeff Stimson, Tracy Payne Black & Angee Lewandowski
A couple's apparently happy marriage is brought into sharp relief by the husband's affair with a younger woman.

The Storytellers, by Susan Sindelar
Directed by: Judy Rollings
Featuring: Sydney Davis, Alexandra Erario & Jared Queen
Hang on....as you are drawn into the private passion and imagination of the actor's mind!

Until You're Not . . ., by Susan Sindelar
Directed by: Mary Robinson
Featuring: Patti Hurtado & Marylou Stephens
When Libby dreams about anyone she knows, expect the unexpected as the near future unfolds!

Theatre Artists Studio presents 2015 New Summer Shorts from June 18-28 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.