New Plays Will be Read at ATC’s Cafe Bohemia

September 2, 2011

Arizona Theatre Company announces Café Bohemia, a season of play readings, jams and ideas, featuring diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights.

Café Bohemia starts Sept. 10 at The Temple Lounge at the Temple of Music and Art in downtown Tucson, a comfortable and intimate space to participate in the new play process, to hear works read aloud by the best local and national actors.

The playwrights of these exciting new works will be present at the readings as they continue to develop their scripts.

Tucson audiences are invited to enter the dramatic process at its inception, being among the first people in the world to hear these stories come to life, investing in the future of the American theatre by starting relationships with new playwrights and new audiences. 

Café Bohemia is sponsored by Providence Service Corporation. The fee is $5 for general admission with limited seating available.

“Café Bohemia is a space for new voices, sharing ideas and asking questions,” said ATC Associate Artistic Director Stephen Wrentmore. “It partners and reflects our main stage season, but also offers an opportunity for us to spotlight a new generation of artists with our audiences.

“In the relaxed environment of The Temple Lounge we get to hear readings of 6 new plays and share our response. What I love is the transparency of process and the excitement of creating a play-jam. It offers a rough and ready authentic response to a play by a group of talented actors who are responding, like a jam session, to the play as they read it.

“And with the continued commitment of ATC in supporting the Latino Playwriting Award and the Arizona Playwriting Award these works could become nationally significant over time.”

ATC’s Cafe Bohemia schedule:

La Bella Familia by Edwin Sanchez
Winner of ATC’s National Latino Playwriting Award

Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:00 p.m.

The Last Red Book by Michael Fenlason
Winner of ATC’s Arizona Playwriting Award

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 p.m.

Used to Was (Maybe Did) by Brian Dykstra

Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Wetback by Elaine Romero

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 p.m.

Hunka by Larissa FastHorse

Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 p.m.

The Color of Stars by Dwayne Hartford
Presented in partnership with Childsplay

Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.