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Pima Theater 2017-2018 Season

Pima Theatre's monumental 2017-18 season features the aspirations and passions of our ambitious performance directors to present culturally diverse and  award-winning productions with creative direction, new technology and many talented Pima students. 


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Sept. 20 - Oct. 1 
Fri.-Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: Sept. 29 at 7 p.m..  
Scout Theatre Adventure: Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $8. Groups: $6 (ten or more)

Written by José Cruz González. Directed by Mickey Nugent. Inspired by real life astronaut José Hernández, this is one family’s story of determination and destiny and a boy who set out to achieve the impossible. Pepito, the son of migrant farmworkers, struggled in school. He had difficulty understanding English, and moving to different locations made it hard to make friends. Then one day Pepito watched the Apollo 11 land on the moon and he knew that someday he wanted to be an astronaut. With the help of his teacher he made a commitment to do well in school so he could achieve his dream. 

School matinee performances for elementary and middle school groups begin Sept. 20. Reservations must be made in advance. Call 206-6986.

The Astronaut Farmworker Teacher Guide

The Astronaut Farmworkert

Scout Theatre Adventure: Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. 
For girl and boy scouts and their leaders - includes discounted tickets, a stage tour, cast interaction and Q&A session after the play. Tickets $6 


November 9-19
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $18. Discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Originally created by Kinan and Lakin Valdez for El Teatro Compesino. Directed by Marc David Pinate. This exciting, fantastical production recreates the Mayan creation myth adapted from the sacred Mayan text, “Popol Vuh,” incorporating large-scale puppetry, spectacular masks, a fusion of pre-Columbian and modern music, and dance. The Mayan hero twins are summoned by the creators of the world to deal with the false and corrupt Seven Macaw, who holds dominion over the Earth. Through stealth and trickery, the shape-shifter twins are able to outsmart the corrupt ruler with their powerful artistry. The story is symbolic and politically relevant for today’s culture.


Feb. 22-March 4 
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m.
Opening night celebrationFeb. 226:30-7:30 p.m.
ASL interpreters: March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $18. Discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Contains adult themes and language.

Written by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott with well-known pop songs as its score. Brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Martha Reed and Dr. Mark Nelson. Based on the smash-hit movie, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Dazzling, outrageous costumes, wigs and hairpieces; eye-popping special effects; and a bus named Priscilla all create a visual feast onstage. The adventures of two drag queens and a transgender woman on their way to perform a drag show in the remote Australian desert town of Alice Springs is at times both funny and poignant. Yet hidden in the story is an uplifting message of tolerance and diversity. A hit parade of pop favorites— It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, makes this fresh and funny musical a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!


Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musicalOpening night celebration, Feb. 226:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-show activities and refreshments included with ticket purchase. 

April 12-22
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: April 19 at 7:30 p.m. 
Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $18. Discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Nicole Martinez. Lush and dreamlike, the 2003 play is a whimsical re-imagining of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. After tragically dying on her wedding day, the play follows Eurydice into a cryptic and magical underworld where she is dipped into the river of forgetfulness and then reunited with her dead father. However, the reunion is bittersweet, as Eurydice does not remember her father. As she struggles to recall her past and the name of her great-lost love, she must orient herself in a strange new land where the characters are as quirky and mystifying as they are cruel. Orpheus, heartbroken and desperate, fights for her from above. He sends her letters and ultimately sings his way into the land of the dead to retrieve his bride. But Eurydice is caught between love and family, memory and loss; and she must make a choice to return to the living or succumb to the dead. The play is wonderfully strange and full of potent lyrical sound, arresting images and wholehearted humanity creating a fascinating experience that is as disorienting as it is alluring.

Director Martinez describes the play, “EURYDICE is an investigation into what transcends mortality, and how memory shapes the way we love. Filled with strange magic, the audience can expect the unexpected.”


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