14 New Pieces in 24 Hours — The 24 Hour Plays Partners With Arizona Theatre Company for New Edition

“Now more than ever, support for Arizona Theatre Company is essential for our survival and our robust return to live theatre. Help us as we continue to be a leader in the arts in Arizona.” —Sean Daniels, Arizona Theatre Company

A group of Arizona actors and writers will work together to write, rehearse, perform and produce 14 new pieces in just 24 hours, as The 24 Hour Plays partners with Arizona Theatre Company on an edition of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues. Beginning at 7pm ET July 14, the new monologues will be published, one every 15 minutes.

On July 13 at 6pm, actors will share brief orientation-style videos to allow the writers to get to know them better. By 7pm, writers and actors will be paired, and writers will get to work on crafting new monologues especially for their assigned actors. Actors receive their monologues July 14 at 10am, will film their performances throughout the day, and at 7pm their videos begin to be released to the world, completing the 24-hour cycle. The monologues will be available to view on IGTV and online for four days after their initial airing courtesy of an agreement with Theatre Authority, a nonprofit organization managed by Actors’ Equity.

Fifteen Arizona theater companies were asked to identify artists and writers to participate in the project, and 12 are participating including Arizona Theatre Company, Borderlands Theater, Brelby Theatre Company, The Bridge Initiative, Childsplay, The Rogue Theatre, The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Teatro Bravo!, United Colours of Arizona Theatre, The University of Arizona and Winding Road Theater Ensemble.

The cast of this special edition includes Damon Bolling, Chanel Bragg, Veronica Conran, Gabriella de Brequet, Veronika Duerr, Louis Farber, Brenda Jean Foley, Jen Gantwerker, Alejandra Luna, Carley Elizabeth Preston, Shonda Royall, Seth Tucker,and China Young. They will perform monologues written by Esther Almazán, Monica Bauer, Susanna Velarde Covarrubias, Sean Daniels, Marvin González De León, Angelica Howland, Shelby and Brian Maticic, Milta Ortiz, John Perovich, Christopher Oscar Peña, Elaine Romero, Jasmine Roth, Mark Schultz, Maybe Stewart and Paul Michael Thompson.

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues are produced by Coleman Ray Clark and Madelyn Paquette. The artistic director of The 24 Hour Plays is Mark Armstrong.

“It’s an honor to work with Mark Armstrong and The 24 Hour Plays,” said Arizona Theatre Company’s artistic director Sean Daniels in a press release. “As the pandemic hit, they pivoted quickly to digital and became a beacon of hope that artists would still be able to create and connect with audiences. They deserve every bit of praise they have received during this time.”

“To have The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues focus on a single state for the first time shows the quality of artists we have here in Arizona — and Mark is an Arizona State University boy done good. We’re glad to be highlighting the artists that started here and have now taken the country by storm.”

“Sean Daniels is one of the great artistic leaders of my generation,” said Armstrong. “Arizona Theatre Company was a place where I had formative theatergoing experiences and I’m thrilled that they’re getting a forward-thinking reboot under Sean’s inspiring vision. The 24 Hour Plays bring together creative communities around the world and not only are we looking forward to hosting Arizona’s top writers and actors for an exciting round of Viral Monologues, I’m looking forward to the day I can get on a plane and help bring Arizona artists together live and in person for a production of The 24 Hour Plays with ATC.”

Proceeds from this round support Arizona Theatre Company, the official state theater of Arizona. Now celebrating its 53rd Season, the mission of the Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage, and entertain — one moment, one production and one audience at a time.

“Now more than ever, support for Arizona Theatre Company is essential for our survival and our robust return to live theatre. Help us as we continue to be a leader in the arts in Arizona,” Daniels said. “ATC is committed to using all donations raised to help us support our people, our mission and our community.”

The program will be available July 14–18 on IGTV @24hourplays, on The 24 Hour Plays’ Facebook and YouTube channel, and at 24hourplays.com/viral-monologues.

More information for those who would like to support The 24 Hour Plays or attend a live performance in the future is available at 24hourplays.com.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: 5 Movies Directed by and Starring Black Filmmakers

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

With the death of George Floyd, Dion Johnson here in Phoenix, and many other people of color, conversations about race, racism, policing and the abuse of power are back on center stage. Hollywood has not been immune to promoting hurtful and tone-deaf narratives. The big studios have long promoted white, cis-gendered, male stories over those of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. In recent years we have seen efforts to make changes. Waves of “Oscars So White” and “Time Out” sought to varying degrees of success to change the conversations in Tinseltown. And while there have been efforts to increase the visibility of Black film in particular, there is still a very long way to go.

As two white women, one identifying as pansexual and the other as cisgender, we strive to be aware of our own inherent biases when viewing films. With that in mind, we want to introduce you to five Black-made films that you might not have seen, and that we love.

Blindspotting

Directed by Carlos López Estrada, Blindspotting is a 2018 comedic drama both written, produced and starring Daveed Diggs (who you might recognize from the Broadway hit Hamilton) and Rafael Casal. The film follows parolee Collin Hoskins (Diggs) as he finishes his last three days of probation. His best friend since childhood Miles, is short tempered and reckless. Having grown up on the rougher side of the San Francisco Bay, Collin and Miles experience the divides between race. While Miles can get away with acting tough and being a troublemaker, Collin faces prejudice, bigotry and racism. Through humor and drama, Blindspotting examines the complicated nature of race and racism and who belongs.

You can watch it now on Amazon Prime.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco 

In a semi-autobiographical story, Jimmie Fails longs to return to the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Each week he lovingly and covertly tends to the home, while avoiding the current occupants. When the homeowners are suddenly forced to leave the house, Jimmie seizes the opportunity to move in. But family secrets lay buried there and Jimmie realizes that family history isn’t always certain. Joined on his adventures by his best friend and artist, Montgomery, Jimmie searches for identity and belonging in a city that is ever changing.

The film was co-written by Jimmie Fails and JoeTalbot, and directed by Joe Talbot.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is one of our top picks from Sundance 2019.

You can see it now on Amazon Prime.

BECOMING; Courtesy of Netflix

Becoming

Michelle Obama is just as iconic as her husband President Obama, and in the Netflix documentary on her life, we get a close and intimate look at the First Lady’s life. For those who haven’t read her memoir by the same name, the Netflix documentary allows for a speed round of Michelle Obama’s life, through the lens of her book tour.

Directed by Nadia Hallgren, Becoming shows the First Lady reflecting on her eight years in office with her husband and children as well as all the years that led up to that time.

You can see Becoming on Netflix.

American Son

In this Netflix adaptation of the Broadway play by Christopher Demos-Brown, American Son the film version premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film festival. Starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale and Jeremy Jordan, the plot examines the unjustified killings of Black men at the hands of white police officers. A timely subject that is still exceptionally raw even today. Washington plays Kendra Ellis-Connor, a mother of a missing teenage boy. She is on the hunt to find out what happened to her son.

You can find American Son on Netflix.

Moonlight

The 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Moonlight explores three periods of life for Chiron. From young adolescence, to mid-teen and then to young adulthood, we see Chiron navigate what it means to grow up Black in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Chiron is shy and aloof, often observing his life instead of actively participating — at least until he is forced to interact. Bound up in this, is Chiron’s discovery of his sexuality as a gay man. Moonlight is poetic, stirring and beautiful.

Moonlight was written and Barry Jenkins, who also directed the fantastic 2019 film If Beale Street Could Talk.

You can watch Moonlight on Netflix.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Annual Women’s Film Festival Pivots to Virtual Event

LUNAFEST, a fundraising film festival dedicated to championing women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, has been rescheduled as a virtual event, set for Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4pm. It was originally scheduled to be held at Madison Center for the Arts in March but was canceled due to COVID-19 closures.

Hosted by Soroptimist International of Phoenix (siphx.org) for its fifth consecutive year, LUNAFEST is a unique film festival that highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through seven short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofit Soroptimist International of Phoenix, whose mission is to empower women and girls by providing access to, and support of their educational objectives, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Visit the event Facebook page at facebook.com/lunafestphoenix2020.

Thus far, the festival, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar, has raised more than $5 million for nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada. (lunafest.org)

Tickets for the virtual event are $20 per household and are available for purchase online at https://bit.ly/LunaFestPhx. A streaming link and password will be sent to all those that have purchased tickets the morning of the event. Purchasers will have 24-hour access to view the films until 4pm, Monday, Aug. 3.

The 2021 LUNAFEST is tentatively scheduled for March 7 at Madison Center for the Arts, featuring a return to the full cinematic experience.

FOUND:RE Launches #Together4PHX

Community invited to submit photographs for visual storytelling project

COVID-19 has forever changed the lives of people around the world, and FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel wants to help tell the stories of those lives, but with a local focus. With this goal in mind, it launched #Together4PHX, a visual storytelling project designed showcase in an effort to unite people through their unique photographic experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. The company is seeking submissions to be displayed on the hotel’s six-story exterior video wall.

“Our goal is to create a digital art photography experience for the community, created by the community — because we are all in this together,” says Tim Sprague, managing partner of FOUND:RE Phoenix. “We’re seeking photos that embrace a myriad of emotions such as bravery, compassion, selflessness, resilience, and spirit as well as images that showcase fun, entertainment, unique quarantine activities and more. This captivating, large-scale light installation will essentially become our gallery without walls that lights up the night and instills a sense of pride for how we as a community have overcome challenges of this new normal.”

Photography professionals and novices of all ages are invited to submit their high-resolution, vertical photographs.  The resolution must be at least 2MB. Photographers are encouraged to submit as many photos as desired.  After a photograph is approved, the photographer will be notified via email.

Images should reflect touching personal experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Photos must be received in vertical format, and community members are welcome to submit as many photos as they wish via foundrehotels.com/submitart. The images will rotate on the property’s six-story exterior video wall in an effort to bring art, community and a visual “story” of the pandemic into the downtown landscape for all to experience.

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel is located at 1100 N. Central Ave. For more information, visit foundrehotels.com.


Photo: ID 18878636 © Erik Reis | Dreamstime.com

Bragg Named Associate Artistic Director at ATC

Chanel Bragg

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) announced today that Arizona native Chanel Bragg has been named associate artistic director for the company.

A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Cortez High School, Bragg is a producer, director, teaching artist and performer whose mission is to open doors and shatter stereotypes for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and women in Arizona.

“My career, and life, was changed by the opportunity to be an Associate Artistic Director at a leading LORT theatre, so I have always wanted to provide that opportunity for someone else. For me that person is Chanel Bragg,” said ATC artistic director Sean Daniels. “Also, it’s time for theaters to start hiring and promoting the immense talent that lives in their own towns.”

Bragg, who holds a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Innovative Leadership from Western International University, has worked with a range of Arizona fine arts institutions and is a three-time AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence recipient. Among the organizations for which she has collaborated are ATC in The Music Man and Cabaret, Black Theatre Troupe, The Phoenix Symphony, Free Arts for Abused Children, Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Childsplay, Arizona Broadway Theatre, TheaterWorks, Spotlight Youth Theatre and Desert Stages.

“I have spent my career carrying the belief that our Arizona theater community rivals any place in the universe and now I’ve been given the illustrious platform to prove it,” Bragg said.

She is also co-founder of the Soul of Broadway, an AriZoni award winner, producer of The Alexander Project Tribute Band with Live Nation, founder of United Colours of AZ Theatre and a supporting vocalist in the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.

“I am inspired by the work Chanel does — onstage and off — her dedication to her community and the joy she brings to every project,” Daniels said. “We are a better organization, and I will be a better Artistic Director, for having her unquestioned work ethic, high level of artistry, fierce passion for equity and inclusion and her truly remarkable and delightful sense of humor helping to lead the way. Though these are unprecedented and sometimes overwhelmingly challenging times, the future remains bright for ATC — especially with hires like this.”

For more information about Arizona Theatre Company, visit arizonatheatre.org.

Country Music Artist Jacob Morris Performing Live at JOJO Coffeehouse June 27

Live music has officially returned to JOJO Coffeehouse, a locally owned Scottsdale breakfast spot. JOJO announced that it will host country music artist Jacob Morris Saturday, June 27, 2–4pm. Morris has opened for artists such as Scotty McCreery, Billy Currington, Chris Janson, Thompson Square and more. As many live music venues across the Valley remain temporarily closed, JOJO Coffeehouse is giving the community an opportunity to enjoy live music from local artists.

Live music performances take place every weekend. There is no cover to attend, and all ages are welcome. Food and beverage will be available to order.

JOJO Coffeehouse is located at 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.907.6100 or visit jojocoffeehouse.com.

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Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: What to Stream in June

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

The state might be reopening a bit, and we at Whiskey and Popcorn are emerging from our home theaters a bit bleary-eyed. It will still be some time before movie theaters choose to reopen, despite getting the green light from the governor. But not to worry! We have your June must-stream list ready!

Netflix

“Documentary Now!”
Series, Season 3

If you’re a fan of documentaries but need a bit of a laugh, look no further than “Documentary Now!” Entering its third season, this documentary parody series continues to poke fun at the various styles of doc-making. The crowning jewel of this season is the spoof on a 1970s doc by the name of “Original Cast Album: Company.”  It documents the recording of the cast album for the Sondheim musical “Company.” It’s a cult favorite among true musical theater aficionados. The “Documentary Now!” version stars John Mulaney, Taran Killam, and Richard Kind.

Lady Bird
Movie

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird originally premiered in 2017 at the Telluride Film Festival. The film broke the Rotten Tomatoes record with 164 Fresh reviews and sat at “100% fresh” for months. If you didn’t have the fortune of seeing Lady Bird during its release to select theaters, now is your chance. The film follows Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), an artistically-inclined Sacramento, CA native as she navigates late adolescence in Catholic high school. Despite the family’s financial woes, Christine applies to East Coast colleges in hopes of going far from her home and her family.

Amazon 

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Movie

Half comedy, half spy-thriller and full throttle sexy, The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of our surprising favorites from 2018. Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best-friends, the women quickly find themselves in over their heads when Kunis’ boyfriend turns out to be a spy on the run. Fearing that the same baddies who are after him will come after them, the duo fly to Europe to deliver a thumb drive filled with state secrets. Part Mission: Impossible and part The Man Who Knew Too Little, this film is surprisingly smart and just downright fun. And fans of “Outlander” will enjoy seeing the titular Sam Heughan in a slick black suit.

The Disaster Artist
Movie

Can you make a decent movie about the worst movie ever made? You certainly can. The Disaster Artist explores how the now cult-classic The Room got off the ground. Directed by and starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist yields more laughs than its source material (unless you are a diehard fan of The Room.) But if you haven’t seen Wiseau’s train-wreck of a film, save yourself the headache and watch The Disaster Artist instead. At least you won’t feel like you’ve wasted two hours of your life.

Hulu

“Solar Opposites”
Series, Season 1

From the creators of “Rick and Morty” comes a new adult cartoon about a family of aliens stranded on Earth. Alien patriarch, Korvo, voiced by Justin Roiland, is more disgruntled at being stuck on a “sub-par” planet. He’s joined by his carefree partner Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and two high-school aged youths, Yumulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack), and a slug looking pseudo-pet called the pupa. Together they try to carve out life in middle America, dealing with HOA problems, school bullying, all while trying to fix their spaceship. “Solar Opposites” has the same tone as its predecessor with plenty of irreverent jokes and visual gags. Fans of “Futurama” and “Invader Zim” will find “Solar Opposites” a worthy addition to ridiculous adult animation.

“The Great”
Season 1

For fans of history and/or costume drama check out “The Great.” Starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great in a new series that is reminiscent of the 2019 Oscar-winner “The Favourite.” Humorous and delightfully frivolous, the series starts with Catherine’s journey from Germany as a young, naive girl all the way to Russia to marry the Czar. But the Russian court is unlike anything the young Catherine has ever known. Sexy, wild and sometimes downright bizarre, she not only grows up but grows up great.

Disney+

“Artemis Fowl”

This science fantasy adventure is based on an eight-book series by the same name. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius born into a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis must navigate through an ancient, underground civilization inhabited by fairies to save his kidnapped father and find a coveted magical device. But these are not typical fairies; they are clever, advanced, and all powerful. Artemis must wage war with this civilization if he hopes to make it out alive.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Editor’s Pick: HOLLYWOOD PARK — A MEMOIR, By Mikel Jollett

 

Mikel Jollett Photo: Dove Shore

Mikel Jollett broke my heart. And I encourage you to let him break yours, too.

Sadness, loneliness, grief, despair and rage; understanding, gratitude, love, passion, joy and hope — Jollett brings all of this and more to his forthcoming memoir, Hollywood Park.

Full disclosure, this book is not the first time that I have been left heartbroken by Jollett — his words, anyway. I have been a fan of The Airborne Toxic Event, the indie band that he fronts, from the first time I heard “Sometime Around Midnight” on the radio. He has a way of telling a story — raw, unflinching, truthful, beautiful. His ability to share his experiences, which are at once singular and yet universally relatable, entangles readers (and listeners), and they feel it: Every. Single. Exquisite. Emotion.

Hollywood Park begins with Jollett’s early memories of growing up in the cult Synanon as his mother engineers their escape. “We were never young,” he begins, and the reader recognizes that truth throughout the book. Once beyond the walls of the only home he has known, Mikel navigates the challenges of adapting to a world that is completely foreign to him.

Jollett lays bare the toll that family members can exact upon one another. He struggles to understand (and survive) the realities of physical, emotional and substance abuse, poverty, and mental illness, as he seeks to find his place in the world. Along the way, he discovers the true meaning of “F-A-M-I-L-Y,” connection and belonging. And when he finally finds his voice, he discovers his purpose: “Take your pain and make it useful,” he writes. “That’s what it means to be an artist.”

At the end of Jollett’s harrowing journey in Hollywood Park, readers will come away with a sense of hope and perhaps feel just a little less alone in their own struggles. In these unsettling and turbulent times, that is monumentally useful.

Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett, published by Celadon Books, will be available May 26. The Airborne Toxic Event’s album of the same title will be released to coincide with the book release, and, as of print date, a tour is scheduled to kick off in May, including a stop in Phoenix at The Van Buren, May 27 (www.thevanburenphx.com).

For more, visit www.celadonbooks.com or www.theairbornetoxicevent.com.


Kathryn M. Miller is editor-in chief at CITYSunTimes. @katsmeowaz


UPDATE: The Airborne Toxic Event announced May 15 that its 2020 tour has been rescheduled to 2021. The group will visit the Valley Feb. 16 at The Van Buren.

Local Band 23 Valkyries Releases Rock EP: DIRE QUESTIONS

 

23 Valkyries, composed of Cameron Kulik (guitar, vocals, bass) and Chris Kontos (drums, backing vocals), has been writing, performing and recording together since early 2018. Last month, the band released what Kulik describes as one of his “bucket list” items: its first EP.

The duo met in in 2016 as students at Arizona State University.

“Cameron had joined the student club I was the president and co-founder of,” said Kontos. “Super rock and roll, I know. Just through conversion we discovered our mutual love for music. I had already played in other bands, been on tour, and been hired as a studio performer, while Cam was more or less just getting his feet wet.”

“We jammed a few times just for fun but didn’t play shows. I had finished school in December 2016 and moved away for work, but moved back to Phoenix in early 2018 and we started writing and practicing two to three times a week. Once we had some of our own songs and covers, we started playing open mic nights, which led to getting booked for proper shows.”

The band released the digital single “Hypnotist” in June 2019, which led to the 2020 EP, “Dire Questions,” released April 23.

Kontos describes the music as a blend different flavors of rock and roll that create “an honest and raw sound that borrows from the best parts of 70s, 90s, and current music.”

“The four EP tracks take the listener on a journey all the way from gentle melodies to powerful, unapologetic anthems.”

The opening track, “Delgado,” “blasts you back into your seat to a time when rock and roll topped the charts,” and the EP concludes with “Bloom,” an “honest and emotional account of young heartbreak with a touch of hope.”

“Our influences are found in different areas of rock music,” said Kontos. “My playing is very much rooted in 90s alternative and grunge, particularly Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.”

Kulik agreed, and added, “My music influences were much more classic rock based (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac) but have constantly shifted over time. If there is a guitar in the music, I’ll listen to it,” he joked.

And the band name? Kulik explained that it is in part inspired by the Jimmy Eat World song, “23.”

“The message of the story is all about how you can’t wait for the best time to do something you want. At some point you realize the perfect time to do something will never come, and that you just have to jump in.” |CST

“Dire Questions” is available now on major streaming platforms. A physical CD is planned for later release. For more, follow the band on Instagram (@23valkyriesmusic) and Facebook (fb.me/23valkyriesmusic) or send an email to 23ValkyriesMusic@gmail.com.

The Phoenix Theatre Company Hosts “An Evening with Friends” — National-touring and Broadway stars with Phoenix roots to be featured

The Phoenix Theatre Company will host a virtual concert An Evening with Friends Monday, May 11, at 6pm PST.  Celebrity guests include The Phoenix Theatre Company alumni Nick Cartell, Kathy Fitzgerald, James Gish, Brittney Mack and Sam Primack. Proceeds will support The Phoenix Theatre Company’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“Seeing our community members support each other during these uncertain times brings me hope for a brighter tomorrow,” says Producing Artistic Director and Concert Host Michael Barnard. “While we can’t physically come together, An Evening with Friends will unite us behind our cause — to uplift, inspire and create hope in the face of our theatre’s, our community’s and our world’s biggest obstacle.”

Alumni will perform songs from Broadway favorites like Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen and West Side Story. The guest lineup includes Broadway and national touring performers who started their careers on The Phoenix Theatre Company’s stage.

Nick Cartell played Marius in Les Misérables at The Phoenix Theatre Company and won an AriZoni Award for Best Actor as Fabrizio in Light in the Piazza. His Broadway credits include Scandalous and Jesus Christ Superstar. He recently finished the national tour Les Misérables, playing Jean Valjean.

Kathy Fitzgerald acted at The Phoenix Theatre Company in the 80s and returns to the direct Something Rotten!. Her Broadway debut was in 1995 in the original production of Swinging on a Star. During her Broadway career, she was in the original production of The Producers, played Madame Worrible in Wicked, and created the role of Roz in 9 to 5.

James Gish recently joined national tours of Les Misérables as Feuilly and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as Gerry Goffin. He performed at The Phoenix Theatre Company as Tony in West Side Story, Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys.

Brittney Mack’s The Phoenix Theatre Company credits include Memphis, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’and Hairspray. She recently made her Broadway debut as Anna of Cleves in Six: The Musical.

Sam Primack joined the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen as Evan Hansen. His credits at The Phoenix Theatre Company include A Christmas Story, Gypsy and Nine.

The concert’s proceeds will support the theatre company’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, helping Arizona’s largest and oldest theater company continue outreach programs like Partners That Heal and to employ 48 full-time staff while its stages are dark. The Phoenix Theatre Company closed its doors March 16 for the first time in its 100-year history to help arrest the spread of COVID-19.

“We remain unshaken in the belief that theatre brings out the best in us, inspiring hope and understanding,” says Barnard. “And with the support of our steadfast patrons and a generous community, that mission will continue.”

The concert is Monday, May 11, at 6pm PST streaming via StreamYard. Entry is $10, the VIP package is $25. A recording can be purchased for $5. To get tickets, visit www.phoenixtheatre.com/AnEveningWithFriends. To learn more about supporting The Phoenix Theatre Company, visit tickets.phoenixtheatre.com/donate/contribute1.

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