I have been an active board member, audience member and donor for 26 years. Actors Theatre has provided a powerful avenue through which I can see the world around us in an artistic manner. Over the years, in addition to being well entertained, I have left many performances with a need to discuss the issues presented by their "talk provoking" productions. I believe Actors Theatre fills a need in our community by this type of representation. Where else can one escape, yet not lose sight of the problems, issues, joys and sorrow around us.
Actors Theatre is a top rate theatre company, producing first class theatre!
Like all arts non-profits it has had a rough few years.
However, the Board decided to take a bold move by leaving the Herberger Theatre, where the rent was outrageous, and "PAUSE" for a few months to reinvent itself.
Eight months later, with new Strategic, Business, Marketing and Development Plans, it will open A Steady Rain at The Theatre In The Park.
The Company will produce 4 plays this season, all in different theatres, giving our audiences a taste of many brand new venues in Phoenix.
Actors Theatre is hot on the trail of a suitable building in a redevelopment district in Phoenix, with the hope of having their own place, but it has reenergized the Board and the supporters are right behind them.
What a GREAT Company.
Yesterday I saw "THIS" at Actors Theatre in Phoenix. WOW!
30 somethings facing that HUGE milestone in their lives the 40's.
Middle age seems so much more threatening than old age. One is examining where you have been, what you have ,or haven't achieved, and what is next.
"THIS" is a clever, witty, annoying, and outstanding probe into the lives of very diverse people.
Will it change your life? No, but it will give you insights into mature adults behavior.
An entertaining afternoon with great dialogue on the way home!
A MUST SEE
Actors Theatre isn't afraid to bring productions to Phoenix that would be seen off Broadway. Always entertaining, frequently provocative, memorable and lingers with you. Leaves you something to talk about with friends who have seen the same program. It's unfortunate that more live theatre fans in Arizona don't know about them - the only criticism is that each of their shows should be sold out.
I "discovered" Actors Theatre 23 years ago. Then, it was an entertaining Black Box theatre company. It has been incredible to have been experienced the productions year after year. While, even I do not love every play, I do love seeing the performers who have done multiple productions for us grow, yet maintain their own identity despite the varying roles.
I also have been challenged many times thru the years by the social messages delivered by some of our performances. It is difficult to be bothered by a particular social commentary, yet still be entertained. Actors Theatre has provided this for me and the many guests I have brought thru the years.
It has been quite a journey from the perspective of a long time board member. I have learned much about the Performing Arts world. I have met some wonderfully talented performers and committed staff, and I have been troubled by the effects of our economic times. However, here we are, in our 25th year, striving to improve the stability of our company without sacrificing the quality we have been identified with by our growing audience.
Lastly, I must admit to being as smitten by live theatre as I was as a child and as a new subscriber to Actors Theatre. The work that the performers and techies create is still as magical as ever.
Please join me in celebrating our 25th year and become part of our Actors Theatre family