Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
April 12, 13 & 14 at 8 pm and April 15 at 2 pm
Directed by Richard McGarvey
A TIGER HAUNTS THE STREETS OF BAGHDAD DURING THE WAR IN 2003 SEEKING THE MEANING OF LIFE. HE ENCOUNTERS TWO AMERICAN MARINES AND AN IRAQI TRANSLATOR WHO ARE SEARCHING FOR FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING. THE PLAY, A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA, IS TRAGIC, BUT DARKLY COMIC AND HIGHLY IMAGINATIVE, COVERING TOPICS OF FORGIVENESS, REDEMPTION, AND THE IMPACT OF WAR. THE TIGER, WHO APPEARS AS A HUMAN, WAS PLAYED BY ROBIN WILLIAMS IN THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION IN 2011. HE HAS A FOUL MOUTH AND A DISPOSITION TO MATCH, HAVING BEEN LOCKED UP IN THE BAGHDAD ZOO FOR YEARS. DUE TO CONTENT AND LANGUAGE, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
PERFORMANCES ARE AT THE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOCK CULTURAL CENTER, 217 5TH AVENUE, ALTOONA.
TICKETS ARE $12 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION, $10 FOR STUDENTS, SENIORS AND MILITARY, AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, AT THOMPSON PHARMACIES AND AT MCGARVEY'S
AUDITIONS for Rust by local playwright F.J Hartland.
MARCH 25 3-6 PM AND MARCH 26 6-8 PM
Directed by F.J. Hartland
Place: The Church in the Middle of the Block Cultural Center, 217 5th Avenue, Altoona
Show dates: May 18-20 and 25-26
"Rust" depicts one family's struggles with the closing of south-west Pennsylvania's steel plants and various family problems.
The characters are:
THE ACTOR, plays all the unemployment clerks, bartender, etc.
MAREK STRNAD, unemployed mill worker, 40’s
VERKA STRNAD, his wife, 40’s, a high school teacher
LENKA STRNAD, their daughter, 15
ZUZANA STRNAD, Marek's mother, late 70’s, also known as Babka (Grandmother)
MATUS STRNAD, Marek and Verka's son, 10
YUNUS, Matus's imaginary friend, young adult
PAVOL STRNAD, Marek and Verka's older son, 20, a college student
SETTING: The Strnad home, the unemployment office and the New Deal Bar in a fictional steel mill town in Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley. Fall of 1983 through spring of 1984.
Auditions will be cold readings from the script. All parts are available. If you are interested but unable to attend either of the scheduled times, please contact me to set up an appointment.
Later this year:
Rocky Horror Show
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. As the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.
October 19-21 and 26-27
Veronica's Room by Ira Levin. In this chilling mystery thriller, a young couple are invited to the home of an older couple with the explanation that the girl resembles their charge's long dead sister. Asked to impersonate the dead woman to bring closure to their charge, the young woman finds herself locked in the role and in Veronica's room.