Arizona Theatre Company's 'Voice and Vision' Featured During 'First Friday', 4/2
Arizona Theatre Company will participate in April's "First Friday" via its AMERICA PLAYS! centerpiece event, Voice and Vision: A Graffiti Art/Spoken Word Explosion, this Friday, April 2 at 7 PM on the plaza of the Herberger Theater Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Voice and Vision is the culmination of a month-long campaign in Phoenix and Tucson in which Arizona Theatre Company collected stories from staff, theatre patrons, and community members describing times during which they "found their voices." These stories will burst forth during this event as members of the ATC staff and community volunteers read them aloud, creating a torrent of sound and personal narrative as four talented artists, Gabriel Pecina, Joseph Anthony Perez ("Sentrock"), Edgar Saenz and Adam Vallejo, paint a graffiti-art mural ignited by the stories they hear as well as their own. Community volunteers will include Neil Cohen (Echo Magazine), Joannie Flatt (ATC Trustee), Garry Hays (ATC Trustee), Matt Lehrman (Alliance for Audience/Showup.com), Marty Manning (99.9 KEZ), and Robrt Pela (Phoenix New Times/91.5 KJZZ). Arizona Theatre Company Managing Director Kevin E. Moore will lend his voice to the program, in addition to members of the ATC staff and students who have benefited from the company's education and community programs.Immediately following Voice and Vision will be the 8 PM performance of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece The Glass Menagerie: an achingly beautiful story of longing and love that has touched generations of theatergoers with its sparkling, delicate radiance. The Arizona Daily Star called The Glass Menagerie, "Stunning .... This is a Menagerie like noNe You've ever seen." AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories is a five-year project that includes free community engagement activities including reader's theatre events at libraries and bookstores, post-show discussions, pre-show lectures, a visual display of how our audience members "found their voices," and glassblowing demonstrations. All events are free and open to the public. AMERICA PLAYS! is sponsored, in part, by Chase and Union Pacific.