Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo Flash

Huge thanks to all who came out to hear the stunning cast perform Octagon by Kristiana Colón at last weekend's Cafe Bohemia play readings!  A gorgeous evening of play, poetry and the spoken word to round out 2014.

As the new year peeks around the calendar, happy holidays to all, and we hope to see you back when 2015 arrives!

Israél Jimenez looks on as Chris Okawa and Teré Fowler-Chapman perform a scene from Kristiana Colón’s OCTAGON at Arizona Theatre Company’s Café Bohemia. 

Sterling Boyns and Chris Okawa at ATC’s Café Bohemia presentation of OCTAGON by Kristiana Colón.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Poetry Slam Meets Play

Octagon by Kristiana ColÓn

TUCSON: 8:30pm Saturday, Dec. 13th @ The Temple Lounge
PHOENIX: 7pm Sunday, Dec. 14th @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

Winner of ATC's 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award

Against the backdrop of a last-minute poetry slam competition, eight young poets traverse the stage and the tightropes of their braided desires.  With three minutes to sway the judges, they must decide which is more important:  the points or the poetry, free speech or celebrity, all while asking the cost of the spectacle of ripping open our wounds.

Featuring spoken word artists, slam poets, and actors from across Arizona, including Tucson's own Teré Fowler-Chapman, Ezra Letra and Marc David Pinate.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Up Next: Catapult by Natasha Smith

TUCSON: Sat. November 22 - 8:00pm at The Temple Lounge
PHOENIX: Sun. November 23 - 7:00pm at Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

Catapult poses Smith’s perspective about navigating the politics of campus life for Leslie, whose sense of self and security begin to unravel when her best friend’s boyfriend crosses a line. Trust between friends quickly evaporates as people and institutions scramble to deflect, protect or forget.

Since joining Arizona Theatre Company as the Artistic Intern in 2013, Natasha has had an active role in the literary and education departments. This summer, she joined the Summer on Stage team to teach playwriting to high school students. She graduated from Amherst College in 2011 with a dual degree in Theatre/Dance and English. Her thesis production, In Her Place, won the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award from Smith College. She has also worked with Horizon Theatre and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

$5 Suggested donation at the door.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Intermezzo: Caren Beilin and TC Tolbert

Join us next Tuesday, Nov. 11th at 7pm for Cafe Bohemia's Intermezzo, presenting Caren Beilin and TC Tolbert in ATC's The Temple Lounge!

Tickets $5 at the door, or reserve your seat now with an email to cafebohemia@aztc.org!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WordUp Wednesday

WordUp, Cafe Bohemia's developmental writers' group, meets Wednesday, Oct. 22nd at 7:30pm in The Temple Lounge.  Bring a piece to share or just your thoughts and conversation!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Huge thanks to all who came out to Cafe Bohemia's presentation of ARCHIPELAGO by Caridad Svich!

CATAPULT by Natasha Smith:
Tucson: 8pm Nov. 22 @ The Temple Lounge
Phoenix:  7pm Nov. 23 @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

Heather Lee Harper and Richard Trujillo in Cafe Bohemia's ARCHPELAGO.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Archipelago by Caridad Svich - Reserve Your Seat Now!

TUCSON: 8pm Saturday, Oct. 11th @ The Temple Lounge
PHOENIX: 7pm Sunday, Oct. 12th @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

A work of linguistic beauty and eloquence, Archipelago introduces a transient world, both a part of our existence and somehow separate from it, that defies description in its quest to explore why, ultimately, we do what we do.  In a place that may be here or might not exist, in an age that may be now or might be yet to come, Caridad Svich sculpts a tale of love, of time, of poetry, and of the imagination from which her characters construct, deconstruct, and reshape a world for an audience to absorb, to reflect, and reassemble. 

$5 at the door.  Reserve your seat now by emailing cafebohemia@aztc.org.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cafe Bohemia's Intermezzo presents: Harmony Holiday and Shelly Taylor

Prose, Poetry and Performance
Live in The Temple Lounge
330 S. Scott Ave

7pm Oct. 7th @ ATC's The Temple Lounge
$5 at the door.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tucson: A New Place for New Plays

"New plays are essential for the theater, and essential for those of us who look to the theater to amuse us, illuminate us and provoke us. We love the old stuff, but hunger for the new, too...Let’s do what must be done so that Tucson can be an important and thriving part of American theater."
-Kathy Allen, Arizona Daily Star

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Intermezzo presents Shelly Taylor and Harmony Holiday

Cafe Bohemia's Intermezzo, the show between the shows, kicks off the season with two of the most phenomenal talents in poetry's newest generation: Shelly Taylor and Harmony Holiday.

Tuesday, Oct. 7th @ 7pm in ATC's The Temple Lounge.  See you there!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WordUp Returns!

Cafe Bohemia's WordUp officially resumes for the season at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 24th in The Temple Lounge!  Bring a piece to share or just your thoughts and conversation, we look forward to seeing you there!

New Work.  New Voices.  New Ideas.

Visit the WordUp tab on the right for more dates and details!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cafe Bohemia is BACK!

The 4th season of ATC's Cafe Bohemia is officially underway, with a full, fantastic lineup of new plays, poets and programs!

Archipelago by Caridad Svich
Tucson: 8pm Saturday, Oct. 11th @ The Temple Lounge
Phoenix: 7pm Sunday, Oct. 12th @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

Catapult by Natasha Smith
Tucson:  8pm Saturday, Nov. 22 @ The Temple Lounge
Phoenix: 7pm Sunday, Nov. 23 @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

Octagon by Kristiana Colon
--2014 National Latino Playwriting Award Winner!--
Tucson: 8:30pm Saturday, Dec. 13 @ The Temple Lounge
Phoenix: 7pm Sunday, Dec. 14 @ Herberger Theater Center, KAX Stage

The show between the shows, monthly live evenings of poetry and prose in ATC's The Temple Lounge!

7pm Tuesday, Oct. 7
7pm Tuesday, Nov. 11
7pm Tuesday, Dec. 16th

See you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014 National Latino Playwriting Award Announced!

Congratulations to Kristiana Colón's Octagon, the unlikely story of eight young poets' win-at-all-costs and damn-the-consequences approach to the three-minute competition of a poetry slam, and the winner of the 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award.

"The judges savored the rich linguistic tapestry of Kristiana Colón's exciting new play, Octagon," said ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero.  "Theatre and poetry slam together is the theatrical equivalent of spontaneous combustion in this new play that looks at the personal and the political and how tough it can be to parse the two."

Runner-up for the 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award is Mario Correa's Commander, the story of an ambitious politician battling public doubts, personal demons and his alcoholic partner in a troubled quest to become America's first openly gay president.  Set very much in the current day, Commander explores the outer limits of tolerance; what Americans will tolerate from those who lead us, and what human beings will tolerate from those who love us.

"The judges are honored to recognize Mario Correa's sharp political drama, Commander," Romero said.  "A play of this moment."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mark your calendars!

Dates have been announced for the 2014-15 Cafe Bohemia season!

ATC's artistic and literary staff are hard at work organizing the final details for the upcoming season of play readings, jams and ideas.  Check out the pages on the right for more details about your favorite programs!

Friday, May 2, 2014

WordUp Showcase

Saturday, May 10
The Temple Lounge

Arizona Theatre Company presents a showcase of new work from Café Bohemia’s WordUp, a fresh new program for local playwrights, poets, writers and storytellers to stretch their literary and creative muscles with the support of ATC’s artistic and dramaturgical staff.  Featuring new works by Esther Almazan, Pam Burris, Will Cordeiro, Linda Evans, Michael Fenlason, Kelly J. Hardesty, Kim Lowry, Leslie Powell, Ron Pullins, Dawn Costello Sellers, Germaine Shames and Eugenia Woods.

Join us for the final Cafe Bohemia event of the season!  Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and be among the very first audience to hear new words come to life!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

frog. log. bog.

A huge thank you to all who came to hear Charles Alexander at last night's Intermezzo, and to all who added readings to the evening's program!  Congratulations to Chax Press for 30 years in Tucson, and best wishes for your Texas adventure!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April Intermezzo

Our April Intermezzo: Prose, Poetry and Performance live in The Temple Lounge is coming up quickly!  Join Cafe Bohemia at 7pm on Tuesday, April 29th to hear the work and words of beloved Tucson poet and author Charles Alexander, celebrating 30 amazing years of Chax Press in Tucson.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Upcoming: Albatross

The last Cafe Bohemia reading of the 2013-14 season coming up in Tucson and Phoenix!  Join us for Albatross, written and conceived by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett; originally commissioned by Michael Seiden.

Playwright Matthew Spangler returns to ATC and Cafe Bohemia, where you may have seen his adaptation of The Kite Runner on the mainstage, and Tortilla Curtain in last season's Cafe Bohemia.

You may recognize Benjamin Evett from his work on ATC's mainstage as C.S. Lewis in last season's Freud's Last Session and as Alan Raleigh in God of Carnage.

More details in the Play Readings tab on the right!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

With Love and Thanks

A huge thank you to all who came out last weekend to celebrate the love and laughter of Samsara!  Immense gratitude to the phenomenal cast who joined us from near and far to pour their talent into the beautiful words of playwright Lauren Yee, and to the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center for joining with us in the journey!

UP NEXT:  Albatross, written and conceived by Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett.  See our Play Readings page on the right for more details!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Counting down to Samsara!

Just one more week until the public readings of Samsara by Lauren Yee!  Grab a drink and see a play - join us in Tucson or Phoenix for an evening of words, laughter, and ideas!  More details available in the Play Readings tab on the right or on the ATC website: www.arizonatheatre.org.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Intermezzo 6

A huge thank you to all who came out to share in the incredible talents of poets Jane Miller and Orlando White in last evening's Intermezzo!  It was an incredible experience of language, laughter and love, and we thank you all for the creativity, the imagination, and the spirit of generosity that emanates from the Tucson literary community.

Join us next month for more fun as Cafe Bohemia's Intermezzo presents poets Richard Siken and Shane McCrae: 7:00pm, March 25th, live in ATC's The Temple Lounge.

We'll see you there!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome to Cafe Bohemia!

Your new information hub for Arizona Theatre Company's Cafe Bohemia!

Café Bohemia is a season of play readings, jams, and ideas, featuring diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights.  Arizona audiences are invited to enter the dramatic process at its inception, being among the first people in the world to hear these stories come to life and investing in the future of the American theatre by starting relationships with new playwrights and new audiences.