Pima Community College Center for the Arts announces its 2014-2015 Season: ENCORE! The new season follows on the back of last season’s record attendance with the goal of delivering an eclectic and interesting selection of Pima’s theatre, music and dance performances; gallery exhibits of contemporary works by national and regional visual artists; and special events worthy of ovation. The Center for the Arts complex, situated on PCC’s West Campus, consists of the Proscenium Theatre, the Black Box Theatre, the Recital Hall and the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.PCC Theatre ArtsSTUART LITTLE - adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Directed by Mickey Nugent. September 24-October 5, in the Proscenium Theatre (Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: October 3. Tickets are $8 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. Families will delight in this tender and exciting story about a most unusual mouse. As the second son in a human family, Stuart encounters several adventures, big enough to match any imagination, as he struggles to survive in his over-sized world. Loved by most, except perhaps Snowbell the family cat, Stuart embarks on a journey of a lifetime after his best friend, the little bird Margolo, flees to escape being eaten. Family Play Date, a free event for kids and their parents, is Saturday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Black Box Theatre. Learn more about the play STUART LITTLE, mingle with the cast and enjoy fun activities, tasty treats and a short preview scene in the big theatre. Scout Theatre Adventure Night, for girl and boy scouts and their leaders, is Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The event includes discounted tickets, a stage tour, cast interaction and Q&A session after the play. (School matinee performances are also available for elementary and middle school groups beginning 9/24. Call 206-6986.)A PIECE OF MY HEART - by Shirley Lauro. Directed by Nancy Davis Booth. November 13-23 in the Black Box Theatre (Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: November 20. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. The play is a powerful and true drama of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that forever changed them and a nation that later shunned them. The story features each of the women’s thoughts, feelings and emotions before, during and after their tours of duty and it ends as each leave a personal token at the Vietnam Memorial. A PIECE OF MY HEART has been named the most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War by the Vietnam Veterans Association, and has won several awards including the Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and the Kittredge Foundation Award. An open dialogue with the audience, cast and director will follow every performance. A special free performance of A PIECE OF MY HEART will be presented on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. for our community veterans to recognize and honor their service and sacrifices.MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT - book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. A musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Nancy Davis Booth and Dr. Mark Nelson. February 26-March 8 in the Proscenium Theatre (Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.) ASL interpreters: March 4. Tickets are $18 with discounts available. SPAMALOT is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and Not Dead Fred. SPAMALOT adds swipes at Vegas glitz and Broadway conventions to the film's anarchic spirit. The fractured tale of the quest of King Arthur and his comically inept knights for the Holy Grail has been woven into another quest: that of bringing the king and his entourage to the enchanted land called Broadway. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations. An opening night celebration, Thursday, February 26, features hilarious activities “nudge-nudge” and refreshments.THE MANDRAKE, a comedy about love and lust by Niccolo Machiavelli. Directed by Dr. Deborah Davis. April 16–26 in the Black Box Theatre (Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.). ASL interpreters: April 23. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. This delightful comedy combines the politico, Machiavelli’s, philosophy "the ends justify the means" with the exploits of lovers, liars, and fools. Set in 16th century Renaissance Florence, THE MANDRAKE satirizes the escapades of a young man of the upper class who becomes helplessly infatuated with a beautiful and virtuous woman, who happens to be inconveniently married to an elderly and gullible aristocratic lawyer. With the help of a manipulative servant, a scheming mother, a corrupt priest, and a certain aphrodisiacal plant, the plan unfolds to seduce the lady for his own. One thing leads to another and everybody gets what he/she wants. The play’s political references are just as relevant today, as in 16th century Italy.
By now the Great American Playhouse has gained notoriety across north Tucson as a rowdy melodramatic theater that fills its auditorium with laughter and energy. On weekend evenings, the theater is commonly filled to the back with audience members who join in on the fun by singing along with the familiar ballads, booing at the villains, and cheering for the heroes. The roof threatens to fly off the foundation on these crowded evenings of rowdiness. You can imagine my surprise, then, when I attended the theater’s Sunday afternoon showing of their newest production “Naomi and Michelle’s Excellent Adventure”, and found the auditorium half full. It seemed as though it would be a different crowd than I had grown accustomed to in prior GAP experiences, as the audience appeared tired from the mid-day heat, from large Sunday lunches, and from the thoughts of beginning a new a work week. I sat in my seat, and prepared myself for what I fully expected to be a toned down and lazy rendition of GAP’s newest play, lacking the perennial punching power that the company has become known for.Boy, was I ever wrong.By the beginning of the second act, the Great American players had won over the crowd completely, and I had entirely forgotten that attendance was far less than that of a weekend evening. You never would have guessed by the volume and energy that filled the room. In “Naomi and Michelle”, playwright Sean MacArthur blends elements of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” to bring us a wonderfully silly tale about two hip high school girls from the fictional Oro Valley High in the year 1984. Naomi and Michelle are facing academic probation on account of their less than radical grades in American history. Unless they can pull off an incredible final presentation, the girls will be forced to sit out of the championship volleyball game. But as luck would have it, the desert dwelling duo happens upon a time machine that ultimately takes them on a journey throughout American history, opening the floodgates for hilarious occurrences between the clueless teenagers and the most prominent men and women in America’s formation.The GAP is comprised of much more than actors. These are all out performers, feeding off the orchestration of musical director Mike Padilla to deliver a top-notch over-the-top invention.Sean MacArthur seems to lead the way of the talented team, as he masterfully slips into historical role after historical role as John Adams, John Muir, and American General MacArthur (as well as a few secret cameos). Nick Seivert and Jesus Limon are comedic naturals, undoubtedly in their element in a company such as GAP. The mere presence of Limon and Seivert seems to bring the hilarity up a notch whenever they appear on the stage. Amy Dehaven may be the most diverse part of the GAP comedy machine, as she masters roles ranging from a stereotypical 40-something high school volleyball coach, to the tough and rugged cowboy Frank James, to a refined and principled Susan B. Anthony. Jacinda Rose Swineheart has established herself as an ever-faithful centerpiece of the team. With Swineheart, you always know what you are going to get, a strong presence, talent, and a bounding energy. Swineheart’s partner in crime, Dennis Tamblyn flows in a similar vein as Seivert, unmistakably self aware that just about anything he does is funny. In this production, he conquers as Todd, the metro and evil high school cheerleader who, as malicious as he is, is impossible to hate. Most of the team’s energy is pumped from the bottomless reservoir that is the young Randy McDonald. McDonald has a way of stealing the show with his comedic precision and dancing. GAP’s young aces are Erin Anderson and Jacqueline Williams, who play the title roles. They bring much promise and stability to a group oozing with talent, and are perfect as oblivious 80’s teens who begin to learn valuable life lessons.
Lindsay Lohan is heading back to the courtroom soon. However, this time it is she who is filing the lawsuit. The tabloid star is launching a lawsuit against Rockstar Games because she believes her likeness was utilized for one of Grand Theft Auto V’s characters without her permission.The lawsuit states that the character, Lacey Jonas, is an unequivocal reference to Ms. Lohan. The suit goes so far as to state that Lohan’s voice and style were utilized to create the character, all without her permission. Citing privacy laws, the actress is claiming unspecified damages from not only Rockstar Games, but also Take Two Interactive.The character in question plays a minor role in the blockbuster game. Jonas is encountered in an alleyway in “Vinewood”, a section of the large open-world game. Jonas is hiding from paparazzi and asks the player to get her home without the paparazzi knowing. During the course of the ride home, the in-game actress admits to the player that the stresses of her life and fame have caused her to become anorexic.On the surface level, this seems like nothing more than a publicity stunt for Lindsay Lohan, hoping to claw her way into the spotlight. But does this suit have any ground to stand on?While Lohan’s accusations of using her voice, image, and clothing from her fashion line may seem a little far-fetched, the inclusion of Chateau Marmont Hotel in West Hollywood, where the actress once lived, is being used as evidence of image rights violation.Reports of the lawsuit originally surfaced through TMZ last December but had gone quiet until now. While there is no specified payout in the lawsuit, lawyers have stated that there would be “serious money” involved.