The season begins with Matthew Spangler's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel The Kite Runner. The work, which dramatizes the life of two young boys in Afghanistan, makes its southwest premiere under the direction of David Ira Goldstein from Sept. 10-Oct. 3 (Tucson) and Oct. 8-25 (Phoenix).
Emmy Award winner Marlo Thomas will star in George Is Dead, the new comedy from Academy Award nominee Elaine May. "Uptown, George is rich and Doreen is helpless," according to press notes. Downtown, Michael is disillusioned and Carla is the capable one. When a bogus bomb scare in the New York subway starts a fatal series of events in motion, the lives (and deaths) of this unlikely quartet intersect for one night in a one-bedroom walkup in the middle of Manhattan." George Is Dead runs Oct. 17-Nov. 7 (Tucson) and Nov. 12-Dec. 6 (Phoenix).
Keith Gash will direct the Tony-winning Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin', running Nov. 28-Dec. 19 (Tucson) and Dec. 30-Jan. 17, 2010 (Phoenix).
Following will be the regional premiere of Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's [title of show], which will receive a fresh production directed by David Ira Goldstein with choreography by Patti Wilcox and musical direction by Christopher McGovern. After garnering a legion of fans Off-Broadway, the show that follows four friends who set out to pen a new musical, enjoyed a brief Broadway run in summer 2008. [title of show] runs Jan. 23-Feb. 13, 2010 (Tucson) and Feb. 18-March 7, 2010 (Phoenix).
Tennessee Williams' tender memory play The Glass Menagerie will follow, running Feb. 27-March 20, 2010 (Tucson) and March 25-April 11, 2010 (Phoenix). Also set is the world premiere of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe in the no-holds-barred revue The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro, running April 3-24, 2010 (Tucson) and April 29-May 16, 2010 (Phoenix). Casting and creative duties for the 2009-2010 Arizona Theatre Company season will be announced in the coming months.
Season subscriptions are currently on sale. Tucson performances take place at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Avenue); call the box office at (520) 622-2823. Phoenix performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center (222 E. Monroe Street); call the box office at (602) 256-6995.
Visit www.arizonatheatre.org for more information.