Southwest Shakespeare Company’s 30th anniversary season opens in October, and the new lineup features three plays at Mesa Arts Center and two in the intimate theater space in Taliesin West.
“It’s such a delight to launch the 30th anniversary season of the Southwest Shakespeare with beloved favorites and a pair of wonderful plays that will be new to SSC audiences,” new Executive Director Grant Mudge shared in a news release.
Flex ticket packages (“Bard Cards”) are on sale for $360, which include five tickets to be used in any combination for any performance, premium seating, and admission to the three Flachmann Seminars planned for the season.
Single tickets are $53/$63 for Mesa Arts Center performances and $45 for Taliesin West. Discounts available for seniors, students and educators. All tickets available at swshakespeare.org or by calling 480-644-6500.
“Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare
Oct. 13-28, Mesa Arts Center – Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
A tale of ambition, betrayal, and supernatural forces. Step into the treacherous world of medieval Scotland, as a bold warrior obsessed with power descends into murderous madness.
“Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey,” by Debra Ann Byrd
Nov. 3-11, Mesa Arts Center – Anita Cox Farnsworth Studio Theater
Fresh on the heels of performing this one-woman living memoir at Lincoln Center, Debra Ann Byrd brings her work – an official 2022 National Black Theatre Festival selection – to the Southwest Shakespeare stage. Exploring her upbringing in Spanish Harlem and life as a single mother and artist, Byrd weaves her personal struggles and triumphs through her acclaimed, gender-switched performance as the Moor of Venice.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare
Feb. 9-24, Mesa Arts Center – Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theatre
An enchanted forest is the playground for Puck, the magical fairy who spins a web of chaos with his delightful pranks and unpredictable tricks. With mistaken identities, hilarious misunderstandings and supernatural transformations, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is a night of theatrical delight.
April production, TBA
April 11-14, Taliesin West – Music Pavilion
Held in the intimate “home theatre” of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Reserve seats now for the April production, which will be announced later this fall.
“The School for Lies,” by David Ives, inspired by Molière
May 9-13, Taliesin West – Music Pavilion
It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Célimène, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue that she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Célimène has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died — until today when Frank appears.