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TCA Presents 2017-18 Season

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Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Feb 3 | 7:30 pm

Edgy, versatile and fresh, the all-female Latin Grammy Award winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache continually pushes the boundaries of Mexican music, melding the traditional with the modern.  Their collaboration with rock super-group The Arcs (led by Black Keys' front man Dan Auerbach), and an appearance at last year’s Coachella Festival has revolutionized mariachi music. Not unlike the Toloache, the legendary flower still used in Mexico as a love potion, the group casts a spell over audiences with their intoxicating live show.

 

VoicePlay
Feb 9 | 7:30 pm
As seen on NBC's Season 4 of "The Sing Off," VoicePlay’s amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies recreate the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. What began, quite literally, as a street corner act has since become one of the most riveting theatrical experiences on stage today.

Rhythmic Circus – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
Mar 3 | 7:30 pm
Rhythmic Circus bursts onto the TCA stage with an effervescent troupe of  artists, musicians, and outrageously talented dancers. “Heatbox,” the human  beatbox, joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp as this dancing circus blows audiences away with their  rapid fire moves and high energy fun.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

TCA Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre present

Gidion’s Knot*

A play by Johnna Adams
Directed by Tracy Liz Miller
Mar 9 – 24

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a distraught mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother's son, Gidion. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's violent act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

"Gidion's Knot' understands one thing about school violence that many plays on this topic miss, and that's the way people's positions always change when anything involves their own kid. We are hard-wired that way." - 
Chicago Tribune

"…resonant…[a] particularly eloquent study of people caught between the competing demands of reason, morality and family…harrowing…a narrative that is as elegant as it is chilling." — Washington Post

Not recommended for children under 13. Parental Discretion Advised.

 


Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Mar 30 | 7:30 pm
Bringing the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, this group transforms favorite indie tunes into astonishing salsa anthems, taking the music in new directions with love and respect for the tradition. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra takes the art of salsa music to a whole new level with their stunning 11-piece band, and has become a groundbreaking global voice that is “an unstoppable weapon for the dance floor.” – Vibrations Magazine.

 


Che Malambo 
Apr 7 | 8:00 pm
Arizona Premiere
Razor sharp precision footwork, rhythmic stomping and pounding drums are at the heart of the South American gaucho tradition in this thrilling spectacle of  music and dance. Malambo began in 17th century Argentina as a dueling  display of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo – the fast paced footwork  inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. With their whirling boleadoras  (stones attached to lassoes), the fiery malambo traditions burst onto the stage at Tempe Center for the Arts.

 

FINALDisruptFestLogo Disrupt FEST*
Apr 13 – 14 

Immerse yourself in provocative and mesmerizing live performances as Disrupt FEST takes over Tempe Center for the Arts.  This two-evening festival will host super-charged experiences including  provocative live theatre and music, comprised of unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts.

Friday, April  13

PREFERRED IMAGE_ THE BITTER GAME Wallace Stein Credit Jim Carmody 1 (002)7:00 pm     The Bitter Game, written and performed by Keith A. Wallace
Southwest Premiere
The Bitter Game is a one-act play chronicling a young Black man’s experience growing up in the inner city. We ride along with 'JAMEL' through the neighborhood of his youth on a night he won’t soon forget. The Bitter Game, blends verse, prose and "s--t-talkin" into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America?

 

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9:00 pm     Captain Squeegee 
Captain Squeegee is a seven-piece psychedelic indie-rock band from Mesa, AZ blending progressive rock, jazz, and theatrical music creating a sound that is experimental and complex, and has been described as “...a musical-theorist/band-geeks dream." 

 

Saturday, April 14
10 am - 12 pm   
FREE two hour workshop with Keith Wallace  
Keith Wallace, co-creator of The Bitter Game, a play about trauma, police brutality, and what it means to be a black man in America, will lead a public workshop about creating art for social change. Attendees are not required to have experience as artists, but must be willing to roll up their sleeves, work with others, and create something new. Registration required.
Workshop supported in partnership with the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy 

To Register for the workshop, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, April 14
PREFERRED IMAGE_ THE BITTER GAME Wallace Stein Credit Jim Carmody 1 (002)4:00 pm    The Bitter Game, written and performed by Keith A. Wallace
Southwest Premiere

The Bitter Game is a one-act play chronicling a young Black man’s experience growing up in the inner city. We ride along with 'JAMEL' through the neighborhood of his youth on a night he won’t soon forget. The Bitter Game, blends verse, prose and "s--t-talkin" into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America?

 


AmyLynnGunshowBand18:00 pm     Amy Lynn & The Honey Men
Southwest Premiere
Amy Lynn, a vocal powerhouse whose unique flair of quirky, down-to-earth humor countervails against the serious musicianship of The Honey Men’s team of bari sax, tenor sax, trumpet, keys, bass, and drums. Both together and apart, members of The Honey Men draw on a range of experience playing for acts such as Roberta Flack, Spoon, Bette Midler, Yo La Tengo, Loser's Lounge, Duffy, Antibalas, and the Radio City Orchestra.

*Shows not included in package pricing