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By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Mickey Mercer
January 31—February 16, 2020
Sherlock is dead. Or is he? Watson must learn the truth. And the game’s afoot. Twists and turns and red herrings in one of the great detective’s most engaging mysteries.
Opening night reception.
Talk Back with cast, crew and experts after second Sunday matinees.
Emerson Theater Collaborative celebrates Black History Month by presenting playwright Monica Bauer’s Vivian’s Music, 1969 at Sedona United Methodist Church, February 7-8 and 14-16, 2020. Tickets are available at bit.ly/ViviansMusic1969.
Inspired by real events in 1969, when a 14-year-old black girl named Vivian was shot in the head by a white cop in a segregated city in the American Midwest already bursting with racial tension, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her; just her name, her age, and how she died. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live – the jazz legend who is back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other, before the city explodes?
Marina Kennedy of Broadway World says “Vivian’s Music, 1969 depicts moments that are heartrending, insightful and at times, very humorous. Monica Bauer’s superbly written play paints a vivid picture that is absolutely enthralling.”
Vivian’s Music, 1969 is produced by Camilla Ross and directed by Breinne Reeder. LA-based actors Quartay Denaya and Gabriel Grier will portray the only two characters in the show, Vivian Strong and Luigi Wells.
Quartay Denaya has appeared in feature films such as A Cowgirl’s Story (2016) and Kings (2017). Her most recent projects were short film Nia’s Shadow and Netflix feature Dolemite Is My Name.
Gabriel Grier’s credits include That News Show News Desk (2014), A Very Fragile Interior (2013) and Waylon Buzzard (2010) as well as numerous national TV commercials for Call of Duty, Geico, Toyota and Mountain Dew to name a few.
Opening music for the show will be provided by Leon J, a National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame Ambassador and performing artist. Acknowledged as a music historian and exceptional presenter, his captivating live performances highlight his vocal and musical talent as well as his story-telling skills.
All shows will be at Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road, Sedona AZ 86336. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at bit.ly/ViviansMusic1969. Show times are February 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m. and February 16 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $25. Seniors and students are $20. This show contains mature content and is recommended for ages 16 and above.
For more information, call 860-705-9711 or visit emersontheatercollaborative.org.
The high school students of TheatriKids present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Feb. 21 – March 1. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father to seize his throne and marry Hamlet’s mother. The ghost of the King of Denmark tells his son Hamlet to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet’s uncle. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge. His uncle, fearing for his life, also devises plots to kill Hamlet. The play ends with a duel, during which the King, Queen, Hamlet’s opponent and Hamlet himself are all killed.
“We’re all excited to showcase the talents of the older and most experienced TheatriKids students,” said Education Director Joe Maniglia. “There’s something special about each stage of these young performers’ progression, but directing them in one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays is a true delight.”
Performances held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 21 through March 1. Individual tickets are $12 plus applicable fees.
Tickets can be purchased online at Theatrikos.com; by calling (928) 774-1662; or through the theatre’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and two hours prior to performances.
For nearly 50 years, Theatrikos Theater Company, an award-winning non-profit theatre, has grown into a leading community arts organization. Located in the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse in historic downtown Flagstaff, the theatre proudly offers nearly 70 performances of classic and new plays, musicals, and youth productions.
TheatriKids, the educational theatre program of Theatrikos, strives to foster a mastery and lifelong love of the performing arts and is open to all area youth year-round. For the past 10 years, students have learned theatre skills, including acting, voice, dialects, character development, and basic stagecraft. Our young participants gain increased self-esteem and poise and are often inspired to continue their theatre education. Through this program, youth are provided opportunities to participate in full-scale productions as well as summer camps and workshops. Scholarships are available.
Tribute to Leslie Uggams Opens Festival; Rob Reiner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Game of Thrones Writer Bryan Cogman Headlines Workshops
Coming off a record-breaking 25th anniversary celebration, the Sedona International Film Festival launches its next quarter century with nine days of compelling films, workshops, events and special guests from Feb. 22 through March 1.
A full schedule of more than 160 films will highlight the 26th annual Festival. All-Access and priority passes are now available at www.sedonafilmfestival.org. Holders will be able to select films beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. Ten- and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning Feb. 10. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 17.
“We’ve been planning for our 26th annual Festival from the day the 25th was over and the lineup of films and events promises to be spectacular,” said Executive Director Patrick Schweiss. “We are consistently driven by the passion and motivation of the filmmakers for the art they create and by the passion and commitment of those who love films and the experiences both in the theater and throughout the Festival.”
More than 1400 films were submitted for consideration to three screening committees. The lineup will be announced later in January.
Among films selected for screening this year are three documentaries nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: For Sama, The Caveand Honeyland, along with the Oscar-shortlisted Best International Film contenders Those Who Remained and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
On Saturday, Feb. 29, Emmy-winning and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director and producer Rob Reiner will receive the festival’s prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work in front of and behind the camera and his commitment to the art of independent filmmaking. Reiner, who rose to fame as Mike “Meathead” Stivic on All in the Family, has been at the helm of award-winners including When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride and LBJ.
The Festival will open on Saturday, Feb. 22 with a Tribute to Leslie Uggams as part of the Festival’s celebration of Black History Month. The event, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, is being co-produced by Sedona Now TV and will be hosted by Susan Casper, host of Sonoran Living on ABC15 in Phoenix.
The event will include clips from the iconic TV series Roots, in which Uggams appeared as Kizzy and earned both Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance. Uggams won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the Broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby!. Recently, she appeared alongside Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool and in a recurring role on Empire.
Among special guests expected at the event is Kim Fields, who also appeared in Roots before a nine-year run as “Tootie” Ramsey on the NBC sit-com Facts of Life.
Also on opening day, actress and singer Lainie Kazan will return to the Sedona International Film Festival to introduce the 2019 film Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog, written and directed by Lynn Roth. Shepherd is based on the award-winning and bestselling Israeli novel, “The Jewish Dog,” by Asher Kravitz. Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws are enacted in WWII Berlin.
On Friday, Feb. 28, there will be a special presentation by Bella Gaia, “a live concert that mixes music, dance and NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Sublime and Transcendental,” according to The Village Voice newspaper in New York City. Bella Gaia is an award-winning unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space.
Headlining the week of workshops and roundtables will be Bryan Cogman, a writer on the multi-award winning series Game of Thrones. He also is known for his work on The Sword in the Stone and Magic: The Gathering.
Priority Passes are now on sale. The Platinum All Access Priority Pass includes access to all Festival activities, films, events and parties and includes priority seating. The price for Sedona International Film Festival members is $1,193. Nonmembers pay $1,325.
Sedona Film Festival memberships range from $75 for a basic membership to $50,000 for Film Star level, each with appropriate benefits.
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.