Photo by Kacie DeBevic: Crooked Figure Theatre Company’s Emily Wood as the Fool, and Ben Alexander as King Lear.
Ancient stories dealing with modern issues will be performed under the stars this summer by Crooked Figure Theatre Company at Northern Arizona University.
Crooked Figure Theatre Company is NAU’s summer stock company. Its goal is to tell both old and new stories in culturally relevant and imaginative ways.
The season opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12, with a staged reading of Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation of the 15th Century morality play, Everyman, at Arcosanti’s open-air amphitheater in Mayer, Arizona.
“In this high energy reimagining of the medieval morality play, Everyman is forced to account for his materialistic, hedonistic lifestyle when confronted by Death,” says Director Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy. “Directly confronting our modern technology-driven lifestyles, the play asks highly current questions about morals and meaning.”
Tickets for Everyman are a $10 suggested donation at the door. Arcosanti is at 13555 S. Cross L Road in Mayer, Arizona. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting Arcosanti’s event page at https://arcosanti.org/visit/events/. Parking available on site.
Later in July, Crooked Figure Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece King Lear. The play traces Lear’s descent into anxiety, paranoia, and schizophrenia after banishing his youngest daughter.
King Lear performances are in Flagstaff at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Lowell Observatory.
King Lear performances are in Sedona at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26, and at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the El Portal Hotel.
Tickets for King Lear are a $20 suggested donation for the public and a $10 suggested donation for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door for both events. Lowell Observatory is at 1400 W Mars Hill Road in Flagstaff. El Portal Hotel is at 95 Portal Lane in Sedona.