Up next on the Mainstage at the Mesa Arts Center:
Chicago the Musical!
Sept 8 – 24
Showing in the Playhouse at the Mesa Arts Center
Set in the roaring ‘20s in Chicago, this sharp-edged satire from Kander and Ebb features a dazzling score that sparked original staging by Bob Fosse. The story, still relevant today, explores how the media manipulates the public’s fascination with murderers, turning them into celebrities. The original Broadway production received ten Tony nominations in 1976, and includes songs like “All That Jazz,” “Roxie” and “Cell Block Tango” to name a few.
Up next up at the MET Black Box Theatre:
October 6 – 22
Playing at M.E.T at 933 – Black Box
A lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.
Next FREE event in the Play Reading Series:
Dr. Cook’s Garden
by Ira Levin
Sunday, October 8 at 7:00 pm
Free Event at M.E.T at 933 – Black Box
Ts The New York Herald-Tribune outlined: “…in the Vermont village of Greenfield Center, there is a genial, benevolent and greatly loved old physician who is very proud of his community. It is peopled with fine, wholesome folk, and it appears that Heaven rewards the civic virtue by seeing to it that mostly only those who are wicked at heart die. And the good Dr. Cook, who is willing to go out on sick calls at any hour of the day or night, is determined it should stay in that fortunate condition. When a young physician, who had known and loved Dr. Cook for years, returns to the village for a visit, he is delighted to see his venerable friend and benefactor again. Then a problem of medical ethics arises to haunt him. It may, he concedes, be excusable for a doctor to kill off incurable patients and the hopelessly deformed. But he thinks it is going too far to do away with disagreeable people who happen to be a blot on the fair community.” And it is his attempt to make his mentor see reason on this point that brings on the gripping climax of the play, in which the two doctors, young and old, are pitted against each other in a scene of unforgettable, breath-stopping suspense and high drama.
Directed by: Kathleen Buelow
Mark Hackman as Dr. Leonard Cook
Jonathan Brown as Dr. Jim Tennyson
Lisa Arnseth as Bea Schmidt
Sharon Yormick as Dora Ludlow
Don Crosby as Elias Hart
This is a free event, though donations are gladly accepted (we have some costs due to rights and scripts, though the actors and directors donate their time).
The 2017 - 2018 M.E.T. at 933 Black Box Season
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The mission of Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) is to produce live theatre with integrity and dedication to excellence. We strive to contribute to the cultural experience of our community as well as provide fun and educational opportunities that nurture the talents of local theatre artists of all ages.