Center for the Performing Arts
THE UNFORTUNATES: A New Musical In Concert at PVCC
Created by Jon Beavers, Ramiz Monsef, Ian Merrigan, and Casey Hurt; additional material by Kristoffer Diaz
Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm
$5-$10 advanced tickets • $4 additional ticket fee 1-hour prior at door
A musical pilgrimage through uniquely American genres delivers five prisoners to salvation — or at least keeps the terror at bay. Facing an uncertain end, they bring to life the story of Big Joe, a tough bartender who risks everything to save the armless courtesan Rae from a deadly plague. Combining the heat of a gospel revival with the sweet sorrow of the blues, "The Unfortunates" convinces us that any great challenge can be faced with dignity, grace, and compassion.
THE UNFORTUNATES: The Story
As prisoners of war languish behind bars, they sing “The St. James Infirmary Blues” to steel themselves for death. Guards periodically come in and drag prisoners away. With only two left, reality slips away as they get sucked into the story of the song:
Big Joe was the boxman for craps games with giant fists who oversaw King Jesse’s barroom/brothel/gambling-house until Jesse died of the plague. Jesse had been a powerful, immoral racketeer who used his own daughter—the beautiful, armless Rae—as collateral on bets. There was no risk of Jesse losing because Joe (who was and is in love with Rae) would pound his huge fists to ensure a favorable roll of the dice.
Once, Joe forgot to pound and lost, and Rae had to give herself to the gambler Stack-O-Lee. It was the beginning of her life as a prostitute. After Jesse’s death, Joe takes over the bar and gets rid of the gambling and prostitution—freeing Rae.
But Joe cannot protect Rae from contracting a plague that has reached pandemic proportions. The Doctor at St. James (followed by his cronies, the ever-hungry scavenger Rooks) purportedly has a cure, but it is expensive.
Joe resorts to playing craps to win the Doctor’s fee, but before he can pay, Rae offers her body to the Doctor in exchange for the medicine. Joe finds Rae dead on the operating table. He hunts down the fleeing Doctor, who admits that there is no cure and it was all a scam.
As Big Joe buries his love, the world of the song fades out and the jail cell reappears. Having gained courage from the story of “St. James Infirmary,” the remaining prisoner defiantly faces the guards who have come to execute him.
Student Directed One Act Plays - Second Weekend:
I and You by Lauren Gunderson; Directed by Precious Chapman
November 14-15 at 7:30pm, November 16 at 2:00pm • Studio Theater, M-East Building • $5 general admission
One afternoon in your town, Anthony arrives at Caroline's door bearing waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself", and an urgent assignment from their high school lit teacher. Living most of her life online, Caroline is sick and hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly vanilla poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
Dance @ PVCC presents: Expressions from the Heart
A collection of dance works celebrating the expressive nature of the individual artist.
December 5th & 6th at 7:30pm • Free Admission
Expressions from the Heart will feature three premier pieces by PVCC faculty, Crystal Lewis, Micaela Church and Sonia Valle. The concert will also feature guest artists, student and faculty work. Join us for an exciting evening of dance featuring Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, Belly Dance and more!
AZDance Group presents: A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS
Sunday, December 7th at 2:00pm
AZDance celebrates family & friends ~ the company celebrates 10 years as a non-profit (13 seasons as a woman-owned business), AZDance's at-risk/underprivileged teens and individuals with different abilities outreach programs and features stunning professional dancers from the Valley of the Sun and beyond. We welcome all to our concerts, opening our hearts to other non-profits such as woman & children shelters, underprivileged teens, senior and foster homes and more that might not get an opportunity to see professional dance.
THE MAKING OF SIGNS
Presented by Guest Artist CONDER/dance
Friday, January 30th at 7:30pm
$6-$12 advanced tickets • $4 additional ticket fee 1-hour prior at door
This is a full evening of dance works by Arizona company CONDER/dance. Artistic Director Carley Conder will be presenting an exciting array of work including the premiere of a group work, ENTER, and a new solo work performed by Conder. Dance films and guest companies JordanDanielsDance and Treeline Danceworks will be rounding out this fast-paced, athletically charged program. CONDER/dance is a dance company composed of passionate people with common goals: to excel in art and strengthen human values through creative research. Since its founding in 2003 by Carley Conder, the company has expanded to a strong group of unique contemporary dancers. In addition to developing and performing Carley Conder’s work, the company also commissions dance work from nationally recognized choreographers.
UPCOMING FALL 2014 EVENTS:
PVCC OPEN SCORE ENSEMBLE CONCERT - Thursday, November 13th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.
PVCC JAZZ ENSEMBLES CONCERT - Wednesday, November 19th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.
PVCC CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES CONCERT - Thursday, November 20th @ 7:30pm. Free Admission.
AUDITIONS FOR WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER by AR Gurney. DIRECTED BY JOE FLOWERS.
December 3rd ‐ 5th. Call 602‐787‐6595 for information.
PVCC JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT - Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm. Free Admission
Studio Theater/M‐East Building.
AUDITIONS FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF THE BALLAD OF DOWNTOWN JAKE
MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER SCINTO • BOOK & LYRICS BY LOIS ROMA-DEELEY • DIRECTED BY ANDREA ROBERTSON
December 11th-13th. Call 602‐787‐6595 for information.