ATC launches digital play lineup with “Alma”

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Posted 8/13/20

Arizona Theatre Company will launch the first of its series of creative digital performance offerings with Alma, the story of a daughter and her mother pursuing the American dream.

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ATC launches digital play lineup with “Alma”

Arizona Theatre Company launches the first of its series of creative digital performances with Alma.
Arizona Theatre Company launches the first of its series of creative digital performances with Alma.
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Arizona Theatre Company will launch the first of its series of creative digital performance offerings with Alma, the story of a daughter and her mother pursuing the American dream.

Written by Benjamin Benne, ATC’s 2019 Latinx Playwright Award winner, Alma will be accessible on Arizona Theatre Company’s website at arizonatheatre.org as well as on Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo at 5 p.m. , Aug. 18-Aug. 22.

A variety of programming around the play will also be available, according to a press release, adding that there is no charge to view the play, but donations to ATC are encouraged and appreciated.

Programming surrounding the showing of Alma includes:

  • ATC’s Hang & Focus Live featuring interviews with playwright Benne and director Rodríguez by Artistic Director Daniels on ATC’s Facebook Live show – 4 p.m., Aug. 14;
  • Opening Night Live Stream onFacebook Live – Aug. 18, 5 p.m.;
  • Town Hall: “Migration, Liberation, and Belonging: A Conversation on Black Immigrant Freedom Struggles in the U.S,” which is an in-depth panel discussion with experts from across the country – 5 p.m. on Aug. 20;
  • ATC’s Hang & Focus Live featuring interviews with ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero and the ATC 2020 Latinx Playwright Award Winner (to be announced Aug. 19) – 4 p.m. Aug. 21;
  • Facebook Group Streaming – 1 p.m. Aug. 22;
  • Facebook Talk Back with the Actors – 3 p.m., Aug. 22.  

“Our robust digital season will not disappoint,” said Chanel Bragg, ATC’s associate artistic director, in a prepared statement.

“Here at Arizona Theatre Company, we are committed to providing quality programming both on our stages and on our screens.”

Named amongst the top eight best unproduced Latinx plays, the award-winning, Alma is directed by Catherine María Rodríguez, who is vice president of unscripted development and programming for Lifetime television.

The story follows a working, single mom named Alma (Danaya Esperanza) who is raising her daughter, Ángel (Amandla Jahava) on “tough love, home-cooked comida and lots of prayers,” the release said, describing how on the eve of the SAT, Alma discovers that her daughter is not at home studying.

So, “a schooling and la chancla (flip flop) await Ángel at home,” along with realizing that more is at stake than just a test score, described the release.

Stage direction for Alma will be provided by Maria Amorocho. Ido Levran is the technical director and Glenn Bruner is the stage manager, according to the release.

For more details: arizonatheatre.org.

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