Two performances designed to appeal to two different audiences are being presented this summer by NAU’s Peaks Theater Fest/Town and Gown Theater.
For the kids, Once Upon a Wolf is a traveling production that puts a twist on the traditional big bad wolf story.
“The show is chock-full of the characters we love from our favorite stories, colossal laughs and a lot of spirit,” said Kathleen McGeever, chair of NAU’s theater department and producer of the summer festival.
The play is directed by NAU theater student Stephanie Hazen, with fellow students Haleigh Sakas, Jesse Miceli, Annika Boulet, Jenna Luckow, Thomas Steinhagen and Luke Gomez rounding out the cast.
The performance debuts at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, on Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff and is free and open to the public.
The play also is available to be staged for a sliding scale fee throughout the month of July. Contact Kathleen McGeever at (928) 523-4500.
Leave the kids at home
For the older crowd,Psychopathia Sexualis, written by award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley, is a comedy about relationships, sexual neuroses and a certain pair of argyle socks.
“Arthur is a fetishist who cannot ‘perform’ without his father’s old argyle socks nearby,” McGeever said. “Shanley is an Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer award-winning playwright. His works include Doubt, Moonstruck and Women of Manhattan. He is the perfect playwright for The Peaks Theater Fest/Town and Gown Theater to feature.”
The cast consists of NAU theater students Tony Latham, Angela Kriese, Heather Vaughn, Nathan Spector and NAU assistant professor of business Tim Clark.
The play will be performed at 8 p.m. July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 25, 30-31 and at 2 p.m. July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 at the Studio Theater located at the north end of the Performing Arts Building (building 37).
Advance tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $14 for faculty and staff, $15 for general admission; group discounts are available. Tickets purchased at the door are subject to a $2 increase. For tickets, call the NAU Central Ticket office at (928) 523-5661 or visitnau.edu/cto.