Crooked Figure Theatre Company continues to push the creative boundaries of theatre this summer with two classic stories told in new ways and performed in unique places.
Crooked Figure Theatre Company is a site-specific summer stock company housed within the Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre. The theatre company’s leadership consists of NAU faculty members, while most of the actors, designers and technicians are drawn from current students or recent graduates.
Marina Carr’s “Hecuba” performed at Arcosanti July 26-29
Crooked Figure Theatre’s third summer season opens with Irish playwright Marina Carr’s “Hecuba,” an adaptation of the 415 B.C. Euripides play, “The Trojan Women.” This retelling of a Greek tragedy is from a woman’s point of view and is performed against the backdrop of Arcosanti—an ecological experimental town about an hour north of Phoenix.
Arcosanti’s open-air amphitheater will provide the feel of ancient Greece for the performances at 7:30 p.m. July 26-29. At 6 p.m., a dinner is available for $12. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. Parking is available on site. “Hecuba” contains adult content and partial nudity. Arcosanti is at 13555 S. Cross L Road in Mayer, Arizona. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting Arcosanti’s event page.
“King Lear” at El Portal Sedona Hotel, Aug. 3-4
On Aug. 3 and 4, Crooked Figure Theatre Company returns to El Portal Sedona Hotel for a staged reading of “King Lear,” where the cast will explore reflections of mental illness within the classic William Shakespeare play.
“King Lear” is at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4 at the El Portal Sedona Hotel, located at 95 Portal Lane in Sedona. No reservations are needed. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the hotel and in nearby parking lots (signs will help direct).
Crooked Figure Theatre Company began in 2016 with a staged reading of “Henry V” at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Since then, the company has worked with the El Portal Hotel in Sedona and Arcosanti. The theatre company is most interested in telling classic/historical stories in modern interpretation through various means such as re-gendering roles, doubling and racially-conscious casting.