Tempe events this week – Stray Cat Theatre: All New People

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Tempe offers a bunch of events this week that can provide a welcome respite from all the holiday frenzy. Not only are there lovely traditional programs, but there are also some that are decidedly non-traditional. One that comes to mind is Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre’s current production.

As in holiday seasons past, Stray Cat Theatre brings us something different. This year’s offering is a play that is funny and has nothing at all to do with the holidays. It’s All New People, a play written, by the multi-talented Zach Braff. You’ll remember him in his role as Dr. J.D. Dorian in the NBC TV comedy “Scrubs” and as the writer, director and star of the film Garden State.

All New People is  a dark comedy. Without giving too much of the plot away, it’s about Charlie who is 35, heartbroken and in the depths of depression. In the dead of winter he goes to a summer vacation beach house where he’s planning to commit suicide. His misery and suicide attempt are interrupted by Emma, an ex-patriot Brit, Myron, a long Island fire-fighter/drug dealer and Kim, an escort girl.

All New People is definitely dark and might not be for everyone, especially  holiday purists who love all those holiday movies, TV programs and music and will accept no remakes of  the original Sound of Music with Julie Andrews.  However, if you ready for a break from all the  holiday fru fru, this play might be just what you’re looking for.

You can see Stray Cat’s presentation of All New People at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. 6th Street in the Mill Avenue District, December 19-21. For more information and to purchase tickets, visithttp://straycattheatre.org.

If you’re ready for a break from the frenetic pace that often accompanies the holidays, you’ll find many entertaining diversions in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.

Tempe This Week – Stray Cat Theatre Presents punkplay

Stray Cat Theatre opens its new season with punkplay (yes, that’s with lowercase p). This coming of age story, set in 1985, focuses on Micky, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit who’s befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Both are deep into adolescent angst and misery when they discover when they discover punk rock. Its righteous fury becomes a foundation for the boys to reinvent themselves and create a self-defining belief system that revolutionizes their universe. However, soon reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they’re desperate to reject. punkplay is billed as a wild, comical mix-tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence.

Stray Cat Theatre promises another great season of always thought provoking, never boring alternative theatre. The remaining productions include Wolve, Sons of the Prophet and Chicks with Dicks.

In addition to Stray Cat Theatre’s season opener, this week’s calendar is chock full of great arts, culture and entertainment events to enjoy in Tempe. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

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Tempe This Week: Stray Cat Theatre Presents Heddatron

This weekend catch Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Heddatron, a crazy spin on the Henrik Ibsen play Hedda Gabler that incorporates a modern day pregnant housewife from Michigan, robots and Henrik Ibsen himself. It’s an outrageously entertaining season finale from Stray Cat Theatre and can be seen this weekend and next at the Tempe Center for Performing Arts. Read more about Heddatron in this excellent review by Kerry Lengel.

You’ll find many more arts, culture and entertainment events happening in Tempe this week. Here’s a sample. View a complete listing of Tempe events or call 480-894-8158 for more information.


What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

It’s the final week to see Stray Cat Theatre’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Those of you who love the edgier side of theater won’t want to miss this hypothetical story of the court case and fate of Judas Escariot. The setting is a courtroom in Purgatory where lawyers take testimonies from a host of famous witnesses through the ages, including Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, and Sigmund Freud. The devil also makes an apperance, played to satanic perfection by Damon Dering, better known as the Artistic Director of Nearly Naked Theatre. For more about the play, read this excellent review by theatre critic Kerry Lengel.

View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.