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ATC's theater season spans globe

From Afghanistan to Harlem, and points between

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Tickets are on sale now for the Arizona Theatre Company's 2009-2010 season.

Single tickets range from $26 to $54, depending on performance date and section choice, a release said.

The season opens with The Kite Runner, the story from Afghanistan of two boys in different worlds.

Marlo Thomas comes to Tucson to perform in "George is Dead," Oct. 17-Nov. 7.

Ain't Misbehavin' brings the style and music of 1930s Harlem to the stage.

After (title of show) – that's the name of last year's big hit, coming to Tucson -- Tennessee Williams' greatest play, "The Glass Menagerie," takes theater-goers into spring.

The Second City spoofs Arizona in "Close, but no Saguaro."

A variety of season packages and FlexPasses are also available. To purchase tickets call the ATC box office at (520) 622-2823 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military. For discounts on groups of eight or more, call Chris Olson at (520) 884-8210 x 8204. During performance weeks, box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to curtain, Monday through Friday, with phone sales until 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to curtain. All other times of the season, box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Arizona Theatre Company performs in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art, located at 330 S. Scott Avenue.

Arizona Theatre Company 2009-2010 Season:

The Kite Runner Sept.10-Oct. 3

"Come see me, Amir, there is a way to be good again…" A cry for help from an old friend in a distant land lies at the heart of this powerful story of friendship, betrayal and redemption newly adapted from the international best-selling novel. Based on one of the most beloved books of the last decade, The Kite Runner is told through the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Afghanistan in the same household, but in two starkly different worlds.

George is Dead, Oct. 17-Nov. 7

Comic legend and Academy Award nominee Elaine May offers up a new comedy starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Marlo Thomas as Doreen, the socialite wife of a right-wing Republican named George. On her way to a fundraiser, driven by a possibly illegal immigrant, she ends up at the home of a former employee and her left-wing husband. How? Why? Do they kill her? Reject her? Adopt her? Is George really dead? See this comedy by the award-winning writer of The Birdcage, Primary Colors and Heaven Can Wait to find out.

Ain't Misbehavin', Nov. 28 – Dec. 19

Bright lights. Glamorous gowns. And finger-snapping, toe-tappin' music. The joint is jumpin', with misbehavin' at a whole new level. Travel back to Harlem's sassy, swinging '30s with this riveting, Tony Award-winning musical-exuberantly performed by a quintet of irresistible talents. Spend a joyous evening partying with one of the greatest jazz songwriters of all time, Thomas "Fats" Waller. A composer and pianist with a legendary lust for life, he created jubilant melodies, soulful ballads and gleeful love songs like I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Honeysuckle Rose, I Can't Give You Anything but Love and, of course, Ain't Misbehavin'.

[title of show], Jan. 23–Feb. 13

Imagine two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical about two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical…! That's [title of show], the deliciously smart and tuneful musical that wowed Broadway audiences and critics last fall. It's a dizzy, unpredictable, and uproarious tongue-in-cheek musical about show business and making one's dreams come true.

The Glass Menagerie, Feb. 27-March 20

In the 1930s in a small tenement apartment in St. Louis, the Wingfield family awaits your visit. The mother Amanda lives in an illusion of recapturing her faded Southern Belle glory, her daughter Laura lives in a fantasy world of delicate glass figurines, and her son Tom dreams poetically of a world beyond the back stoop. When Tom brings home a Gentleman Caller to meet his sister, The Glass Menagerie weaves these lives into a heart-stopping dance of hopes pursued and dreams betrayed.

The Second City Does Arizona, or Close, But No Saguaro, April 3-24

From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, from Green Valley to kokopelli — it's time to batten down the barrel cactus because we've invited The Second City to Arizona to do a no-holds-barred world premiere comedy revue all about us. Famous for their hilarious sketch comedy and for their equally famous alumni (Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Gilda Radner and a whole slew of others), The Second City is turning their photo radar on the Grand Canyon State, and aiming their tee-shots at the land of prairie dogs and snow birds.

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