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experience Fenlasen’s hands thought and emotion are potently entwined. Look for fasci-nating performances by Susan Arnold (Caesar), T. Loving (Brutus), Maryann Green (Antony), Amy Scully (Cassius), Shanna Brock (Octavius), among oth-ers. At the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, Oct. 20–Nov. 5. (wind-ingroadtheatre.org or 401-3626) A modern classic, also exquisite-ly relevant this fall, George Orwell’s Animal Farm becomes a fusion of lan-guage, song, movement, and visual art when performed by Artifact Dance Project in collaboration with the Tuc-son Girls Chorus and mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick, at the Museum of Con-temporary Art (MOCA). Musician and art historian Kevin Justus collaborated with choreographer and Artifact artis-tic director Ashley Bowman to adapt the story especially for dance, especial-ly for performance at MOCA. According to Bowman, “It’s haunting, dark, ﬁ lled with crushed hopes and dreams, yet communicates so much about human nature and sentiments. Dance is per-fect for this type of narrative.” Ten Artifact professional dancers, choreographed to perform inside a 30 ′ x 20 ′ set piece ﬁ lled with dirt, bring this “ pig pen ” to life with contempo-rary ballet, Bowman ʼ s favorite medium. Pianist Mary Turcotte, who performed brilliantly in the Artifact Dance Project/ Rogue Theatre production Tales of the Jazz Age and Artifact’s 4 x 4 Summer Intensive Showcase, will be joined by cello and violin, with music by Mozart, Pergolesi, Beethoven, and Schubert. Collaboration—at the heart of Arti-fact’s mission—further extends here to include Marcela Molina, accomplished director of the Tucson Girls Chorus. “Marcela and I have been wanting to collaborate for some time,” says Bow-man. “I am grateful for the immense amount of talent in the room surround-ing Animal Farm .” Yes, some produc-tions are more equal than others. Arti-fact Dance Project’s Animal Farm is one of them. At MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave., Oct. 6–9. (artifactdanceproject.org or 235-7638) In its 50th Anniversary season, Arizona Theatre Company pres-ents An Act of God , the Broadway hit by 13-time Emmy Award-winner David Javerbaum. The stage play is adapted from Javerbaum’s The Last Testament : A Memoir by God, which features, well, God. Turns out God has a great sense of humor, among other overlooked quali-ties. At the Temple of Music and Art, Oct. 22–Nov. 12. (arizonatheatre.org or 622-2823) Another golden milestone: UA Presents features “Twyla Tharpe 50th Anniversary Tour,” Oct. 9. Enjoy contemporary dance from a legendary choroeographer, at Centennial Hall, UA campus. (uapresents.org or 621-3341) Also at Centennial Hall on the UA campus is Mamma Mia! , a farewell tour. A presentation of Broadway in Tucson , this popular musical about love, laughter and friendship incorpo-rates the greatest hits of the ʼ 70s Swed-ish pop group ABBA. Oct. 21 – 23. (broad-wayintucson.com, 1-811-821-2929 (sea-son tix), 1-800-745-3000) Live Theatre Workshop depicts the struggles of a boy prodigy in con-ﬂ ict with family, community, and a traditional upbringing in My Name Is Asher Lev , by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok. Potok is best known for his book The Chosen , which sold millions of copies and was on The New York Times’s best seller list for months. Lev Asher follows the title character’s maturation as an artist and Hasidic Jew growing up in Brooklyn. Oct. 6–Nov. 9. (livetheatreworkshop. org or 327-4242) Comedy comes alive! The Gaslight Theatre continues its uproarious run of Frankenstein, through Nov. 19. (the-gaslighttheatre.com or 886-9428) Christian Youth Theatre presents good, old fashioned fun in Bye-Bye Bird-ie , the popular satire about a rock-and-roller inducted into the army, with mu-sical theatre favorites “Put on a Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” and “What Did I Ever See in Him?” Oct. 28–30 at Pima Community College Center for the Arts. (ctytucson.org or 370-4000) The women who dare at Some-thing Something Theatre contin-ue to provoke and engage with Body Awareness, by Annie Baker, directed by Joan O’Dwyer (previewed in last Music of the Four Elements Tohono Chul Performance Garden Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. You’ll be blown away. Join us! Performances Oct. 13-16 at 4 unique venues. www.trueconcord.org for details & tickets 520.401.2651 or call Use code DL16 for 10% off Live Music, Comedy & More! 2016-17 Season Sponsor Fall Highlights People’s Republic of China SHANGHAI ACROBATS OCT 5 | 6:30 PM DINOSAUR ZOO OCT 9 | 2:00 PM Family Fun Puppetry! Interfaith Musical Event -with Jewish Music Superstar NESHAMA CARLEBACH & THE GLORY TO GOD SINGERS & REV. MILTON VANN OCT 29 | 7:30 PM continued on page 77 Celebrating 25 Years MARC COHN NOV 12 | 7:30 PM Country Rock Greats SAWYER BROWN NOV 17 | 7:30 PM October 20 -November 6, 2016 The Community Playhouse 1881 N. Oracle Road Thurs, Fri & Sat 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 adult $15 Sr/Mil/Stu BRUCE HORNSBY NOV 19 | 7:30 PM Grammy Winning Singer/Pianist An Evening with NPR’s A Prarie Home Companion Host GARRISON KEILLOR NOV 29 | 7:30 PM Tickets at FoxTucson.com Box Office 17 W. Congress • 520.547.3040 sponsored by RIO NUEVO October 2016 l DesertLeaf 71 Call (520) 904-8054 or visit ststheatre.org Produced by Special Arrangements with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.