SHOWS AND EVENTS
The Aurora Fox Arts Center is
Back Open with a New Season!
After months of uncertainty and a thrice-developed season line up, the Aurora Fox Arts Center is elated to announce a plan for a truncated season’s worth of live theatre. Consisting entirely of shows that feature small casts of six or fewer actors and virtual cabaret performances, the Aurora Fox’s 36th season will include Cameron Mackintosh’s musical revue, “Tomfoolery;” Langston Hughes’ holiday song-play, “Black Nativity;” “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright; “Queens Girl in the World” by Caleen Sinnette Jennings; and a contemporary reboot of a Lewis Carroll classic, “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure,” by Rachel Rockwell and Michael Mahler.
TOMFOOLERY The words and music of Tom Lehrer. Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray. Musical Arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher
Sept. 18 – Oct. 11
We’re reopening our doors and offering you a huge dose of fun!You’re invited to the witty, wicked and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Harvard educated math nerd, Tom Lehrer, delighted millions of fans with his dry and cynical (but still good-humored)attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the Boy Scouts and, of course, mathematics. Nothing is sacred in this hysterical revue based on Tom’s numerous, now-classic concert recordings and TV appearances. Three of Colorado’s favorite musical comedians will perform some of Lehrer favorites like“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” “When You are Old and Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler” and “The Vatican Rag,” as well as an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the table of elements, all linked together with Tom’s own inimitable concert patter
BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes
Nov. 27 – Dec. 20
We are proud to present Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes’ song-play, Black Nativity -a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective. Full of the heart and joy of the season, Black Nativity explores the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. This exquisite piece of theatre is infused with rich, moving music that uses the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story, creating a holiday show that people of all races and backgrounds can enjoy this season
THE PAVILION by Craig Wright
Jan 29 – Feb. 21
Do you remember your high school sweetheart? Are you ready to see them at your reunion? Craig Wright, acclaimed writer for Six Feet Under, Dirty Sexy Money and Lost, was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a Drama Desk Award for this comedic, philosophic, poetic and intensely beautiful drama. After two decades of failed relationships, Peter returns to his high school reunion hoping to rekindle his romance with Kari, the girl he abandoned after an unexpected pregnancy. As the night progresses both Peter and Kari face the consequences of choices made long ago … and the daunting prospect of starting again.
QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
March 12 – April 4
Come along on the misadventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler! When Jacqueline is suddenly uprooted from her protective, middle-class lifestyle in 1950’s Queens, New York, and dropped into a progressive, predominantly-Jewish private school in Greenwich Village, comical confusion and plenty of chaos ensues. Lively and poignant—and punctuated with the irresistible sound of Motown—Queens Girl in the World tells the tale of one young woman’s journey through the fish-out-of-water feelings of adolescence, to a time of self-discovery at the onset of the Civil Rights-era’s social change.
WONDERLAND: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure book and Lyrics by Rachel Rockwell Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler. Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
April 23 – May 16
Lewis Carroll’s classic tale gets a rockin’ reboot in Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure! In this new musical by Rachel Rockwell and Michael Mahler, little Alice leaps through that legendary looking glass and embarks upon a journey to find…herself! Along the way she’ll face fears, over come challenges, and ultimately take on an insidious monster known as “The Jabberwocky,” made up of the dark thoughts and self-doubts that lurk inside each and every one of us. A cast of actor-musicians play live and under score Alice’s big adventure with an eclectic soundtrack ranging from classic rock and punk, to ska and even a little bit of Bollywood. Live theatre meets a full out rock concert as Alice sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, bids farewell to insecurity, and confidently finds her own voice!