We celebrated Arizona’s 104th Statehood Day on February 14th, 2016 with a performance of,
Arizona Territory, by Richard Warren at Tempe Center for the Arts for a very appreciative audience and a live global broadcast on KTAR News 92.3 FM. If you missed the live broadcast, fear not. We have a new podcast, and we would love it if you gave it a listen.
This radio version was adapted from Augustus Thomas’ 1899 stage play Arizona, and it is the Arizona version of Downton Abbey. Set in the summer of 1898, the desires of two daughters of a wealthy widowed cattle rancher are pitted against the temptations of the men of the United States Cavalry. One daughter is married to a much older colonel who favors his military duties over his marital duties. The other is head-over-heals in love with a young lieutenant who risks losing her to defend her sister’s honor. A villainous captain attempts to destroy all three until a Mexican cowboy with his own concerns intercedes. “
Under the direction of Tyler, the cast is comprised of some of Arizona’s finest actors including Cathy Dresbach, Terey Summers, Joe Kremer, David Barker, Larry Soller, Tim Shawver, Emily Mohney, Mark DeMichele, Brian Nissen, Franc Gaxiola, and one of Arizona’s all-time favorites Pat McMahon.
This is the second Statehood Day broadcast produced by ACTF. During February 2015, it presented Escape From Papago Park! at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe at Papago Park. it was broadcast live on KTAR News Radio 92.3 FM in front of a sold out audience.
Tyler says, “It was such a blast, we immediately committed to making this an annual event. Arizona’s Statehood has not gotten its due as a special day and this is our way of changing that. There are hundreds of fascinating Arizona stories, and, with our partner KTAR News, we can bring them to thousands of people.”
America's Greatest Play
Celebrate Arizona's 104th Birthday