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One year older and one year bolder, Icarus was a Rookie returns to the Philanthropy Theatre as part of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series, where it debuted last year.
The new, one-year anniversary version, dubbed Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Annex, above the box office.
The show, created by the Border Theatre and the Rio Grande Writers’ Room, features 30 2-minute plays. The order in which they are performed is chosen by the audience. As part of the one-year anniversary, the normal 30-item menu will be increased. By how much? That’s part of the fun.
Run the Jewel Back will feature audience favorites from the past year’s performances, plus new, original works created by members of the El Paso community. This includes singer-songwriters Javier Martinez and Omar Cuellar, as well as flow artist and Odd-Lab founder Georgina Armendariz.
“I haven’t laughed this much in a while,” reviewer Victoria Molinar wrote last year in El Paso Inc. She described Icarus as “everyone’s favorite 30-play-in-60-minute fiasco … where we shouted random ‘menu items’ to decide the next 2-minute performance; where I ended up being one of the performers because I was ‘randomly’ selected to flap my wings around the stage after each short … where a sick band called The Hot Bachs sang about the finer things in life, like toilet paper… (It’s) been a while since I’ve seen a Border Theatre show, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss tonight’s.”
The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.
Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).
El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre
We Have Each Other
January 12, 2020, 2:30 pm
Few things are as important as family. Every family comes with its own struggles. This trio of one-acts by Felix Arenas explores those issues and how we feel safe within that family — because we have each other.
Ballet in Session Academy
February 9, 2020, 2:30 pm
The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in this original production from Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. The one-act classical ballet is set to music by Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.
Seven Deadly Shorts
March 8, 2020, 2:30 pm
What could aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess and murder possibly have in common? SIN! From Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr, the team that opened the first Jewel Box Series in 2014, comes this series of seven 10-minute plays that will take you down that dark path of the Seven Deadly Sins.
yo Soy project
Recording Moving Studios
April 19, 2020, 2:30 pm
Written by Adry Love and directed by Diego Muniz, this bilingual production combines music, video projection, film and visual art. The culmination is a multimedia experience exploring personal and geographic identity. It’s part of the 2020 Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.
The Southwest Songwriter Series
Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller
May 10, 2020, 2:30 pm
These three master “poet-composers” will take listeners on an epic journey using only melodies, poetry, and guitars in this special Mother’s Day concert. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Adamz, an El Paso product recently returned from years in California, has worked with Joan Baez and the Kronos Quartet. Teresa Tudury is a sultry-voiced Bay Area product described as a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler. Gene Keller is an El Paso icon, a singer-songwriter-poet who has performed and inspired audiences for more than 40 years.