• January 16, 2022
 Six comedians open sixth EPCF Jewel Box Series on October 13

Six comedians open sixth EPCF Jewel Box Series on October 13

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre celebrates its sixth season with six standup comedians in the Cloud 915 Comedy Showcase.

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.

The show is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 13 in the Plaza Theatre, part of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.  Tickets $16 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service fees) and ticketmaster.com (plus service fees).

Each of the half dozen comedians is a touring performer, very active on social media, and a product of the area’s burgeoning stand-up comedy scene.

Headliner Adam Dominguez is an El Paso native now living and working the comedy scene in Las Vegas.

Joe Rodriguez, a Las Cruces native now based in Vegas, describes himself on his Instagram page as “Comedian. Husband. Habitual Line Stepper.”

Nico Adjemian, who can be heard on the KLAQ-FM morning show, was a finalist in the 2014 El Paso Comedy Challenge and 2015 Southwest Laughfest Comedy Festival.

Versatile Anthony Austin Brown is a comedian, actor, singer, and dancer who describes himself as “still broke.”

Cathedral High School grad Dante Verduzco says that English is his second language, “funny is his first.” Cloud 915’s Lando V.C., who will host the show, tends to work clean, with an emphasis on silly humor.

Jewel Box Series season tickets are $103 for all eight shows (a 20% discount), on sale at the El Paso Community Foundation, 333 North Oregon, by phone at 915-533-4020, or online.

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre SCHEDULE

Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged.

Emily Davis and Jaimielynn Amato                      

November 3, 2019, 2:30 pm                            

Fresh from a national tour supporting Bad Religion, edgy singer-songwriter Emily Davis returns to her solo punk-folk roots. Opener is the “Songbird of El Paso,” singer-songwriter — and ace whistler — Jaimielynn Amato.

Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back

The Border Theatre

December 8, 2019, 2:30 pm

This irreverent bit of interactive, improv theater debuted last year in the Jewel Box Series. It has evolved to include more local talent, but the audience still gets to order from a menu of 30 short pieces, which are performed in 60 minutes.


We Have Each Other        

Felix Arenas

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.


The Straussiana

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

Palmore Productions

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.

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