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Actors Theatre at Herberger Theater

Attending a theater performance is a magnificent experience but the actual performance is just part of what makes this extraordinary accomplishment possible. See what goes on before the curtain goes up! Learn about the architecture, interior design, acoustics and the role it all plays in a successful performance.

This is your opportunity to go backstage and visit the dressing rooms that the performers use, see how/where the props are constructed, talk to the artistic director and learn how specific plays are chosen. Walk on stage and experience the feeling of standing in front of a large theater. Then imagine what it is like with every seat in the house filled! Now sit back and enjoy the show and a private reception with the cast members.

Actors Theatre performs six plays each season at the Herberger Theater Center that are progressive and provocative, designed to spark conversation about critical social issues.

"For up-to-the-moment plays that ask important questions about life in 21st-century America, the list starts and ends with Actors Theatre." - Arizona Republic

There are many ways this season to offer your guests a truly unique theater experience with Actors Theatre at the beautiful Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

  • A guided backstage tour. See where all the behind the scenes work goes on, the dressing rooms, rehearsal area and the actual stage area.

  • A guided backstage tour and meet a cast member

  • The chance to watch the play coming together with a guided backstage tour during Tech Week. Tech Week is the week before the actual performance when the props are put up, dress rehearsal takes place and all the “kinks” are worked out.

  • A guided backstage tour during the run of the show and great seats for the performance.

  • A guided backstage tour during the run of the show, great seats for the performance and interact with cast member(s) following the show.

Theater Schedule:

Doubt, A Parable

  • by John Patrick Shanley
  • Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.
  • September 12 - 28, 2008

"What do you do when you're not sure? . . Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen." So begins this story of suspicion and moral uncertainty set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. Chosen as the best play of the year by over 10 newspapers and magazines, this explosive cat-and-mouse game is without a doubt – a must see! Where doubt ends, conversation begins.

A View Of The Harbor

  • by Richard Dresser
  • October 24 - November 9, 2008

Richard Dresser concludes his Trilogy on Happiness in America with this offbeat look at Maine’s upper crust. After the blue collar struggles of Augusta and the middle-class suburban angst of The Pursuit of Happiness, A View of the Harbor offers a sly perspective on the ghostly pull of America’s brass rings: power and money. Years after leaving home, Nick - a child of privilege - gets a call from his sister. Their father has had a stroke and he must return. Nick and his girlfriend, travel to the coast of Maine, to the mysterious, run-down mansion where Nick grew up. The family is reconfigured in surprising ways as long-buried family secrets finally see the light of day.

A Christmas Carol

  • by Charles Dickens Adapted by Matthew Wiener & Michael Grady. Music & Lyrics by Alan Ruch
  • December 13 - 24, 2008

If you haven’t seen it in a while, revisit an old friend! Dickens’ classic story of redemption and hope is ingeniously re-imagined as only Actors Theatre can in this spectacular musical. Celebrate the “spirits” of the holidays with the entire family. Sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages.

Triple Espresso

  • by Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley & Bob Stromberg
  • January 16 - February 1, 2009

A highly caffeinated comedy.

It’s amazing what a few cups of coffee can do. Triple Espresso is the story of three guys climbing the ladder of success, downwards. Their bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in the single most embarrassing moment ever broadcast on live national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents. The show has played to sell-out crowds for years in San Diego and Minneapolis, and also ran in Chicago, Detroit, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Seattle, and now...Phoenix!

Rabbit Hole

  • by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize
  • March 6 - 22, 2009

Becca and Howie have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Coping with the distractions of her reckless sister and their opinionated mother, Becca takes solace in her unlikely friendship with a neighborhood teenager, Jason. He might provide the key to lead her back from the darkest of places. Written with poignant humor and finely-observed detail, Rabbit Hole was one of last season’s most acclaimed plays. It explores questions and challenges that are readily known to anyone who has ever suffered loss, or has tried to move beyond it.

To Be Announced

  • April 24 - May 10, 2009

We are considering a number of exciting plays to close out this incredible season. Stay tuned!

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