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Wamer Mime and A3D Productions Presents “Tales of Transformation” directed by Rick Wamer  

Performance Schedule:  February 17, 18 & 19 - Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 1:00 pm
Where:  Zuzi Theatre at the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
Box Office:  www.a3dproductions.com      Antigone Books      At the Door
Tickets:  All Tickets are General Admission: $18.00  Students, Seniors, Military: $15.00  Group discounts of ten or more, please call Rick Wamer at 520.990.7425
R Wamer Kafkas Monkey

Rick Wamer in Genesis                                               Kate Clark as Kafka's Monkey

"Genesis," a work he created, is also                        Wamer has cast Kate Clark in the lead role of "Kafka's Monkey"  

performed by Wamer, the 2015 recipient of the         which represents his spoken theatre directorial debut in Tucson, 

Buffalo Exchange Contributor to the Arts Award.       following many years of directing and co-producing the works of  

Wamer exhibits "...an impressive depth of                 Theatrical Mime Theatre with Lorie Heald.  In Seattle, Ms. Clarke  

interpretation and heart" – Marcel Marceau               has worked with Annex Theatre, Alice B., The Seattle Group, The 

“…never less than mesmerizing.” – Tucson               Empty Space, New City Theatre, PrintersDevil, and the Seattle     

Weekly                                                                               Shakespeare company.


Three physically imagined, short plays to provoke reflection and humor.  “Kafka’s Monkey” is the award-winning play by Colin Teevan.   A thirty-five-minute solo monologue of particularly physical endurance. Imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, Kafka’s monkey reveals his journey to become a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.  Based on the short story A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka, this new adaptation reveals human tensions with freedom and choice, how we often deal with our human limitations, and begs the question, “How far behind us is our primitive animal nature?”  A cogent tale for our times. “Inside Caligari” is an ensemble theatrical mime work by Rick Wamer, loosely inspired by the silent film classic, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, and is a query into current hazards of social and populist inducements to slumber and, “What price, freedom?”  A short visually poetic essay on the transformational conflicts within the carnival of the mind!  “Genesis” is a short monologue by Rick Wamer that takes place at a young author’s conference.  A reveal of a more innocent time stolen away by confrontations of harsh realities of life and death.  It is a delightfully humorous pathos of the transformation of innocence to the next phase of life’s journey.


“NOT MY PRESIDENT’S DAY” Political Theater Presents


 A staged reading of “The Higher Education of Khalid Amir”, winner for Best New Script at the Midtown International Theater Festival off-off Broadway, is being presented at ZUZI Theater as part of a national  theater action called “Not My President’s Day.” 
On February 20th, theater artists from around the nation will be presenting work that is anti-Trump and anti-Trumpism, organized through the national Facebook group “Nasty Women and Bad Hombres.” Tucson’s theater action is being coordinated by Monica Bauer, an off-off Broadway playwright who relocated to Tucson in 2015. Since becoming a Tucsonan, Bauer has produced a Solo Theater Festival, and participated in both the 2016 and 2017 Tucson Fringe Festivals. Her group, Theater New and Now, will be presenting a three week run of her play “The Maternal Instinct” at ZUZI! Theater in The Historic Y in March. For further information, contact Monica Bauer at playwrightmeb@aol.com
Join local actors from many of Tucson’s theaters for a staged reading of an award-winning political comedy, “The Higher Education of Khalid Amir”, directed by the playwright, Monica Bauer. Featuring Tony Caprile, Alida Holguin Gunn, Mark Klugheit, Roger Owen, Clark Ray, Daymeon L. Rembert, and guest artist from New York Debra Lass. A gay, cross-dressing Middle East Studies professor is pursued by the dumbest FBI agent in American history, as a right-wing TV personality, a Trump-loving Governor, a former 60's radical, and a Latina with a secret all end up attacking, or protecting, Khalid Amir.  
February 20th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm,
on the ZUZI Theater stage at The Historic Y
Free and open to the public. Ages 16+ due to adult situations and language.
Not My President Day



The Maternal Instinct - front The Maternal Instinct - back

The Maternal Instinct

Produced by Theater New and Now

Directed by Maria Caprile

Written by Monica Bauer

Topics include science, genetics, addiction, alcoholism, as a lesbian marriage is put to the test. A play about the science of love, and the love of science. Winner, third place New Works for Young Women, runner-up for New South Writing Prize at the Brighton (UK) Fringe Festival. Previously produced in Boston, New York, Louisiana, and Brighton, England.

What happens when one spouse feels the aching need to have a baby, and the other one refuses to consider it, for reasons that may or may not be true? Lillian's a brilliant research scientist, and a supposedly recovering alcoholic, working on the genetics of the maternal instinct in mice. Her wife, Sarah, wants to have a baby. When Lillian puts her foot down, the marriage is in trouble, and friends and family try to come to the rescue, with comic, and potentially tragic, results. 

March 3-19

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 2:00pm

Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2763963




ZUZI! is an Arizona Residency Roster organization and works with the Arizona arts education standards. Let us plan a fun and enriching fieldtrip that focuses on one or several aspects of dance and performance art.

  • Experiment with aerial dance on low-flying trapeze
  • Use personal experience and stories to create movement compositions
  • Describe how dance may be used to express moods and ideas
  • Discover how music and voice influence dance
  • Identify and examine the technical aspects of performance art


 Matinee Performances - See the creative process come alive!

matineeVisit ZUZI! Theater for an intimate and mesmerizing performance that will stimulate student’s curiosity and creativity. ZUZI! Dance Company is a local professional dance company founded in 1998 whose work embraces a unique integration of personal narrative, modern dance and aerial trapeze.

Call for upcoming performance dates and details.


ZUZI! has worked with TUSD’s Project OMA and has worked with Lynn Urquides, Keen, Second Street School, Drexel, Sam Hughes, Indian Oasis, Utterback Middle School, Green Fields Country Day School, Paolo Freire Freedom School and many other local schools. References available upon request.