Summerfest Unplugged

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Summerfest Unplugged

Have you ever wondered how a play gets from script to stage? This summer, Perseverance Theatre invites you to Summerfest Unplugged, a weekend of two new plays. The process of creating live theatre is a collaborative one that involves playwright, actors, dramaturg, director, designers, and YOU, the audience member. Join Perseverance Theatre July 11th and 12th for a special weekend of new plays. You’ll see readings on the PT Mainstage of two new works: House of Dreams and Into the Wild, and you’ll get a chance to talk about the work with the authors, composers, and creators in special discussions and receptions after the shows.


Both of these plays are based on true Alaskan stories. House of Dreams imagines what happened when actor John Barrymore sailed the Infanta to Lemesurier Island to visit friends at a homestead not far from Glacier Bay. Into the Wild takes another look at the story of Christopher McCandless. Music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos and lyrics and story by Janet Allard bring Christopher, his family, and the friends he meets on his journey to life.


Get an all-access pass to this unprecedented event for $25. Tickets include your attendance at a reading of each show and the receptions and discussions following.


When: July 11th, House of Dreams, 4pm, Into the Wild, 7:30pm

July 12th, Into the Wild, 4pm, House of Dreams, 7:30pm
(Discussions to follow each performance.)


Summerfest Unplugged Pass: $20, Season Subscribers pay just $10!

Perseverance Theatre, Mainstage

Reception to follow at the theatre.

Tickets available at the JAHC, Hearthside Books, and by calling 463-TIXS or visiting

Summerfest Unplugged is sponsored by Alaskan Brewing Company and Louie’s Douglas Inn with support from Northwind Architects.To become a supporter, contact Amy O’Neill Houck at 907-364-2421 x230 or email

Purchase tickets here!

Read the Summerfest Unplugged Press Release

Travel Raffle Winners Announced

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of our 31st Annual Travel Raffle!

Grand Prize Gary Vetesy
2nd Prize Jessie Beck
3rd Prize Ward Lamb
4th Prize Sam O’Toole
5th Prize McLean Cannon
6th prize Allan Hayton
7th Prize Patty Ware
8th Prize Cindy Spanyers
9th Prize Tim Welby
10th Prize Libby Mcdonough
11th Prize Art Petersen
12th Prize Melissa Griffith
13th Prize Terry Miller
14th Prize Frank Homan
15th Prize Steve Parker
16th Prize Alison Browne
17th Prize Randy Walling
18th Prize Laura Hosey
19th Prize Brian O’Sullivan
20th Prize Mike Stanley
21st Prize Suzi Lowell
22nd Prize Mary Navitsky
23rd Prize Bev Gelston
24th Prize Lee Powelson
25th Prize Molly Smith

PJ Paparelli, Former PT Artistic Director Director Dies at 40

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Perseverance Theatre lost one of our own when former Artistic Director PJ Paparelli passed away earlier this week. His time in Alaska was filled with great productions of musicals like Tommy and Hair, work of his own such as Columbinus, a play about the Columbine school shooting, and supporting other writers, such asThe People’s Temple, a play by the Tectonic Theatre Project about Jim Jones, Jonestown, and Jones’ followers. Perseverance will be remembering Paparelli before each remaining performance of our current play, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, this weekend. Our hearts go out to PJ’s family, our colleagues at American Theatre Company, in Chicago, where PJ was Artistic Director, and to our dear friend David Charles Goyette, who was with PJ at the time. PJ’s passing is a huge loss to the American theatre profession.

More information can be found in this article from the Chicago Tribune-


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Come dance the night away with SUSU AND THE PROPHETS! Join us for live music and dancing, a no-host bar, our travel raffle drawing (and last chance to buy tickets!) surprise special performances, backstage tours and more! Meet your favorite theatre artists and say thank you to volunteers and supporters at this celebration of the closing of Perseverance Theatre’s 2014-2015 season! Get your picture taken as part of a prehistoric diorama on the set of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the community in celebrating Perseverance Theatre! This event is 21 and over.

Tickets are available!



The Sneeze at UAS

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The Sneeze
By Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Frayn
Directed by Christina Apathy

April 17, 18, & 19 at 7:30pm

Theatre at Hendrickson Room 113 at UAS

General Admission – $10
Student – $5

2nd Alaska One-Minute Play Festival

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The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and Perseverance Theatre present


ALL AT 8:00pm


Sydney Laurence Theatre,
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
621 West 6th Ave Anchorage, AK 99501

Tickets are $22.25 and available at

Centertix box office, online at, or by calling 263-ARTS

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:

Greg Aldrich, Allen Bailey, Jill Bess, Linda Billington, Jay Burns, Deborah Gideon, Jason Hodges, Steve Hunt, Matt Jardin, Marleah Labelle, Josh Lowman, Jerry McDonnell, Dawson Moore, Tom Moran, Mark Muro, Andrea Onstad, Teresa Pond, Richard Perry, Peter Porco, Ann Reddig, Dick Reichman, Lucas Rowley, Schatzie Schaefers, Lois Simenson, Holly Stanton, & Vera Starbard,

Directed by
Caleb Bourgeois, McKenzie Callahan, Ron Holmstrom, John Parsi, Peter Porco, Kalli Randall, & Art Rotch


Curated by:
Dominic D’Andrea & Caitlin Wees





The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.


In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.


Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in close to 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks, ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.


Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and midcareer playwrights. For more information visit: