Don’t call it a comeback, but Theatrikos Theatre Company is recovering from somewhat of a rough 2019.
On the morning of April 12, 2019, a city sewer line diverted more than 4,000 gallons of raw sewage into the basement of the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, which has been home to Theatrikos since 1989. The flooding destroyed a majority of Theatrikos’ set pieces, costumes, props and more. It also forced the theater company to shut down production at the playhouse, which effectively canceled the final weekend of shows for Wait Until Dark, and the TheatriKids production of Disney’s Newsies was moved to Flagstaff High School.
“I’ve only been in Flagstaff for two and half months [since joining the theater company], so a little bit of trial by fire, but the city has stepped up,” Chris Verrill, executive director at Theatrikos, told the Arizona Daily Sun in April 2019. “This is one of the amazing things I’m learning about Flagstaff, people are coming together.”
In addition to numerous venues offering their stage, several businesses and restaurants such as The Peaks Senior Living Community, Salsa Brava and Blendz organized fundraising efforts for Theatrikos. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival also donated 10 percent of the profits from its performances of God of Vengeance toward the theater company.
Patrons are advised that the entire building has been cleaned and sanitized following the April flooding. While the basement will take a year to rebuild, its upstairs theater is fully operational.
Looking forward to 2020, Theatrikos has a slew of new plays bound to entertain. From a new take on an old detective story to a classic Christmas special, here’s what to expect from Theatrikos’ 48th season.
Theatrikos’ 2020 season
Holmes and Watson
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Mickey Mercer
Jan. 31—Feb. 16
Sherlock is dead. Or is he? Watson must learn the truth. Twists and turns and red herrings await audiences in one of the great detective’s most engaging mysteries.
Matilda The Musical
By Roald Dahl
Directed by Joe Maniglia and Jan Rominger
March 27—April 19
A spectacular Tony Award-winning musical for the whole family, Matilda The Musical is an exhilarating and revolutionary tale of empowerment featuring Broadway’s biggest little hero.
Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Becky Daggett
May 29—June 14
In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, a progressive writer comes home to her conservative parents. When a long-held family secret is revealed, old wounds are opened, and the family is forced to face their past head-on.
Lend Me a Tenor
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By Ken Ludwig
Directed by John Propster
July 24—Aug. 16
A nine-time Tony Award nominated side-splitting classic farce. Madcap setups, mistaken identities, room swaps, hilarious misunderstandings, bawdy overtones and quirky characters make this opera buffa gloriously fun.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Michael Rulon
In Neil Simon’s latest, celebrated writer Rose Stern stands at a crossroads: She hasn't written anything in years and money is getting short. Her former lover offers her—from beyond the grave—an opportunity to regain her celebrity and gross millions.
Miracle on 34th Street
By Valentine Davies
Nov. 27—Dec. 20
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer defends him by arguing in court he is the real thing—thus exemplifying the true magic of the season.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
By Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder
Directed by Allison Ballou
Performed at Montoya Community Center
It’s 1956 and members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town?
By Lisa Kron
The powerful medical comedy drama paints a mother-and-daughter picture of rich, unusual artistry that explores issues of health and wellness.