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El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series celebrates third year with diverse lineup of shows September 27, 2016
Poets, painters, plays and performances of various kinds highlight the third annual El Paso Community Foundation’s Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.
The performing arts series opens with As Is … 2 Painters and 2 Poets, presented by Impact |Programs of Excellence, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9 in the Philanthropy Theatre, on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com (additional online
charges may apply), 800-745-3000 and 915-534-0609.
The 2016-2017 Jewel Box series, produced in partnership with El Paso Live, runs through May 2017. Impact | Programs of Excellence, the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and Ted Karber Jr.’s EPStageBusiness all return this season. New to Jewel Box are El Paso’s Tumbleweed Collective Contemporary Dance, Los Actores and Eden Enterprises, as well as southern New Mexico’s Scaffolding Theatre Company and Theatre Dojo.
Opening program As Is … 2 Painters and 2 Poets features painters Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman and poets Dorothy Ann Leach and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier. It will include paintings and poetry readings from their third and latest book, As Is.
Season tickets for all eight shows are $103 (a 20% discount), available at the El Paso Community Foundation, online at epcf.org/give/donate (designate “Jewel Box Series Season Tickets”) or by calling 915-533-4020.
As Is … 2 Painters and 2 Poets — Impact | Programs of Excellence presents painters Susan
Amstater and Connie Dillman and poets Dorothy Ann Leach and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier, who
will show paintings, read poems and explore themes of friendship and the creative process.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9
Boheme Noir —Tumbleweed Collective Contemporary Dance created this original production,
which allows Bohemian spirits to reign, features live music by Daniel Rivera and Carlos Benitez,
and a piece set to Astor Piazzolla’s La Historia del Tango: Café 1930.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13
Barrio Christmas — Los Actores presents a bilingual production based loosely on Charles
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Set in El Paso, this adaptation by writer-director Drime Lockhart
tells the story of a bitter store owner confronted with his past.
7 p.m. Saturday, December 10; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11
Indigo Twilight — The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future presents this classical-jazz
crossover, which will combine instrumental music, voice and poetry for a journey through the
mysterious hues and alluring rhythms of the night.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — The New Mexico State University-affiliated Scaffolding
Theatre Company presents this musical valentine, a reimagining of the Disney musical. It
centers around a family that re-enacts the play in their grandparents’ home, and features
familiar songs, including Be Our Guest.
7 p.m. Saturday, February 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12
Killing Buddha — Deming’s Theatre Dojo offers this award-winning modern take on an ancient
North Indian legend about a serial killer seeking atonement from the divine teacher. Writerdirector
Algernon D’Ammassa plays all of the characters, accompanied by nationally known
Native American musician Randy Granger on wind, string and percussion.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12
Bernabe — Just in time for Earth Day, Eden Enterprises presents this Luis Valdez play about a
young man whose love of the earth is rooted in Aztec mythology. Directed by local theater
veteran Hector Serrano, it’s a cry against the exploitation of the planet by modern forces.
7 p.m. Saturday, April 8; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9
Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts — El Paso playwright Ted Karber Jr.’s
EPStageBusiness presents this original comedy about a group of women who plan to be the
belles of the ball. Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and dimwitted deputy could change their plans.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21