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Q&A with Pulitzer winner Martyna Majok & director Caitlin Sullivan

Pulitzer Prize winner & Tony Award nominee Martyna Majok returns to Ketchum with Off Broadway director Caitlin Sullivan to workshop a brand new play that Martyna has been writing with the support of Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency. On September 27 at 5:30 PM, Martyna & Caitlin will participate in a special Q&A at The Argyros Performing Arts Center. Moderated by Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency Artistic Director John Baker, Martyna and Caitlin will speak about their work and collaboration before taking questions from the audience. The Q&A is FREE of charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency is a non-profit organization that gives playwrights time and resources to write in an inspired Idaho setting and provides the local community events that offer insight into writers’ creative processes. We foster new relationships between theatremakers and Idaho’s Wood River Valley community and fuel the American theatre with …

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ALMA @ The Spot

SEPT 29–OCT 8 ALMA by Benjamin Benne Directed by BRETT MOELLENBERG Performed by MARLENE MONTES and ISABELLA ORREGO DESCRIPTION: Working mom Alma (Marlene Montes) has single handedly raised her daughter, Angel (Isabella Orrego), on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together? [synopsis by Cat Rodríguez] *Winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latinx Playwriting Award *Winner of American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award RUN TIME: approx. 90 minutes with no intermission SUITABILITY: recommended for audiences 12+ TICKETS: PREMIUM • $40 STANDARD • $30 SECOND ROW FLOOR • $22 🔥 STUDENT/30 and UNDER • $15 *special price for patrons currently enrolled in school and/or patrons aged 30 and under PERFORMANCES: Friday Sept. 29  @ 7:30pm Saturday Sept. 30 @ 4:00pm + 7:30pm Sunday Oct. 1 @ 4:00pm Wednesday Oct. 4 @  7:30pm Thursday Oct. 5 @ 7:30pm Friday Oct. 6 @ 7:30pm Saturday Oct. 7 @ 7:30pm Sunday Oct. 8 @ 4:00pm Stay …

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SPOT STUDIO SERIES: Epoxy Resin Nightmare

EPOXY RESIN NIGHTMARE by Annabel Webster (NY based playwright originally from Sun Valley/Ketchum; Spot Young Co. Alumni) ​SHOW DESCRIPTION: ​Epoxy Resin Nightmare is a nonlinear play (or fever dream) about girlhood and generational curses in the gothic deserts of Southern Idaho. A mother and daughter sharing time, space, and god, connect through themes of sexuality, bodily preservation, and big stinkin’ white lilies. Annabel Webster’s first play at The Spot asks you to wish for a savior but believe in the carnage of women everlasting. Directed by Annabel Webster, Kagen Albright + Wyatt Root Movement Coordinator Julia Ott Stage Manager Wyatt Root with support from Elena Vorm ​ featuring Spot Young Co. Alumni Chloe Khosrowshahi, Annabelle Lewis + Coco Vorm August 17-19 @ 7:30pm August 20 @ 4:00pm SPOT STUDIO SERIES: The Spot Studio Series is a selection of new and published theatrical works presented in our black box space with no frills (minimal tech.) These pop-up shows are stripped-back with short, galvanizing, concentrated rehearsal processes where actors and directors get to explore the text, source material and heart of the work. It’s our version of scene-study, but in classic Spot fashion, we do the whole thing. The Spot Studio Series …

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Benefit Screening of Oscar-Winner “The Whale”

Catch a very special screening of A24’s Academy Award-Winning film “The Whale” on August 29, 2023 at 5:30 PM at The Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, ID to benefit Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency. The evening includes a pre-screening reception and a post-screening conversation with playwright, screenwriter, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and Idaho-native Samuel D. Hunter. The Q&A will be moderated by Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency Artistic Director John Baker. Hunter and Baker worked closely together on Hunter’s acclaimed play “The Whale,” which Hunter later adapted for the screen. Following its premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, the Darren Aronofsky film was nominated for three Academy Awards and won two. Brendan Fraser won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. Film running time: 117 minutes; Rating: R TICKETS: www.sunvalleyplaywrights.org General Admission tickets are $25, and VIP Tickets are $150. VIP Admission also includes a pre-screening reception with hors d’oeuvres with Samuel D. Hunter plus prime seating for the screening. All ticket sales benefit Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency. Sponsors for the evening include The Argyros Performing Arts Center, Atkinsons’ Market, The Salty Sisters, and Wall …

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Jarabe Mexicano

Jarabe Mexicano captures the nostalgic spirit of their border roots with their brand of “Bordeño-Soul,” which honors the musical tastes and cultural influences of its members. Jarabe, which translates to “concoction,” highlights the eclectic mix of genres they perform ranging from Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Norteño/Tex-Mex to Latin Rock, Trio Romántico, and popular Cumbia. Their traditional Mariachi string instruments and Norteño-inspired drums complement dramatic vocals in English, Spanish, and Spanglish, and shows how this multi-generational ensemble embraces change while still honoring the past. As educators, cultural ambassadors, and advocates for the arts, the Vilar Performing Arts Center raves that Jarabe Mexicano is “thought-provoking, heartfelt, and engaging.”

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Turtle Island Quartet

Since its inception in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album, TIQ fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” The Quartet’s birth was the result of violinist David Balakrishnan’s brainstorming explorations and compositional vision while completing his master’s degree program at Antioch University West. The journey has taken Turtle Island through forays into folk, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, new age, rock, hip-hop, as well as music of Latin America and India…a repertoire consisting of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals. As Turtle Island members continue to refine their skills through the development of repertory by some of today’s cutting-edge composers, through performances and recordings with major symphonic ensembles, and through a determined educational commitment, the Turtle Island Quartet stakes …

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Dublin Guitar Quartet

Described as a “quartet with a difference” by The Irish Times, Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, the DGQ has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting contemporary works from outside of the guitar repertoire. With the help of eight and eleven-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, and Gyorgy Ligeti. The DGQ’s work has brought the attention of some of the world’s leading composers.  

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Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality.  Named Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas and headlining major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has four top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, The Today Show, and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.  DeSare has also collaborated with YouTube supergroup Postmodern Jukebox. He has been a featured guest artist with over 100 symphony orchestras with some highlights including the Cleveland Orchestra, The New York Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, The Houston Symphony, and The Chicago Symphony.

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Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier

Meet the man, not the myth! The contemporary Wyatt Earp, great grandnephew of the original Wyatt Earp, has been portraying his famous ancestor in this one-man show since 1996. Set in the mid-1920s, an elderly Wyatt Earp tells of his adventures from Arizona to Alaska during the final days of the American frontier. Think 1928…the place is a small apartment in Los Angeles…a tired Wyatt Earp speaks one-on-one with his biographer telling of his time in Tombstone, and his sometimes-turbulent 47-year life with wife Josephine as they traveled throughout the West and Alaska. The play has delighted audiences throughout North America and Europe and was written by the late award-winning playwright Terry Tafoya Earp.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.” Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, theater, jazz, baroque, and folkloric music.  Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010.  She has received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Window, Dreams and Daggers, and For One To Love, and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album WomanChild. In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award. Nonesuch Records released Ghost Song in March of 2022, and has since gone onto receive two Grammy Nominations as well as appearing on several year-end best lists for 2022