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Girl power, poetry and teen angst rule in “Black Butterfly…”

Natalie Schmidt, Bri Valdivia, Jamie Sandomire, and Mayra Amaya in the ASU Herberger Tour Bus Theatre production of “Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman, and Other Superhero Girls Like Me,” Oct. 25-27, 2007.

Photo by Steven L. Barker

October 12, 2007

The ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film Tour Bus program performs “Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman and Other Superhero Girls Like Me,” this fall on the ASU Tempe campus and at Phoenix-area schools.

Through a mix of poems, monologues, music and dramatic scenes, “Black Butterfly…” explores growing up Latina in the inner city. The play follows five girls from the 7th grade through high school. Their journeys begin with a writing assignment. Through ongoing journal entries, audiences experience their triumphs and pitfalls. The play was adapted from the writings of three Los Angeles poets, in collaboration with playwright Luis Alfaro and original director Lisa Peterson.

The Tour Bus is a touring theatre company in the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film. The Tour Bus is committed to producing quality theatre productions and educational programs that reflect the diversity, issues and interests of young people and their families living in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its inception in 2003, the Tour Bus has created four productions for first grade through high school students. Themes have ranged from diversity to communities in crisis to Internet predation.

“Although topics may be serious or educational, the aim is to create engaging and entertaining theatre that encourages dialogue among students, their teachers and their families,” says Pamela Sterling, associate professor of theatre in the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film and Tour Bus director.

Schools interested in hosting a performance of “Black Butterfly…” now though Nov. 20 can write, or call 480.727.7529. A $100 fee is required for performances. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m.


Public Contact
Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
School of Theatre and Film