Performance in the Borderlands Presents Fall 2007 Season

September 27, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ASU Herberger School of Theatre and Film announces its fall 2007 "Performance in the Borderlands” season. The annual initiative is designed to bridge cultural boundaries by sponsoring public performances and events featuring Latino artists, critics and scholars from across the country. This season's Borderland series includes three performances:

"Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman, and Other Superhero Girls, Like Me"
Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus.
Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Tickets: $7 
"Black Butterfly" is a multiethnic theatre production for young people that evolved out of collaboration between three Latina Los Angeles poets. The show mixes poetry, girl manifestoes and tragic-comic episodes with teenage adventures and angst. Download Full Image

The production is a part of the Herberger College School of Theatre and Film’s Tour Bus project. The touring theatre company is committed to producing quality theatre productions and educational programs that reflect the diversity, interests and issues of young people living in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

"Greetings from a ‘Queer’ Senorita" - Monica Palacios 
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus. 
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7
Enjoy an evening of lesbian humor and experience “righteous rants of nationality, sexuality and middle-age flab” from one of the most respected gay Chicana soloists working today. Note: This performance contains adult themes and may not be suitable for all ages.

The Phoenix "La Pastorela”
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus. 
Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Tickets TBA
The “Pastorela” is an ancient folk tradition introduced in Mexico in the 16th century by religious groups. This tradition is presented each December at ASU by Performance in the Borderlands.

The Performance in the Borderlands Project is sponsored by the Herberger College of the Arts and its School of Theatre and Film.

For more information contact the Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447 or the School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337www.

The Herberger College School of Theatre and Film 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 creative 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

Art meets music at Polytechnic campus

September 27, 2007

A faculty member and a staff member at ASU’s Polytechnic campus are pooling their talents and bringing Art Beat to the public at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, at the Student Union’s Cooley Ballroom.

Art Beat brings the music of the Metro Phoenix Jazz Orchestra (MPJO) and the artwork of Michael Wirtz together for the first time. Download Full Image

The community is welcome to listen to the MPJO play jazz and big-band classics while enjoying the art of Wirtz, which will be on display during the concert.

Jay Busch, a lecturer of music history and appreciation courses at the Polytechnic campus, is a founding member of MPJO, a 10-piece ensemble that performs a wide variety of classic and orchestral jazz repertoire. Its repertoire traverses the classics of the big bands, as well as the significant repertoire of the hard bop and modern composers. Original compositions will be sprinkled throughout to add a contemporary mix to the concert.

Wirtz, library supervisor, has been honored by the Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum through the organization’s Artist’s Grant Program. His work has been included in many regional, national and international shows, including the 2005 Arizona Biennial in Tucson, where he won the “Award for Excellence,” and the 2006 Americas 2000 international exhibition of works on paper, where he won the “Juror’s Award.” His work also has been featured in New American Painting, and the much-acclaimed book “Phoenix: 21st Century City.”

Art Beat is free and open to the public. For directions or information, call (480) 727-1098 or visit the Web site">">