Award-winning play opens at Beowulf Alley

Beowulf Alley Theatre is giving a full production to the piece that snagged last year’s Arizona Theatre Company’s Playwriting Award.

Steve Holiday’s “Savage Bond” opens Friday.

The story is this: The day before Thanksgiving, six people return to their hometown, brought together by the tragedy of a mutual friend. While that friend is gone, it seems the secrets each had shared with him were not buried with him. Compound that realization with the fact that weather traps them all together over the holiday. There’s no turkey in the oven, which is bad enough. But there are other elements that make this a tense-filled time for them all.

Katherine Monberg directs, and the play stars Andrew Baughman, Patrick Baum, Royah Beheshti, Bree Boyd, Lori Hunt and Meagan Jones.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24 at Beowulf Alley, 11 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $23 — $10 for students. or 882-0555.

Kathleen Allen

St. Alban’s concert series kicks off Sunday

Texas organist Robert Bates kicks off St. Alban’s 2013-14 concert series Sunday with a program of Renaissance chansons and dance arrangements alongside liturgical pieces and works by composers including Bach, Sweelinck and Buxtehude.

A highlight of “Music Profane and Profound” likely will be Bates’ performance of Bach’s Prelude and Fuge in E minor. Sunday’s recital begins at 3 p.m. at St. Alban’s, 3738 Old Sabino Canyon Road, north of River Road.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and St. Alban’s members, and $5 for students at the door. Details:

Other concerts in the series are Oregon organist Julia Brown on Feb. 16 and Tucson organist Jeffri Sanders on April 6.

Cathalena E. Burch

Opera Guild to host ‘Dutchman’ preview

Arizona Opera will mount Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” on Nov. 23 and 24, and the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona is offering a primer to get ready.

The guild will devote two free events in the next week to “Dutchman”:

Say Hello to Opera, 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Ave.

Brown Bag, noon Nov. 15 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.

Details: Call Patrick Schifano at 825-1563 or online at

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.