Michael Fenlason is the artistic director of Beowulf Alley Theatre.


Beowulf Alley Theatre got its stage legs back last season - the quality of its productions stepped up after several shaky seasons.

And a look at what's in store for 2013-14 shows the company, headed up by artistic director Michael Fenlason, has planned some more good times ahead.

Take a look:

• "Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief" in repertory with "Macbeth" - Sept. 6-22. Paula Vogel's "Desdemona" takes the poor, misjudged character from Shakespeare's "Othello" and transforms her into a woman more in control of her destiny.

Shakespeare's "Macbeth," one of the Bard's shortest plays, is a thrilling tale of murder and manipulation. Beowulf plans a startling and new take on the tragedy.

• "The Little Dog Laughed" - Oct. 4-20. Douglas Carter Beane's comedy about a hot Hollywood actor who is up for a must-have role. And he may get it if his agent can persuade him to keep his "slight recurring case of homosexuality" in check.

• "Savage Bond" - Nov. 8-24. This Steve Holiday family drama is the winner of the 2012 Arizona Playwright Award.

• "Mallard and Mack" - Jan. 3-20. The musical comedy is a mockumentary about the creation of a musical. It's by Mark Litton, Michael Fenlason and Julie Peterson.

• "The Trickster of Seville" -March 14-30. A Tirso de Molina adaptation of "Don Juan and the Stone Guest."

• "Tartuffe" - March 14-30. Moliere's comic masterpiece about the ultimate in con artists.

• "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" - April 4-20. It's a few days into the American invasion of Iraq as two marines and an interpreter discover the ghosts and riddles of the city. By Rajiv Joseph.


Beowulf Alley Theatre's season tickets are $125 if purchased by July 1; $140 after that date. They are available at beowulfalley.org

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at kallen@azstarnet.com or 573-4128.