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Fox Files                                                                           June 2016
There is an eerie silence at the Fox today. It will extend out many weeks. Through a combination of fluke and design  the Fox is dark. We have classes and some rentals and advance work in the scene shop and offices, but the stages are dark. They will stay dark for the summer. I wrote to you before about the melancholy that sinks in for a few hours between shows A show closes...then what?  Now we are dealing with that emptiness on a whole different level. Theatre people measure their lives based on a never-ending parade of show memories. I was married during How to Succeed in Business, my daughter Zosia was born while we were working on Death of Salesman and my basset hound Newton died just before Red Ranger. Whatever milestones pass this summer will not have an accompanying work of art to attach to my memory. It is an eerie feeling.

Theatre people also live with extreme deadlines. Imagine that 500 people are coming to your house this weekend. These next few months have no such pressure for us. We do not feel the pressures of rushing paint to dry before rehearsal or memorizing lines or finishing light cues late the night before tech rehearsal. We will have to learn what weekends are. You see, theatre people work while you are at rest. You need us to work and we need you to rest at the same time. We are not accustomed to two consecutive sun-lit days of leisure in a row. We call that unemployment. You call it the weekend. I often have business at the City Hall on Friday afternoons when it seems that the elevators only go down and everyone passing wishes me a great weekend. I silently shoot back that they have no idea...

So how will we spend our time? We are fitfully resting but we are also using the time to study, plan and get ahead. We are studying the state-of-the-art. We are reading plays and searching out trends in other markets. We are studying so we will recognize the next trend before it happens.

We are planning by putting administrative procedures in place so that routine work stays routine. We tend to prioritize work based on deadlines, but this summer we are able to work based on what will help the company long term. And we are getting ahead. We are creating artificial deadlines to keep our skills sharp and production ahead of schedule. Things are getting finished well ahead of deadline because once the Aurora Fox staff gets a taste of weekends, they might want some in the future.

Charles Packard, Executive Producer  
Announcing Season 32
The Aurora Fox Arts Center Presents Season 32
Life On the Margins of Polite Society
Welcome to the 32nd Season at the Aurora Fox!
Once again, we are proud to bring new and exciting titles to life on our stage.
Early Bird Subscription Pricing Ends June 19!
Click here or call 303-739-1970 to subscribe today.

October 7-November 6, 2016 
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton 
Conceived by Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Frank Wildhorn  
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

Dracula is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance, set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age. The story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula's unnatural charm, and along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula's supernatural powers.  Dracula  will enthrall audiences with its powerful score and its potential for bringing the undead to life in this haunting musical of unrequited love.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
November 25-January 1, 2017 
By George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward  and Ira Gershwin  
Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks  
Musical Score Adapted by Dierdre L. Murray 
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

This operatic adaptation of Heyward's play, Porgy and Bess follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina. We follow the crippled Porgy and his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin' Life.

Myth  World Premiere
January 20-February 19, 2017 
By Charles Wefso
In the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre
Jason's small campfire and video camera strain to penetrate the darkness of the remote woods outside of Yellow Knife, Canada. Jason is doggedly searching for the definitive proof of an undiscovered species he is certain exists, and must exist in this place.

Chinglish  Regional Premiere
March 24-April 9, 2017 
By David Henry Hwang 
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

A hilarious comedy about the challenges of doing business in a country whose language and underlying cultural assumptions can be worlds apart from those of the West. The play tells the adventures of Daniel, an American businessman from the Midwest, who hopes to establish his family's sign-making business in China. Through a comic exchange, he learns what is lost and found in translation.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Regional Premiere
April 21-May 28, 2017
Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Arranged by Stephen "Spud" Murphy
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage

Based on the popular 1994 film of the same name,  Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows two drag queens and a transsexual who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback.  During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren't receptive to their lifestyle, but they persevere, while strengthening their own friendships.

The Dracula Gala & Blood Drive

The Fox's Annual Gala featuring Dracula 
Saturday, October 8, 6:00pm
Enjoy a glamorous evening of delicious food by Carrabba's, select wines, silent auction and a full performance of our season opener, the spine-tingling Dracula . This annual event is a terrific excuse to don your formal wear and socialize with the community in a festive theater setting while showing your support for the arts.
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Dracula Blood Drive
A Saturday Morning in September

We're looking for at least 30 victims to participate in a community blood drive, to be held on a Saturday in September. Once we have 30 willing donors, Bonfils blood center will confirm the date. Dracula will be on site for photo ops, but blood will definitely be taken out of your arm! If you can donate please email Sue Stoveall and let us know. We'll send you Bonfils' pre-qualification form and further information. Thank you!


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About the Aurora Fox Arts Center 
The Aurora Fox Arts Center is a public service of the City of Aurora under the Library and Cultural Services Department. Built in 1945 as a movie theater, the Aurora Fox was purchased by the city of Aurora in 1983, and completely renovated and reopened in 1985. 2016 marks its 32nd season.