Posts Tagged ‘4AM Productions’

  • Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi Hampton

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, TheatreComments Off on Vagina Monologues Q&A with Heidi HamptonRead More »

    5enses talks with director Heidi Hampton about the play that’s empowering the women of Yavapai County, again. Mona Stephens sat down with Heidi Hampton, the woman behind The Vagina Monologues in Prescott, told us about this year’s show, what the production is all about, what you have been missing, and how you can experience it for yourself, in a just few weeks. By Mona Stephens  The Vagina Monologues is coming to Prescott next month. What is it and who started it? The Vagina Monologues is kind of a movement, started by Eve Ensler in 1996. It’s a collection of monologues: one-person pieces and ensembles pieces that mostly deal with women’s issues. It started as a one-woman-show, Off-Broadway, that aired on HBO. It was just Eve and a mic, standing as she went through all the monologues. The issues the monologues cover run the gamut. One is the story of a Bosnian rape camp survivor. But some of them are fun and original, there are a lot of those. It’s all about women: the good, the bad and the ugly. When did you first hear about the Vagina Monologues and get involved? I auditioned for another play in 2008 and it was my, you know, “big return to the stage.” I thought I could do it and, well, I didn’t get the part. But I did backstage stuff and was the

  • On the Stage: ‘The Laramie Project’ with all-teen cast comes to Prescott stage

    Oct 5, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project,” and Robert Zinni, social studies teacher at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and production education coordinator. “The Laramie Project,” via 4AM Productions, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 at Yavapai College, 1100 Sheldon St., 928-776-2000, $15 online, $20 door, student discounts available.] Jarvell Williams, director of “The Laramie Project” So what is “The Laramie Project”? It’s a production created in 2000 by Tectonic Theater Project that was a response to the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old openly gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. It’s a collection of verbatim interviews from select residents of Laramie put together as a series of short scenes. … The story is about letting people talk about their experiences and how they feel in the aftermath of his death. There’s a lot about who he was as a person and how people view homosexuality in the town. There’s also some scenes about the trial of the two young men who attacked him and tied him to a fence. There’s also a portrayal of someone reflecting on that trial and how the town has just tried to move on and, more importantly, how it affected the entire country. That’s some pretty heavy stuff. It’s important to note that this was the

  • Clothes Encounters: ‘Drag Time’ returns to Prescott

    Aug 3, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    It’s that time once again, and 4AM Productions has an exciting new venue … Thumb Butte Distillery! Here are the deets and, of course, the glamor shots. Drag Time • 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25: 4AM Productions presents “Drag Time,” hosted by Aimee V. Justice with the talents of Aubrey Ghalichi, Sasha Bratz, and, for the first time in Prescott, Nikki Knowles. (Thumb Butte Distillery, 400 N. Washington Ave., DragTime.BPT.ME, $10 online, $15 door) *The bar will be open and lite fare is included in the ticket price

  • On the Stage: ‘The Vagina Monologues’

    Feb 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Heidi Hampton, director of “The Vagina Monologues,” which runs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 & 24 at the ERAU Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $12-$15. Buy tickets online at VMPrescott.BPT.Me. All proceeds benefit Prescott Area Shelter Services. A 4AM Productions event.] What are “The Vagina Monologues”? It’s a collection of stories that Eve Ensler put together 20 years ago. She’d interviewed these women who run the gamut: rape survivors, incest survivors, homeless women, sex workers, you name it. Originally she did a collection of 12 monologues as a one-woman show. Now, women read different scripts and each year a new monologue gets put into the rotation. … Some people think it’s just a bunch of women talking about their vaginas. Believe it or not, there’s a little bit more to it than that. Some of the pieces are monologues of particular women’s stories, and others are made up from several different women. How did you end up staging this in Prescott? I’ve been with the “Monologues” for 10 years now. This is my first year in Prescott. I moved here about a year ago to help take care of my parents, who are 91. In the past, I found out, “The Vagina Monologues” were done by Prescott College and Embry-Riddle (Aeronautical University), but

  • Thought for food: Amber Bosworth digs into ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Amber Bosworth, director of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” and artistic director of 4AM Productions. “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” a 4AM Productions event, is 6 & 8 p.m. Sept. 29 & 30 & Oct. 6 & 7 at Stage TOO, North Cortez Street Alley, between Willis and Sheldon streets, 928-445-3286, 5LezEating.BPT.Me. Tickets are $17 online, $22 door.] What’s “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” about? Well, it’s about five women, all members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. It takes place in the 1950s, and they’re doing a quiche breakfast every year for this sisterhood. Again, it’s the 1950s, and, basically, when the bomb hits and all hell breaks loose, they end up in a bunker and they’re the last people left. They live together and, of course, all their secrets come out. All of them but one basically admit that they’re lesbians. They weren’t able to live their truth, but the bomb changes things and it’s time for them to be true to themselves. Would you tell us about the characters? There’s Lulie, and she’s the president of the group. She’s very patriotic, very gung ho at the beginning, and then everything changes for her. There’s Dale: She’s never looked at man since she was 3-years-old and

  • The main drag: The ladies (& gent) of 4 A.M. Productions’ ‘Drag Time’

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood We here at 5enses have lobbied pretty hard for drag as a medium in Prescott. We’ve talked to queens, interviewed the event organizer, and just, in general, tried to get the word out. You know what people really respond to, though? Pictures. And, girl, do we have pictures for you today. And, oh yeah, there’s another drag show coming up. … Drag Time • 7 & 9 p.m. Aug. 18 & 19: 4AM Productions presents “Drag Time,” hosted by Aimee V Justice with the talents of DeeJay Galaxy, Piper M Shay, and CoCo St. James. (Prescott Center for the Arts Stage Too, alley between Cortez and Marina streets behind Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St., DragTime.BPT.ME, $15 advance, $20 door) Plus, a special message from 4AM Productions: “With the success of the shows and the support of the Prescott Center for the Arts, the amazing, talented Phoenix drag community, Greater Yavapai LGBTQ Coalition, and the volunteer crew of 4AM Productions, we are proud to be announcing we will be adding plays and other events. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and our new website 4AMProductions.Net for up and coming events and shows.”

  • Prescott Peeps: John Duncan

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    Who are you and how did you first get involved in the community? I’m John Duncan, founder of 4AM Productions, which brings drag shows and other entertainment to Prescott. I was raised in Prescott. My family has been here since 1972. My first involvement with the larger community coincided with my first involvement in the gay community in Prescott. That was National Coming Out Day at Granite Creek Universalist Unitarian Congregational in 2014. … Leading up to that, I’d been focused on the arts here and lamenting a huge void of artistic and creative outlets. What’s here is amazing, but there are holes. So, my friend Joe told me, either do it or don’t do it. So I started 4AM Productions. There was a lot of preparation and a lot of trepidation about whether it would come to fruition. In October of that year, we decided to put up the money to pay for the rental, and in December we did the first show. I was really surprised because it was exactly what I was expecting. I was open-minded, did radio interviews, advertised in small rags, advertised in the paper, trying to reach as many people as possible, so I had a level of expectation. Getting exactly what you asked for, though, is surprising and exciting. We got a diverse audience that enjoyed an art form that hadn’t been seen

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