Unscrewed Theater reopens with a month-long series of special events beginning the weekend of September 7 and 8.
“After months of construction and hard work, we are beyond excited,” says the theater’s executive director Chris Seidman. “We have a door that faces the street, loads of parking and a giant sign to light the way.” The new theater is located at 4500 East Speedway Blvd, #39.
After Unscrewed moved last spring, loyal fans supported its improv teams in pop-up shows hosted by the new theater’s neighbors in Midway Business Park: Dedicated Bakery and Mama's Famous Pizza & Heroes.
Volunteers spent a weekend painting the theater’s walls with bright, bold colors donated by Southwestern Paints. Other architecture, moving and construction expenses are being funded through an ongoing Indiegogo campaign run from unscrewedtheater.org.
The theater is hosting a free, public open house at noon on Saturday, Sept. 8. Seidman says Tucsonans can “get a peek of what’s inside, grab a snack, and mingle with the cast members."
The theater’s debut performance is a 90-minute, family-friendly show and ribbon cutting, featuring Mayor John Rothschild at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7. Also featured are Unscrewed house teams NBOJU and From the Top.
A 90-minute, uncensored show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 features a second ribbon cutting and Tucson Sentinel publisher Dylan Smith.
The celebration continues Friday, Sept. 14 with three shows: a free student showcase at 6 p.m.; a family-friendly improv show featuring Nancy Stanley, founder of The Estrogen Hour; and the return of Unscrewed’s popular Free Form Friday, which Seidman likens to “an open mic for improv teams” from all over town.
David Fitzsimmons is the guest star for a family-friendly 7:30 p.m. show and an uncensored 9 p.m. show on Saturday, Sept. 15. Highlights of the rest of the month are the debut of two new house teams, Leaky Faucets and Comic Chaos, at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, and members of Tucson Roller Derby in both the 7:30 p.m. family-friendly show and the 9 p.m. uncensored show on Saturday the 29.
Shows are $5, unless noted as “free.” Tickets and a complete schedule are at unscrewedtheater.org or at the door.
Burlesque ‘till You Drop
Here’s how deep our town’s burlesque bench is: On Sept. 7 at 9 p.m., fans must choose between two of the biggest burlesque productions of the year. Tucson Libertine League Presents: Dark Days of Disco! At 191 E. Toole ($10 advance via ticketfly); and a Burlesque Favorites show is at the Surly Wench ($10 at the door.)