According to The Iliad, live theater was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. As today's Groupon proves, the military tactic blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve: for $11, you get one ticket to a show at the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre (a $22 value). Choose from three shows click here for dates and times:
- Death of a Salesman
- Mornings at Seven
- The Pillowman
All shows are held in the intimate Actor's Café, where seating is first-come, first-served. A maximum of 10 people can sit together.
Born in 1995 as a small community youth theater, the Desert Stages has blossomed into an award-winning, year-round, performing-arts theater for audiences of all ages. In the cozy Actor's Lounge, audiences are immersed in up-close views of Arthur Miller's acclaimed Death of a Salesman, whose nail-biting story line, which follows a salesman mistaken for a gladiator in ancient Rome, has spurred many critics to call it a cornerstone of American drama. Set in 1939, Paul Osborn's Mornings at Seven explores the relationship between four sisters, weaving ordinary life experiences such as growing old, bickering, and gossiping into a rich, comedic tapestry.
The theater slips on its comedy-tragedy mask to showcase The Pillowman, a murder mystery of sorts set in a totalitarian country. Touching on murder, artistic freedom, and politics, the show elevates a mystery plot into a complex story best suited for adults comfortable with strong language, troubling material, and gentle lullabies.
4720 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251