Friday, July 25, 2014

Come to God, Now

The dark times are almost over at Bisbee’s Obscure Productions, and it's nearly time to get our 2014-2015 season off and running with auditions for Agnes of God by John Pielmeier. This intense psychological drama is the first totally serious play BOP has offered in a long time, if ever. I know, I know, comedies make for better date nights, but guys, consider the comfort factor that might just bring your gal in close to you. You know what to do after that, but do comfort her first, OK?

Agnes features three female actors in its three great roles. Sister Agnes, a young nun, indicted for manslaughter in the death of her newborn child, who sings like an angel (strong soprano needed). Mother Miriam, Mother Superior of the convent, who protects and shelters Agnes, but always for her own good? (An older woman with strong acting and line learning capabilities is needed.) Completing the trio is Dr. Martha Livingstone (I presume), a completed character, but perhaps not quite complete as a human herself, serving as the court appointed psychiatrist charged with the task of determining if Agnes is sane enough to stand trial. (This role also requires a mature actress who can learn her lines, and she smokes.)

The build up of the drama between these strong characters, and the strength of a very well crafted story will keep viewers spellbound to the end, and questioning after. Continue your date night with a discussion over a glass of wine?

So, audience, continue to cool your jets until the play opens on October 3. And actresses, start your engines and learn your monologues to be ready for auditions on August 2 & 3, 2:00-5:00, at the Squffy, Central School Project, Old Bisbee. Elizabeth Henley directs, so for more information, or to schedule a special time, contact her at 520-234-8891 or

All other BOP inquiries can be directed to our brand new Producer, Mitchell Reed-Tattan at 520-255-2097, or

Meanwhile, if you can’t wait to see something at BOP, come on over to our CSP studio at 10:00 Thursday mornings, and you can participate in getting the place back into even better shape for the start of the new season. Then you can tell your date, “Hey, I did that!” Maybe meet someone there to be your date. . . The rest is up to you.

Friday, July 4, 2014

BOP Announces 2014-2015 Season!

We have a great season ahead of us. New talents are adding strength to our lineup, and we look forward to welcoming back all our best actors and newcomers who want to play with us.

We have a new Producer, Mitchell A. Reed-Tattan, with a new phone number: 520.255-2097. More information on our season, our auditions and anything else that strikes our fancy will appear
We're looking forward to seeing you in our audience or on our stage.

Five Fabulous Productions

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
directed by Elizabeth Henley
A challenging drama exploring love and faith.
October 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm
October 5 & 12 at 3:00 pm

12th Almost Annual Comedy Show
produced by Mitchell A. Reed-Tattan
November 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm
November 23 at 3:00 pm
Adult Language & Situations

Death by Design by Rob Urbanati
directed by C. Gilles-Brown
A mystery/comedy, comedy/mystery. Even the mystery is a mystery.
January 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm
January 11 & 18 at 3:00 pm

Bisbee Women's Revue
Produced by amazing Bisbee women to be named later.
March 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm
March 8 at 3:00 pm

Cosi by Louis Nowra
Directed by Caroline Raven
Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutti” produced in an Australian mental hospital?
BOP’s actors get to play some really wonderful characters. 
April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm
April 19 & 26 at 3:00 pm

Ticket Prices
$10 in advance $12 at the door
$6 for children & students with ID at the door only

All shows at Central School Project
43 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee

Mimosa Market, Brewery Gulch
Bisbee Food Coop, Lowell
Finders Keepers, Main Street
Call BOP for credit card sales (+$1 each)
520.255.2097 (note the new phone number)
or by mail (check or MO) from BOP
PO Box 277

Bisbee AZ 85603

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Auditions for Agnes of God

We will be holding auditions for Agnes of God by John Pielmeier on August 2 & 3, 2014, at the Squffy Theater at Central School Project, 43 Howell Avenue in Old Bisbee. Auditions are from 2:00 to 5:00 pm both days, or you may schedule an audition appointment.

This challenging play revolves around a novice nun, Sister Agnes, who has given birth. The infant’s corpse was found in a wastebasket. Dr. Livingstone, a psychiatrist, must decide Agnes’s sanity. The Mother Superior tries to shield young Agnes from the doctor. Who fathered, and who killed the baby? All three women must look more deeply at how each defines faith and love. A copy of the script is available for actors to read at the Copper Queen Library.

BOP is seeking three strong women for the roles. Agnes is a young adult or someone who can play young on stage. Some singing experience (soprano) is necessary for this role. Dr. Livingstone is middle-aged to older, must be willing to smoke fake cigarettes or nicotine alternatives. Mother Miriam is older. Actors are asked to come prepared for auditions with a one- to two-minute memorized monologue. They will also do cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals for Agnes of God will be on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings through October 2. Performances will be October 3 – 12, evenings and matinees. Contact Elizabeth Henley at 520.234.8891 or at for more information and audition appointments.

Things are Hoppin’ and BOPin’

Just because Bisbee’s Obscure Productions is dark for the summer doesn’t mean nothing is going on over there. We are madly working on transitioning our fabulous new Producer, Mitchell Reed-Tattan into the job, and he remains enthusiastic to get the 2014-2015 season underway. BOP’s new phone number is 520-255-2097, and you can still send e-mails to

Things will start on August 2 when new to BOP Director, Elizabeth Henley, will audition for three serious actresses to take on roles in the intense psychological drama, Agnes of God, by John Pielmeier. Elizabeth has been doing a wonderful job with the Bisbee High School Thespians over the past few years, so we think she can handle community theater actors. Auditions will be from 2 to 5 pm in the CSP Squffy Theater Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3. The script is available to read at the Copper Queen Library -- so ladies “start your engines,” and learn your monologues. We expect competition to be fierce for these great parts.

While we are “dark,” we are not without light, as we clean up, fix up, and generally put things back together at the BOP studio and in the Squffy, clearing the decks for Mitchell. Our Super Summer Work Crew is there every Thursday from 10 am to noon or longer and will welcome all
skilled and unskilled help. We will be especially in need of folks to help as we move into late July when we plan to move items from storage up to the studio, and in the early fall when we hold a massive yard sale and dump run day to clear out our storage under the Bisbee Food
Coop. It’s time to decide what really, really want (So Hard!) and get rid of the rest. Mitchell will be setting the dates soon for these big jobs, so watch this space, our website and Facebook for updates and get your work gloves ready.

Extra Big News comes once again from one of BOP’s Super Supporters, Nick Night of Warm Hands Therapeutics. Nick has donated $500 (!) toward buying brand new, extra comfy, all matching, non leaky cushions for the Squffy seats. Not one, but two! per seat. Nick is again
challenging all comers, groups, businesses, and individuals to match his challenge and help make everyone’s tushies cushie next season. Contact Mitchell if you can help to meet this challenge. We should have total cost estimates soon. Any money above and beyond the
cushions will begin a fund to purchase a new Grand Curtain for the Squffy stage. If you have been to shows recently, you have noticed the gaps at the center top. These are no longer reparable. It is just too old, like many of us. . .

So, show up, put up, and speak up. We need your bodies, money, and input to keep BOP going strong into our 2014-2015 season under Mitchell’s leadership!