The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre celebrates its sixth season with its first comedy show, first ballet, and first returning show, plus two one-of-a-kind concerts, and two new plays.
The Jewel Box Series — created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre — presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. The 2019-2020 season features eight productions, each at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, from October 2019 through May 2020.
The season begins October 13 — during downtown’s Chalk the Block public art festival — with the The Cloud 915 Comedy Showcase, featuring six local comedians. Singer-songwriter Emily Davis makes her Jewel Box debut on November 3, with Jewel Box returnee Jaimielynn Amato opening, in a concert called Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged.</i> The first half of the season concludes with a revised version of The Border Theatre improv comedy Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back</i>, which debuted at last year’s Jewel Box Series.
The second half opens January 12 with We Have Each Other</i>, three one-acts by Felix Arenas, that examine the meaning of family. Our pre-Valentine’s Day show February 9 is The Straussiana</i>, choreographed and directed by Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr’s Seven Deadly Shorts</i> (March 8) is a series of 10-minute one-acts. Recording Moving Studios’ yo Soy project</i> on April 19 is a multi-media production that examines identity. Doug Adamz and Gene Keller join Teresa Tudury in the Southwest Songwriters Series</i>, which closes the season May 10.
Tickets for each show are $16, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets are $103 (a 20% discount), on sale at the El Paso Community Foundation, 333 N. Oregon, by phone at 915-533-4020, or online at epcf.org/give/donate.
The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.
The Cloud 915 Comedy Showcase
Lando VC, Adam Dominguez, Anthony Austin Brown, Joe Rodriguez, Nico Adjemian and Dante Verduzco
October 13, 2019, 2:30 pm
Our sixth season starts with laughter. Clean comic Orlando “Lando VC” Cordova hosts this showcase of Borderland standups.
Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged.
Emily Davis and Jaimielynn Amato
November 3, 2019, 2:30 pm
Fresh from a national tour supporting Bad Religion, edgy singer-songwriter Emily Davis returns to her solo punk-folk roots. Opener is the “Songbird of El Paso,” singer-songwriter — and ace whistler — Jaimielynn Amato.
Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back
The Border Theatre
December 8, 2019, 2:30 pm
This irreverent bit of interactive, improv theater debuted last year in the Jewel Box Series. It has evolved to include more local talent, but the audience still gets to order from a menu of 30 short pieces, which are performed in 60 minutes.
We Have Each Other
January 12, 2020, 2:30 pm
Few things are as important as family. Every family comes with its own struggles. This trio of one-acts by Felix Arenas explores those issues and how we feel safe within that family — because we have each other.
Ballet in Session Academy
February 9, 2020, 2:30 pm
The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in this original production from Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. The one-act classical ballet is set to music by Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.
Seven Deadly Shorts
March 8, 2020, 2:30 pm
What could aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess and murder possibly have in common? SIN! From Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr, the team that opened the first Jewel Box Series in 2014, comes this series of seven 10-minute plays that will take you down that dark path of the Seven Deadly Sins.
yo Soy project
Recording Moving Studios
April 19, 2020, 2:30 pm
Written by Adry Love and directed by Diego Muniz, this bilingual production combines music, video projection, film and visual art. The culmination is a multimedia experience exploring personal and geographic identity. It’s part of the 2020Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.
The Southwest Songwriter Series
Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller
May 10, 2020, 2:30 pm
These three master “poet-composers” will take listeners on an epic journey using only melodies, poetry, and guitars in this special Mother’s Day concert. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Adamz, an El Paso product recently returned from years in California, has worked with Joan Baez and the Kronos Quartet. Teresa Tudury is a sultry-voiced Bay Area product described as a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler. Gene Keller is an El Paso icon, a singersongwriter-poet who has performed and inspired audiences for more than 40 years.