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Jewel Box returns with interactive Icarus Was a Rookie

November 28, 2018
Jewel Box returns with interactive <i>Icarus Was a Rookie</i>

The Border Theatre returns to the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre with a new show that is made to order.

Icarus Was a Rookie, produced with the Rio Grande Writer’s Room, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9 in the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are $16 at the Plaza Theatre box office, and 800-745-3000 (service charges apply to online and telephone sales). Note: It’s cheaper to buy tickets at the box office — no service charges!

The production features a menu of 30 2-minute plays, with titles such as Pumping Iron with Vincent Price, Icarus is Here, Sinatra with Sinatra, 2 Minutes to Kill and Between the Wires (Not the Kanye Song). Audience members choose the order in which the plays will be performed. The five-member cast will be on the clock — it will have 60 minutes to perform all 30 plays. If the show sells out, they’ll buy pizza for the audience.

“Always looking to explore performance and celebrate community, Icarus Was a Rookie is designed to not just be a typical theater experience,” said director Austin Savage, whose Border Theatre has performed in two other editions of the Jewel Box Series. “There will be audience interaction, fun, laughs, games, honesty, quality writing, chaos, and, most important, a unique shared experience.”

The Jewel Box Series, now in its fifth season, was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre. The series presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs. The 2018-2019 season features seven shows by local performing arts groups on the second Sunday of each month through May 2019.

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.

Programming note: The next show in the Jewel Box Series will be Shakespeare on-the-Run’s Shakespeare in Love!, featuring famous romantic pairs from the Bard’s plays, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 10 — just in time for Valentine’s Day!