The Herberger Theater is proud to showcase the work of diverse and emerging theater companies in our Lunch Time Theater. Read below for information on our 2022-2023 Season.
Lunch Time Theater offers one-act plays lasting 45 to 50 minutes, to which our guests can bring a lunch or pre-order one from the Herberger Theater’s caterer when ordering tickets. Tickets are $10 each, not including lunch, and the short plays and musicals feature some of the greatest rising groups in the Arizona theatre scene.
If when purchasing your ticket, you do not see lunch options we recommend you check back soon for the upcoming lunch options.
Box office will call ticketholders when lunches become available so guests who buy before lunches are on sale still get the option to do so.
Tickets may be purchased in advance, online or by calling our box office (602-252-8497). Our Box Office representatives have information about parking passes and our exciting new pre-ordered lunch options as well. You may bring your own lunch if you choose! To purchase tickets on the day of the show, go to the Kax Stage entrance off of Van Buren & 3rd Street.
Lunch Time Theater After Dark
Lunch Time Theater After Dark takes place on the first Monday of each show’s run at 7pm.
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November 28 – December 15, 2022
Order Chaos Theater Company
It’s 1953, and The Felix’s are America’s favorite TV sitcom family. The whole nation is glued to their sets for their live Christmas Eve Coast-to-Coast Holiday Episode – but when they can’t cut to commercial and have to stay live – the script goes out the window and hilarity ensues.
Written and Directed by Cat Hartmann
Reverend King and Minister X
February 20 – March 2, 2023
Grey Matters Productions
Both fought against inequality in their own way. One was the charismatic national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. One was the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. The legacies of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continue to shape the nation long after their assassinations. This is a fictional depiction of a meeting of minds between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How could these titans of history come together for an opportunity to share one thought?
The Two Souls of Cesar Chavez
March 6 – March 16, 2023
New Carpa Theater Co.
On April 23, 1993, in the rural farm community of San Luis, Arizona, civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez is settling in after a long day of testifying in a weekslong civil trial about the worker abuses of a large regional agribusiness. Chavez is spending the night at the home of a retired farmworker. After dinner, he retires to his bedroom to tape record the latest installment of his memoirs. Chavez will die in his sleep that night.
May 8 – 18, 2023
Join chanteuse Kate Kinhan-Specter for an unforgettable performance of beautiful music, hilarious comedy, and riveting storytelling in a cabaret experience like no other.
A one-woman show that blends songs and arias, humor and heartache, Kate’s HeartSong will take you on a powerful journey of one woman’s path that led her to the brink of death and back again due to a life-threatening heart condition.
Filled with light and love, Kate’s HeartSong delivers an eye-opening and positive message about women’s heart health, to help raise awareness for an issue that touches millions of lives every year.
May 22 – June 1, 2023
T.A. Burrows – Act Two Productions
Between the 1950s and 1970s, American Bandstand was a TV classic; it featured America’s biggest hits and most popular artists. Now, Act Two Productions recalls that fabulous period with “BANDSTAND!” a musical anthology of memorable songs and singers from American Bandstand’s glory days.
Performed as a 45-minute concert, the show features award-winning entertainer T.A. Burrows, who uses his versatile vocal talents to perform a collection of pop classics in the unique style of artists such as Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, The Four Seasons, The Temptations, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and more.
June 5 – 15, 2023
The PROPHECY experience is more than a Native American cultural presentation. PROPHECY expands the boundaries to captivate audiences with its resonating messages of unity, harmony, and trustworthiness. It is artfully woven into an awe-inspiring array of songs, dances, storytelling, naturescape/computer generated visuals and participatory arrangements. Keeping in stride with his Native American upbringing, Roman Oronoa skillfully weaves traditional foundations into a tapestry of present day concepts giving new perspective, color, and theme. PROPHECY is meant to inspire and promote a spirit of human transformation.
Welcome from Cescily Wiener
Welcome to our 22nd season of Lunch Time Theater at the Herberger Theater Center!
We are delighted to bring you six shows, which include historical drama, musical theater, and personal narratives. It is indeed a privilege to work with these talented emerging local theater companies and performers.
This season will feature many new and diverse performers and productions. We hope you will make plans to join us for every show.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our generous season sponsors for their contributions and support over the past 21 seasons, which have been essential to Lunch Time Theater’s success.
I also want to thank my mentor, Judy Rollings, who recently retired after 26 years. Her immense contributions and her vision of the Herberger Theater Center will remain part of its legacy.
“It is an honor to continue to serve you with offerings that we hope will feed your spirit and enrich your soul.” – Judy Rollings
We greatly value your patronage and look forward to another exciting season!
Best regards and Cheers!
Cescily Wiener, M.Ed
Director of Community Engagement
Herberger Theater Center